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Soaring high above Ann Arbor, members of the Michigan Aviators look down and view the Big House from the best vantage point in town. This is why they fly — the simple calm that exists in a plane, rising above all of the problems that lie at ground level.

Engineering senior Sandro Salgueiro formed Michigan Aviators this year to provide a new club for aviation enthusiasts. The club regularly takes flight trips across the region.

On Nov. 15, they ventured to Kalamazoo to enjoy lunch at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport’s Air Zoo, a museum dedicated to showcasing the history of aviation through full planes that reside in its massive hangars.

I was given the privilege of riding along with the clubs assistant flight ops director, alumni advisor and recent engineering graduate, Mike Stengel. Stengel, who has logged over 375 flight hours in his flying career since the age of 12, took us to new heights in a Piper PA-28R Arrow.

The plane itself was cozy on the inside, with elbows frequently bumping. However, the experience of being able to sit in front of the controls of a plane and look out and see Ann Arbor in such a unique way was well worth waking up early on a Saturday morning.

There is a certain peace that exists when flying 5,000 feet above the ground at a quick 160 knots, crossing Michigan and looking out over the clouds and landscape below. The Michigan Aviators are open to anyone, with flight trips multiple times per semester as well as events back on the ground.

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