Aerospace Engineers?

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  1. bosoxnation33

    bosoxnation33 Member

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    I'm interested in the aerospace engineer major at USNA, but I don't know much about it. Any information of what it consists of? Will it give me an edge as a naval pilot? I'm also interested in mathematics for a more flexible major. Thanks!
     
  2. adesa1996

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    adesa1996 is right. That page and its side bar links are chock full of information. Also, the answer to your question is the first FAQ under the "Prospective Students" sidelink. http://www.usna.edu/AeroDept/recruit.php
     
  4. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    As for whether it gives you an edge or not for Navy pilot?

    For selection, maybe. All else being equal, people were getting "points" for being aero majors back in my day and probably more so now.

    For flight school?

    For 99.99% of people, HELL NO. Some of the conceptual stuff is awkward at first coming from a non-engineering background, but not difficult at all. I think the highest level math I've done in flight school so far was when I had to tutor middle schoolers while waiting to class up.
    Not being an aero major will not limit you from oppurtunities like test pilot school either. Major in aero if you're interested in designing airplane components and the minutiae that entails. Don't major in aero just because you want to fly.
     
  5. Capt MJ

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    Excellent advice by Hurricane12, especially with regard to why choose/not choose aero. You will get many briefs about the various majors, have opportunities to talk with upperclass who are in the major, and decide what you want to do.

    Tale of two mids, sponsor sons of ours. One was a meticulous Aero major, graduated in the top 10 in his class, worked very hard, spent long hours in the lab, really really wanted to fly Navy jets. His roommate, an adopted sponsor son, drove Aero roomie crazy, though they were good friends, by majoring in Economics, staying up late on his Playstation, having an active social life, napping, and in general taking a relaxed approach to USNA life. Econ mid made sure he graduated high enough in the class to go Navy air and also scored well on aviation aptitude tests. They started flight school in the same class, shared an apartment. Aero mid aced ground school; Econ mid finally fired up the study afterburners and got serious. Econ mid took to flying like a duck to water, top grades on every hop, no do-overs. Aero mid did ok, but was not tops in the section -- all that engineering knowledge isn't what you need during split-second decision-making in the air. One jet slot was available for that class, and Econ mid got it. Aero mid got helos. There was a happy ending - Marine Air needed some more jet pilots, so they went shopping in the Navy helo selectees and asked if anyone wanted guaranteed jets and was willing to become a Marine. Aero mid jumped on that, and is now a happy Marine jet pilot. Moral of the story: what Hurricane12 said.
     
  6. navymomwannabe

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    +1 Capt MJ
     
  7. bosoxnation33

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    Thanks so much everybody! I've decided (at the moment of course) to pursue a degree in Mathematics. I really appreciate all the advice.
     
  8. osdad

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    Math is a good choice. My DD is getting her's in Applied Physics (and English but that's another story...) and as an Engineer I told her:

    A Physicist (or Mathmatician!) can work as an Engineer easier than an Engineer can work as a Physicist.

    BTW: she's going to be a MC pilot.
     

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