Nicoletta Fala

last updated 12/19/2017

Nicoletta Fala

Graduate Research Assistant at Purdue University

610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
HQ Phone:
(765) 494-4600

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Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics

master's degree

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This pair of Purdue pilots are going the distance, quite literally: BTN LiveBIG « Big Ten Network

Nicoletta Fala and Chloe de Perre's blog, fittingly, opens with an Amelia Earhart quote.
Purdue University Pilots Nicoletta Fala and Chloe De Perre perform a test run over Indiana "It's a good experience to have as pilots ... it's going to be a lot of fun, we just need to make sure we're prepared going into it," said Fala, the pilot of the flight. Fala is currently a Ph.D student at Purdue's School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, researching general aviation safety. A Cyprus native, she came to Purdue as a Fulbright Scholar as an undergraduate student to study aeronautical and astronautical engineering and stayed to complete her master's degree, and now a PhD. Fala started flying in 2012 and received her pilot's license in 2013, after becoming interested as an undergrad. "There are just so many planes flying around here all the time," Fala said of Purdue. Purdue Pilots, Inc. - Fala is the vice president - is a way for those interested in flying or learning to fly to connect outside of Purdue's professional flight degree. "If you're an engineering student or a physics student, it's not always easy to find other pilots ... so we have flying club to help people to get to know each other, make friends who share the same interests, and help them with their training," Fala said. Fala and de Perre are the only two members of the club who have the rigorous credentials the race requires. According to Air Race Classic, pilots and copilots must have at least 100 hours as pilot-in-command in order to qualify for the race. One must have at least 500 hours as pilot-in-command or a current instrument rating. The 54 teams of two or three pilots will have four days to complete the course, flying normally aspirated, piston-powered airplanes in visual flight conditions during daylight hours. Fala and de Perre will be flying a Piper Warrior II aircraft in the race. Fala said their aircraft may be one of the slowest in the race this year. The teams in the race fly a variety of different aircrafts, so the winner will not necessarily have the best time, but the best time for its handicap. "We're not really racing against each other, we're racing against ourselves," Fala said. Fala and De Perre will be documenting their progress during the race on their blog,

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