Waiting for the Van

By Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne ’01

Photos by Jessica Scranton

Top Guns

By Katherine Duke '05

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The students in the Interterm course “An Introduction to the Principles, Practices, and Procedures of Turbine Flight” sat in a darkened room in Merrill, taking turns on a joystick and mouse, being pilot and co-pilot on Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX). Projected onto a screen at the front of the room were the switches, dials and lights of a Boeing 737 flight deck and a simulated view of the trees, buildings and waters around the BeefIslandAirport in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Rain was lashing the plane’s windshield, lightning crackled in the distance, and the students were about to undertake a perilous mission.

Public Transportation

Amherst College is approximately two hours from downtown Boston, two and a half hours from Logan Airport and three hours north of New York City. A number of companies provide transportation to and from the campus.