Finding Greatness: Miranda Ross

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Monday, October 12, 2015 6:16 PM
Categories: Honors/Awards | Pressroom | School of Aviation | Finding Greatness | Students


Macon, GA


Miranda Ross sees a grad degree in aeronautics and a career as a Delta Airlines pilot in her future.

Full Name:Miranda Ross.

Age: 23.

Hometown:Doerun.

Residence:Eastman.

High School: “I graduated from Worth County High School as an honor graduate and in the top five ranking of my class. I was in Army Junior ROTC for four years and worked my way up to become the highest ranking cadet, Ram Battalion Commander, and was the commander of the drill team. I was also an active member in Beta Club, FFA and a competition welder for Skills USA.”

Employment: “I am the assistant manager at Heart of Georgia Regional Airport and have held this position for almost four years. I am thankful to have the opportunity to work around aviation on a daily basis.”

Degree Objective: “Along with obtaining all of my flight certificates and ratings, I am working toward a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in fixed wing flight.”

Class Rank: Senior.

Career Goals: “I’ve had a strong passion for aviation since I was a young child. I grew up on a small farm and every summer I would get excited about the crop dusters that would fly over the family farm. From that moment forward, becoming an airline pilot was all I ever wanted to do as a career. I wish to become a professional airline pilot because aviation is a field that is unique and has brought me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to expand my level of knowledge. After I graduate from Middle Georgia State and finish flight training, I plan to move to the Atlanta area and work toward my long-term goal of flying for Delta Airlines.”

She chose Middle Georgia State because … “The university has a School of Aviation that is affordable and located in a small town only two hours away from my hometown.”

The one thing that surprised her about Middle Georgia State was … “The university has the highest quality of airplanes and technology for flight training that I have ever seen.

Her favorite professor is … “Darla Marchant. She is inspiring and a great role model for women in aviation. She always displays a positive attitude, makes even the driest material interesting and fun to learn and always has a smile on her face. I had CFI ground school with her and gained much knowledge of what being a flight instructor is like. She was a great influence on me to finish my flight instructor certificate.”

Her favorite place to study is … “Sitting in a rocking chair on the back porch, overlooking the pond.”

One thing people don’t know about her is … “When I get frustrated and need to relax, I start cooking random desserts and sing along to George Strait songs. I enjoy trying new recipes and am a big fan of country music.”

Her friends make fun of her because … “I am short and have to fly with a booster seat cushion in order to properly see over the dash of the airplane.”

The one person she’d most like to meet is … “Amelia Earhart. She was a brave aviator and was committed to aviation. She inspired many women in aviation to apply themselves and work hard for their dreams in order to make them come true. I would like to discuss aviation with her and talk about any struggles she had and how she overcame them.”

Five years from now she sees herself … “Instructing flight and transitioning into becoming a regional airline pilot. I also would like to start on a master’s degree in Aeronautics in order to someday teach at a university in order to inspire future men and women in aviation.”