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UM’s Noah Furbush flying high as fledgling pilot

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Noah Furbush

Ann Arbor – Michigan linebacker Noah Furbush has a better view than most of Michigan Stadium, and he cherishes it.

Furbush, a redshirt sophomore majoring in aerospace engineering, worked this summer to earn his private pilot’s license through the Michigan Flyers, a flying club out of Ann Arbor Airport. He has one solo cross-country flight left on his list to become a private pilot.

“It’s great,” Furbush said this week. “You get up there and you get to see all these incredible views that you can’t get anywhere else. You get to see the Big House. Fly around that every day.”

The 6-foot-5, 238-pound Furbush, expected to play a significant role this fall, has been flying a Cessna 172, a four-seat, single-engine propeller plane. His longest flight to date has been about two hours to his hometown, Kenton, Ohio.

“It’s something I’ve been interested in my whole life,” Furbush said. “I’m in aerospace engineering, so it’s right up my alley. I get school credit for it, too.”

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He decreased his academic workload in the summer to give him more time to fly.

“It’s basically like taking a class,” Furbush said, since he gets credits. “I’ll pop over to the airport for a couple hours instead of going to a class.”

He chose Michigan over, say, the Air Force Academy, because it offered everything.

“The mix of big-time football and engineering – (there’s) no place you can get anything better than that at Michigan,” said Furbush, who isn’t sure yet if he wants to be a commercial or military pilot. “That’s the No. 1 reason I came here. I would love to make a career out of it. Maybe I will join the military someday; we’ll see.”