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Air Travel Support Program offers free travel to Washington D.C. June 20

Ohio University faculty and staff who have meetings with potential sponsors or collaborators can take advantage of free flights on the University's King Air plane to the Washington D.C. area. 

The next available flight from the Gordon K. Bush Ohio University Airport departs at 6 a.m. and returns at 7 pm. Thursday, June 20. 

"The Air Travel Support Program is designed to assist faculty and full-time administrative staff at Ohio University to support their research and creative activity," says program coordinator Eleni Zulia. "Funds are available to support trips to the Washington D.C. area (including Dulles, BWI, but not Reagan International) on the University's King Air plane." 

In addition to covering the flight, up to $100 can be reimbursed for ground transport or lodging expenses via the VP for Research Office upon request. Incidentals, such as meals and other out- of-pocket costs during travel must be covered by the traveler or their unit. 

Faculty who do not hold a tenure track appointment must contact the program coordinator for special permission to be considered. 

The intent is for the plane to make two trips per month to the Washington D.C. area, depending on faculty/staff interest. The trip length can be one or two days (one night), depending on the goals of the trip and itinerary. To schedule a flight, at least four people must travel. If an individual or group wants to tentatively reserve a flight but does not have four people, the program coordinator will try to find additional travelers. Once a flight is scheduled, the date will be posted to www.ohio.edu/research/funding.cfm and others may request a seat (up to nine seats total).

To participate or find out more information, contact Eleni Zulia at 740-593-0929 or zulia@ohio.edu.