Bio and Research Interests________________________________________________

Hello and thank you for visiting my observatory web site. Hopefully you will find pictures and links of interest.

My name is Fred Calvert and I live in Cold Spring Kentucky which is located just south of Cincinnati, Ohio

My interest in astronomy dates back to when I was 9 years old, but not until the last 15 years - have I had the ability to afford having a real observatory, or a wife that would try to understand me spending the amount that a car would cost to look for ET, as she tells me I'm doing. Cold Spring Observatory was a three plus year project that is still ongoing.

My other personal interests are flying (pilot, aircraft mechanic, aviation safety director & aviation safety investigator). Aviation safety program management is my real day job. Boating, building computers, doing fun astronomy science, photography (my first 18 year career) and of course my wife Ann and puppies Max & Sammie.

I was born in Dayton Ohio but grew-up in Winton Terrace a suburb of Cincinnati till high school and then lived with my cousins in Mt. Healthy, Ohio (a suburb north of Cincinnati) till I entered the Air Force when I was 18.

After the Air Force I did professional photography, mainly wedding and school events till one day I said to myself this has been fun but, time for change. So back to college I went and earned a degree in Aviation Maintenance and certificate in Employer Labor Relations from Cincinnati State & Technical College and obtained my aircraft mechanic's (A&P) certification.

After getting out of school I went to work as a contract aircraft mechanic for GE Corporate Air Transport and worked for a great guy named John Willman. After GE closed their flight department in Cincinnati John, and shortly after I, went to work for Executive Jet Management located at Cincinnati's Lunken Field. John and I have been at EJM for the last 19 years.

Over the last 20 years I completed training as an aviation accident investigator at the NTSB Training Center in McLean, Virginia, The University of Southern California in Los Angles and Ethics Compliance and Safety Ethics at Bentley University in Boston and UC Berkley, California. In 2009 I graduated from the University of Southern California Aviation Safety and Security program.

My day job is VP Safety, Security & Standards, managing all of the various aviation safety, security and audit programs at Executive Jet Management. in Cincinnati Ohio

Research_________________________________________________________________

My main research interests are the formation of Planetary Nebulas that form after the death of a star that is about the size of our sun, give or take a few solar diameters.

Secondary projects are searching for Supernovae in NGC 6946 and NGC 2403. Both of these galaxies are very active in star formation and death.

Other research includes involvement with the Advanced Research Group at the Cincinnati Observatory Center, which was also the first Professional Observatory in the United States dedicated by John Quincy Adams in 1843. Our main research effort is Extrasolar Planet detection using light curve photometry and supporting professional Extrasolar Plant detection and observing projects such as the NASA Kepler Space Telescope.

Cold Spring Observatory is also a member of the AAVSO (American Association of Variable Star Observers) (Observatory Code "CFV") and the Sonoma University / NASA Global Telescope Network (Observatory # GTN-13) which helps supports projects being conducted by the professional astronomy community such as pre and post observing campaigns, and alert campaigns of current astronomical events.


     

          My wife Ann......................................................................Sammie and Max.............................................................................and me

BOATING FUN....................................................

   

 Our Yamaha SX230 Twin Engine Jet Boat                                              Ann at the helm                                                              and at my favorite place Waffle House

                       

         Granddaughter Miranda driving the boat                      Andrea, Ann, Mattie and Dannon                                   Just Floating Around