Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Birth of a Dream

Cruising down the coast of the Outter Banks of North Carolina during my residency there was only a distant memory in my life. Looking at that mound near Kitty Hawk didn't make me realize what really happened there 110 years ago as of yesterday.  It's hard to believe that 110 years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright took their first flight which changed the world as we see it today.  The truth of the matter is passing, the mound that rests at Kitty Hawk is a memory that lives within us all every day.  

To think of the paramount growth that has accumulated since then in the aviation world, well... all we have to do is take a look at the modern aircraft that we have today in the skies: General Aviation, Military Aviation, and Commercial Aviation.  

The people and companies who were inspired to develop these flying machines.  If they were alive today, they would be amazed to see where their invention has carried out and the impact it has made to the way the world connects.

Not only that, but to take this to another spectrum, when the Wright Brothers made that first flight, not only was it the birth of aviation, but it was also the birth of the dream that carries within millions of people on this Earth both who have lived, are alive, and those who have yet to be born - who wish to fly.  Not only fly, but also to be apart of this dream: to be pilots.  To relive that day that they first set to the sky, no matter at what altitude.  They may have not reached the altitude in which our modern day commercial and military aircraft can, but their ambitions soared outside of this universe.

They have left a legacy to show the world how they took their true potential to maximum throttle.  Through this and other influential aviators throughout history, have shown what this world's potential was, is, and will come to be in the future.

How will you carry out their legacy by taking your potential full throttle?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A Special Holiday Wish

I was sitting in one the cafes at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 after being bumped off a flight back to JFK and was nursing a coffee figuring out how I was going to play out the adventures to my extra day in the Emerald Isle.  Hoping to make it on the next day's flight (and I did.)

Little did I expect the reason why I was delayed a day was to witness two businessmen to come and plant themselves at the table next to the coffee bar where I was sitting.  I couldn't help to overhear the contents of their conversation which began with"What brings you to Dublin?"  "What experience do you have with..."  

It was an interview.

Not only an interview, but little did I know it was one of Aer Lingus' chief pilots interviewing an applicant for an A320 position.  Once I got the flow of the interview, my ears were superglue because I knew well that I would be in for the same experience once I go to the airlines.  

This conversation took me back to a post which was written last week.  This post is in response to a piece where Karlene Petitt was asked to answer the question:  "What I want for Christmas"  Not just Christmas, but Aviation Christmas.  Her respose, included the following mention:

"I want Jeremy to win the lottery so he can work less and fly more, and get his ratings and flight time."

  - See more at: What I want for "Aviation" Christmas by Karlene Petitt

So here is my special holiday wish to a very special pilot: Karlene -

  • 1) That "Flight For Safety" finishes real soon and that it hits the market with a huge success rate.  Not only this novel but all of the novels in the "Flight For/To" series both published and in the works.
  • 2) That "Flight For Control" becomes a major motion picture and is shown internationally.
  • 3) Obtain her Ph.D in Aviation Safety from ERAU
  • 4) Captain Upgrade within her air company.  (I am thinking 747-400)
  • 5) To check out on the 77L, 787, and A350

So that when these things come into fruition, I will have my flight time and ratings so that 

  • 6) Karlene can train, if not check me out on these aircraft so that we may fly together.


Karlene, I look forward to flying with you someday having you as my captain on the 777, 787, and A350.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

@PilotmanEI @SiobhanOliver


Last week I had the honour of spending a couple of days with two great and talented friends having had the spur of the moment opportunity to visit the Emerald Isle of Ireland.  A very quick goodbye was only had before heading back to Dublin Airport for the flight back to New York however the huge smile and wave from Eoin as I pulled onto the streets of Cork spoke words.

I must say that I do not have the words to adequately thank these individuals for giving over their willingness, and most of all, their time to take me, although brief, but extensive tour of what wet my appetite to come back for more.

I knew the moment when I interviewed Eoin O'Callaghan that we were destined to meet.  We actually were supposed to meet in New York City, but our schedules didn't match.  Even though I was disappointed as I was anxious to meet him and his now finacee Siobhan, I was also glad at the same time because I wanted to travel the distance and meet him on his own turf - the land where some of my family used to call home.  

More of this trip will be posted on this blogsite in the near future, however, for now, 
I will present to you our two very talented


During the tour of Blarney Castle

Eoin O'Callaghan


Siobhan Oliver

I am already looking forward to the next visit.  Please stay tuned for more about our visit to and mini tour of Ireland.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Eight Days of Thanksgiving

It is a rare occurrence this year that Thanksgiving and the eight day Jewish festival of Hanukkah coincide with each other.  Hanukkah and Thanksgiving share a similarity with the fact that both are times that we give thanks for what we have and the events, miraculous or not, that occurred for us to achieve these times of thanks.

I was listening to the Elvis Duran show, a local morning radio show here in the New York City area on Z100 (100.3 FM), when each of the DJs and members of the radio team would tell over what they were thankful for.  With humor and seriousness the impact of what was being told really told a story of the simple things in life that we should all be thankful for.  Not only just today but everyday.

One of the DJs told that he was thankful to see his mother come and greet him at the airport as he rarely gets to see her and as she gets older and older, smaller and smaller she tells him, "I come to the airport because I want to enjoy every second of your stay here with me."  Suffice to say, I was not the only one, guy or girl, who came to tears when they heard this.

With that being said, I would like to share what I am thankful for.  Something that we all take for granted very much:

Waking up in the morning with a conscience and take the first breath of life.

I am thankful that I have this capacity because without this I would not be alive today to see the many accomplishments and dreams which I wish to pursue.  I would not be alive to see what a beautiful family I have and to tell them how much I love them.  Most of all, I would not be able for my body to have an existence and a purpose to help make the world what it is today.  We all must believe this about ourselves as we all have a purpose and a reason of being.

To enjoy life...  A raison d'ĂȘtre to have joie de vivre if you will.

and to be thankful for it... for all eight days and then some.

To my family and friends, both aviation and non, I love each and everyone of you.  You have no idea of the personal impact you have made and how it is has taught me emulate your ways.

We are off to Ireland tonight to meet with a very special friend and follower.  If you are in the area please join us.


Sunday, October 27, 2013



Photo courtesy of Instagram user @HDRPilot




               Apple Cider.....


But most important of all..


Enjoy the season everyone and always keep climbing!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Having been off the radar for a while, it was reassuring to come back to find the many people who have visited our Facebook Page and hit the like button.  Once I accessed the Facebook satellite site and saw that we hit the 100 mark because of one individual who has been a member of our twitter as well, my decision for this week's Tuesday Tweeter was made.  

October 22nd, 2013

Please follow him and also take a look at the content of his website along with!

Welcome aboard and have a great week everyone!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Foto

It's great to be back online and communicating with others.  Communication in this world is key as we make bridges for ourselves and network.

October 11th, 2013

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Something to look forward to..

Looking up at the sky is always fun.. don't you think?

September 6th, 2013

GOOD THINGS COME IN 7s - Inbound Kennedy's 31R over Woodmere, Long Island, NY

Even though we love to look up at such beautiful sights, we must also remember to look forward to the head and not the tail.  Speaking of looking forward, I am looking forward to the final approach of Flight For Safety this fall.

But before we get there, everyone still has a chance to check out and read Flight For Control.  Have you yet?  If not, I highly recommend it.  As a matter of fact, I couldn't put it down after the first reading.  It took me seven consecutive readings (over a period of a few months) to attempt to convince myself to put the book down for a while.  It's just that good (- especially Darby talking back to/and about Bill.)

Now that the summer madness is over and everyone's going back to work and school, now is a great time to expand your literary repertoire.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and still am.

Speaking of relaxation..



Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday Tweeter: @747Captain

Jeremy Carlisle

During my many visits over to Kennedy's Terminal 7 ("mini-Heathrow"), I always think of the person who I am about to introduce as this week's Tuesday Tweeter.  He comes to us from the south shores of the UK.  He is not only a computer programmer but also an avid photographer.  He has taken some of the most breathtaking photos, especially the HDR shots of his recent trip to Seattle and the west coast.  He also enjoys spending summers with his family in the Adirondack region of upstate New York.  Most importantly, to say that he is an avid avgeek would be an understatement.

Please meet 
Tuesday Tweeter

"As Real As It Gets"

I came to meet Mike on Facebook a few years back through a network of online flight simulator enthusiasts.  Throughout this time, Mike helped me enhance my flight sim experience by showing what a purist/realist  can do to make my flight sim sessions as realistic as possible through professional add-on software.  Mike not only introduced me to the PSS 777 Professional add-on, but was also the one who initially trained me with the program.  For taking the time out of his busy schedule, I am greatful.

Throughout our network of enthusiasts, we shared photos always looking for new destinations to take to the virtual skies on a wide selection of aircraft.  (Our preferences were for a good portion of the time be to and out of JFK or the UK.)

I thank Mike and our network of enthusiasts for taking the time out to help each other share our love for the (virtual) aviation world.

Please follow Mike on Twitter and make sure to follow his Flickr account to see his current photographic work.  You won't be sorry.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Save The Date

Will you be joining us? 

AUGUST 30TH, 2013 

Departing JFK in style with 4X-ELA

If you are...  SEE YOU THERE! 

Have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

It Can Wait


Jeremy Carlisle

I saw my life flash before my very eyes last Thursday night.  I was a block away from my house and I had the white walk sign on and checked for traffic.  The road was clear and I proceeded to cross the four lane street.  Little did I know that within split seconds I looked up and a car was near feet from hitting me head on.  The moment was so quick, all I could think was "JUMP!"  I did.. missing the speeding car by an inch.  The driver never applied brakes.  Panic and anger flew through me because I had enough time to see what was going on inside the car.

It was someone, on their cell phone, too busy to pay attention that they had just ran a red light and almost killed a crossing pedestrian - me.


A few years ago, the same thing happened although the victim wasn't as lucky as I.  I was on my way to work, and was on the corner of a major intersection in the neighborhood where I live - about 10 blocks where I was almost struck.  A bus had stopped and there was a red light for him.  He had just let a pedestrian off - a senior gentleman - who had the light to cross the street in front of the bus.  Little to this gentleman's knowledge, a speeding driver, also on his cell phone, was racing down the street parallel to the bus and perpendicular to the elderly gentleman who de-boarded the city bus.  Even though the speeding driver didn't see the gentleman about to walk out in his path from in front of the bus, he also wasn't paying attention to the fact he had a red light. 

The speeding driver ran the red light. 

The pedestrian  was struck head-on with so much force that with my own naked eyes, I saw the elderly pedestrian spin through the air with masses of blood streaming out of his body.  I was so  unable to move, less alone breathe - traumatized, as I am sure the other witnesses, that I couldn't seeing myself going into work.  I decided to go in late that day.

Last Thursday night, I couldn't stop thinking about that one day on my way to work, "That could've been me tonight."

Unfortunately, whenever I am driving as well, I see people at stop signs that turn green still texting on their phones and not paying attention.  Or better yet, in the passing lane going half the speed limit until they see someone passing them from the right hand side.  They see it and realize that they are supposed to be driving rather than texting so the speed up and try to pass the person passing them.  You have to wonder, is the person seeping into my lane texting?  Or the person who just pulled right out in front of me (having just ran a red light?)


And see the letter he received from Martin.
(Skip to 06:45 - although if you have the time, I encourage you to watch the whole video)

Chandler was driving and all it took was to text three words, "I love you" to change his life forever and to spread the message that no text or phone call is worth it.

What will you do to minimize your cellphone use while driving?  How will you help save lives of other drivers and pedestrians?

Take the pledge not to text/call while driving:


My message to the driver last Thursday night,

What was so important that you ran a light and almost struck another pedestrian?  What was so important that needed to be told that caused you to loose attention and potentially end another person's life?  (I have so many more questions to ask this driver but they will remain for me to know and left unsolved...)

A transport pilot takes an oath that every passenger they fly is to be treated like their own flesh and blood.  In Flight For Control, Kat(thryn) told her husband who was a pilot flying hundreds in a 757 going down over Seattle that their daughters were on board - to keep that jetstream of safety and the meaning of life and lives of others going through his mind.  Every pilot has an obligation to safety.  Because of this, we have the NTSB and the FAA.  

Driving should be just as heavily regulated in safety as aviation.  I can't stress this enough.  Don't wait to be a victim to educate yourself or others what a danger cellphone driving usage is.

Be The Captain Aboard 
(Especially at the front wheel.)

Friday, August 23, 2013

August Tailwinds

In the massive airspace of August birthdays, there is one that shouldn't be passed up.  Tomorrow will be the birthday of Alex Wood.  Someone I am proud to call a great friend who has helped and contributed to this website in so many unremarkable ways.  He was also a satellite contributor and participant at FFCLIVENYC 2012 when we celebrated Karlene Petitt's aviation thriller "Flight For Control".

Alex has been the Chief Graphics Designer for this site and I attribute the current site layout to all of the time, assistance, and effort he has put in.

For all of this I owe a debt of gratitude to him and wish him many more years of success in every aspect of life: university, flight academy, and inspiring others to help their dreams to take off.  

With these words I present to you..

23 August 2013

Thank you for being my tailwinds whilst keeping my sanity on the ground.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Despite the fact I have given my contributions to this site a break,  I feel compelled to write this evening about my day today.  It was a truly unorthodox day as usually my days are filled with unnecessary stress but today, for some reason, was tranquil despite the business of it. 

Something, towards the end happened though which in my mind thought would transpire into a stressful situation taking the day spiraling down. 

Someone came to the front entrance of where I work looking for a job.  Because of the way this person addressed it,  I was at that time unable to handle the situation.   Something inside of me though told me to patiently assess her situation and to avail, was not only able to assist her inquiry but in return she offered something in return which is wasn't expecting. 

I patiently escorted her as I was leaving from work and she proceeded to take our dialogue on many tangents.  But one of those tangents gave a new light:

Relationships with people of substantially younger /older ages. 

A category I fall into for sure. 

Being that I've always pondered this question of why I don't have friends my own age,  she guided me as to why I don't:


And to give me an ego boost,  her answer to me was that the reason why I have friends who are more than 10 years younger is the fact that I look and have a youthful personality yet at the same time can benefit the younger friends as it gives them something in their life: perspective of what it means to be older while retaining their youth. 

© 2013 

It all seems so abstract, however, imagine going through a conversion course for a new type rating.. Perhaps to a heavy jet.  Or more so being a rookie member of flight deck crew that can add new perspectives to the veterans make a successful flight (just as much as if the roles were reversed?) 

We come from different shoe sizes and personalities but that doesn't mean that we don't have something to offer each other to help make each other better people. 

Be thankful for the younger or older friends in your life no matter how turbulent times can be.  The resistance (wing flex) is proof of the relationship's strength and meaning. 


Friday, August 9, 2013

Pet Therapy

The week can be stressful if not a downright nightmare.  Dealing with challenges less alone other people that create them for you can be very overwhelming.  All you want to do is be next to a furry creature that takes all of your stresses and pain away.  

Pet Therapy is essential for the animal lover within you.  

This weekend will be full of pet therapy with this little one, so I have decided to showcase him as

and Our
August 9th, 2013

Senior Check Captain K-9 "Coco Jo"

How will you make your weekend a most relaxing one?

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Go-Go Coney Island!

Jeremy C.

Getting caught in a summer rain walking last night reminded me of an amazing performance which I was presented with one week ago this moment.

So.. what do you get when you have five ladies from the '80s who know how to "Rock and Roll All Night"?  
Yes, you are right:  
The Go-Gos

We were sitting in a half empty outdoor venue.  Wearing a poncho it was as if someone threw us devoted fans into a swimming pool fully clothed.  The rain went on for hours but the diligent stage crew wanted to make sure that safety was in place and to rest assure the restless fans that there would be a show.  The first one of the group to make a stage appearance was the Go-Go's lead singer Belinda.  Later on as the rains subsided, Jane and Charlotte came out to greet some of the fans seated in the front row and sign autographs as the stage was being prepped and prayers were flying that the rains would finally stop.

What was a plastic covered stage, eventually turned into a bright shining stage for five of the world's most renown and best female musicians to exist.  They had the crowd going with the opening "Vacation" and mixed the repetoire a bit with works from Belinda's solo career ("Mad About You" - "Gogos Style")  It would've been all too ironic if they had performed her single, "Summer Rain."

A spice to the show was a surprise rendition of K.I.S.S.'s "Rock And Roll All Night" Go-Go's style.  And of course, they asked for the audience's preference between that song and "We Got The Beat."  And of course, audience participation was not passed up by all means.

TRIVIA: which one has an August birthday?

Gina wanted to go for a ride

The chemistry between all members was magic, especially for myself, as this was the first time seeing them perform live since their reunion.  The best  part of it was the crowd felt it.

How do I know?

Audience sitting around me who were there to see the following Tom-Tom Club show mentioned in passing that they were "now going to put a Go-Gos playlist on their Spotify."

A job well done.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A New Birthday

"Life is too short, but a memory is just the beginning of another.."

Jeremy Carlisle

Today is a day for special celebration.  I do every year on August 7th -  what was my father's birthday - and still is.  (About My Father Cpt. Ronald G. Carlisle) He would have turned 64 years old today, however, I still celebrate the day despite the fact that his life ended at 61.  And there are many reasons to keep celebrating.

Life doesn't end when you leave the Earth.  What you leave behind: your accomplishments, your legacy, and your impact on the world remains for loved ones and others to remember.  

When you leave the Earth, your birthday becomes a new birthday, the birth of many memories that will not last for a short while, but forever.  

Bay City, Michigan

My writings on this website are a reflection of his essence and because of his memory which I celebrate today and everyday.  It is why I chose the name of this website to be "CaptainAboard."

What we do in life to celebrate others carries on and intensifies their memory.  What we do is the best birthday celebration that they could ever ask for.

While my father sailed and navigated the seas as a Captain, I would like to mention three other birthdays for this month of those who currently sail the skies:

Happy Birthday to Cecilie, Ryan, and Alex.  Read more about them here.

Keeping the memories and passions alive.  Forever.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tuesday Tweeter: @AirlineFlyer

Jeremy Carlisle

Throughout the vast social network, you come across people who you never knew who were literally at your back door.  This week's Tweeter is someone who is just that, located right near our satellite location in the Five Towns area of Long Island, NY.  He is also at the back door of one of the world's busiest airports: New York's very own John F. Kennedy International (JFK/KJFK).  It does have its perks especially for the aviation enthusiast like us.

Not only is he an aviation enthusiast, he is also an aviation journalist that looks to inform travelers of the best passenger experience possible.  Jason is Associate Editor for and also writes for other sites such as,, and on a freelance basis.  Having traveled across the world from New York to Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and even Fiji, Jason has broadened so many horizons with not only his writings but abundance of breathtaking photos.

Let's see more about our


Jason can also be found on both YouTube and Instagram.  Please also take the time to check out and watch #TravelCat)

Jason - 
Thank you so much for coming on board this week!  Hopefully I will see you around sometime spotting 4/22 action at North Woodmere Park.

If you are interested in being a Tuesday Tweeter, please visit us on Twitter and click "FOLLOW" or you can e-mail your request by telling us a little bit about yourself

Have a great week! 

Friday, August 2, 2013


It's all about the one big aviation family gathering in a small place out in the middle of nowhere making it a "somewhere."  The ultimate family reunion.  Our Aviation Family.  

This family reunion: 

Western Michigan University College of Aviation is definitely apart of this family that made an appearance at Oshkosh this year and here they are at the Cirrus Aircraft VIP Event for our

August 2nd, 2013

Our Friday Foto was provided by
Social Media Director
Western Michigan University
College of Aviation

Thank you so much Josh and I hope you all had a great time with Cirrus and the reunion!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Tweeter: @BlainPlanes

By Jeremy Carlisle

During my Grand Rapids, Michigan visit last week, I had the opportunity to take a drive down to nearby Kalamazoo, Michigan to visit the most amazing Air Zoo Museum.  Kalamazoo is also the home of someone I came across on Twitter and who has been a valued follower/supporter.  

Along with my acquaintance with this valued supporter, I didn't realize that over time how much the aviation community has grown substantially in West Michigan, thanks to Western Michigan University (WMU) and the efforts of the person I am about to introduce.  (Also noting the new Aviation High School I saw being installed right next to Ford Airport/GRR shortly before my untimely departure.)  Because of the advancement of the aviation community and also my trip to "The Zoo" this past week, I decided to make Josh Blain this week's TUESDAY TWEETER.

Follow him at

Photo Courtesy of Josh Blain

More about Josh:
Love Aviation, Airlines, and Airplanes. Pilot- CSEL CMEL CSES. Manage social media for AHP and Western Michigan University College of Aviation. AKA: The Flying Nice Jewish Boy.

Thank you Josh for following this website on Twitter.  Your support not only to this site but the greater West Michigan Aviation community is greatly appreciated.  Have an awesome time at OSH13 and I hope to see, if not fly with you, during the next visit to West Michigan very soon! 

Monday, July 22, 2013


"There isn't a letter 'I' in 'T.E.A.M."

Jeremy Carlisle

There is so much truth in this statement.  Ask any pilot that advocates strongly for CRM (Crew Resource Management.)  Having given this topic some thought, I was thinking of how a pilot in training can start to train the brain to develop the methods of teamwork.

As many know beginning flight training in and of itself can be a financial difficulty.  Many apply for scholarships and others take to creativity to discover a way not only to fit the budget, but also develop this mentality, that beginning mind training stage of CRM.

For those who take flight lessons privately and are networked with other flight students of the same instructor, some have developed a method of sharing lessons and/or splitting the costs.  That way one could fly more frequently at a fraction.

So, my question to all of my readers of this post is this:  Are you a student who "time shares" with another classmate?  Has it proven effective for you?  Please feel free to leave a reply below and share your experiences with this topic.

Your input is most appreciated.

"T.E.A.M."work is the most effective way to accomplish any mission anywhere.  This is a thought that carried me overnight into this morning.

Have a great week, everyone!

Friday, July 19, 2013

The Force Within

This week was filled with excitement as I flew to Grand Rapids, Michigan (by way of O'Hare) to visit family and to celebrate a special birthday.  Due to the significance and common denominator of this birthday (we both like planes) we went somewhere where no one would ever think of to go and see planes - The Zoo.  Yes, really, we went to the zoo...

Kalamazoo, Michigan that is...

            We went to a very special place located there called:


Luckily, despite the peak summer season, the place wasn't a zoo with crowds and we got a lot accomplished there.  Space shuttle rides, simulator rides, balloon rides, you name it.  It was one special day on so many flight levels.  

On a personal note, it was also a great day for me to get work done - aviation photography and article planning at its best.  But, alas, I was photographing everything and I shot over 200 photos from the day that I couldn't possibly combine them into one mega post.

So this.. happened for a reason.  The reason is that I am breaking up the photos in order to dedicate this week's FRIDAY FOTO or FOTOto a topic which needs to be mentioned so many times.  It is a special topic which this air museum decided to dedicate a special space for.  Not only did they dedicate a special space for it at the museum, but I am dedicating a special space for it on this website.

With these words, I present to you

July 19th, 2013

WOMEN IN AVIATION commemorates all the women who not only served in the commercial industry but also in the War Services as pilots, heroes for our beloved United States of America.  Please have a look at the visuals below..

Enjoy the VFR flight..


I was first introduced to this fine lady.  Do you know who she is?  Like many I saw at this exhibit, she definitely had a success story to share..

Some of the various aircraft 
flown by these fine pilots:

Aligned at the top of the walls perpendicular with the ceiling was a roll of film that circumnavigated the display room with all of the female WASP pilots.  There were two individuals who stuck out among them...  Do you know them?



Thank you for your devoted service to this great nation.

Saluting you!

Have a great weekend everyone!