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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,…

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 writte…

@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 la…

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 …






               Apple Cider.....


But most important of all..


Enjoy the season everyone and always keep climbing!



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.  

Our TUESDAY TWEETER for 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 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.

Our FRIDAY FOTO for  October 11th, 2013

Enjoy your weekend!


Something to look forward to..

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

Our FRIDAY FOTO for September 6th, 2013

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 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  our  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…

Save The Date

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If you are...  SEE YOU THERE!
Have a great weekend everyone!

It Can Wait


IT CAN WAIT by 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 str…

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..

Our FRIDAY FOTO for 23 August 2013

Have a great weekend, everyone!


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 y…

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 FRIDAY FOTO for August 9th, 2013

How will you make your weekend a most relaxing one?
Have a great weekend, everyone!


Go-Go Coney Island!

by Jeremy C. Publisher

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 bri…

A New Birthday

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

by 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.  

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 carr…

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,, andAviationWeek.comon 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…


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:  OSHKOSH
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
FRIDAY FOTO for August 2nd, 2013

Our Friday Foto was provided by Josh Blain 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 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.


More about Josh: Love Aviation, Airlines, and Airplanes. Pilot- CSEL CME…


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

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…