Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Sun Is Still Shining


Firstly, I would like to congratulate our winner of last week's FRIDAY FOTO question regarding the identification of the people in the photograph:

Siew Mei Chua

The people in the photo were:

HANS SCHOLL (brother)

They were known as "Die Weiße Rose" "The White Rose" a non-violent intellectual resistance force in Germany who stood up against the Nazi party and everything which it stood (stands) for. 

Our foto this week is not actually a foto.  It is a video.  A video of their story taken from the movie "SOPHIE SCHOLL: The Final Days" a movie which I saw two weeks ago.  Please take the next fourteen minutes to see this.  This is the story of The White Rose:

March 29th, 2013

(The very end of this video is only for those with a slightly strong stomach.)

A week from this Sunday is Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Rememberence Day).  It's all about standing up against what is wrong and always doing the right thing  .... even if it means risking your own life

Something to think about over the weekend..


Friday, March 22, 2013



With the holidays of Passover and Easter coming up next week, I was very selective to choose a photo for this week that would really lay the groundwork to gain knowledge about something so unknown to many and yet sends out an important message ever so important to the world.

MARCH 22nd, 2013

My question to you all:

Do you know who these people are in this photo?

They sent out an important message to the world.  Literally.

I will be posting more about them the first week of April.  Please stay tuned because it will be a Power Post..

 First person to reply with the correct answer(s) below this post will receive a free e-mail address.  (You will be apart of the flight crew - literally!) along with a free commemorative Boeing 777 keychain.

Enjoy your weekend!


Tuesday, March 19, 2013



I hope that everyone is having an easy or smooth week so far.  Before I give this last week's answer and this week's regularly scheduled 777 question, I would like to announce that Triple Trivia will be switched on auto-pilot for the next two Tuesdays following this week.  This is due to the holidays and also I have a lot of studying and work to do.  Suffice to say, I will be off the radar somewhat, however, I will be posting as much as I can for the time being.

Last week our question came once again from the novel: "Flight For Control"

Tuesday (Triple) Trivia
March 12th, 2013
There was a missing connection at the end of the novel to which Kat had to break open his flight bag for.  Which event occurred near the end of the novel and what is the changed combination to Bill's flight bag?

EVENT: Bill's water landing in Puget Sound.
THE DATE: of this landing was October 4th.

Hence Bill changed his sacred flight bag combination to:


So to find out the answer to the extra credit question, I highly recommend you purchase this novel on the right hand side of our website and don't forget to say "JEREMY or "JFD" SENT ME"

Sometimes we just need to put the auto brakes on life, especially mine, so that's why I decided to feature and ask this trivia question.


March 19th

With the AutoBreak Selector in the RTO position, WHEN and HOW much break pressure is applied?

Once again, answer will be given in three weeks!  Please subscribe to this site for e-mail and or Blogger updates!  You can also follow Triple Trivia on Twitter by Hashtagging #TRIPLETRIVIA and/or following

Have a great week everyone!


Monday, March 18, 2013

The Common Denominator

Before I took to the skies yesterday I was thinking of a tragic event which as of yesterday happened 53 years ago: the crash of Northwest Flight 710.  An Around this time last year I wrote a post commemorating the lives that were lost on that Lockheed L-188C Electra registered N121US which perished some 50 miles east of my native Evansville, Indiana near Tell City on March 17th, 1960.  No one survived this flight.


Even though the causes of this fatal crash were mechanical, a lot of crashes are due to pilot fatigue and error - or should I say lack of proper training.  As I was sitting and having a discussion with my flight instructor yesterday, we were discussing what it takes to become a good, if not excellent, pilot.  He told me that aviation is the only field to which an instructor can't take a wand, point it at the student, and say, "Poof!  I have now made you an excellent pilot."

Training and learning to become an excellent pilot takes loads of practice and experience - not to mention the proper training.  But where do you get the proper training from?

From a GOOD if not EXCELLENT instructor

Where and how do you find an excellent instructor?

For those who are beginning student pilots, the instructor is THE most important investment that you will make.  It is the foundation of investments because this person will be the one who will guide to where you need to be.  Someone who knows you, your learning abilities, and probably most important, your personality as to be able to mold instruction to cater to these areas.

It's one thing to go to your local airport and sign up for flight lessons but it's another to find the right person to entrust yourself.  No matter if you are training for a Sport License, a PPL, multi-engine, ATP, or recurrent training for one of the majors, the type of training you receive is ever most paramount.  The people teaching and training may be the people who will make the most  difference in your flight path to becoming an excellent pilot, but the person who is the primary source of that is you and who you select to be your flight instructor.

What do you look for in a flight instructor?  Who will be the one to teach you flight safety and to be a safe and RESPONSIBLE pilot?  Who will be the one that you will not only entrust not only your brain in but also your souls with so that one day you can say, "All of the souls on board my flight that have put their trust in me as a pilot, were able to have a safe and fun flight because of my excellent flight training."?

When I walked through the wooded area near Tell City one day near ground zero of Northwest 710 and saw the memorial above, I saw the souls of all of those on board that flight.  I was afraid to fly after I heard how the plane went down.  Years later, I put my soul in the hands of the Northwest 747 pilots who took me over to Amsterdam, and with their excellent training, not only did I have a safe intro flight as a commercial passenger, but I also  fell in love with something to which I decided to take on as my new life - being a pilot in itself.  To be diligent.  To be persistent.  To practice.  To work hard and fly right.  Not only those, but to have a great instructor who knows how to be tough, to be serious, but patient when needed.  Especially catering to your needs to be where you need to be, because in all reality, instructors are the ones help setting you up for success - but it's the student's job to BECOME the success.  For they will teach you what it takes to be an excellent pilot which is the greatest investment one could ever ask for.  

Two excellent flight instructors who have given so much to so many - myself included..


Friday, March 15, 2013

Fighting Irish


This up and coming Sunday marks St. Patrick's Day for those who celebrate.  It is a day filled with celebration for some, prayer for others, and a day of indentity for many.  Those who identify themselves of being a product of Ireland or of Irish lineage it's a day to show a sense of pride, of belonging even if you have nothing to belong to.  Some who have no connection to Ireland or Irish lineage will convince those who are, that they, in fact do have the Irish connection just to have an excuse to join in on the celebration.

It is customary for those of lineage, or even in general, to wear green and for some others - orange.  There is another reason why green and orange are not only worn on St. Patrick's Day.  It is to show support for something that is rarely covered in the media.  Not as recognized in the mainstream medical community.  Something that is worth standing up and showing support for because it is one of the most difficult and lethal cancers to treat.

Kidney Cancer.

We have been sporting an orange/green ribbon on this website now for the past 15 days to show our support to those who are battling such an immense and immensely painful condition.  People who are fighters.  I know this for a fact, because I have personally seen people with Kidney Cancer fight.  Not only that, but to eat away the sanity of these patients, their families, who help advocate and fight for them and our cause.  

We ask that this weekend, when you wear your green, when you wear your orange, that not only do you wear it with pride, with a sense of identity and that of belonging, but also make others aware about this most lethal illness - with pride and identity. Also to be a fighter for those who are battling with all of their lives to overcome this most lethal and challenging disease both inside the body and out.

With these words, I present to you our 



March 15th, 2013

My personal favorite.  (Photo courtesy of

Be an educator.  Be a supporter.  Be someone's guiding light.

Be a fighter.

Fight Kidney Cancer like you're

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lucky Numbers


Last week we went inside the novel "Flight For Control" for our 777 Trivia question which was the following:

Which aircraft is the dual type rate along with a 757 and what is the combination to unlock Bill's sacred flight bag?

The dual type rate for a Boeing 757 is the 767.  
Hence the code to unlock the flight bag is:


This question will lead us to the next. 

Our Tuesday (Triple) Trivia
March 12th, 2013
There was a missing connection at the end of the novel to which Kat had to break open his flight bag for.  Which event occured near the end of the novel and what is the changed combination to Bill's flight bag?

For extra credit, what was the missing link, the missing factor that Kathryn (Kat) was looking for?

Yes, Karlene please answer!

Answer and back to normal Boeing 777 next week!


Monday, March 11, 2013


This weekend, with some life long near and dear (non-aviation) friends, I saw the movie:

I had been pre-warned that this movie was a dud in regards to technicalities and flight deck scenes so I wasn't that disappointed, especially when I only saw one flight deck scene - although it terrified me to think of being in the plane during the crash scene in real life.  

I must say that with fictitious airline and plane (a bad cross between an MD-88 and a CRJ), the flight deck scene was the only action scene throughout the whole movie.  (Perhaps that's a good thing because I refuse to re-watch United 93 after the same friend I saw this movie "Flight" with have been asking me to re-watch "United 93.")

We all must realize that Hollywood will always be that: Hollywood, but one of the things that Hollywood does best is get an agenda or message across.  And the one important message I feel that this movie was portraying is that we have a serious issue that mechanical errors with aircraft only go so far, it is also with pilot error not only inside the flight deck but out.  What happens outside in most, if not all, carrys in - especially a drug/alcohol addiction.  With pilots leading very stressful lives, nothing is a surprise in this world, anymore.  I have a feeling we will be seeing more movies like this on the horizon, and for good reason.  To do just that - to get that message across.

I have always been told, no matter what profession a person is, we leave what happens at home and in our personal lives outside the office door and vice-versa.  It is hard not to carry God forbid a death of a loved one, a divorce, an illness, etc. anywhere no matter what profession.  On the other hand it is true, if you are into aviation, and/or carry an aviation position (pilot, crew, ATC, mechanic, etc.) it is sort of difficult to keep your job from entering your own home - especially if you are dealing with stress on the job to which commercial pilots, less alone special education teachers, are notorious for.

What is most important and portrayed in this movie is that the lead character, Captain William "Whip" Whitaker played by no one better than Denzel Washington, let something that he was happening in his personal life - a drug/alcohol addiction enter the flight deck.  Many reviews of this movie have been given with many opinions to go with.  However, the big picture was that his personal life (i.e., the addiction) coincided with equipment failure which led to the crash scene after the beginning of the movie. 

Melissa Leo playing the role of NTSB investigator Ellen Block.
After the crash scene and before the NTSB investigation, he was assigned a union attorney who pledged to kill the toxicology report. He was given the answers to lie to the lead NTSB investigator Ellen Block during the final hearing.  My question is, even though they are there to help protect the pilots, why would the union help him lie to a federal agency to retain his license as a revenue pilot carrying future souls on board many more flights as a continued addict?  (One of my thoughts at the end of the movie being that the attorney representing him and the union both would've lost their credibility totally and would also have been held accountable for Capt. Whitaker's actions.)

Another part of the movie I would like to have a reference on is if God forbid a loss of crew were to occur and damages had to be paid, why would they be less than what the airline forks out to the families of a lost passenger?  The reasoning given in the movie was for the fact that when one becomes a revenue pilot or crew member, they accept being involved in potential "dangerous situations"  If that is the case, then, wouldn't that be true for a ticket holding passenger?  Wouldn't or shouldn't they both be paid the equal damages?

Overall, despite the Hollywoodification of the movie, (especially the bad cross between an MD-88 and a CRJ flying like an F-16), the movie was pretty good.  Yes, there were some technicalities which I found to have been obscured, but one of the best parts of the movie and a nice touch was the appearance and the role of this gentleman:

John Goodman playing the role of Harling Mays

And I always love a good British actress who hides her accent well - that also means YOU Kate Beckinsale!)

British actress Kelly Reilly playing the role of Nicole Maggen

Speaking of horizons, there was only one movie missing though from the previews and only one other person viewing this blog who knows which movie I am talking about.. It will be coming soon to a theater nearest you.  Keep your eyes out..


Friday, March 8, 2013

Stretched Limo


Last Monday was not one of my better days.  In fact, when I thought the day wouldn't get any worse at about 10:00 a.m., it did.  Throughout the chaos of the day, I received a very special tweet from one of JFD's very devout followers:

Of course it had to be featured as this week's photo.. What a difference it made in my day on Monday, you will never know.  What one small random act of kindness... So JFD presents:


March 8th, 2013

My plane... The Silver Bullet

Once again, thanks Raff!
Have a great weekend, everyone!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Power of Numbers

On this date thirty-six years ago, March 7th, 1977, I took my first breaths of life at Welborn Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, USA, thanks to God and to two outstanding parents, one of them who I am blessed to still have alive today.  The other, I was blessed to have shared 35 years of my life with.  From what my parents told me, it was unusually and unseasonably hot that day - a balmy 100+ degrees F.  Ironically, my brother, who is a May baby (the 19th) was born under the same meteorological conditions even though he was born at one of the two other hospitals in the Evansville area.

One of the things, though, that is unique about my birthday and also to those who were born on July 7, 1973 is that we have the magical combination of numbers 777 and 3.  

(3/7/77 and 7/7/73)

If there is anything in this universe that resembles those numbers and is a such a blessing to have on Earth - is my favorite aircraft of all time:


 777300 (ER)

The Triple Seven widebody and myself were born to fly together.. 

Especially during my play days on 
Microsoft Flight Simulator 9:

NRT - JFK, Canarsie arrival

Office with a view en route LAX - CDG with one of my European clients

And speaking of aviation, the number 7 plays an another important role as well:  

My 7th reading of the aviation thriller, 
Karlene Petitt.

I have been asked many times by many people who know of this book, "Why would you read it so often so consecutively?"  My answer is simple: it's a simply awesome book.  But, please allow me to define "a simply awesome book."  (I don't normally give a novel this high of a review.)

I know each of those characters of that book in real life.  They may have different names, different jobs, different lives, but their persona  - are very true to those characters in the novel.  I have had friends, am friends, and will be friends with the characters in that book.  I have also dated the characters in that book. From Bill to Kathryn (Kat), to Greg, and yes, even Darby, each one of them have been in my life in many forms and in many roles.  And yes, I have even had pets with the same names like the characters in that book:

More importantly, it wasn't just the characters that very much attracted me to the book, it was also the events that occurred which that also occurred to me in my lifetime.

Little do I come across an author who is able to read the potential reader's mind and present to them a manuscript, if not a screenplay to life itself as if they, the author knew every part of our lives, our every secret, and say to us, "I know what you are going through in life, so let me add some perspective to it and through it, we will discover our goals in life, our ambitions, and how to fulfill them."  

We discover those who are able to give us encouragement, our tailwinds, to meet those goals and ambitions.  Not only to help guide us through life but also by making the guidance fun by taking the us out of reality for a bit via giving the our real life "characters" fictitious names, careers - in this case my favorite field of aviation.

This is how not only how I define a "simply awesome book", but also a great, if not outstanding author.  An author who connects to their audience in such a way that they can give many perspectives to help them through the turbulence in their lives with already knowing the potential reader's background (even outside aviation.)  Not only to give those perspectives but to give those tailwinds to success.  That focus.

One last thought about my new age: 

36 years young..:

One of my fascinations and my studies in university was and still is MFL Modern Foreign Languages.  Hebrew is one of the most fascinating especially in gematria which is Hebrew numerology.  Each Hebrew letter of the alphabet or "Aleph Bet" (as opposed to its very similar Greek equivalent) is assigned a numerical value.  In words the letters' numerical assignments are added for a grand total.

The Hebrew word for life is 


(Hence the famous toast, "L'Chayim" - "To Life") 

"Chai" has the numerical value of 18 when those two letters are added. When doubled we get 36 - my new age.  (P.s., the Hebrew pronunciation of "Ch" is a guttural sound resembling that of the Dutch pronunciation of the letter "G" and not like the "Chai" Tea)

My birthday wish today is: 
to have all of my family, friends, and the families of my friends to receive 
twice the blessings in life.  

We should all have double, if not triple as in the power of the lucky 7 to have the strength to not only be successful but also help others in desperate need get through the journey of life and to land success. 

Just like in the novel, "Flight For Control"

Birthday bus ride over to GRR for the party.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Double Triple Feature


Our Triple Trivia Question from last week (February 26th 2013) entitled "All About 'U'":

During a 180 degree "U" Turn, which part of the aircraft has the widest arc?


The turning wing (Alex hit the runway spot on!)


I was debating whether or not to do a triple trivia for this week as the term "busy" is an understatement. I decided to do a trivia but it will not be so 777, and I will explain why on Thursday.

HOWEVER tonight I will be reading the aviation thriller "Flight For Control" for the seventh time and being that it's reading number seven, I'd use that excuse to use the novel for this week's "777" trivia question.

Darby is right. It's the wife's job to snoop and Darby was helping Kat break into her husband's sacred flight bag. The code was a combination of a dual type rate for Boeing pilots. Our trivia this week is two questions.

OUR "777 TRIVIA" Flight For Control Trivia Questions


MARCH 5th 2013

Which aircraft is the dual type rate along with a 757 and what is the combination to unlock Bill's sacred flight bag?


Karlene is exempt from this week's trivia!


Friday, March 1, 2013


I chose and choose to describe this week's Friday Foto in response to a piece written by Karlene Petitt entitled "How To Build Flight Hours" She has been contacted by many people (around my age and beyond) who are concerned, like myself, about making it to their final destinations as pilots.




March 1st, 2013

This way to JFK

In the building of hours success is always around the corner on the top floor.  The elevator and escalators are always broken (especially if you live in NYC) .... so the only way up is the stairs..

Have a great weekend!