Sunday, June 30, 2013

Your Controls!

I hope everyone is enjoying the rest of the weekend and are gearing up for the holiday week both for Canada (tomorrow is Canada Day) and the 4th for us here in the US.

Some of you may or may not have noticed over the course of this past week that some changes were made to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, mainly the name of this website.  Yes, I have decided to drop the name "Jeremy's Flight Deck" from this website and just be simply ""

The Flight Deck Is No Longer Mine...

So.. Here you go... Enjoy!

Yes, you.  You are also the Captains.  The contributors.  

Why?  Because many of you have contributed to this website, not only in articles, but in other areas.. So, calling it my flight deck would be a bit selfish, now wouldn't it?  I want it to be for all of you out there.  There is a world to discover and so much of it.

So there we have it!

Enjoy the holidays everyone!


Monday, June 24, 2013

Flying History Through Safety

If history could fly for a small group of pilots based out of Farmingdale, Long Island's Republic Airport (FRG/KFRG), it definitely was set in stone on June 23rd, 2013 as the New York Flight Club with Chief Pilot / Award Winning Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Robert Keleti of along with fellow NYFC pilot Natan Hoffmann took not only our team of pilots but those who were in attendance into the skies for the first official meeting of NYFC members.  What made this meeting special was that it was and is extended beyond pilots and the aviation community.  It's made for everyone to come and share their experiences in aviation. 

Not only everyone in attendance took to the skies but to the skies of safety and security as Keleti and Hoffmann  brought on board current EL AL 747 Captain Shemulik E.  Captain E. (we will keep his last name on a first letter basis) not only is currently a 747 Captain with EL AL, but was also was the Chief Pilot for the 757/67 fleet.  Before coming over to the 747 he also took an office job as the head of security operations for the airline.

So with this being said, a great way to launch a series of meetings that are due to occur once every month or so?  I'd say so.

As the relaxing atmosphere settled in with great Israeli music and videos showing various flights which were shot by Keleti  and Hoffmann themselves, safety and security were brought to the table, literally, as Captain E. introduced himself and the questions started to pour in.. literally.

So, what was mainly pressing on minds of both pilots and non-pilots this past Sunday?

  • Auto-Pilot (Exactly when is A/P engaged after take off?  Have pilots ever flown the NATS manually?  What do pilots do during auto-pilot time?)  
  • Automation and 
  • Fly-by-wire Technology (Why not side-stick controls in a 777 with fly-by-wire technology?  Differences between Boeing and Airbus?)
  • Training Procedures and their revisions as a result of aviation catastrophes.  Being pro-active versus re-active.
  • Internal Maintenance Load Factors - Who is responsible?  The Captain/Pilot In Command/The person responsible for all souls on board or MX (Maintenance?)
  • CRM (Crew Resource Management) 

And if you didn't think that EL AL flight 1862 and Air France 447 didn't appear on the table, less alone TWA 800, one would be sorely mistaken.  

After a brief discussion of the above, the slide shows and videos continued to pour the dark side of what can go wrong when you don't know what you are doing as a pilot.  Waiting for that "atomic bomb to go off" as our CFI Robert Keleti would say.

Don't know where you are going during low visibility?  Let's see what will happen when you don't follow what Providence ATC tells you.  (I was thinking JFK ATC's experience with Air China during this segment.) But then, what if they clear you for take off when there is another aircraft stuck on an adjacent taxiway?  Let's have a look at errors on both sides.  A recipe for Tenerife part II:

Orange traffic departs 05R and clips UA 1448 Ouch..

What would you do if ATC cleared you for take-off and you knew that there was an aircraft hanging out a midst the runway somewhere?

TK 1951
We also proceeded to relive the crash (nicknamed the "Poldercrash") of TC-JGE operating as Turkish Airlines flight 1951 which impacted short of Amsterdam-Schipol's (AMS/EHAM) 18R (Dutch nicknamed "Polderbaan") on February 25, 2009.  What went wrong, why, and how we can stop it from re-occurrence.

Intercepting The Localizer and Failure to Make the Runway

The importance of AIRSPEED and ALTITUDE

A/T goes to IDLE, too late to take action, aircraft goes into a stall and crashes break into three pieces, killing 9 passengers and crew including the three pilots, injuring many.

Watching the demise and learning very important lessons:  AIRSPEED, AIRSPEED, AND AIRSPEED

Dunkin Donuts compliments of
Even though we let the dark ugly side of flying out during our first gathering, we definitely ended the event on a positive note, noting the positive aspects to flight.  Mainly aerial photography.

For those who came, it was a pleasure to meet you all and once again to have the honor of being surrounded by an awesome group of skilled pilots.  Skilled in safety and security.

Mostly many thanks to our CFI, Robert Keleti, and Natan Hoffmann for arranging our guest speaker for this event so that he could show his expertise and to help encourage the ever continuing molding process for safe and secure pilots.  To be an ever safe and secure pilot nowadays is a true art form. 

If you are a pilot, learn how to be a safe and secure one.  If you are simply a frequent flyer and/or aviation enthusiast, or even yet afraid to fly and never took your foot onto an aircraft, learn how we make sure that you first will be your most memorable.  To join us for our next event August 4th, 2013 or to sign up for the New York Flight Club official e-mail listserv to be notified of future events and/or competitions, please e-mail  See you then!

Keep in mind, one doesn't need to be a pilot to attend these events..

EL AL Captain K-9 "Spunky"

Always spreading the passion
  & the message of safety,


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Party Time!


Who has a birthday today?

I already know who it is, so I will start out by wishing this pilot extraordinairefellow blogger, and friend


and many, many more, 

Here's your cake:



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day 2013

Every year we celebrate a specific day or holiday for some aspect of life that we emphasize on that day.  For instance, Thanksgiving, we celebrate everything that we are thankful for in life.  Valentine's Day, for those we love and admire.  Mother's Day, to show appreciation for what our mother's do for us and how much they love us.

Don't get me wrong, we need these days.  But shouldn't every day be Thanksgiving - a day of giving thanks?  Valentine's Day?  A day for giving extra special love to those we admire?  Or Mother's Day, to show those moms who make those sacrifices for us?

When my father was alive, I obviously celebrated Father's Day on a yearly basis with him.. However I felt that I was missing a spark.  Perhaps, it was the fact that I unintentionally took his presence on this Earth for granted, that nothing would ever happen to him.  As of December 23rd, 2011, when he left this Earth, I began to celebrate Father's Day not only every year in June, but every day of my life - and more intense than when he was here, even if it was only for a few minutes.

With that being said, those special days mentioned above are necessary as they teach us  an important lesson - even though we have thanks, love, and many other attributes in our daily lives, we should never take them for granted until that person is gone.

All we need is that one special day to realize that we will not be here forever and need to have that extra special celebration to remind us that life can never be taken for granted.  Fathers are special examples of life and are the guides we need, especially in our youths to help direct us.

They are the ones who help feed our passions.

Such as..  

B-17 "Yankee Lady"

Show us the world in every direction...

And help provide us with everything we need to be successful in life.
WTC Tower #3 "Freedom Tower"

Hadn't it been for my father, I wouldn't have made it to NYC, to start my life anew and start flight school.

Father's not only help bring you into the world, but also help bring the world to you..

Sunrise over Long Island this morning



Friday, June 14, 2013

Storming Through Your iPad

by Jeremy Carlisle

What do you get when awesome pilots of awesome planes are grounded due to thunderstorms and are sitting around playing with iPads? 

Nadia Marcinko a.k.a. "Gulfstream Girl" teamed up with Charles Schneider, CEO of to give a very informative seminar on MyGoFlight's new applications for iPad at the Nassau Flyers Flight School at Long Island's Republic Airport (FRG/KFRG) this past Thursday night.  

Fellow pilot at New York Flight Club, Natan Hoffmann and I attended the seminar last night and were able to sample the many applications and products of this company and how to apply them to smooth out, if not, clean up flight deck operations.  To make them all the more efficient and ensure safety even under the most averse conditions...  Not only that, but to network and connect flights with the other awesome and experienced pilots that were in attendance.

To show our gratitude for this amazing night, we present to you this week's

June 14th, 2013

Courtesty of Nassau Flyers and Gulfstream Girl:

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

She's Like The Wind

The answer to last week's TUESDAY TRIVIA:

Who is she?


To answer the second part of that trivia question:

During her employment with British Airways, Barbara was one out of the 40 female pilots employed at the time to be qualified to fly the SuperSonic Transport (SST): Concorde.  Even though she started out as a hairdresser before finding her new life in aviation, she landed a position at London's Gatwick Airport as a controller.  How did she get there?  Leaving the beauty profession as a hairdresser to attend ATC school and graduating six years after.

Why the career change?

This is a question I would have loved to ask her but I will say that it took a special person such as herself to show the world what it means to soar the skies at record speeds with one of the world's most amazing aircraft.  What is also most amazing about Barbara is that she taught herself British Law, Constitutional Law, and Geography in order to study for the 'A' Levels which she missed having left school early.  She also managed to scrape up enough money by investing thousands of pounds to obtain private and commercial licenses.  She was also a flight instructor for sometime after that.  Her career as a pilot started to take off for a small commuter airline before going full throttle with  British Caledonian in 1984 flying the BAC-1-11s for three years. Barbara eventually upgraded over to the DC-10 shortly after.

British Caledonian merged with British Airways in 1988, and with this fact, history was ready to be written for this fine lady.  By 1992, Harmer was chosen to undergo an intensive six month conversion course to fly the world's fastest commercial transport.  By March of 1993, Harmer made her supersonic debut across the Atlantic as the first official long term qualified female pilot for the British Airways Concorde programme.  Her colleague over at Air France, Béatrice Vialle, had become the second of only two women to the fly the SST (SuperSonic Transport) Concorde on a regular basis.  (The very first female ever to pilot the Concorde was French test pilot Jacqueline Auriol.)

Not only taking to the skies, but also the seas was another aspect of Barbara Harmer that really hit home upon learning of her.  She was an experienced yacht master, a Captain that participated in many international tournaments with fellow Concorde crew members and also winning many of them.

Photo by Adam Butler/PA
By the time Air France and her company British Airways parked the Concorde altogether, she was a Senior Officer having had 10 years and many supersonic hours logged.  She left Concorde to transfer over to the Boeing 777 as a Captain until she negotiated and agreed to a voluntary leave from BA in 2009.

Harmer was scheduled to take a transatlantic voyage, not by flying a plane, but piloting her Archambault 35 yacht across the Atlantic this year (2013) for a major nautical event, however, she died of cancer on February 20, 2011 at the age of 57.

Barbara left us a legacy that is so remarkable and is truly an inspiration.  I, along with many others, will never forget the Concorde departures/arrivals out of JFK, CDG, and LHR on a daily basis.  Whenever I read her story over and over I can't help to think of the people in my personal life that have made similar contributions both above and on the water.  

British Airways responded to my first piece I wrote of her stating, 
"It was an honour to have her as a part of our team."

Not only was it an honour to have her as a apart of the British Airways team, but also the world aviation team as a whole.  Barbara left us all something to learn from.  Something that I will always take into my flight deck both on this website and in the planes I fly.

Barbara Harmer will always be the 
Captain Aboard every ship both 
above and on the water...

Spread the message about her and what an impact she made not only to our industry but to the science/technology community as a whole.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

TENNIS: A Pilot's Sport


Firstly, I want to thank those of you who participated in the Tuesday Trivia the week before last.  Thank you for those of you who responded on this site along with those who contacted me personally.  

(click link above to view)

The Answer:


Réunion born Roland Garros studied at the HEC Paris before starting his aviation career in 1909 with a Alberto Santos-Dumont Demoiselle monoplane, however, by 1913 he transferred over to the Morane-Saulnier monoplane.  With this, he flew a record flight across the Mediteranean (Fréjus, France to Bizerte, Tunisia.)  World War I broke out and came his life as a fighter pilot.  "Gun control" was an issue in the Saulnier Type L and Garros visited the Morane-Saulnier factory to figure out a way to effectively attach metal deflectors on the end of propeller blades for his aircraft.  And that.. he successfully accomplished. 

After managing to escape a German POW camp on Valentine's Day 1918, he rejoined the French army.  He faced an untimely death one month shy of his 30th birthday less alone the end of the 1st World War after he was shot down in Vouziers, France near the French/Belgian border on October 5th, 1918.

Tributes to his memory:

  • The airport on the island of Réunion (his birthplace) is named after him: Aéroport de la Réunion Roland-Garros (RUN / FMEE)
  • Both the tennis stadium in Paris is named "La Stade Roland Garros" as well as the major  annual Grand Slam tournament which is held there every late May, early June.  Even though it is commonly known as the "French Open", it's official name is "Les Internationeaux de France de Roland-Garros" (The French Internationals of Roland Garros.)
  • As a result of naming the tournament after him, French car manufacturer Peugot commissioned a special 205 model commemorative edition for the Roland Garros tournament. 

To read up on the Roland Garros tournament for 2013, visit their official website. is also re-tweeting scores and events with the tournament on our Twitter Page so please follow for up-to-date scores!  Please also follow hashtag #RG13

And... on to our next question:

Who is this?  
And what contributions did she make to the aviation industry?

Answer coming next Tuesday Trivia!

Have a great rest of the week!


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Back To Life with AFR447

The past week's FRIDAY FOTO was in memory of Air France flight 447.  Origin Rio de Janeiro.  Destination Paris-DeGaulle.

It was an Airbus A330 which it and those inside met their tragic ending on the night of May 31/June 1st, 2009, roughly 400 miles off the NE Brazilian coastline (near waypoint "TASIL") when it entered a high altitude stall due to one of the pitot tubes icing up passing through an intense thunderstorm.  Pilots lost automation and the rest is history due to many factors.

Without going into logistics with flight operations on deck that night, (I prefer to leave it to the experts), I want to focus on the positive for a bit as a good friend of mine from South America, Patrice Ruel Salonikio, sent me some photos after having read that Friday Foto post. He wanted to share his photo journalism with us as he was traveled on the same plane that crashed that unthinkable night, F-GZCP, back on September 10, 2006.

Thank you Patrice for sending me these photos and I will let him take it away with this Sunday morning's photo journalism:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!