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.