Tuesday, February 26, 2013

All About "U"

Hello everyone!

Last week's TRIPLE TRIVIA question came from Andy Sinclair, one of our Twitter followers, and he asks everyone:

How much more pavement is required for the -300 series to make a 180 degree "U" turn?

My Answer:  

An additional 29 feet.
The 777-300ER requires 185 feet (57 meters) to make the required turn as the 772 requires 156 feet.  The spaces required, however, can be lessened by using different brakes and/or asymmetrical thrusting..

Once again, thank you so much Andy for your submission!

Now onto this week..



Tuesday, February Twenty-Six 


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

Answer and following question next week!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Size Matters

We must ask ourselves: why do some things seem so small when they are, in reality so large? And vice versa.....

The week for me was so intense that the size of it shrunk. Is that a good thing? Would you rather have a small busy week rather than a large uneventful one?

For me yes, I need my weeks to be short but this weekend for me will also be busy for many good reasons - all for promoting the love of flying.

Time flies great distances , and even over the nastiest storms (time heals bad life events/pain). Always keeping in mind that we are the pilots.

With these words, I present to you:




FEBRUARY 22, 2013

(I hope everyone from this flight is resting after the trip, crew especially..). Have a restful weekend! J

Tuesday, February 19, 2013



Our question from last week:

What is the minimum pavement required to make a 180 degree turn on the B777-200/2ER/2LR/F?

The answer:

156 feet (47.5m)

Last week I was contacted with a request for this week's question..

FEBRUARY 19th 2013
Submitted by our 
Tuesday Tweeter

How much more pavement is required for the -300 series to make a 180 degree turn?


Thank you so much Andy for contacting us and we look forward to answering everyone next week along with the question to follow!

If you have a question you would like to submit to have featured on Tuesday Triple Trivia, please e-mail us at

Have a great day / week!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Lazy Day Sunday

Despite the fact it's President's Day and I am working today, I decided to take a field trip over to JFK yesterday for some pure avgeek madness.

Here were some of my findings - Enjoy!! ~j

Friday, February 15, 2013

Our Character...

When I saw this for the first time, it was a reminder not only to myself, but also sends a strong and powerful message out to the world and how we treat others.  Something to think about over the weekend...



FEBRUARY 15th, 2013

Have a great weekend!!



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Angle of Attack


Sorry for the lateness today has been one of those days, in my case, a bad day - unfortunately.  Sometimes we do not know which way or direction to tackle the day's to-do list (or what I call the "T.A." - "Task Analysis") or where to turn when we have to make a decision.

(Turning onto the active departing RWY to leave ICN for HKG)



FEBRUARY 12, 2013

What is the minimum pavement required to make a 180 degree turn on the B777-200/2ER/2LR/F?

Before I do the send off for next week, I would like to thank and shout out to our follower on Twitter Andy Sinclair for giving us the idea for next week's question!  Stay tuned for the answer to this week's and for next week's question!

If you have an idea for a TRIPLE TRIVIA question, please tweet or e-mail us!

Have a great rest of the week..


Friday, February 8, 2013


This will be a stay in bed, junk food, and Flight For Control reading fest weekend..

Have a great one and if you're out on the US NE coast stay safe and don't drive less alone FLY!!



January 8th, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Two Of A Kind

Ok, I don't mean to spoil the party but TRIPLE TRIVIA has decided to take a vacation this week.

In the interim, I am posting something that I haven't posted in a while but I feel the need to as I am experiencing or about to experience another round of Applied Behavior Analysis instruction training being that a staff replacement is in place.


With that said..

One of the first things I do when I receive a new hire or even someone in house who hasn't worked with any of my learners before is pair them with reinforcers (I believe the politically correct term now is "motivators")  

Why would this be?

Imagine if a friend came to you and said that they needed some help with something or another type of demand (take your pick) even if they only call you when they want something.  At first you might think, "Well, I really don't feel like doing it because I really am wore out and I don't have the energy."

Your perceptions or answer might change if they offer to take you out to a nice restaurant afterwords and pay for your meal.. Or perhaps if they are wealthy enough, invite you on an all expense paid vacation to Aruba or Hawai'i?  

These are what motivate us to help out others.  (Even though life teaches us to help others without these but in all essence, we do need these.  We definitely need motivation to help ourselves.  It takes a lot of motivation to keep ourselves going.)

To an individual on the Autism Spectrum, especially the levels that I work with, consistent routine is necessary and a lot of motivation is needed to complete daily skills.  

A change of instructors/staffing is something that will offset my learners and most individuals on the spectrum greatly and will create many problematic behaviors.  It is imperative that when a new teacher or staff come on the scene for any particular student or learner that motivators, or reinforces are immediately paired with the instructor so that not only to make these transitions smooth for the learner but also to avoid problematic and disruptive behaviors when the new staff or instructor starts to place tasks in front of the learner.  Problematic behaviors are not something that any new staff wants to experience. 

Yes and No Example:

New Instructor enters room without any motivator or any reinforcer for the first time and says to the learner:
"Hey let's do a puzzle!"
(Learner engages in disruptive behavior due to confusion of missing staff member and presence of new one placing tasks on him/her.)
New instructor enters room with a reinforcer (e.g., jar of candy) and learner picks up i.e., looks at the reinforcer (e.g., candy) Keyword: ASSOCIATING the candy with the instructor or staff member, to which he/she mands/asks for it.

New instructor says, "Would you like some candy? Let's do a puzzle for candy!"  Learner engages in task and receives reinforcer or motivator for engaging in and successfully completing the task.

Eventually motivators are faded away once the learner becomes more independent in each task.  Some instructors reinforce solely on appropriate behavior versus the quality or outcome of the task.  Each one is set to meet the needs of the learner. I try and stay away from edible motivators such as candy, snacks, etc., however, it depends on the learner and his or her needs.

Always ensuring success for everyone.

I hope you have found this useful especially if you are in the Special Education field dealing with individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

Friday, February 1, 2013


To our family, friends, and loved ones, all we want to do is give them the world. A lot of times, if not all the time, we are too busy running around the world (in my case - literally) to realize that someone else is giving it to us.

If you had anywhere in the world you wished to go and to be ... Where? So many possibilities and places...

Have a great weekend!

February 1st, 2013