Friday, August 30, 2013

Save The Date

Will you be joining us? 

AUGUST 30TH, 2013 

Departing JFK in style with 4X-ELA

If you are...  SEE YOU THERE! 

Have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, August 25, 2013

It Can Wait


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 struck.  A bus had stopped and there was a red light for him.  He had just let a pedestrian off - a senior gentleman - who had the light to cross the street in front of the bus.  Little to this gentleman's knowledge, a speeding driver, also on his cell phone, was racing down the street parallel to the bus and perpendicular to the elderly gentleman who de-boarded the city bus.  Even though the speeding driver didn't see the gentleman about to walk out in his path from in front of the bus, he also wasn't paying attention to the fact he had a red light. 

The speeding driver ran the red light. 

The pedestrian  was struck head-on with so much force that with my own naked eyes, I saw the elderly pedestrian spin through the air with masses of blood streaming out of his body.  I was so  unable to move, less alone breathe - traumatized, as I am sure the other witnesses, that I couldn't seeing myself going into work.  I decided to go in late that day.

Last Thursday night, I couldn't stop thinking about that one day on my way to work, "That could've been me tonight."

Unfortunately, whenever I am driving as well, I see people at stop signs that turn green still texting on their phones and not paying attention.  Or better yet, in the passing lane going half the speed limit until they see someone passing them from the right hand side.  They see it and realize that they are supposed to be driving rather than texting so the speed up and try to pass the person passing them.  You have to wonder, is the person seeping into my lane texting?  Or the person who just pulled right out in front of me (having just ran a red light?)


And see the letter he received from Martin.
(Skip to 06:45 - although if you have the time, I encourage you to watch the whole video)

Chandler was driving and all it took was to text three words, "I love you" to change his life forever and to spread the message that no text or phone call is worth it.

What will you do to minimize your cellphone use while driving?  How will you help save lives of other drivers and pedestrians?

Take the pledge not to text/call while driving:


My message to the driver last Thursday night,

What was so important that you ran a light and almost struck another pedestrian?  What was so important that needed to be told that caused you to loose attention and potentially end another person's life?  (I have so many more questions to ask this driver but they will remain for me to know and left unsolved...)

A transport pilot takes an oath that every passenger they fly is to be treated like their own flesh and blood.  In Flight For Control, Kat(thryn) told her husband who was a pilot flying hundreds in a 757 going down over Seattle that their daughters were on board - to keep that jetstream of safety and the meaning of life and lives of others going through his mind.  Every pilot has an obligation to safety.  Because of this, we have the NTSB and the FAA.  

Driving should be just as heavily regulated in safety as aviation.  I can't stress this enough.  Don't wait to be a victim to educate yourself or others what a danger cellphone driving usage is.

Be The Captain Aboard 
(Especially at the front wheel.)

Friday, August 23, 2013

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..

23 August 2013

Thank you for being my tailwinds whilst keeping my sanity on the ground.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


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 younger /older ages. 

A category I fall into for sure. 

Being that I've always pondered this question of why I don't have friends my own age,  she guided me as to why I don't:


And to give me an ego boost,  her answer to me was that the reason why I have friends who are more than 10 years younger is the fact that I look and have a youthful personality yet at the same time can benefit the younger friends as it gives them something in their life: perspective of what it means to be older while retaining their youth. 

© 2013 

It all seems so abstract, however, imagine going through a conversion course for a new type rating.. Perhaps to a heavy jet.  Or more so being a rookie member of flight deck crew that can add new perspectives to the veterans make a successful flight (just as much as if the roles were reversed?) 

We come from different shoe sizes and personalities but that doesn't mean that we don't have something to offer each other to help make each other better people. 

Be thankful for the younger or older friends in your life no matter how turbulent times can be.  The resistance (wing flex) is proof of the relationship's strength and meaning. 


Friday, August 9, 2013

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
August 9th, 2013

Senior Check Captain K-9 "Coco Jo"

How will you make your weekend a most relaxing one?

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Go-Go Coney Island!

Jeremy C.

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 bright shining stage for five of the world's most renown and best female musicians to exist.  They had the crowd going with the opening "Vacation" and mixed the repetoire a bit with works from Belinda's solo career ("Mad About You" - "Gogos Style")  It would've been all too ironic if they had performed her single, "Summer Rain."

A spice to the show was a surprise rendition of K.I.S.S.'s "Rock And Roll All Night" Go-Go's style.  And of course, they asked for the audience's preference between that song and "We Got The Beat."  And of course, audience participation was not passed up by all means.

TRIVIA: which one has an August birthday?

Gina wanted to go for a ride

The chemistry between all members was magic, especially for myself, as this was the first time seeing them perform live since their reunion.  The best  part of it was the crowd felt it.

How do I know?

Audience sitting around me who were there to see the following Tom-Tom Club show mentioned in passing that they were "now going to put a Go-Gos playlist on their Spotify."

A job well done.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A New Birthday

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

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.  

Bay City, Michigan

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 carries on and intensifies their memory.  What we do is the best birthday celebration that they could ever ask for.

While my father sailed and navigated the seas as a Captain, I would like to mention three other birthdays for this month of those who currently sail the skies:

Happy Birthday to Cecilie, Ryan, and Alex.  Read more about them here.

Keeping the memories and passions alive.  Forever.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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,, and on 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 more about our


Jason can also be found on both YouTube and Instagram.  Please also take the time to check out and watch #TravelCat)

Jason - 
Thank you so much for coming on board this week!  Hopefully I will see you around sometime spotting 4/22 action at North Woodmere Park.

If you are interested in being a Tuesday Tweeter, please visit us on Twitter and click "FOLLOW" or you can e-mail your request by telling us a little bit about yourself

Have a great week! 

Friday, August 2, 2013


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: 

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

August 2nd, 2013

Our Friday Foto was provided by
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!