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Our FRIDAY FOTO for September 12th, 2014


Believe it or not, this photo was not taken in Hong Kong.  This photo was actually shot at the lake on a beautiful evening in Flushing-Meadows Corona Park here in the Queens section of NYC.
It was taken during a peaceful evening in the park where I was able to de-stress.  This week was nothing but stress on so many levels and I am looking forward to the weekend were I will be taking to the virtual skies once again in the Boeing 777-300ER.  Hong Kong-JFK.  It was only fitting when I saw this visual at the park, as my flying computer had been based in virtual Hong Kong for the past week and now it's time to make the long journey back home.
I also want to thank two very special pilots who I am honored to have in my life and who shall remain nameless.  They devoted their time to help me de-stress during this troublesome week.  The first pilot, Alpha Pilot, devoted his time to have me over not only for MooShu Beef and an Egg Drop Wonton combo soup, bu…

911

A passenger seated on a Northwest A330 outbound from Amsterdam was looking at the flight map on the P-IFE screen thinking, "Where the hell are we going?" as the plane started to make it's flight path back to AMS.  A good friend of mine was making his morning commute into work at the Attorney General's Office downtown Manhattan for another day on the job.  

NYC, the city that never sleeps, never stands still, stood still on pause to horrifically watch two commercial airliners smash into the Twin Towers, the mega financial centers of the city on the bright and sunny morning of September 11th, 2001.  Someone on the train started to speak in concern of massive amounts of smoke arising above the Manhattan skyline visible near JFK Airport and Jamaica Bay.  Moments later, my friend and everyone on board that Manhattan bound train, and on that Northwest A330 bound for America, learned of what had happened.  Disbelief echoed at many locations on the globe both on land and air …

Support Israel Fly-by 2014

"After I signed, I cried. When I studied American history as a schoolgirl and I read about those who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence, I couldn't imagine these were real people doing something real. And there I was sitting down and signing a declaration of establishment."
~ Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (1898 – 1978) Recalling her signing The Israeli Declaration of Independence  May 14, 1948


SPECIAL SECTION
EDITORIAL


by
Jeremy D. Carlisle
Publisher/Promoter CaptainAboard.com Pilot, Israeli-New York Flight Club


Along with Contributors:
Robert Keleti Chief Pilot AOPA Award and FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor Israeli-New York Flight Club
Natan Hoffmann Events Coordinator Pilot, Israeli-New York Flight Club

Crowds of millions.  Cheering.  Togetherness.  United.  United for a purpose.  Purpose for one word:
SUPPORT

Support for the sole democracy in the middle east: Israel.  The date?  Sunday, August 24th, 2014.  Cessnas from 172s to 182s, Pipers of all models, not to mention…

Re-Surf Project

Air and water.  Two of the Earth's most natural elements which bring on the most adrenaline in human life while sustaining it at the same time.
In aviation, pilots, crew, and passengers alike fly in aircraft which ride the air "waves" in the sky. The aviation term "cloud surfing" comes to mind, which an aircraft coasts the tops of clouds in a most magnificent manner creating a most spectacular visual.  The sight of this from an aircraft, especially from the flight deck is amazing.  The feeling is amazing.  For those of us who have witnessed such a sight, we wish that every human life on Earth could partake of this truly incredible experience.
Like aircraft over the waves of air, are surfboards over the waves of water which is also an adrenaline rush.
My colleague and good friend Michael Urra once shared and always continues to share his everlasting similar passion which takes to the other element: water - surfing.  Little did I know about how far his passion for s…

FF: The World At Your Fingertips

OK, I must admit, I came back to Microsoft Flight Simulator after quite a long hiatus. I thought I was done with it until the payware add-on to Microsoft Flight Simulator, PMDG, finally released their newest product: the Boeing 777.  Their 747, which I have used for a while, was quite a hit, but the 777 proved to me to be absolutely stellar. After having used the Phoenix Simulations PSS 777 Professional for years, I have come to surmise that there is no comparison whatsoever between the two platforms and computer systems.
And yes, my virtual airline has made a nice return with this virtual 777 fleet willing to travel to many long haul charter destinations. The possibilities are endless when you are your own scheduler and don't have to leave your own home. Last night, I had one of my best simulation experiences to date. The city pair : New York JFK to Paris CDG. I always enjoy this city pair as Air France introduced me to the real life Boeing 777 experience in May of 2006. As a pi…

Barbara Harmer

March of 1993.  A young, dignified woman stood before a thriving airline ready to take on a new challenge, ready to make history.  True, she did leave school early, however, it would be her first long-haul flight: from hair dresser to one of the world's most elite pilots.  She was ready to rise to the challenge and head on: to be the world’s first female pilot for the SST Concorde.



One must take a look into the history of Barbara Harmer to learn what a remarkable individual she was.  It was to my unpleasant surprise to learn two weeks ago just that she had succumbed to cancer at fifty-seven.  Even though it is a very young age, one must take a look at all of her accomplishments.  By doing so, it will not take much to assess how much of an impact she has made in the commercial aviation industry.
Born on 14 September 1953 in Loughton, Essex, she grew up in Bognor Regis, a seaside resort on the south coast of the United Kingdom.  She attended a convent school until the age of 15 until …

NATIONAL AVIATION DAY 2014

YES!  It's August 19th, which only means one thing: it's
NATIONAL AVIATION DAY!

National Aviation Day (US) was established in 1939 by former U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to commemorate the birthday of Orville Wright.  Mr. Wright was still alive when this proclamation was issued and codified as (USC 36:I:A:1:118)
This day should not only be a federal holiday in the United States, but also a worldwide celebration of what the Wright brothers have brought to the world.  The freedom to travel anywhere for a record number of hours.  The science, the technology, and the industry.  
Words can only go so far, so I will leave you with a bit of photo journalism which was shot near JFK yesterday.














How will you be celebrating your Aviation Day?  Flying, hopefully!

Natan Hoffmann

Reflecting back to a day at work a few years ago, I was speaking casually with one of my colleagues, who mentioned in passing that he was in touch with a local Jewish high school student at the time who was interested in becoming a pilot. I couldn't help to think of my interest in speaking with this student as I was always was looking to connect with fellow pilots and aviation enthusiasts with similar backgrounds at the time.  
Many months passed and I didn't hear from this individual who had since graduated from high school, until one March evening when I was checking my Facebook, and to my surprise, noticed a new friend request from a young gentleman standing beside a 172 sporting four bars.  The next thing I knew, we spent about over two hours on the phone that evening discussing our stories and love of aviation and how we came to being who we are.  Then came the meet ups at the library or for spotting at North Woodmere Park in Long Island.  A month later, I was sitting insi…