Friday, September 12, 2014

Hong Kong

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, but an awesome jam session with a strobe light- colored light show listening to the best music, knowing which songs I wanted to hear without me having to say a word.  Not to mention the camping trips in the backyard.  The sprinkler system added water/rain storm effect to the experience and was very relaxing.

The other pilot, Bravo Pilot, who is actually headed to Hong Kong next week, said one of the kindest things to me in an e-mail today, "I really appreciate you in my life!"  

I must say, I appreciate both of these pilots in my life.  Only if they could realize how much better they made my week by their random acts of kindness.  These two pilots are a shining example that by giving the most simple and random act of kindness can be and mean a big deal in a person's life.  You are my tail winds and the wind beneath my wings/wingflex.

What random act of kindness have you done lately?  This question is for everyone but focused on NYers...

Have a great weekend!!

Only blue skies and tail winds over the North Pole.




Thursday, September 11, 2014

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 at how any human life would do such a thing to another human being by using by means of the commercial aviation industry.

I had been living in NYC for one year and one month during the Islamic terrorist attacks.  I slept in that morning as I was working 2nd shift at the time.  I woke up to an awkward dream which ended with the sound of a gunshot so vivid that I thought one had gone off right at my front door and woke me up startled.  Upon my abrupt awakening that morning, I logged onto my AOL account and the welcome screen showed me something ever so unwelcoming.  I was also in disbelief saying to myself, "What kind of movie did Hollywood come up with now?"  Then came the Michigan phone call from mom and dad who was ever so relieved to hear my voice.  Alive.

Later on that day, people worldwide, myself included were superglued to the television sets.  The images were horrific.  People jumping out of the massive skyscrapers.  The impact of the second plane.  It was unbelieveable.  

It was thirteen years ago today, however, it feels like it was just yesterday.  The day that New York City truly stopped its hustle and bustle and strangers hugged each other for the first time.  The NYPD and Fire Dept. were embraced for their efforts in saving lives.  Even though it was a tragic day, it was also a day that solidified our pride not only as New Yorkers but as Americans.  We vowed that this will never happen again....  This was the wake up call that the world would never be the same again here in America as we were and are gaining some most un-welcomed "visitors."

A month later after it soaked in, I took the train into the city and went down to ground zero myself to solidify the news. 

What I saw and the smells I took in were none like I had ever experienced.  It was a huge grave yard.  It was then that I realized that Islamic terrorists in this world fear nothing - not even death.  The size of the massive graveyard left in downtown Manhattan will never compare to the size of fear that the now dead Islamic terrorists are facing before God for eternity in the next world for what they have done to so many innocent people.  This might be a bold statement for me to make, however, this is the thought that keeps me going and knowing that there is hope in the world and that I, along with many other moral and ethical people on a humanistic level, are doing what we can to help perfect the very world in every positive level to which we inhabit.  

Although "freedom" does start out with the word "free"  - it is anything but that.  Freedom must be earned.  9-11 is a testament of this fact due to many whose lives were taken away ever so prematurely from us.  We must do everything we can to prevent this from happening again.  That is, to go beyond politics and what the media is informing the public and to do the right thing.  We were all created human beings for a reason - to use our brains to discern right from wrong and to defend the honor of human life - to which the persons responsible have no regard for, and do not fear anything in this world.  Not even death.



Like I said before, 9-11 was, is, and forever will be our initial wake up call.  A wake up call to take a stand against the evil forces against humanity that have taken on a human form and promote freedom, promote human rights, and to promote rights to establish democratic governments in the West, Middle East, and The Far East alike - on all four corners of the globe.  Communities must come together and work together.  A group of something bound together makes much stronger than a single bunch of somethings which are spread out roaming freely without a trace.  Unfortunately this wake up call does not have a snooze button.

Many media sources may lead us to believe that Al-Qaeda is not as strong as it once was, especially at the time of 9/11 being that Bin Laden is history, but make no mistake - it has linked with Hamas and taken on new and more deadly forms such as: ISIS, ISIL, not to mention other countless networks which are growing at rapid rates which have spread into many countries around the globe.



The time is now.  
Take action.  Support the United States Armed Forces and Global Armies that support Freedom and Democracy.  For Freedom.  For prosperity.

Most of all for 
the souls we remember this day.







Monday, September 8, 2014

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 other aircraft and pilots from all over the world both general aviation to the airlines: Israeli, American, and beyond joined in a massive fleet of aircraft adorned with Israeli Flags and wings stating "WE LOVE ISRAEL" stormed over hundreds of crowded beaches and state parks that stretched from Long Island to New Jersey to show everyone what Israel stands for.  It's history.  It's present.  It's future.  It's accomplishments all past, present, and future.  Israeli paraphernalia lined the shores for hundreds of miles.  Emotions and passions soared higher than any aircraft and the size of them was no match to the geographical size of Israel's current borders.


Jones Beach, Long Island



The feeling of excitement and support, which was felt by millions in attendance and witnessing of this event, less alone togetherness as one family from both air and on the Earth's surface echoed a true message to those who contradict this feeling which echoed a message over and over to the several media sources and all who oppose Israel's existence: 

We don't need to be reminded of who nor what those oppose Israel think we are.  We know who we are, what we stand for, and what we will achieve:  Democracy, a will to live life, and to promote freedom.  A true concept which is prevalent in the United States and what it's constitution stands for.  Just as Former Prime Minister Golda Meir was reminded of when she signed the Israeli Declaration of Independence.




"God will help us", answered Robert Keleti, AOPA award winning and FAA Gold Seal Flight Instructor/Chief Pilot for the Israeli-New York Flight club to a group of people inquiring about the weather forecast for the event at a meeting we attended which was held a mere two weeks before the event when the impromptu idea came to his head.


Natan Hoffmann flying right seat in N98981
"Robert, it is such a brilliant idea and I support you all the way through 100%!", said Natan Hoffmann, Events Coordinator to Keleti as they shared laughs from how great of an idea it was and reminiscing on the idea and the event's response.  The results of hard work for countless hours by both Keleti and Hoffmann amongst other pilots within the club just two week's shy of the event had payed off: the post-event responses came with hundreds of e-mails and phone calls to the two with very positive feedback to which came from many media sources both in Israel and America.  




Keleti, Hoffmann, and flight instructors from our flight club led a fleet of over fifteen aircraft over Jones Beach, Long Beach, past New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, the beaches of Rockaway Penninsula, Coney Island, Manhattan, and the shores of New Jersey.  We were airborne for three hours of flying in not only the most beautiful weather ever but with the most beautiful smiles by  ATC controllers, pilots, passengers, and participants alike on the ground created a sense of unimaginable emotion and passion.  Keleti was right: God truly helped us.


Even though the Israel is roughly the size of New Jersey, the emotions that Sunday that were felt couldn't compare to the geographical size of the land.  What could raise the adrenaline of so many that have come from so far other than to fly for something which is a passion?  Not only that but to spread both passions to millions whose eyes gazed on the massive fleet above.  That is what makes both this event and the cause it supports so special.  


Slide Show Prepared By 
Robert Keleti
Photos (c) to Credited Photographers



On behalf of CaptainAboard.com and the Israeli-New York Flight Club, we thank each and every pilot, passenger, and participant of this event.  We thank you for the massive amounts of phone calls and e-mail from your positive responses and support of not only the event but also for our flight club.  You made this event possible.  You made this passion possible.  You made this dream possible.  You made, make, and will make Israel everything it is meant to be:  



Successful.  Substantial.  Sustainable.  


We are one and so is The One Who protects us.



©CaptainAboard.com - Israeli New York Flight Club, 2004 All Rights Reserved.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

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 surfing went when I learned about how he and others invest many hours of time out of their busy schedules in order to use their passion to give to others.  




That is the quintessential being of the 
RE-SURF PROJECT  


Truly
A Flying Organization....


"Re-Surf Project is a flying organization", said Oran Bendelstein, co-founder along with Michael Urra, of the 501c(3) non-profit organization at the special pre-briefing, the previous Thursday to last week's Surf-A-Thon event, in Long Beach, Long Island, NY. 

This organization takes old and battered surf boards, refurbish them, and add that finishing touch - a special paint job by a professional graffiti artist and donate them to underprivileged youth.  Not only this, but also to set up surfing centers all over the world to mentor and teach surfing.  To share this passion for being "stoked" - a term that flew around like wildfire during last Sunday's event, to which I am proud to say that I gladly accepted the invitation and invested my Labor Day weekend to help out at as a volunteer.




The event itself - which drew in crowds from all over to learn and partake in the many activities which took place from free surf lessons to Zoomba dancing with the best DJ with some of the most awesome music which truly drew a crowd of participation from all over.







Arts and Crafts, Surf board reparation demonstration as well as a surfboard paint demonstration by a professional graffiti artist on site given away as a contest prize at the conclusion of the event. 







Finished Product


What would a Surf-A-Thon be without a Tug-Of-War?







On behalf of of everyone at The Re-Surf Project, a huge thank you goes out to all of the people who came out to Long Beach to volunteer time to the Surf-A-Thon.  Thanks to you it was a huge success and look forward to many future events.



How can you be apart of this?

PRE-SURF CHECKLIST:

  • Visit their website to learn more and to make a donation.  If you like visuals, 
  • Check out the trailer and their movie.


Take it to the next flight level:

Get stoked.

Spread the Passion.


Friday, August 22, 2014

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 pilot and avgeek, it was an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life and beyond.  There is something about hearing and feeling the start up and power  up of two GE-90 powerplants that gets the adrenaline going.

What makes the PMDG 777 so grand is that it is tremendously realistic. It is a Level D simulator without leaving your home less alone your PC laptop. Or for those realists, the three computer set up with several wide, flat screen TVs, less alone, advanced controls setup.

I plan on writing a full product review on the PMDG 777 at a later date, however, I will present to you some screen shots as this week's:



FRIDAY FOTOS
FOR
AUGUST 22ND  2014

Initial vectors out of Grand Rapids for Amsterdam - Thanks to business premier class.
This city pair will be transferring over to an A330 simulation next year.


NEW YORK JFK - PARIS



Everyone has their favorite intersection...



Bienvenue à Paris - Welcome to Paris!

Final for Paris CDG 09L

During the flight sim, I could not help to remember and commemorate the souls who didn't make it to Paris, Beijing, nor Amsterdam, not to mention other destinations.  We must always remember them... Next week we'll expand more on that. 

But for now... After all, the all nighter last night, I rest assure you I will be getting my due rest tonight and all day Saturday.  Saturday night will be the return flight to JFK from Paris, then headed out Farmingdale, Long Island, to my base airport (Republic-KFRG) for some real life flying along the East Coast on Sunday.  My next project, which I have been researching, is to find the most suitable A330 payware - to discover a whole new world of flying with the Airbus.

No matter where we go as pilots both in the real or virtual world, no matter which aircraft, we always have the world at our fingertips.

What are your favorite simulator add-ons?  Any favorite airport/scenery add-ons?
I hope you all have a relaxing, peaceful, and enjoying weekend!

Jeremy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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.


Photo by Adam Butler/PA


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 she took it upon herself to explore the possibility of becoming a hairdresser.  Other things came to mind for her as she applied for an air traffic controller position at London’s Gatwick Airport.

During her time as a controller for London-Gatwick, she decided to pursue other schooling with the intentions of obtaining a law degree.  Amongst her studies were Geography, Law, and Politics.  With all of this on her plate, she also decided to start taking flight lessons at Goodwood Flight School in Westhampnett, West Sussex.  It was May of 1982 when Harmer obtained her commercial pilot’s license.  Having submitted over one hundred applications, she found her first home with Genair, a small transport airline out of Humberside Airport in Kirmington.

Her breakthrough in the industry came in March of 1984 when British Caledonian asked her to join their team flying BAC 1-11s and then transferring over to the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 long-haul.  Everything changed when British Caledonian merged with British Airways to which she became one of the 60 female pilots out of  the 3,000 male/female total post-merger.  It was 1987 when she was asked to join the Concorde program by undergoing an intense six month conversion course.  She would be the first female pilot operating Concorde under commercial service as a First Officer.  (The first female Concorde test pilot was French aviatrix Jacqueline Auriol.)




On 25 March 1993, Harmer made her debut across the Atlantic from London’s Heathrow to New York’s John F. Kennedy.  Harmer was the first of the two commercial female Concorde pilots as French aviatrix Béatrice Vialle, came aboard with Air France as a First Officer in 2001.  Harmer had served as a Concorde pilot for ten years before it’s final flight; Vialle made thrity-five trips before Air France withdrawaled their fleet from service in May of 2003.

After the Concorde chapter closed the Concorde team were transferred over as Captains to BA's subsonic fleet.  As a result, Harmer took on a new role: a Boeing 777 Captain.  She flew long-haul operations until taking a voluntary redundancy from the airline in 2009.

What is most amazing about her: She had so much more to offer our world besides taking to the skies.  She was a yacht-master who had taken to the waters and competed in many competitions winning several of them.  She also was heavily involved in gardening creating a beautiful Mediterranean garden outside her home in Felpham, West Sussex.

Lastly and sadly, she was scheduled to compete in a trans-Atlantic yacht event in 2013, however, she passed away from cancer at St. Wilfrid’s Hospice Facility on 20 February 2011.

For those who knew her, you've had this special person in your life: as a family member, co-worker, friend, etc.  She has climbed so many levels in such a short period of time and at record speeds.  She took her love of air and sea and molded it into such a creation that is a reflection of the committed service she provided to her airline and the aircraft that she flew – so uncanny, so surreal, in so many outstanding ways.

No matter which aircraft, flight deck, or cabin we enter, Barbara’s legacy will be there joining us to climb higher and higher with us setting record speeds no matter what our dreams and aspirations are.

(Please visit The Memorial Ride to find out more how Barbara was an inspiration to her loved ones and to donate to St. Wilfrid’s Hospice Facility.)


Jeremy

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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.  

N34HD - Cessna Skyhawk 172
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 inside of that same 172 for my first time as a passenger.  Time quickly passed and then before I knew it, I was at the controls of that same 172, for my intro flight. 



______________________________

It was a clear night and Long Island never looked so beautiful outlined with the street lights beaming from below at 2,000 feet.  Having just passed the Northport stacks we were headed just over the (Long Island) sound for a bit and the moon’s reflections hit the cool waters like magic.  Our flight instructor, a former Israeli Air Force pilot and aviator par excellence, beckoned me for the sun shield to cover up the deck window.  From then on, it was all instruments for someone who was sitting to the left of our instructor, who I’ve had the honor of sharing the virtual flight deck with as both a Captain (777/A380) and a First Officer (747/757) for the past year when we weren’t in N34HD, our flagship sailing the real-life skies.

His precision, exact.  Checking instruments, making mental calculations, it seemed like clockwork even though I knew there was a lot involved for him in those critical moments airborne.

Our instructor quickly had me store the sun shield in the back compartment so that this distinguished aviator, could do his first ILS approach into Long Island’s Islip-MacArthur Airport.    What was once non-visible became visible and he nailed the ILS spot-on for runway 24.  Upon touchdown our instructor and I beamed with pride at what he had accomplished at 20 years old.

This is one of many stories that amazes me about someone who I am not only proud to call not only a true pilot, but also a true friend.

It is my honor to welcome into the flight deck as this week's
Tuesday Tweeter,

NATAN HOFFMANN




Jeremy:
Why airplanes?


Natan:
I  can recall myself in my grandmother’s backyard looking up into the sky at these noisy “flying things” as they passed over. My grandma would tell me its an airplane? But I was only 3 years old and I wouldn’t know what an airplane was until I grew older. When I was in second grade, I would borrow airplane books from the school library. I read them lots of times and studied every detail in all the books. By the time I was in 5th grade, I knew a large majority of airlines and aircraft by heart, and instead of paying attention in class, I would draw on paper many aircraft with the airlines logos on them. A year later, I went to middle school and met my teacher Jacob Kranz, an Orthodox Jew like myself, who happened to be a private pilot!


Hanging with the Beechcraft Super King Air in KBDR


Jeremy:
It’s amazing the connection you made with Orthodox Judaism and being a pilot.  I personally didn’t know that Orthodox Jewish pilots existed until we met.  Little did I know that I had one (that would be you) hiding out in my back yard.  Literally!  Later on, we discovered a network of Israeli/Orthodox Jewish pilots throughout the world.  It has been amazing to have such a close connection to one another.  Speaking of close connections, where are you at with family?


Natan:
I am the eldest of 6 children. I am a twin, not identical though. After my twin comes 3 boys and 1 girl. She is the youngest of us all.


Jeremy:
Tell us about your, or should I say, “our” furry friend?  Why would he also make a good pilot?





Natan:
Haha! You want me to talk about Coco? Well, Ok! Coco is my family’s pet Pomeranian dog. He is very adorable and human like. Sometimes, he becomes “bi-polar”, because he lives with a family of 9 people all together, and we can become very loud. Coco’s favorite sport is tennis and soccer, and sometimes football. Coco enjoys sleeping on a bed with his older brother Natan! (wink)  If Coco were human, I’m sure he would become a pilot because he is intelligent, fast moving, and loves taking car rides to the airport.




Jeremy:
After having spent personal time with Coco, I must say that he is one of a kind.  I would also agree that he would make a better pilot than most because he’s always alert, intelligent, quick to react, concerned about safety, and always protects the ones he loves.  A definite match for Natan and his family.  Thinking about what it takes to become a pilot, I had to dig deeper and find out what gave Natan the full throttle to take off on his journey through the skies:


Seneca V


Natan:
Simple, I was born to fly! I knew all along I wanted to do it, it was just a matter of time to connect all the dots of aviation that I had encountered. When I was in middle school, my teacher who is a private pilot took me flying for my very first time in a small aircraft, a Piper Warrior III. I was then convinced that I wanted to become a pilot. I had already fallen in love with aviation, but after the experience of “hands on” flying, I was 100% sure that I would follow my dreams and set goal of becoming an Airline Pilot, to which I am still working on accomplishing to this very day. I currently have had experience in flying IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) and Multi-engine. I can proudly say that no matter what obstacles I may encounter (and believe me, I have encountered many), that I will always be motivated and prepared to take to the skies, and always be happy with myself in making a commitment to becoming an Airline pilot.


JFK: At home in the 744



Jeremy:
A very long haul journey to where you are today indeed, Natan.  I am rest assured that The Control Tower from Above has cleared you to final descent, make vectors to final, and before you know it you will be touching down to success.  Speaking of success, who helped pave the way or inspire you to landing success?


Natan:
Wilbur and Orville Wright for making flight possible. Ilan Ramon and the entire crew of the Columbia Space Shuttle, who’s life’s were perished upon re-entry, Women of Aviation for staying strong and fighting for their rights, Robert Keleti for being the best Flight Instructor one could ever ask for and for being there for me when needed, My parents, Roy and Lori Hoffmann for telling me to never give up and for all the love they give to me. Thank you. My grandmothers who both are survivors of the Holocaust. Thank you both for coming to fly with me! To all the people who follow their dreams and become an example for one another, and finally to God for giving me life and always helping me move in the right direction!


Jeremy:
Excellent choices!  Each and everyone of the above possesses something special because of how they have shaped you to who you are today.  Women are essential to the existence of aviation.  All one has to do is to take a look at how they shaped our industry.  We need more female pilots.  We are blessed to have advocates out there through individuals, organizations, and conferences.

I have no doubt that your family has a great deal involved as I have had the personal honor of knowing your family through my many visits and I am forever grateful for the many times I have been over to visit with everyone.  (Even if it was only to watch NCIS.)

I also agree about Robert, what can I say about our instructor?  I am speechless.  His knowledge never ceases to amaze me and every time we fly with him, there is a special feeling that is inexplicable.  He knows what he is doing and he knows how to cater to our personal needs as students to mold us into excellent pilots.





Jeremy:
Dreams are very important in a person’s life.  It gives a sense of direction.  What are your thoughts?


Enjoying Nature


Natan:
People’s dreams are very much like a flightplan. We all have a set destination. But unfortunately, we sometimes deviate from that flightplan and divert. In the end, you are left with two choices, to continue on and complete the flightplan, or to create a new flightplan.




Boeing brothers for life
Natan has given me the ability to see what it means to take a dream and turn it into reality.  I had been fighting for years due to personal circumstances to enter flight school.  I don’t know how he did it, but he gave me a huge kick in the ass to start my career as a pilot.  I am forever grateful for him being such an inspiration and support throughout the time we’ve known each other.  I am pretty rest assured that I will not only continue to share the virtual deck with him as both 777/A380 Captain and a 744 First Officer, but we will be sharing the deck together when we have our ATPL working for a major international carrier.




N98981