Friday, September 12, 2014

Hong Kong

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


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



Jeremy D. Carlisle
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 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 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.

© - 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 

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?


  • 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.