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Happy September!

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So, the answers to the previous weeks' trivia questions:
SIDs (Standard Instrument Departure)s: DIRTY2(Hartsfield-Jackson/Atlanta - ATL/KATL)PISTN (Detroit Metro/ - DTW/KDTW)
STARs (Standard Terminal Arrival)s: WYNDE6(Chicago O'Hare - ORD/KORD)MAGGI3(Honolulu Int'l - HNL/PHNL)CAMRN4(Kennedy Int'l/NYC  - JFK/KJFK)MELON(Narita Int'l/Tokyo - NRT/RJAA)BIBAX(DeGaulle Int'l/Paris - CDG/LFPG)GLASR9(Seattle-Tacoma/SeaTac Int'l - SEA/KSEA)SADDE6(Los Angeles Int'l - LAX/KLAX)SIRON(Ben Gurion Int'l/Tel Aviv - TLV/LLBG)
And.... the answer to the trivia question from Karlene Petitt's sequel thriller, "Flight For Safety":
In "Flight For Safety", Kathryn Jacobs persuades her boss, Mr. Santos at the FAA, to accept her training proposal indicating that more hours isn't necessarily the answer to the training solution.  It's the quality of those hours with the fact that pilots are fulfilling the required hours only on automation and not a…

Book Your Flight

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We all look for a getaway.  Sometimes we need a break from family, friends, or most of all - from reality.  Some of us go to work to escape our home lives.  Some escape our work lives by staying home or going on vacation to some exotic destination.  And then, some, never have to escape from reality because they are "living the dream" already.
One of the best and most cost effective ways to escape from reality is not to book a costly vacation, but take a flight away from reality without traveling more than a mile from home.  I am not talking about firing up Microsoft Flight Simulator (which is very far from reality, unless if you are using PMDG.)  I am talking about finding your favorite book, a quiet spot, and your favorite eats or drinks to go along with it.  Or perhaps, your favorite music while reading.  It's your getaway and you can do anything you want with it.
I have personally picked five authors below as they have the power to not only take us from reality but a…

Second to the Right

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Last week, I mentioned that building bridges and establishing new relationships were one of the major keys to success.  One example of this happened in the underground of Penn Station, New York City, on the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) heading back to Long Island on a cold December evening. Having had one of the most exhausting and stressful days of my life  - an absurdly crowded train was the last thing I needed.  Little did I know, things changed, the impossible day, ended with endless possibilities.
A young gentleman appeared in the train, walked down the aisle, and asked me if the (literally) only empty seat which happened to be next to mine in the train car was taken.  I wasn't one to deny anyone of a seat and was more than glad to offer the seat, (especially being he had an enormous suitcase with him and I knew back then what it was like to travel heavy on crowded planes, trains, and buses.)  He sat down next to me, and after a few minutes we began to strike up a friendly con…

Fly-by Friday

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Fly-by Friday, indeed.  This week flew by at supersonic speeds.   It's been crazy, but being I also posted a lot this week, I thought I would put the whole week worth of blogging into one posting for a quick wrap up and reference.
Monday, August 17th: SUCCESS was all about Success by building bridges, not burning them.Tuesday, August 18th: TUESDAY TRIVIA part II, the first Tuesday Trivia is up for grabs and if you read the comments section, you will find out what's in it for you, should you answer the SIDs and STARs correctly.  The second part, the question for this week, is from Karlene Petitt's book "Flight For Safety."  Kathryn Jacobs gives a very interesting analogy with a punch at the end.  Do you know the answer?  Click here, read the question along with the comments section, and answer correctly by replying in the comments section.  Answers are coming faster than you know it.Wednesday, August 19th: AVIATION DAY!  You all make it what it is.  From the propul…

Aviation Day 2015

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Once upon a time...


Aviation started with a dream...




Which was implemented. When it was implemented, it took flight.


When that first flight happened..  That dream spread and attached itself to many other people worldwide, like splitting atoms....













Myself included...

When we acquire this dream, we will do whatever it takes to make it a reality...




I wish everyone, and I mean everyone, out there, to take a flight, if you haven't already done so.  

You will never regret it.

Aviation will never be a hobby nor a job, nor a chore.  It will be your blood which will passionately flow through your body, mind, and into your soul for the rest of your life.





And we have only those to thank. The people who inspire us to fly.... 



The pilots you have met that have told you never to give up.  The skies are only the beginning...



Always have a positive rate of climb above the weather. 
I personally want to wish everyone out there...





Fly SAFE!
Jeremy.

Trivia Tuesday II

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Last week's Tuesday Trivia is still up for grabs!  Please read and answer in the comments section!
Being that I finished my second reading of Flight For Safety, I decided to make this week's trivia question based on that book.  If you haven't read it, please buy and read it.  If you already have, then this is a chance to brush up on it.
So.. the question:
In Flight For Safety, what is the analogy that was used by Kathryn between playing a piano and flying? What would have been the end result?  What was the purpose for Kathryn telling that analogy?


Answer next week, so read the book and/or refresh yourself.
Tomorrow is Wednesday, which means only one thing: this week will be over before you know it.  Have a great rest of the week and read up!
Fly safe, Jeremy.

Success

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How do you view success?  Is it tangible?  
Yes.  It is.  For some, success is the almighty dollar.  For others, it is meeting a goal, no matter how you get there, (or unfortunately, what or who you have to step on to get it.) 
(Speaking of goals, I promised that I would update everyone on my smoking, or non-smoking, goal for that matter.  I am happy to say that I have not touched a cigarette in close to five months and going strong.  (I do enjoy an occaisional bourbon and cigar once in a while on a special occasion, when I am on the ground.) 
I want to take a different flight path to the definition to success that I have learned recently which takes care of the first paragraph.
Success is:
Building Relationships
Positive relationship building is one of the foundations of daily life and costs you nothing, both money and time.  Relationship building is not only important in business, but also in your daily life.  Taking a second to go out of your way to say hello to someone, to introduce yo…

Tuesday Trivia

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Why on Earth should yet another Tuesday slip by without a Tuesday Trivia?
So, as stated on Twitter last night, it's good to know your instruments, SIDs, and STARs, because, like life, air traffic can be chaotic, and needs to have a system in place.  

For some this may be foreign, for others, a sinch, but I thought I would throw this one out there:
Listed are some SIDs and STARs.  Some airports they lead in and out of are big, some are small.  Some SIDs and STARs have numbers, some don't.  Some are local to you.  Some are overseas.  Which airports do they match up with? (Airports/fields not included.)  What do the numbers mean?
WYNDE6PISTNMAGGI3 CAMRN4MELONDIRTY2 BIBAXGLASR9SADDE6SIRON Ok, that's all for now.  Answers to come later.  Have a great hump day tomorrow and make it an awesome one!


Taking Off

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"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you can not do."  - Walter Bagehot

Every person has had someone in their lifetime, at least once, tell them that they can not do or become something.  An astronaut.  A pilot.  A student not that great in 7th grade Math wanting to be an accountant.  This has happened to me personally several times.  I am here to say, that I was able to have the pleasure of showing that person that yes, I was able to become what I am today whether or not they knew or not the price in which I had to pay in order to reach that mark.
As the well known aviation quote goes, "When everything/one is going against you, know, that an aircraft takes off going against the wind."
Having people in your life that make it a point to bring out your faults is actually a major blessing.  They give us the fuel to go against them and attain the pleasure of saying to them, "Yes, I can."
Many people have many backgrounds in life.  To have som…

Passing The Test

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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."                                 -Ferris Bueller

As a pilot, time flies - pretty fast.  You are the pilot of your time, you are also the Captain.  I know I have neglected my blog for months, but it has been for many good reasons.  Had I not taken these opportunities, I would have missed several big opportunities in my life, both aviation and non-aviation related.   (I hope everyone is enjoying the summer months as we've had a lot of celebration going on here in the US with July 4th, numerous air shows across the world, and with OSH15 on the horizon.)

Life is a test... If there is one thing that I have learned during this time that is if a person has to take a major exam to determine if he or she is fit to earn a license or a rating, take it seriously, but also do not let the exam questions intinimate you or determine your self-worth and/or self esteem should you pass or not…

Aviation Safety Month

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The month of March itself is the first sign of spring.  The weather gets warmer in some places, (well, at least a little), and we are constantly reminded of the first blossoms.  The sign of life.  To many, like myself, flying is life.
Sometimes we don't know, or understand why, so many souls leave the Earth too soon, due to an aviation tragedy.  All we can do all we can is investigate to understand why, or through which they were taken from us ever so soon.  That is why I wish for my blog to designate an important topic to the aviation world to have a month to discuss what can be done not only to improve the safety of the skies, but to pay hommage to the many people that we've lost due to every aviation tragedy thus far.
We are blessed with many experienced and veteran commercial airline pilots all over this world who dedicate their careers and their whole lives to work toward this goal.  Not only to work toward this goal, but to pay tribute to the lives we've lost and t…

Ford International Airport

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MONDAY MENTION
Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Grand Rapids, Michigan


For the first time in weeks, I had a chance to get out of the snow clobbered streets of my new home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The month of February wasn't easy, less alone an enjoyable one, for the eastern half of the U.S. with the uncooperative and unforgiving weather, but the weather is starting to pay off and make up for the most difficult travel experience for many, and my relocation experience from NYC to West Michigan.

So..

What would a pilot do on a beautiful day with the highs in the 40s (F), clear blue skies, with melting snow, such as today?  

Head to the airport!

I took this time today to head over to the gateway to the Midwest, if not, the world, like I do on many occaisions when I fly to the offices of Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR / KGRR) to say a quick, "hello!"

Named after the 38th President of the United States who was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan area, Ford Interna…