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Anything that annoys you is teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is teaching you how to stand on your own two feet. 
Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion. 
Anything that has power over you is teaching you how to take your power back.  
Anything you hate is teaching you unconditional love. 
Anything you fear is teaching you courage to overcome your fear. Anything out of your control is teaching you how to let go.

Life is a lesson.  Passing the exam is up to us.
Take to this Monday with the lessons above.  Do your homework no matter how long it takes.  Passing the test will be one of the greatest achievements you will ever accomplish.


The Four Ws

As stated on Monday, confidence is the key to not only believing in yourself and enjoying your successes in life, but it is also a way to make your needs known and to effectively communicate.  This comes into play with one of the most important aspects of being in a flight deck environment and is a must for any pilot: communicating with ATC.  I write this post partially as a skill review and reminder to myself.
Student pilots master this concept in training and is carried throughout one's career, whether recreational or professional, in the plane.  My flight instructor initially taught me how to communicate with the tower via the 4 Ws:

WHO are you intending to call to?  ATC? Ground? Having the right frequency and people to talk to in order to voice your needs or emergencies is key.


(KNOW) WHOyou are and always state it to ATC.  Pilots and controllers are all human and make mistakes - especially when operating fatigued.  As taught and stressed to me before, you must always know …

A World of Confidence

This month and year marks twenty years since I first sat foot on an airplane.

Even though it wasn't a 172 intro, it had just as some of the most amazing experiences as a 172 intro would.  It was on a red, white, and grey Boeing 747 and flying on my first international trip.  The first destination was scary to me as I've never traveled there before and the language was one that I never learned nor grew up with.  The comforting thought was the fact that almost everyone there speaks English.

Even though I was traveling with a group throughout Mediterranean coastal Europe, we had moments where we were split up and we were on our own.  I didn't find this problematic in the south of France, as I was the only one in the group who was a French speaker, this was a challenge for me in Italy.  And, a good majority of this trip was spent there as well as Spain.  
If you ever want to test your confidence as a human being, visit a foreign country for the first time not knowing the fir…

Enjoy The View

Sometimes we remember why we are here on this Earth with any profession, hobby, or purpose in life.  This week was all about having a dream, finding our strength by making wise choices in life, having in mind to discover our true purpose in life.  And always, keep yourself busy.  As I always say, if you are not busy, something must be wrong as there is a lot to accomplish in life.
With all of the above, we must remember one thing:  take a break once in a while to take in the view..

FRIDAY FOTO June 24, 2016

Have a great weekend!

Lessons Learned

Being that Father's Day weekend has past, I think of the many lessons my dad taught me throughout his life here on Earth.  Not only lessons through words, but actions.  Even though I was young, I was old enough to watch dad go from being a basic cable TV installer to being a corporate auditor within a short period of time.  There were bumps along the way, but he made it.  Hard work was apart of his being. This was only of the many action lessons that my father taught me.  It was unfortunate that he was only present for only 32 years of my life, because I wished I was there to witness his other achievements, one of them being: his service to the United States Air Force.  
He served here in the US in San Antonio, TX and Wichita, KS.  Upon my mother recently finishing Flight For Control, she told me something that I never knew about my father that he always kept a secret when he was alive:  he did actually go to Vietnam.
During my time with him, he always also taught me to be assert…

Blue Skies

I was in the backyard yesterday on a beautiful West Michigan day and my iPhone sent me an alert that no one, especially a family member nor a pilot would ever want to see: "BREAKING: Blue Angels F-18 Crashes in TN.  Details to follow."
More unfortunate alerts followed that no one, especially one fatality and it was of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss.
I never had the honor to meet nor get to know Captain Kuss personally, but I will say that he was a someone to a whole lot of people: his beloved family, squadron comrades, dearest friends, and those of us who never knew him, but he brought so much enthusiasm to, to fly buy his great aero acrobatic skills.  
He fulfilled his purpose in the world as such, and now has earned his Blue Angel wings to soar the heavens above shining down on the people who he loved so much - fans included.
With these words, I present to you the Friday Fotos I was able to capture, to pay tribute and remember this remarkable fleet in his memory.  

Captain Jeff Kuss,…

Into That Fateful Night

As of tonight, when most of the Western Hemisphere will be sleeping, yet another year will mark the fateful crash of reg: F-GZCP, an Airbus A330-203 operating as Air France flight 447 which developed ice crystallization within it's pitot tubes causing a loss of data/automation to the aircraft.  As a result of many (SMS: Safety Systems Management, CRM: Crew Resource Management, TEM: Threat and Error Management) factors, the A330 entered into a high altitude aerodynamic stall amidst a tropical thunderstorm over the mid-South Atlantic ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris-DeGaulle.  The souls of 226 passengers and 12 crew left the plane, grew angelic wings, and flew to heavenly altitudes.  As time passes, this event tends to regretfully slip the mind of some.  For others, a day does not go by where Air France 447 doesn't slip the mind for even a second.  For the victims' families, after seven years now from when the unexpected and unimaginable occurred, I still can no…

Mistake of Fear

I came across a great quote today:
"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continuously fearing that you will make a mistake."

Fear inhibits making mistakes, which in turn, inhibits us from learning.  Learning from our mistakes inhibits us from growing and succeeding.  It's all a chain reaction in the circle of life.  
Never fear.  If you make a mistake, think of it is an opportunity.  Not only for learning, but also succeeding.  Make for yourself a great Thursday.  Just think... today is the home stretch and tomorrow is the touchdown for the weekend  - a time for rest for the mind, body, and spirit.


A sad day indeed.  I was originally going post about another topic today, then the news of Brussels Airport and central transit system right in the heart of the city.  (News Article).  
Thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.  It is days like this that increase our strength to fight injustice and especially those who have no right to end another innocent human life.  In this case, many.
We stand with those who know and continue to do the right thing, to ensure order in the world, fight injustice, and those who pursue peace, not destroy it.

Kidney Cancer Awareness 2016

It's aggressive and lethal.  Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) a.k.a Kidney Cancer has claimed the lives of many worldwide.  The American Cancer Society's numbers for 2016 report 62,700 plus new cases will occur (39,650 in men, 23,050 in women.)
There are many theories and risk factors as to why patients are diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma, some of them being:
Smoking. Obesity. Taking substantial amounts of OTC (over the counter) medications/NSAIDS. Substantial sodium solvent intakes e.g., "Alka Seltzer" for sinus/headaches. Exposure to chemicals such as asbestos, cadmium, etc. Various Inherited Conditions.
Even though my late father smoked, his oncologists informed us after their research that the main culprits of his diagnosis were large sodium deposits and his exposure to fuel fumes and other chemicals during his time in the Air Force during Vietnam.  The cigarettes did play a part, but an extremely minor one in this case.

_______________________ March is Kidney Cancer Awa…

Northwest 710

It left Minneapolis fifty-six years ago on this date, landed successfully for its stop over at Chicago-Midway.  Its final destination: fifty feet underground in a snowy soy bean field near Tell City, Indiana along the banks of the Ohio River - not making its intended final destination: Miami International.  The souls of fifty-six passengers and six crew members perished that day. 

The Lockheed Electra L-188 (reg: N121US) which carried these souls disintegrated separating its on board engines to which the debris spanned the area where Indiana borders Kentucky.  Like with any crash, come theories, and according to the Civil Aeronautics Board, there were three initial theories which seem to be common first thoughts of any crash, along with pilot error - which was not the case in this investigation.
A bomb. Severe clear air turbulence. Metal fatigue.
Event Timeline
12:51 - Departed MSP 13:55 - Arrived at MDW 14:25 - Aircraft was refueled and ready to continue to MIA. 14:38 - Aircraft took off fr…

Economical Airbus

I am not ashamed to admit that I am not and never will be a "fan boy."  If it has a pair of wings and lifts, I love it unconditionally.  From Embraer, to Cessna, to the Boeing, to Gulfstream, to Cirrus, to Fokker, to Airbus, big or small, fast or not so fast - I am an equal opportunity aviation fan geek.  I love all aircraft.  If you fly for an airline, or plan to, your company may or many not give you a choice in the matter.  You fly what you are paid to or what is available.  What happens if you are a passenger and your airline decides to make a last minute plane change from an A330 to a 787 and there are no more flight options to your destination for the day?


Airbus Industries has been a pioneer in (European) commercial aviation since it's first days on many levels.  While America dominated the aviation market for quite some time, (this is debatable by many), the documentary below that I saw last night (trying to avoid the dominating political c…


Fear is something which can impair you from enjoying life, taking risks, and accomplishing your goals.  Our minds will lead us to believe anything negative about ourselves, our life experiences, and others.

It's easier said than done to overcome fear, however, if you keep the above in mind, this will be a good start.  Just think of those who were once afraid to fly, and are currently pilots operating aircraft that they've always dreamed of flying and beautiful destinations that they've always dreamed of flying to.  Keep your head above the clouds and don't be afraid of anything

I plan to expand this topic for another post, however, for now, I wish each and everyone of you a great rest of the week!

Two of a Kind

I dedicate this Friday Foto to two pilots who have been tremendous influences in my life.  Both of these pilots have been my flight instructors in every sense of the term.  They both have taught me so much in the world of aviation, and beyond, both inside the flight deck and out and have been such an integral part of my life's decisions.
Most of all, they are not afraid to stand up to injustice and do what is right in the world.  For that, I can never stop looking at all of their accomplishments which give me the motivation to create my own.
And with these words, I present to you this week's:

FRIDAY FOTO with Robert Keleti & Karlene Petitt

You both keep up the great work and inspiring many!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Book Review: Flight For Survival

To Y.S.,
We never know loss until we unexpectedly loose those who are close to and valued us so much.  Even though you are no longer with us on this Earth, you have earned your wings and with four radiant stripes, flying the heavens above as an angel, free of pain and suffering, knowing that you've helped and brought joy and happiness to the lives of so many people in their darkest of times.  Your memory and legacy for standing up for what is right will never be forgotten.


"Flight For Survival" by Karlene Petitt

We live in a time where the unimaginable becomes reality.  Imagine finding ourselves on board a Boeing 777 two years ago as of this date, March 8th, to which its fate was sealed before it even left the ground.  Passengers who once entrusted their lives to the ones flying them, now are truly afraid to fly - looking for answers, none to be found.  Most importantly, the victims' families are in unspeakable pain looking for the same answe…

Only Time Will Tell

"If you want something you never had...
      You have to do something you've never done..."

Last night at midnight, I finished writing the 38th Chapter of my life.  Today I started to write Chapter 39.  Thinking positively, I am now almost half way through the novel titled "Life."  One of the factors of life is decision making and being sure that the decisions you make are the right ones.  We all have and experience self doubt when making decisions, especially life changing ones. 
One thing I have to keep in mind, is that whatever decision I make or risk I take, it is the right one, even if it deviates me off the course of my goals - because in the end, it will get me there eventually.
Now that I am in the point of my life that I choose to sit back and take an assessment,, (and doing just that),  What risks I have taken and vow to myself that I will never stop taking risks.  Some risks do not work out the way we want, but time will tell, which risks pay off.  Timi…

Symphony of Words

It all started with "Flight For Control" a novel which, like a great piece of music or art, captivated its audience from day one.  It brought so many great characters to life which carried both a message and a mission through an immaculate symphony of words.  The message: we have an industry in turmoil and we need it to change.  "Flight Control" is the first movement of this vast symphony of words and ideas.

The second movement of this symphony of words, "Flight For Safety" explained one of the foundations of the challenges we face in the aviation industry: safety and training, or lack thereof.  The passages give accounts of stories which are fiction, in essence, however, if you have looked at the unfortunate headlines in real life for the past two decades and beyond, you will see that, as the author Karlene Petitt states it, "fiction mirrors truth."

One of my favorite parts of the second movement, "Flight For Safety", is the analogy tha…

Children's Museum of Central Oregon

The Fountain of Youth

I'm a big believer of, not only the arts and sciences, but also helping to build a community with a cause - especially when it looks to our future, our young ones.
Kayla Wopschall, Ph.D, the daughter of my good friend, Karlene Petitt, is planting the seeds as she has set the foundation for the Children's Museum of Central Oregon in Bend.
As stated on Twitter: "We are so excited to work with the Central Oregon community to open a Children's Museum. A place for our youngest citizens to imagine, explore and create."
And with this, to educate and to create a sense of self, identity, and to explore options of what interests them.  To imagine the unimaginable.   For this, they will come to explore different areas of interests, which will create a guiding path to career choices.
The CMCO is also to be there:
"as a resource for families of all types to grow and learn together."
With every adventure - comes a goal.  This goal wi…