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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.

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(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!
Jeremy

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,…