Friday Fabulous Flyer:
This week I was in the discussion of how to manage my time better. Quite honestly, I am an excellent time manager—I just don’t have enough hours in a day to do all that I want to do in my life.
“I need people!”
Christine has been in my mind quite a bit, as I’ve been wondering how she was doing in Arizona. She was a Fabulous Flyer May 27. 2011, but like all the flyers they're off making their mark in the world. At the time she was a student living in Seattle, taking flying lessons and had a passion for aviation like none other. She was also one of my editors for FlightFor Control, and joined me in our Fly It Forward Events. But she left our city for Arizona. Not to chase the sun, but in pursuit of her career. Last night I came up with a great idea... "I wonder if Christine would want to write Friday Flyers for me, so I can focus on Flight For Safety." She's a talented writer. She has a passion for Aviation. She might need a part time job. I need people! Did I mention that I need good people?
Christine was studying Professional Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle's Renton campus, but she decided to go into air traffic control. Our local Green River Community College has an air traffic control program that meets the FAA's requirements to be a Collegiate Training Initiative program (CTI), but she wanted a degree from a major university, so she transferred to Prescott.
She did finish her instrument before she left town. Christine says she’s going to do spin training or cross-countries in order to build enough Riddle hours to start commercial. She’s completed basic weather, principles of management, commercial ground, and two basic air traffic classes. Over summer she’s taking VFR tower, aviation weather, thunderstorms, and business communication, and she has a full course load lined up for the fall. She is still flying strong.
Karlene: How do you feel about your transfer to Embry Riddle?
Christine: As much of a hassle as it's been doing flight standardization here, I love Riddle. I've made a lot of friends here, and it's wonderful to be surrounded by people who are as nerdy about flying as I am. Our flight team just won the national championship as well. Just like at any other college, when you're a new student one of the best things you can do is go to events to meet more people than just the ones in your classes.
At Riddle, we also have the airport - making connections with other pilots leads to lifelong friends and job opportunities. There are a ton of organizations like EAA, AOPA, and the Ninety-Nines that help keep me interested in flying. It would be wonderful to write or edit for AOPA someday and have a chance to inspire other pilots. There's nothing as great as getting someone else into aviation or reigniting their passion for it.
Karlene: How do you feel about writing for my blog once a week?
Christine: I consider writing for your blog to be another stepping stone in my journey. :)
Yes… I will still be scouting with Christine to find those fabulous flyers... but what can I say?
James Patterson does it. Clive Cussler does it.
I’m going to do it.
Well… sort of. But only on Fridays.
Thank You Christine!
Enjoy the Journey!