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PHD. MBA. MHS. Type rated on A330, B777, B747-400, B747-200, B757, B767, B737, B727. International Airline Pilot / Author / Speaker. Dedicated to giving the gift of wings to anyone following their dreams. Supporting Aviation Safety through training, writing, and inspiration. Fighting for Aviation Safety and Airline Employee Advocacy. Safety Culture and SMS change agent.
Friday, September 11, 2020
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
I am heading to Atlanta today, to take my test tomorrow! However, I took the old fashioned way of preparation and studied every day... sometimes at the lake, everyday on the elliptical, and often in a bath tub. I even made flash cards. There was lots of information to learn; however, I have proven during my doctoral research that a higher level understanding versus memorizing to pass a test will improve overall safety. In the long run, learning will carry to the airplane and expand to those novel situations that rote memorization will not.
Not only was I studying, but we were in the midst of a serious and ongoing heart problem with my husband. A week ago they ablated multiple points, isolated chambers and all was successful. Yesterday we had his follow up appointment, and he's doing great! So then we went to the golf course and he had the best game all year (I did too), and today I travel.
More Airbus info to come...
From what I have learned so far is that the A350 is very smart, and the differences with the A330 are all improvements in design that make sense logical sense.
If you're learning the A350... and have questions please send them my way. I'll do my best to find the answers. Until then, I'll be updating my blog on a more regular basis as I take this journey into the next type rating.
Enjoy the Journey!
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Line Operational Evaluation (LOE): LOE is an evaluation of individual and crew performance in a flight simulation device conducted during real-time.
Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT). LOFT is conducted as a line operation and allows for no interruption by the instructor during the session except for a non-disruptive acceleration of uneventful enroute segments.
In addition to scenario requirements, and tracking requirements, AQP, in part, must also:
- Replicate normal flight operation; and
- Include a normal crew complement.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
What about pilots?
Friday, July 31, 2020
This week I received an email from Aidan that began like this...
What do you love about UND?
How is your education at the University of North Dakota preparing you for your career?
COVID-19 and College
"I have too many to count! That's what makes aviation so special. However, three specific “firsts” come to mind:
- Earning my Private Pilot Certificate at Olympia Regional Airport with DPE (and UND graduate!) Travis Baker.
- As a Private Pilot, flying with my first passenger - my mom. (Thanks Mom!)
- Receiving my acceptance letter to UND Aerospace.
- Prioritize your academics. At UND, I spend a lot of time studying. However, that hard work does pay off! Being well rounded is important, too. For example, in addition to our aviation core curriculum, we can choose to take courses in everything from accounting to music appreciation in order to earn a degree.
- Be an involved member of the aviation community.
- “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” My parents taught me this saying many years ago. Always have a plan and do your best to stick to it.
- Learn new things! Have other hobbies, activities and interests in addition to flying. I also enjoy backpacking, road cycling, and hiking.
- Reach out, and have mentors.
- Give your best effort.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Whether in training or coursework, I have found that my professors and mentors are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with me.
- Set goals for yourself and remain flexible.
- Most importantly, as Karlene always says, “Enjoy the Journey!” Aviation is truly a day by day adventure, where you never stop learning. Appreciate today, the little things, and you'll be on your way. I feel overjoyed and blessed to be a pilot living my childhood dream!"
"You never quite know how a simple interaction with someone can make such a big impact. Your kindness to speak with me on that day in 2018 helped bring me to where I am today. I'm inspired, blessed, overjoyed to be a pilot. And, I thank you."