- Reform the Air 21 Law
- Finish Writing Flight For Justice
- Take down the Christmas Decorations before it's time to put them up again
- Exercise daily
- Eat pie for dinner at least once per month
- Fly my New Plane every chance I get
- Smile often. Laugh loudly. Feel gratitude
- Improve my Golf game
- Play more cards
- Forgive more, judge less and accept.
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PHD. MBA. MHS. Type rated on A350, 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.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Happy New Year 2021~
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Bless You With a Christmas Heart
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Pilots for Kids
This year each family is restricted to their rooms, so we will bring our Holiday party to them! During the week of Dec 15-22, each room will receive a "North Pole Aviation Adventure" package which includes: A Nasa Activity book, A PFKD's color book, crayons, balsa wood airplanes to build and design, challenges and prizes. In addition, each room receives a holiday tree, and home cooked meal, North Pole themed stuffed animals, and a five minute virtual visit from Santa, direct from the North Pole! All "PFKD Adventures Week" items and meals will be delivered to each room by the amazing Elf Staff of Ronald McDonald!
"I Appreciate You All and thank you in advance for your donations, to once again bring Love, Joy and Smiles for these very special Kids and Families during a most Challenging year!!" Christine
To learn more, please visit the Pilots For Kids website HERE
Friday, December 11, 2020
Captain Mike Simkins
Friday's Fabulous Flyer
Saturday, December 5, 2020
No Child Sleeps Outside
Thanks to Mary's Place!
"Home is where one starts from"
$250 Microsoft gift card$50 Macrina Bakery gift card (three gift cards are available to win)Party Cookie Kit from the Pastry Project (two kits are available to win)$25 El Camino restaurant gift card$25 South Town Pie gift card$20 Starbucks gift cardMary's Place sweatshirtHand blown glass votive from Glass Eye Studios
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Time to Fly!
There are many firsts when checking out on a new airplane. Tonight is another! My first flight after OE. Thankfully I was able to pick up an extra trip, beyond my regular schedule. Otherwise it would have been another month from the Line Check. Proficiency needs consistency, so I am going to do my best to make that happen. I also need to get consolidated.
I am still enamored with this wonderful plane. During OE I slipped down in the E & E compartment and took some photos of her brains. Quite amazing!
I am still digesting all that I learned, and so thankful for the training captains I worked with. An amazing amount of knowledge they had, and I felt as if I was in the A350 doctoral program. Loved every minute of it. The other Captain on my line check was also an amazing source of information. But, it was his parting words there were best said...
I'm off to see what I can learn tonight!Enjoy the Journey!
Thursday, November 26, 2020
One of the few things you can control
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
A350 Thrust Levers
Position Not Movement
Years ago I wrote a post about the "Non-moving" thrust levers on the A330, and how they took some getting used to when transitioning from the Boeing to the Airbus. But the truth is, they are simply thrust levers. If the autothrust is not engaged they operate like any other thrust lever. Forward for more thrust and aft for less. With the autothrust engaged, they are placed into one of four positions and the operation is equally as simple.
- 0 ... Idle.
- CL ... Climb.
- FLX MCT ... Flex and Max Continuous
- TOGA ... Takeoff and Go-around
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Tricks or Treats...
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and this year I am spending it with my sister and my Dad in Palm Desert playing bridge. Traditions worldwide have been altered due to Covid, except for one: The Roaming Skeleton.
All through the month of October my sister and/or her boyfriend move the skeleton throughout the house surprising the other. This year he took charge while she was at work. Creativity and humor never cease. This is a tradition that I will be adopting for next Halloween.