In Defiance of Wordless Wednesdays

I started posting my Words on Wednesdays in a sense in defiance of Wordless Wednesdays.

Words define us.
So say something.
Do something.
Whether it is Wednesday or not.
Never stay silent.

Whether it is to oppose bullying, bigotry or bias.
Whether it is Wednesday or not.
Say something, when you see something.
Safety begins with you.

It’s time to take a stand against bullying, bigotry, and bias.
Say Something.
Do Something.
Whether it is Wednesday or not.
Never, ever stay silent!

Falling Water: A Flyout that wasn’t!

This defines me…

Monday Morning Inspiration

Fly 'n Things

It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,
Of all things physical and metaphysical,
Of all things human and all things super-human,
Of all true manifestations of the head,
Of the heart, of the soul,
That the life is recognizable in its expression,
That form ever follows function. This is the law.

— Louis H. Sullivan

If I were asked to name my second passion, I would have to say it is Architecture. With  a sister studying Architecture, I grew up surrounded with designs, drafting, discussions on famous architects such as Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright and The Fountainhead. In my spare time I pored over my sister’s books with flashy images of buildings from around the world; mesmerized by the intricate designs, lofty skyscrapers and flowing structures that could only be imagined and executed by the intellect of man.

Falling Water is a masterpiece by architect…

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Tangier Again

Fun place to fly!

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Hotel booked. Passport in hand. We were all excited about our upcoming fall trip to Niagara Falls. We had strategically planned this for the 3rd weekend in October to see the full splendor of fall colors as we journeyed north to fly over one of the natural wonders of the world and then visit them up close and personal both from the US and Canadian side.

Seven days prior to our flight the forecast called for clear skies and 50’s at Niagara Falls. Slightly warmer but ditto in the mid-Atlantic region. Exciting! Maybe this year we would get lucky and actually make this trip.

Three days prior to the flight the forecast called for partly cloudy and 20% chance of rain and still 50’s at Niagara Falls. Not so exciting but still things could change. There were still 3 days to go.

Two days prior to the flight the forecast was still…

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Sometimes you just have to say it!

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“Miami Center, can we get direct Ft. Pierce,” I asked eying the ominous looking dark clouds at our 12 o’clock.
“Unable for the next 10 minutes. Maintain heading,” responded Miami Center.

We had departed Bimini, our final halt in the Bahamas before heading back to the States. It was cloudy and IMC along the Florida Coast and we had filed an IFR flight plan for the return.  Bimini is a mere 10nm miles from the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ ) and with luck, we had circled as we climbed to altitude and after multiple attempts, finally established radio contact with Miami Center. This was not only crucial since we were in-bound, crossing the ADIZ, but also because weather along our route was mostly IMC.

We proceeded as directed, continuing to watch the rapidly approaching weather system, straight ahead. When is the best time to tell the controller I…

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West with the Night

Words on Wednesday 2….

Always nostalgic thinking about Out of Africa!

Fly 'n Things

I learned to watch, to put my trust in other hands than mine. I learned to wander. I learned what every dreaming child needs to know — that no horizon is so far that you cannot get above it or beyond it. These I learned at once. But most things come harder.

Beryl Markham, West with the Night

How is it possible to bring order out of memory? I should like to begin at the beginning, patiently, like a weaver at his loom. I should like to say, “This is the place to start; there can be no other.”

But there are a hundred places to start for there are a hundred names…

So the name shall be Nungwe:

Date: 16/6/35
Type of aircraft: Avro Avian
Journey — Nairobi to Nungwe
Time — 3 hrs 40 min
Pilot — Self

So begins, West with the Night by Beryl Markham.


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How to speak like a pilot

Words on Wednesdays…

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In the past, I have written about using pilot lingo in every day communication (see Pilot Speak and I Speak Pilot 2). Communication is critical during any phase of a flight from planning to execution to completion. To enable clear and concise communication, pilots are taught the terminology to use from early days of flight training by their instructors.

Prior to the start of flight, a pilot communicates with  flight service station to obtain  weather information at the origin and destination airport, as well as along the route of flight; reviews NOTAMS and files a flight plan. It was necessary to communicate this verbally with a preflight briefer before the advent of internet and still occasionally be a necessary step when out of reach from online services. Today all this can be achieved  online such as on DUATS or through flight planning software tools, but taxi, clearance, departure instructions…

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