Taking Flight

Cleared to Land

by Mauricio | February 25, 2013

Dear Taking Flight followers,

It has been great having this blog and being able to share my experiences as a student pilot at Lynn University. Since my very first post, I have enjoyed posting my stories about life at Lynn and in Boca Raton as well as pictures about my flights in South Florida. However, it is time for me to step down as a blogger and I will not be updating my blog anymore starting March 1st.

I want to thank everyone who followed my blog for keeping up with my posts and commenting on them as well. My blog will still be up for some time but I will only be reachable through Facebook or email (mburgos@email.lynn.edu).

In my very first post I said, “fasten your seat belts and prepare to take flight” … now it’s time to say thank you for flying with me. Best of luck to all my followers and hopefully I will see you on a commercial airplane in the future!

P.S. Here, some pictures of my most recent flights to Orlando Executive Airport (KORL), Vero Beach Airport (KVRB), and Fort Myers International Airport.

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Debate day is here!

by Mauricio | October 22, 2012

Finally, the day has come for Lynn University– debate day is here!

Watch the Debate tonight at 9 PM, as well as all the pre-shows featuring Lynn University. MSNBC, for example, has ongoing shows today broadcasting from their stage right by Christines.

I will be volunteering for the CPD media help desk starting at 3pm this afternoon and untill midnight tonight. Ill be inside the media filing center, so ill give you more updates through my twitter account. Follow me: mburgos514.

WATCH the debate… and fellow Lynn Students…ENJOY!

Here, a video from yesterday:

Lynn University Prepares for Presidential Debate

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Debate update: Ticket Lottery and Social Media

by Mauricio | September 29, 2012

We are 24 days away from the final presidential debate at Lynn University, and there are many things you should know if you are related to Lynn or live in the area. Here’s what you should think about this week:

• Ticket Lottery is open and will remain so until October 12th. Register and you be one of the few students allowed inside the hall on the day of the debate. It’s a great opportunity, and registration takes less than a minute. Don’t miss the chance!
• There will be some new traffic patterns on campus. Check My Lynn for road closures and specific info.

• The #lynndebate will be a huge event for Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. Share your experiences related to it! Use the #lynndebate hashtag to share and keep up with the latest information on the debate.
Additionally… I’d like to share with you guys that I will be volunteering at the debate as a media assistant. I’ll keep you guys posted on what exactly I’ll be doing prior, during and post the debate.

Have a great weekend!

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Weekly Picture: LU’s flying knight

by Mauricio | September 27, 2012

Lynn University's Cessna 172R, N101LU featuring the "flying knight."

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Taking Flight to a Higher Level

by Mauricio | September 24, 2012

Hi everyone! A new year has started at Lynn and there are many things that are going to happen this semester. Our 50th anniversary and a presidential debate are two of the greatest events we will have this fall 2012. I, too, want to give you readers something new this semester, and that’s why I have decided to include some new elements in my blog:
• Weekly debate update:
In less than a month, we will host the third and last presidential debate. Stay tuned and get the last infos on our event.

• Weekly aviation picture
There are many things going on every week at our flight school and the entire aviation industry. I’ll give you a weekly glimpse of what is happening in our aviation world.
Here’s a teaser:

The Lynn University Fleet, except for N109LU, which was out flying. In the picture: 2 Cessna 172 (N101LU and N105LU) and 1 Diamond twinstar (N108LU).


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by Mauricio | June 5, 2012

One of the things on the very top of my bucket list was skydiving- until last month. As the end of the academic year was approaching and many of my friends graduating, we decided that we wanted to do something we would never forget. I had always wanted to do skydiving but hadn’t really had the time- or guts- to book the date and jump.

What started as a huge list of people got reduced to three: me and my two friends Nicolas Pombo and Lesley Tai. On May 6th, we went to the Miami Skydiving center at the Tamiami/Kendall Intl airport and jumped off a Cessna 182.

It was one of the most exciting experiences in my life. The feeling you get when you are freefalling is truly indescribable. No roller coaster can give you that feeling of being just… on top of the world. After 20 seconds of free fall, the parachute opened. The ride was smooth and the landing was perfect. There´s not enough words to describe the excitement you get after the jump…It’s just something you have to try.

Ill share my skydiving video with you shortly — for now, here are some pictures with my friends on the ground:



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Flying Cross-Country

by Mauricio | May 7, 2012

Now that I have my private license, I look back and all I see is good memories and experiences from my training. I want to share one of those with you today: flying a cross country.

Ever since I had my first class in cross-country planning, I knew that cross-country flying was something I was always going to enjoy. Time, fuel, wind correction angles, groundspeeds… all those were hard to figure out at the beginning, but with the time it became easy and even fun to calculate them. Planning a long flight takes time, but once you are in the air… its rewarding to see that everything is going exactly how you planned it.

Here are some tips I have for you to plan a safe – and hopefully fun – cross country:

  • Use updated charts and AFD. Don’t give it a chance to encounter unexpected surprises! (HINT: PGD – Charlotte county airport– now has a control tower. I almost missed it during one of my flights because I was using an old AFD)
  • Check the frequencies you’ll be using. Look up the frequencies you’ll be listening to while on flight following and have them written down in case you get lost or miss a frequency change. (HINT: Use this chart! Courtesy: Lynn U School of Aeronautics)

  • Look up runway length for your destination airports and also LAHSO operations. If you need to do a short-field landing, make sure you know ahead of time.
  • When choosing a cruising altitude, keep in mind that there are VFR cruising altitudes. Don’t pick an IFR altitude if you are flying VFR – that might be dangerous. And take a close look at the winds aloft chart and pick the altitude that’s best according to the winds forecasted. (BE ahead of the game. Don’t let your instructor get you on that!)
  • Pick easily-recognizable checkpoints along the route. Something you feel SURE you are going to see.
  • If you have trouble while flying, remember the 4 c’s: Confess, Communicate, Climb (better radio reception), and Comply. If you are lost… ASK FOR HELP!

There are many other factors that contribute to a safe flight…But this quick checklist of stuff you should keep in mind. Have a great flight!

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A Dream Come True

by Mauricio | May 6, 2012

Hey guys, I’m sorry for not posting in such a long time. After my last post, I started to prepare for my private pilot’s checkride with the FAA instructor. I took the FAA written test on April 7th and after that I flew as much as I could to get ready for the practical test. I had the checkride on April 27th and now I’m a private pilot!

The weeks before the checkride were very busy but I put my greatest effort into my goal of becoming a private pilot. I hadn’t been that nervous in a very long time – but I finally accomplished what I had been wishing for since I was a little kid: be a certified pilot.

Now its time to continue with the instrument training. I cant wait to see what this new stage of my flight training looks like.

Hopefully, I’ll be instrument rated in a few months. For now… my private pilot’s license will be more than enough!

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A journey begins…

by Mauricio | March 12, 2012

The first day of flight training is probably one of the mostexiting days in the life of a pilot. The feeling you get while you are doing the first pre-flight or the first takeoff is really indescribable… It is predominantly a feeling of joy, but with a little anxiety of what is going to come next.

Once you are up in the air, it’s like a child’s dream is coming true. All expectations, fear and happiness combine in you, at last, flying an airplane. Finally, the landing concludes that first experience with a willing to do it all over again. Flying is a passion, and once you start doing it, you don’t want to stop.

All the best to all new pilots out there, especially to my roommate Nicolas Pombo who started his flight training today.  Felicitaciones!


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Spotting at FLL

by Mauricio | February 26, 2012

A few days ago I had the chance to do one of the things that I like the most: Airplane spotting. Many of my friends are pilots or aviation majors so we had a decent crew to go down to FLL and spot some airplanes. I hope you like the pictures we took! Those of you who love aviation as much as I do will surely do.

AA 738


Goodbye Spirit!


Avianca coming from home!


AV 036 about to touch down


Delta 757


Southwest and FedEx


Retro US Airways. Beautiful


Delta's Super 80. A classic!


One of JetBlue's A320. Beautiful fleet, huh?


AIr Jamaica on short final for Runway 13




Touchdown… See the smoke?


Terminal 4 at FLL –> I wish I was on Avianca's A319 back to Bogota!


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