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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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:
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!
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:
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:
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!
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!
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!
Last J-term I had a very exciting and enriching time in Colombia. As part of my career exploration J-term, I stayed in Bogota and did an internship for Avianca, Colombia’s biggest, oldest and (in my opinion) best airline.
I had the chance to explore different departments of the airline and to get the real experience of how an airline works. I was able to go on each type of aircraft Avianca has and got to know Avianca’s entire maintenance facility, which provides services not only to their Aircraft but also to partner airlines and foreign clients. I also spent some time at the Operations department – this was by far the best part of the internship. I had always wondered how flights were scheduled and how crews were managed – and I was surprised to see how many people work towards a clean and punctual operation. Surprisingly, the timetable for all flights is like a big chess board on a computer, where aircraft can be switched from route to route. Sometimes, aircraft are changed because the flight is not full and can be operated by a smaller airplane – and sometimes a different airplane than the one scheduled has to cover the flight because of a delay. Here, a picture I took of a Boeing 767 being serviced:
I really had an awesome time last January in Colombia. Avianca and the J-Term gave me the chance to explore what I love the most… airlines and airplanes. This year I will again do a short internship, this time at a hotel in Cali, the city where I was born. I have always seen the aeronautical and hospitality industry as sister industries… and would be interested in doing a minor in hospitality. Let’s see what the Intercontinental at Cali has to show me!
What are you doing for J term? I wish you guys the best… either if you are staying on campus, at home, or traveling, have fun!