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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Year-End and Milestones

Hard to believe that the year is winding to a close so soon. If you haven't already received an invitation to a party to celebrate the completion of a BS in Aviation Science, consider this post as an invite. The party is on December 10, from 5 - 8 pm at Gordonsville Muni. Should be good food, company, and a rumor that a bluegrass band will show up!

I started this college effort after high school, way too many years ago (30+), got sidetracked by life, but continued to take a class here and there along the way. I ramped up the effort about five years ago, and this December, the degree is a done deal.

Somebody kick me, but I'm considering Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Master of Aviation Science with a focus on human-factors. Why? Because the capstone research project for the BS degree I chose was on loss of control - in-flight (LOC-I). "So what," you say. Here's what I found: The number one cause of commercial and GA aviation accidents is LOC-I as a result of "pilot error." I think with some additional credentials, I can first, know more about the human condition that causes this, second, use this new knowledge in my flight instruction, and who know where else, and third, make some sort of a difference to mitigate accidents. To think, I can be an idealist after 56 years on the planet. Anyway, if you're at all interested in the topic, I wrote this paper and posted it on my web. Download a copy, read it, and let me know what you think.

Hope your holidays are excellent. Come see us at GVE. Blue skies!