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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cap'n Aux's Most Inspirational Role Model

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

   Folks, as most of you know by now, I've started writing for both Airways Magazine and nycaviation.com. My first article for NYCA caused quite a stir (mostly positive!) It's an opinion piece about the new FAA study involving deteriorating pilot skills and cockpit automation.

It's called, "Do Commercial Pilots Really 'Suck' at Manual Flying?"

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And now . . .
I’ve been chatting for several posts about how November is “National this month” and “National that day.” In keeping with this theme, today we celebrate the “biggies.”

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  The Fourth Thursday in November is always Thanksgiving. It’s a very special day in The U.S.—second only to Christmas—when we pause and give thanks for all our blessings. 
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Also special this month is Veteran’s Day (11/11—& my nephew David's birthday!), when we honor our men and women who have served in our armed forces. 
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Viet Nam infantry Vet Allen "Hogz" Auxier


Thank you, brother Allen 



Gulf War 1 Vet, Marine Daniel "Ox" Auxier 



& nephew Daniel 




for your service to our country!

   Now, there's one more special event that we already celebrated earlier this month, Aviation History Month, in several posts written by our Blogging in Formation team.

I also combined my post with National Inspirational Role Models Month. In that article, we celebrated pilot hero, Captain Grace Baloyo:
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I know many of you who love to read my blog are young folks hoping to embark on airline careers. I have a great sense of responsibility to inspire you, tell you like it is, and help you to achieve your dreams. In that vein, and in furtherance of National Inspirational Role Models MonthI'd like to honor and share with you that one person who has most inspired me in my life, one whom I Give Thanks to have had in my life.

I would also like to share those traits of his that have inspired and helped me to get where I am today. . .

Oh, and by the way, he was a War Veteran as well . . .

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My personal hero, who continues to inspire me to be my best: 

Chuck Yeager

My Flight Instructor

Wilber and Orville Wright

Charles Lindbergh

Cap'n Sully

Nope, none of the above!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Happy NaNoWriMo Month!

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Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief!
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
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THIS POST IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF RUSTY LEE CARPENTER

Suddenly and tragically lost to us on October 24.
Friends wishing to help defray the cost of Rusty's
grave marker may donate at:
Bank : JP Morgan Chase
Routing # : 071000013 Account # : 520821013
You can go to any Chase bank or donate on-line or from your smart phone
On-line addresses :www. Chase.com

 Rusty, you were loved by all and lived life to the fullest.
Godspeed, my friend!

And Now . . .
Folks, while doing research for this month's Blogging in Formation post (Link: http://capnaux.blogspot.com/2013/11/blogformation-aviation-history.html), I stumbled on the fact that this month is not only National Aviation History Month and National Inspirational Role Models month. I also discovered that November is also National:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Top 10 Downers of an #Airline Career

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Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief!
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Before/after shot of Tacloban, Philippines, a city of 220,000.
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and now . . .
It Ain't All Fun 'n Games, you know!

People are always asking me what the life of an airline pilot is really like.

To many, it all seems to all be glitz 'n glamor.

Exotic locales. 

Bitchin' airplanes.


Smokin' hot flight attendants at your beck and call . . .



Not to mention the "Best office view in the world!"
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This baby taken just this week!




But is that truly the case?



   At the risk of sounding whiny or nit-picky, I will attempt to show you some of the downside of this profession—the warts, if you will. . .


Friday, November 1, 2013

#BlogFormation: #Aviation History!

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or
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Folks, read my Airways Magazine article, now on newsstands!







In this issue (December 2013), I have the honor of reviewing fellow airline pilot-author and new good friend, Captain Mark L. Berry's intense memoir, 13,760 Feet—My Personal Hole in the Sky.

Cap'n Mark and I met up recently on his KPHX overnight!




This is Captain Berry's third book. His first two, Pushing Leaves Toward the Sun and Street Justice, are critically acclaimed novels. All three books are available on his website, below.





Here is the opening paragraph of my review:
  Airline pilots.  Consumate professionals who train rigorously to meet every emergency imaginable.  Goal-oriented problems solvers, they learn to think fast, accomplish the checklists, and save the day.  But, for airline pilot and author Mark L. Berry, this personal tragedy came without a manual, without a checklist, and without warning. . .
To read more about 13,760 Feet, see my article in December, 2013
and/or
Visit Mark's website: http://marklberry.com
and/or
Listen to Chapter One read by the author!:
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And now it's time for . . .

Blogging in Formation Week!
Posts all week beginning Monday
This month's Theme: Aviation History!
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Today I am proud to present the lead post in this month’s “Blogging in Formation,” wherein six noted aviation bloggers team up to bring you their personal take on an aviation topic.