My Journey

I’m Back!!

…From an extended and unexpected break!!

For my followers that were around back in the spring, you may have noticed that I took about a half year break from blogging and writing. Unfortunately, when I started my job with the FAA back in June, I was advised to stop writing because of the potential conflict of interest… I was disheartened that I couldn’t keep up with my favorite hobby. But, it was also a blessing in disguise. I was able to really focus on my training at the FAA Air Traffic Academy and managed to graduate top of my training class. I’m now training to be an en route controller at Fort Worth ARTCC (air route traffic control center).

As of today, however, I have received clearance (pun intended) to start writing again!  I will likely stray away from topics directly related to my job, but I’ll still be writing on aviation topics that spark my interest.  I recently purchased a new DSLR camera & I live right by DFW airport – I’m certain that there will be some good plane-watching shots coming up soon. Standby for more!

I’m so excited to be back in the game…What should I write about first? What’s hot right now? Anything you want to know more about? Do you know of any up-in-coming publications that could use an aviation expert? What have I missed in my 7-month leave of absence?

I’m so happy to be back. Thanks to everyone that stuck around during my radio silence. I can’t wait to be back writing for you guys again very very soon!

Till next time!! xoxo,

Chrissi

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My Journey, Technology, The News Hub

Cool Plane, dude! 

(Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Today, I wrote about new research NASA researchers are working on – a supersonic passenger jet – via The News Hub.

If you’d like to check it out, click here.

Thanks for following

xoxo Chrissi

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Air and Space, Military Aviation

Thank You, Lieutenant Penney

(Photo courtesy of Air Race 21)

When I attended the WAI Conference in March, one of my favorite speakers was Lieutenant Heather “Lucky” Penney’s two keynote speeches on empowering women in the aviation industry and her experience on 9/11. Many people do not know that a squadron in Washington D.C. – Penney’s Squadron were sent to take down United Airlines Flight 93 – hijacked with terrorists – with no active missiles on board their F-16’s. Penney was essentially on a kamikaze mission and spoke about her willingness to not return home to her family that night because of her commitment to serving our country.

Air & Space Magazine had sent me to the Conference to cover Penney’s speeches and another story that may be published in the future. It was the most moving story I have done thus far. There were many people in the room with tears in their eyes as she told her story – just one of million’s of stories from that Tuesday morning. It was a very touching story and one that I hope everyone gets to hear in full one day. My article touches on the very basics of her speech and what she did that morning – what she was willing to sacrifice. I hope that you’ll take the time to read this story and understand and appreciate what Penney was willing to do that day.

To read “9/11 Takedown That never Happened” on Air & Space Magazine Online, Click HERE.

To read my all my stories published on Air & Space Magazine, Click HERE. 

See Also:

My Name in Print!

The 26th Annual WAI Conference

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Commercial Aviation, Technology, The News Hub

Advances in Aviation

Not Your Typical Airplane

New technologies are replacing conventional aircraft manufacturing processes.

(photo source: BBC)

NEW POST on The News Hub!!

A look at two new technological advances taking place in the aviation industry right now! Super cool!

To read this new article, click HERE.

Help me get paid for this article by reading, up voting & sharing with your friends!!

To read all my posts on The News Hub, click HERE.

xoxo Chrissi

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Commercial Aviation, Safety, The News Hub

Jet Suicides: Weighing in on the safety of Commercial Aviation

New post on The News Hub!

“New Information on Germanwings Crash starts a Media Firestorm”

Reality: statistically nearly impossible to die in a ‘jet suicide’

(Photo Source: NY Post)
The media has been ablaze with information that copilot of Germanwings 9525, Andreas Lubitz likely practiced his controlled descent into terrain on the outbound leg to Barcelona prior to the successful crash into the French Alps on March 24.
The French Civil Aviation Safety Authority has released information indicating that on the previous leg, the copilot was alone in the flight deck and set the selected altitude to descend to 100 when he was cleared to 35 thousand feet. This occurred again when he was cleared to 21 thousand feet. This data suggests he was either practicing his maneuver for the return flight or attempted to crash on the first leg but abandoned his plan. The report also confirms that Lubitz’s mental health was questioned in the past, although later approved with restrictions.
To continue reading, please view the original post on The News Hub.
To read my other stories about Germanwings 9525 and other aviation-related posts on The News Hub, click HERE.
(Side Note:  Thank you everyone for the great response to yesterday’s post! Welcome to all the new followers that are now watching this mess of a journey unfold! Thank you to everyone that’s been watching thus far. I think my writer’s block is finally dissipating and new stories should be coming soon!)
Thanks for following along!!
xo Chrissi
Many people that know I have an aviation background ask me (and I’ve written on this topic before): is flying safe? My simple answer: absolutely.
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My Journey

Getting through Writer’s Block

I’m sitting here staring at a blank page. This is the third day in a row that I’ve been unable to write about all these wonderful experiences I had at the Professional Women Controller’s conference. That I’m unable to put my research down on the screen. I’m so excited about all the topics I’m learning about…. But apparently I’m digesting it still. I can’t form sentences. I can’t form paragraphs. I can’t form stories.

I want to write. I have deadlines to make. Two weeks ago I was pouring out 1-2 articles a day. This week I can’t even form a sentence. Why?

Two words: Writers Block.

“The thing is, sometimes there is no story to tell. Or, you have stories but they’re not ready to be told yet. The blank page does not have to be your enemy. It is not a sign of failure. It just means: Not Now. – “Not Now,” Michele Catalano

I started reading how to get past this block. Why my fingers don’t want to type. Why I avoid writing like the plague. I’d rather clean my room than write. That’s not how this is supposed to be! I should be writing down all these ideas that are running through my head.

So I’m using the tips I’ve read about. I’m going to write stories in new formats. I’m free-writing by hand to “clear the cobwebs.” I’m writing just to write. This blog is my journal. Like I’ve said before – this is where the good, the bad, and the ugly lives. I highlight my successes but also sometimes need to express my failures in order to get past them. I’ve written about hardships in my life as well as my biggest successes.

One of the most interesting things I read was to take the pressure off myself – write just to write. That’s what I’m trying to do here. So far it’s working.

“That despite a life that unfolds on the internet, we can still write with no intent to publish.” – Cheri Lucas Rowlands

I found myself in this same place of writer’s block in February and again after the Women in Aviation conference. I had all these great ideas for stories. All these inspirational women that made me feel like I could do anything, all these grand ideas. Yet it was like pulling teeth to sit down and transcribe or write. I just couldn’t do it.

The last time this happened, it took me three weeks to get back into the groove of things. I can’t wait three weeks. I’m actually lost when I’m not writing. This is how I express myself. I can have a conversation with someone and never ever get to my point. But when I’m writing I know: hook, main point, backup content. In that order, every time.

When I’m not writing I feel lost. I feel like I am a train running 200mph down a track with no plan on where I’m going. I’m just going. No plan, no map, just riding until the track runs out.

I’m using my blog today as a way to just get something down on the screen. As to break down this mental barrier my mind is putting in front of me. I hope to be back up & writing my typical content in the near future. Deadlines are approaching and I need to get to work. I will get back to work.

Any additional tips from fellow writers out there?? 

Thank you for following my not-so-organized journey.

 

Xoxo Chrissi

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Disciples of Flight, Embry-Riddle, Equality, My Journey, Published Articles

My Journey through Aviation

Hello everyone!

I’ve recently been adjusting to life in Oklahoma and putting time into multiple little projects – I feel like I’m dabbling in a lot of different things right now, but all equally amazing.

Last week, I was approached by Disciples of Flight to start writing two articles per month for them. I’m going to be focusing on ATC topics and some aviation history but I’ll also have the flexibility to propose different topics as I see fit.  Today, my first article went live on their website! “How I fell in Love with Aviation Years Before my Discovery Flight.”  Read it HERE!

SPOILER ALERT:  There’s a video from the USAF Thunderbird’s performance at Wings & Waves 2014. Go check it out!!

This article showcases how I became interested in flying & aviation and the steps I’ve taken thus far to hone in on what exactly I wanted to do in the industry.

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Photo with my Flight Instructor, Bill right after my first solo

I’ve also been putting the finishing touches on a story for Air & Space Magazine and have one other article for them that’s ready to go and should be published soon. The News Hub also has me on assignment for a new article… And I just started a new (temporary) job to help pay my bills until I start my ATC Training. I finally got my start date:  June 12, 2015!!!!  It’s all so exciting!

This whole process has been absolutely amazing. Never did I expect to get into journalism let alone get published this often. I’m truly awestruck. This experience has been absolutely amazing. Thank you for reading my blog. Thank you for sticking with me throughout my journey. Thank you for providing the inspiration and support throughout all of this. And thank you for continuing to read my words even if you have to go to another site to see them.

I will hopefully be back posting interesting content here (instead of just links to other websites I’m publishing for) very soon. I still have recaps from the WAI conference I want to share and some other little stories I can’t wait to share. This weekend, I’m going to the Professional Women Controllers conference in Kansas City & can’t wait to share my experiences there!

Thank you so much for being here. Till next time!

xoxo Chrissi

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