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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Commercial Aviation, Safety, The News Hub

Mathematicians are now Air Safety Investigators

Apparently my degree in aviation has no weight anymore – now mathematicians can tell us definitively what happens to our missing planes.

I love it!

Read my new post about missing plane MH370 on The News Hub.

Thanks for following!

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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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Air and Space, Aviation, General Aviation, Military Aviation, Published Articles, Safety

Air Show Season is Upon Us!

Good Morning Everyone!

(featured photo courtesy of Scott Yoak)

Today, I’m reporting live from Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine with a feature on Air Show pilots and how they become certified to fly in air shows! Although this story has been complete for a while, we decided to wait until air show season was in full swing to feature this story. It’s crazy how these pilots learn how to fly these dare-devil maneuvers but even crazier as to how OTHER air show pilots are the ones to evaluate if these pilots are ready to fly!

I would like to thank everyone that helped make this story possible – Starting with Tony at Air & Space for giving me the opportunity to write for such a prestigious publication, then of course Professor Steve Master at Embry-Riddle for working with me on this story. It takes multiple edits and rewrites to make a story like this satisfactory for the editor, writer and those being interviewed.

This story developed out of another one I wrote for Air & Space back in November. Professor Master worked with me tirelessly to get the first story broken down to two individual stories worthy of publication. Without his help, I would have never gotten this story polished enough to be published. His work on this story and others has been immensely helpful & without him, I wouldn’t have gotten into journalism in the first place.

I would also like to thank all those that took the time to interview with me. This includes the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) President John Cudahy, air show performer Debby Gary, Air show performer Scott “Scooter” Yoak, and Air Show Performer Patty Wagstaff. Additionally, thank you to Andreia Brown for getting me in touch with Scott Yoak!

And lastly – Thank you to all my readers that have taken the time to read all my stories. I’m truly shocked at how much I’ve gotten accomplished over the last few months with the support and encouragement from all my readers, friends and family. This has been a crazy but completely amazing ride. I hope you’ll continue to follow me as this journey progresses.

To read my latest published story at Air & Space, click HERE.

Thanks for following!  xoxo

Chrissi

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