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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Embry-Riddle, My Journey

ERAU Communication Pride!

In the spring of 2014, I enrolled in Introduction to News Writing with Professor Steve Master at my university. I enjoyed the new style of writing and did a pretty good job in the class overall. The following semester, I enrolled in Aviation and Aerospace Communication again with Professor Master and I soon fell in love with writing.

This class combined my love of everything aviation and my new love of writing. Then, my coverage of Wings & Waves Airshow was published in Smithsonian Air & Space. I was surprised and flattered to have my work showcased in such a prestigious publication. The rush of producing great work and getting it published had me hooked.

This class was a very unique in that several students were able to gain the real-world experience of publishing works for national aviation publications. Professor Master used his “in’s” at different publications and his ability to teach quality writing skills to help several students get published. Today, my friend Andreia was published in our university’s alumni magazine, Lift.  She wrote an amazing article about an ERAU alum, Scott “Scooter” Yoak and his experience of becoming an air show pilot. Read her story here!

I’m so proud of everyone in our class, they all worked very hard to see what other students in our class have published, see our “published works” page on our class blog!

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Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Corporate Aviation, Embry-Riddle, General Aviation, Safety, Technology

“NextGen Program Gains ADS-B Implmentation”

Another one bites the dust!

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I was published this week in my school’s newspaper (on the front page!!!), The Avion, for a story I wrote about the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System phasing in ADS-B. Want to know more? Read the whole article HERE!

The funny part about this story was I pitched to to a fellow blogger (who has a LOT of aviation journalism experience) and she didn’t want to pick it up… so I changed a few things around and made it better suited for my school’s paper and they picked it up the week I submitted it.  It’s funny how that worked out, I thought I had spent all this time researching and writing this article only for it to be turned down… yet I actually got it in print media rather than online. (And kudos from the editor!)

Thanks for following my journey.

Till next time!

Xoxo Chrissi

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Embry-Riddle, Equality, My Journey, Women in Aviation

The 26th Annual WAI Conference

We’re down to just days until the 26th annual Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas. The conference will take place Thursday through Saturday March 5-7, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole. There will be hundreds of women and men gathering to share their experiences, network with industry leaders and expand their careers.

“Connect-Engage-Inspire” is the Conference motto, for good reasons.

Connect:

Attendees will be able to meet face-to-face with dream employers in the exhibit hall for internship, co-op, and job opportunities that are available. Additionally, networking opportunities will be available during the opening reception, luncheons, and the formal dinner on Saturday night. You never know who you will be sitting next to at dinner.

“It was possible to meet everyone,” said recent Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) MBA Graduate Holly Hewitt. She regarded her time at the 25th Annual Women in Aviation Conference as rewarding and added that the diversity of the attendees was impressive.

Many aviation and government organizations will be sending representatives to recruit new employees and even conduct interviews on-site. Chelsey, a recent ERAU graduate, received a job opportunity from last year’s WAI Conference. She was able to complete her initial interview on-site and was offered the position shortly thereafter.

Engage:

Those not actively seeking job or internship opportunities will be able to meet with representatives from organizations they are active in:  Aircraft Owners and Pilots AssociationProfessional Women Controllers, and The Ninety-Nines, Inc, just to name a few.

Bose, Pearls with a Purpose, and the Abingdon Company (as well as other companies) will also be on-site for product support and purchase. For these companies, opportunities to market to such a unique clientele only come a few times a year.

Attendees can take full advantage of two day’s worth of education sessions as well as  AOPA’s Rusty Pilot Seminar, two seminars featuring WWII WASP Pilots, and a panel discussion on the new medical reforms taking place.

Inspire:

This year speakers include: Amelia Rose Earhart – the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe in a single-engine aircraft, Heather “Lucky” Penney – Major, F-16 Captain ordered to take down Flight 93 on 9/11,  Colleen Barrett – President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines, as well as many others.

“The experience of being around so many successful, driven people is motivation in itself,” said recent Embry-Riddle graduate and last year Conference attendee Yreka Flores. “It really makes you feel like you can achieve something great,” she said.

Last year, jet dragster racer Elaine Larson inspired me to never be afraid to take that leap of faith, to step out of your comfort zone to do what you’re put on this earth to do. Eileen Collins, first female commander of a spacecraft, told me to follow my dreams and never let gender or typical gender stereotypes get in my way. And Deborah Hearsman, then NTSB chairman, put my education at ERAU into a real-world perspective and challenged me to help make change.

ERAU’s WAI Daytona Beach chapter will be sending 13 student members to Dallas this year. Last year they were able to send 18 members and many were pleased with their experience. “Seeing everyone make connections and some people getting interviews [was my favorite part],” said Janelle Walsh, former President of ERAU’s WAI Daytona Beach chapter. “It made me feel like all the efforts we put into getting everyone to conference [paid] off,” she said.

Personally, this will be my third year attending. I’m excited to volunteer in the Press Room on Thursday and hopefully meet many new contacts in my new-found love of journalism. I’m hoping to cover a few different stories while attending and help my fellow WAI chapter members achieve their personal goals.

Are you going to the WAI conference?

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Air and Space, Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Published Articles, Safety

Surprise!!!

So this morning I lounged around for a bit (as any college senior that doesn’t have to go to class would do…)… then finally got around to checking my emails. BOOM! The editor at Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine sent me an email.  He needed clarification on one measly thing on the most recent article I wrote and was waiting to hear back from me so he could PUBLISH IT. TODAY.  Now I’m so surprised because I had only sent this to him yesterday… and he only had 1 question?  That must mean that I’m getting better at this whole writing thing!

So I hopped on my computer, cleared up what he was confused about and send it back to him. Before I even had time for BREAKFAST it was published!

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AND on top of all of that… I got my own link on AIr & Space! It’s where all the articles I’ve written for them will show up in one spot.

Tony (the editor) also assured me that the other story I’ve been working 2 months on (yes these things take time… and then some more time…) will be up sometime next week!  Three hits on Air & Space!! I think I may be on a roll.

If you had asked me a year ago that if I thought I would ever do ANYTHING with my communication minor I would’ve literally laughed in your face. But now… I read and write all the time and have found a real passion for all of this.  I thank everyone that follows this blog and encourages me on Facebook, IG, and Twitter. Y’all are really making me fall more and more in love with this hobby & I hope to one day make it part of my career.

Till next time… Blue Skies!!

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Flying, My Journey

Ride-Along to VRB

Tuesday Morning I headed out to Daytona Beach to join my friend Christopher (ha! Chrissi & Christopher!) on a short trip to Vero Beach. We took off from DAB and joined the coastline for about an hour. Christopher introduced me to the G1000 for the first time–and I think after the first moment of cluelessness I may have fallen in love! Photo Jan 19, 11 36 13 AM The trip was nice — and courtesy of Christopher you can join us on our trip with this video! Here are a few photos that I took during our trip that I thought turned out pretty good!

       Photo Jan 19, 10 19 47 AM     The mighty C172

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Crossing Runway 34-16 on our way to 7RPhoto Jan 19, 10 47 41 AM Photo Jan 19, 11 48 02 AM Photo Jan 19, 11 48 52 AM

The beautiful Florida Coastline

Photo Jan 19, 1 33 34 PM Kennedy Space Center from the air!

Photo Jan 19, 1 17 57 PM There are a LOT of airports along the coastline!Photo Jan 19, 1 58 07 PM

Coming back into DAB, joining in the pattern on the downwindPhoto Jan 19, 1 59 06 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 8.21.58 PMPhoto Jan 19, 2 00 15 PM

Landing 7R

We’re heading back to VRB next week to tour the Piper Headquarters — but unfortunately I won’t be able to take pictures while I’m there as they have a no photography rule 😦

Till next time… Blue Skies!! 

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Aviation, Flying, General Aviation

The Neighborhood Built Around a Runway

Friday night.. as most college students are “pre-gaming” for the frat party they’re planning to go to, my friend Taylor is doing something completely different.  She’s watching (& snapchatting) her weekly airshow in her backyard.

The Spruce Creek Fly-In is a residential community built around a 4000’ runway just a short hop from the Daytona International Speedway. Celebrities such as John Travolta, Teresa Earnhardt, and Tony Stewart have owned properties in the Creek. Roads and taxiways are one in the same & there’s always something to do!  The Creek is mainly retired pilots and folks that love aviation. Taylor is lucky enough to live there while she’s attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

I have some great friends in the Creek & even some that let me use their planes for photo shoots! Overall, this community is a fun place to visit & (I bet) an even “funner” place to live!

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Till next time… Blue Skies!!

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