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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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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Aviation, Flying, General Aviation, My Journey, Philanthropy, Published Articles, The News Hub

Thousands of Animals get a Second Chance at Life

Pilots volunteer time and resources to save animals doomed for euthanasia

(Originally posted on The News Hub, To see the full article w/ featured photos, please follow the link to The News Hub)

“On any given day – between our two shelters in town – we have 15,000 dogs available for adoption,” said the ground volunteer I was taking dogs from in Anderson, South Carolina. We were transporting just 13 of the 15,000 in Anderson – hoping and praying we could somehow make a difference and save them from the gas-chamber euthanasia so many of their fellow shelter mates would soon face.

I was volunteering alongside my pilot dad and animal-loving mom in conjunction with organizations like Animal Rescue Flights (ARF) and Pilots N’ Paws (PNP). We were tasked with transporting animals from shelters that had an overabundance of animals to “forever homes” and shelters in other areas of the country where the animals have a better chance of being adopted.

According to the ASPCA, 3.9 million dogs and 3.4 million cats are placed into animal shelters every year in the United States. In some areas, upwards of 70 percent of those placed into shelters are euthanized. On average, only 35 percent of those placed into shelters are adopted.

Organizations like PNP and ARF are helping change these statistics by moving animals from overcrowded shelters to high-demand shelters where they have a chance of being adopted or have already been adopted by a “forever family” – they just need a way to get there.

“I was looking for meaningful ways to share flying with others,” said volunteer pilot Roxanne Parker who fell in love with animal transports after her first trip with Blue – a giant but gentle Pit Bull – to his forever home. “He slept during most of the flight, and casually looked out the window as any airline passenger would when we took off and landed,” she said.

“A friend of mine flew for [PNP] and told me about how much he enjoyed it,” said volunteer pilot Ryan McCormick. So McCormick and some of his friends began flying missions throughout the southeast. McCormick has successfully completed 10 rescue flights and has saved more than 25 dogs in the process.

PNP and ARF are just two of many 501c3 charitable organizations that have successfully used air and ground transports to save thousands of animals from euthanasia. The two organizations have relocated more than 75,000 animals since 2008.

Pilots do not receive any compensation for their time, fuel or operating costs. However, if they coordinate their flight through a 501c3 organization, they are eligible for a tax deduction.

“I’m up to 1813 animals transported now,” said Jeff Luizza, volunteer pilot who said he is currently not flying for a specific rescue organization but has in the past. “I got into it as an offshoot of flying sick kids. The liability got to high for flying the kids and moved into the shelter animals about ten years ago,” he said.

“[I’ve] lost count of how many specific rescue missions I’ve done, but it’s quite a lot,” said John Hayes, flight instructor and volunteer pilot. He has joined Luizza on rescue flights since last fall. “We move quite a bit of dogs,” he said.

Dogs aren’t the only animals flown during these missions. Some of the animals transported by PNP and ARF over the years include: dogs, cats, pigs, reptiles, and rabbits – just to name a few. “Two weeks ago we flew a new born Chimpanzee,” said Luizza.

Hayes and Luizza fly Luizza’s Beechcraft KingAir turboprop on most of their rescue trips. “We’ve had upwards of 50 dogs on flights before, sometimes more than [one flight] in a weekend,” said Hayes.

“To see the faces on the people when we hand over the pups,” is the best part according to Luizza, “it’s fun.”

But transport organizations are key to only one portion of stopping injustices to animals. How can you help?

“Please spay or neuter your pets.” – Bob Barker

The largest way you can help is by adopting pets that are currently in shelters. Buying pets from pet stores or breeders is simply encouraging the overbreeding and overpopulation problem. There are animals in shelters waiting for homes that will be euthanized if they don’t find homes soon.

If you cannot adopt but have extra room, volunteer through a rescue organization to foster pets in your home for a period of time.

(Photo courtesy of Ryan McCormick)

If you can’t have pets in your home then donate food, supplies or money to a local shelter or rescue organization. Did you know that one of the largest things shelters need right now is clean towels and bleach?

If you don’t have the means to donate then volunteer your time! Animals in shelters would love your attention for the afternoon. “[Working] with animal transport organizations is a wonderful way to use your time and knowledge to help others,” said Parker.

“The pilots get all the credit in PNP, but all we do is fly, which as pilots is already something we love,” said McCormick. “It’s the people on the ground that schedule these trips, foster the dogs, and contact the pilots that deserve the credit. [It’s] been incredible to work with them.”

If you can’t volunteer then please educate others. Share this post with your friends. Support local rescue groups and promote what they’re doing in the community. Let your colleagues know what they can do to help. Speak up for those that don’t have a voice.

 

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Published Articles, Technology, The News Hub

Not so much Aviation… But still journalism!

So yesterday I had a request to cover this nifty new battery that some Stanford researchers developed for The News Hub… wasn’t quite sure it was my cup of tea but it was actually quite interesting! You should check it out here!

Looks like at least one of my posts will reach enough views to get me paid this month! #progress!!

Thanks for following!

xoxo Chrissi

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Published Articles, The News Hub

I Need YOUR Help!!!

As many of you have noticed, I’ve recently been picked up by a UK media outlet as a journalist to order to cover the recent Germanwings aircraft accident. As a freelance journalist, this has been a HUGE break for me – a chance for me to get my articles published beyond just my blog and a chance to get PAID for the work I’ve written.
BUT! In order to get paid for the content that I have written, I must “promote” my articles through social media & personal connections. (I’m paid based on views AND “up votes” on the website.)
So I’m asking for your help!!!
YOU can help me get paid for my work! Simply click the link below to view all the articles I have written up to this point. Simply viewing each article will get me 1 “point.” “Up-voting” it will get me 10 “points”!!! 
How to upvote:  you must create an account to up vote. It’s a simple sign-up process. You can create an account through your Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter account, or simply your email.  It will ask you to create your own URL – I simply used my name.  They will NOT bombard you with emails. They send you 1 email per week with the most popular content, that is all.
 
If you want to know when I post new content, click “follow” at the bottom of any of my posts. They will then send you an email whenever I post new content.
 
ANOTHER way you can help me promote my work is by SHARING my posts (or URL above) on social media, with your friends and colleagues, and letting people know how to follow me (i.e. forwarding this email!)
Thanks everyone for your support!!!
And for my regular blog readers – We will be back to our regularly-scheduled content very shortly!
xoxo Chrissi
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Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Published Articles, Safety, The News Hub

Branching Out!

Hello everyone!

No I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet – Just been busy getting ready for the big move to OKC next week & saying my goodbyes to all my GREAT friends here in Daytona!

I have lots of stories in the works from the WAI conference BUT!!! News never stops (even for my lagging in transcriptions) therefore a news story literally FELL into my hands today and I just HAD to put it to the top of my to-do list and write about it RIGHT THIS SECOND.

An editor of The News Hub found my blog & Facebook page and asked me to write a news style article for them about Germanwings 9525…

So that’s what I did.

I always feel terrible writing when tragedy strikes, but as a journalist it literally is my job to keep people informed. So without further rambling… here is my latest published article about Germanwings 9525. #InDeepSorrow

https://www.the-newshub.com/international/germanwings-9525-no-survivors-after-rapid-descent-into-alps

I would REALLY appreciate if you all would SHARE my link and UPVOTE my post on The News Hub – the way the pay structure works is I only get paid if I get LOTS of exposure. I really appreciate it! 

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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!

Go:NoGo

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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