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Flying, Simulators and Airplanes

Monday, May 25th, 2009

When I was a kid in 1885…I mean 1985, my dad got our family a new computer. The computer my dad got us was called the “Amiga 1000″.

Shortly after that we got the “Flight Simulator 2.0″ from Electronic Arts game company. This was the program I used to learn how to fly in the computer simulator. I loved this simulator, there wasn’t much else I could do in those days because this was the very best technology that was available at the time. So I would fly in the simulator ALL the time! In fact I loved it so much that I would setup chairs in my bedroom so the neighbor kids could come over and become passengers in my simulated airline.

My bedroom was in the basement of my parents house and that’s where they kept the computer. So we had lots of space down there and when all the neighbor kids came over then my sister would dress up as a stewardess and cater to them with hors doeuvres.

Yes I was a super geek even then!

A few years later a new game came out called “F-18 Interceptor”. Wikipedia lists the release date as 1888…I mean 1988. I got my first volenteer job at Shawnee Mission Medical Center around 1991 because the summer of 1992 I went to Bakersfield California to work with my uncle for his masonry company, and the summer of 1993 I got my first real job working for Taco Bell near my house.

So between 1988 and 1991 I spent a lot of time flying F-18 Interceptor, esspecially the carrier landings. This video game had a system to log your flight hours, and 1991 I would have been in 7th grade. So by 7th grade I had already logged well over 7,000 hours of flight simulator time.

Just a few weeks ago my friend Craig Russell of Americans In Orbit-50 Years decided to take me up flying with him from the local airport here in Huntsville Alabama. After we were in the air, he told me to take the controls, so I did and it was the coolest feeling I ever had! Craig could tell immediately that I had a lot of experience because I had such an easy hand on the controls. That’s because I had already trained my mind and muscels how to fly an airplane as early as 7th grade and even before then! Craig has a long and distinguished flying career because he used to fly for commercial airlines, so Craig has something in the ball-park of 9,000 hours of actual flying time. He was very surprised to learn that I had 7,000+ hours in flight simulators even before 7th grade! Now everyone laughs at me because they find it funny to imagine a little kid sitting at a computer flying a simulator all hours of the day and night! So much as even starting a simulated airline in the basement!

I will admit this is a little amusing, now that I think about it.

Some of you may ask, why didn’t you go into avation for a career in the first place?

Well this is a good question, I loved the idea of flying, being free above the world without a care. But I also recognized that it would get boring really quick as a job, because the cockpit would become my office and I would just be sitting behind the controls all the time flying from point A, to point B and back again. This didn’t appeal to me at all, I would have prefered to be in a fighter jet, or testing new airplanes. It was impossible to get into testing new planes unless you had some flight time in a higher performance fighter jet of some kind, and the only real way that a kid could get into that would be to join the airforce, and I wasn’t about to do that! Likewise it was mostly impossible to get into really flying fighter jets if you had eye problems like me. So I knew this was not an option for me. I decided to get into Electrical Engineering and become as smart as I could and educate myself on everything that I possibly could about science and physics. This was also an area that interested me. So that was the direction my career took.

I would like to thank Craig for giving me my first experience flying a real airplane! The other day I helped Craig upload a new video for AIO50 that was aired on a local TV station here in Huntsville for the Americans In Orbit-50 Years event at the Davidson Space Center, US Space Camp. Get a load of these kids in the video!…Awesome!! I love it!



Americans in Orbit 50 Years

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

I’ve just accepted a position on the Advisory Board for the organization known as “Americans in Orbit 50 Years”. My title will be Senior Technologist.

I must say this is really exciting for me! This is moving in exactly the direction I’ve always dreamed my life would go! Only I never thought it would be possible!!!! Yet here I am living MY dream! The full energy and excitement of this appointment hasn’t completely hit me yet. I suppose that’s partly because I’m such a work-a-holic and so friggin busy these days that everything just seems to go in a blur.

In any event I need to mention some of the things that this organization brings to the table. First I will start with the names and affiliations of the other board members:

T.J. O’Mally, Former Launch Director for Friendship 7

Charles Arthur “Chuck” Biggs, Sr., Former VP, Manned Spaceflight Education Foundation Inc.

Larry R. Capps, CEO, U.S. Space and Rocket Center

William Coleman, Chief of Project Blue Book (UFO Investigations)

Al Reisz, CEO of Reisz Engineers

Konrad K. Dannenberg, Deupty Manager of the Saturn Rocket Program

Lorraine Ruiz, Operations Manager of NASA’s Ames Exploration Encounter Program

Bill Larson, Director of Media Relations

These are giant people in the world of space flight and I’m proud and honored to be counted among them in representing the Orbiter Space Flight Simulator and other technology and engineering developments.

I should also note that we hare having a special event at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration

Automakers beg for money?!

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

GM is begging for money now?!?!

Where was GM when I was begging for money?

For those of you who are new to my blog you can feel free to read back in some of my very early posts and discover that this blog actually started BEFORE my career got started. There was a time when I was living in a basement with stone walls, cement pavers for a floor, bugs, bats, rats and spiders for company! Have a look at this picture for proof:

Message to Recuiters and hiring managers!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

A few days ago I posted about how to start your job search campaign, and I mentioned how I don’t have any experience with Mercury at all, how I’ve never heard of Mercury and I didn’t know what it was, other then the Mercury Capsule that was launched by NASA putting the first American into space in the 60’s, or the element on the periodic table that is often used for barometric pressure and tempature measurements. I talked about how putting my experience developing a Mercury control panel for a space flight simulator:

Lead to many recruiters calling me or contacting me for my exerience developing with Mercury. I should mention that I did try to apply for some of those jobs, but I never got an interview as a result. I suspect because I didn’t have any experience with Mercury. However, I just found out today that a 2-day training program my company signed me up for is about QTP - Quick Test Professional, which is, essentially, Mercury. I didn’t even know that! In a single day I learned how to setup QTP, how to use QTP to build and integrate ATP’s - Automated Test Procedures for our company products, as well how to program QTP, and use QTP to validate data in our company products.

I don’t think I’ve given away any propriatary information there, I hope not. <g>

Preparing to launch your job search campaign.

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

I call it a campaign because that’s exactly what it is. Your running for office, maybe not an elected position, but you want a job. That could be a job in an office, or it could be a construction job, warehouse job, industrial job, sales job, ect…

How to live cheep!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

I’ve heard a lot about unemployment lately in the news so I thought I would do a series of posts about the cost of living and job searching since I’ve been doing it for a number of years now almost continously, I feel I have a pretty fresh idea on how to make it work.

That said I have only just recently landed my dream job, and doing it in this job market, I believe is a testament that speaks louder then any words about just how well I’ve managed to adapt.

Ok so you’ve lost your job, been laid off, or had your hours cut below 5 hours a week. Believe me I’ve been there! If you don’t believe me maybe you should have a look around on my site and see for yourself in some of my photo galleries.

First things first. Cut all your non-essential expenses. This means Cable TV, home phone, extra features on your cell phone (e-mail, extra minutes, internet, vision, etc…), stop using your Air Conditioning so much!, any habbits such as Saturday night DVD rentals or theater runs, cut back on everything that is absolutely non-essential to searching for a job. You may have to cancel some doctors visits unless it’s vital medical issue. Stop going for pedicure’s, manicure’s, and minimize your shopping down to almost nothing, also only a haircut when it is really necessary only. This means no more frequent trips to the hair shop for highlights and all the extra treatment junk. You should be able to maintain a professional appearance without all these extra expensive treatments. (Lets face it, you have minimal to no income! Gas prices are shooting up faster then the Space Shuttle! You need to be real about your situation!!!)

Essential elements for a job search are the following, A cell phone (You need to take every single call, no matter who it is or what the caller ID says! Any time day or night!) You still need car insurance, renters insurance, and high speed internet (for online job applications), food to maintain yourself in reasonable health, basic cosmetics to look professional on a moments notice when that interview does get setup, a good functional car to get you to interviews on time in your local area, and gas in your car so you don’t have to stop for gas and fillup before an interview, and most important of all, a nicely pressed clean professional suite and tie or business suite for women with a knee length dress. It will also help if you can have a classy looking leather organizer to hold resumes and papers that your interview will give you, as well to hold example work from previous jobs. These organizers are cheep and can often be found as

Windows File Searching

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Have you ever noticed that Windows will some times not find the file you are looking for when you know it is there, or for a file that contains some text that you really need to find in a specific file? I have! Today I found out that Windows excludes certain files from the file search even if you select “Search Hidden Files” and “Search Sub-folders” and “Search System Files” based on the file extension, and the search will still not find the file(s) your looking for. Well that is the reason why. I did not know that although I knew there was something fishy when this happened to me

Final Site Design & Moving

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I’ve finally finished the redesign of my site, feel free to let me know what you think of the new look. This was in response to feedback from some of you, so thank you very much for your advice, I believe it has helped me GREATLY!!!

New Web Forums Finally Online

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Ok finally got my own forums online, I still plan to customize them and hopefully get some custom graphics and stuff in line with everything else I’m doing on this site.

Note: There is a

New Blog Graphics

Monday, March 10th, 2008

As you can see I’ve updated the Blog graphic with my own custom title.

Time to make the forums.