January 25, 2009

Hello! Well I just got back from an amazing day of flying. I went flying today with one of my private pilot students. I took him north to a small airport to practice landings. We flew up there at 10:00 this morning and had a blast. After I perfected his technique, we flew to another local airport about 25 miles north of Daytona. Here they have a fantastic restaurant called High Jackers. We landed, parked the plane in front of the restaurant, and had lunch. Their food is excellent and it’s only about a 10 minute flight away from Daytona. After a wonderful lunch, we flew back around 2:00 p.m. and called it a day. I love my job! Who can say their workday consisted of flying all around the Daytona area and eating lunch in another city?

Classes are going well, just busy. They aren’t hard this semester, but there is a lot of busy work. I spend most of my evenings reading and doing small homework assignments for my weather, history, and humanities class. I haven’t really had any tests or quizzes yet, but I’ll keep everyone updated when they occur.

One neat thing that I forgot to tell everyone about in my last journal was the fact that I got a new camera for Christmas! I finally had the opportunity to use it and I have some fantastic pictures for you guys of the Embry-Riddle flight-line at night.

Finally, we had a very exciting day here at Daytona Beach International Airport last Friday, the 23rd of January. I was getting ready to climb into one of our airplanes and begin a flight lesson when I noticed an airplane approaching one of the inactive runways. It was then I realized that an emergency was in progress (this is not one of Embry-Riddle’s planes). As the airplane approached the runway, I noticed that its nose gear was not extended. Therefore, the pilot had to land the aircraft with only two wheels, instead of three. The pilot made two practice approaches, and the third one was the charm. The aircraft touched down and was magnificently stopped on the runway without any problem. Both pilots walked away unscathed. Fortunately, I had my camera and got the whole incident on film. Here are some pictures I took of the wonderful landing. Enjoy!

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About allen624

Minor: Aviation Weather
Age: 21
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Career Goals: To become a captain for a major airline.
Activities: Part time flight instructor at Embry-Riddle Team Safety Leader
Why I chose Embry-Riddle: I wanted to go to a school that would train me to be the best and safest pilot I could be. The discipline and professionalism Embry-Riddle provides for their students has allowed me to achieve this goal.

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