May 2010

The Spring 2010 Semester has finally come to a close, which unfortunately means that this is my last journal entry. A lot has happened in my life throughout my first two semesters in college. I hope that by following me many of you are able to paint a better picture of what college life will be like. I also hope that many of you can learn from my experiences and take them into consideration to make decisions yourselves.

I just recently passed my Private Multi-Engine Instrument checkride. Making me a Private Pilot in both single & multi-engine land airplanes, with instrument privileges in both classes. I’ve completed all of those certificates and ratings along with a complex endorsement and a high performance endorsement.

My plans for Fall 2010 Semester are to take the Commercial Multi-Engine course in the Diamond DA-42-L360. Along with Commercial Ground and other Aeronautical Science (AS) courses. I’m still keeping my Air Traffic Control minor, as a backup for flying.

I moved out of my dorm on Thursday, May 6th. I split a storage garage with four other guys and the rest of my stuff I packed into the car and took home. I left big items, such as my bike, TV, shelves, mirror…(etc). I had more stuff than I had originally thought: something to keep in mind when buying things throughout the year. My room looks quite empty and plain now as the posters are taken down. All that is left is the furniture.

I’m moving back to New York for four months, where I will be taking a few courses at community college to continue my studies as well as save money.

I was able to take my parents flying before I left Daytona Beach. I rented the Cessna 182T from Air America and flew to Flagler County Airport where we ate lunch at Highjackers. I was able to log an hour of flight time, making the $100 hamburger a $180 hamburger. However if you can split the cost, it comes out a reasonable amount.

These last two weeks have been quite busy: having a checkride/flight test, moving out, and having my parents in town. I also volunteered time at the Alumni Welcome Reception for graduating students. This was held at the NASCAR Daytona 500 Experience, which is quite a lot of fun. There were car races, tire changing races, movies, and many cars on display. Overall it was a blast, and the Alumni Association hosts it each semester for the graduating class.

I want to thank all of you for reading my journal these past few months. I appreciated the nice comments many of you have left me. It’s always nice to know someone out there is reading and enjoying my work. I also write for The Avion Newspaper, so be sure to check that out! I wish you all the best of luck!

As always,
Over and Out.

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Alan

About Alan

Minors: Business Administration and Air Traffic Control
Hometown: Greater New York City Area, NY
Career Goals: To fly airplanes and prepare myself for an airline career.
Why I chose Embry-Riddle: The amount of opportunities available to students and the quality of instruction provided.
Activities: Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Orientation Team, Student Alumni Association, Flight Professional Conduct Board, Airline Career Education Club, The Avion Newspaper

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