June 24, 2010

Aviation Safety:

When I received my award check from my Aviation Safety award, I sent a huge portion of it to the people designing the OH5191 memorial in Kentucky so that it could help fund the project. I am proud to say that last week, the final design was released for the memorial for Delta Connection Flight 5191 which impacted the ground during takeoff in August of 2006. The design, by sculptor and Kentucky resident Douwe Blumberg, will feature 49 birds which are the major component to be a memorial to the crash victims and a tribute to those who tried to save them. Around the perimeter of the base upon which the sculpture will rest will be the names of those who perished, and an appropriate tribute to the first responders. It makes me feel so much better to know that everyone affected by this accident will have a place to visit their loved ones as well as a place for all of us to go “visit” Kelly. The project is expected to be completed by the fifth anniversary of the accident, August 27 2011.


Like time, the system keeps going. The past few weeks have been very hot but everyone is still all smiles when they know they are going to Disney World! I really love my job. I know I keep saying it, but I would not trade it for the world. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the guests of all ages is something you cannot put a price on. The magic they feel when they see the castle for the first time, or the “Ooo ahh!” you hear watching the production of Summernighttastic! Fireworks, makes me proud to be a cast member.

The best part for me is knowing that I am getting them to that magic. The magic may start when you first drive onto property and see the purple signs, but our department is one of the first departments a guest may come in contact with. We transport about 360 guests per train during the opening hours of the parks! At first it was a terrifying thought to be in charge of that many people at one time alone but at Disney we are never alone. We have a great team of support so that you guys can enjoy every minute of your experience here. I am talking to some of my managers to join the safety committee in our department to really dive into the department head-first in the area that interests me most!

Finally, I went to Blizzard Beach when I got back to Florida from Jersey the other day with my friend who works in Watercraft. We had a really fun time playing in the parks and enjoying some fun in the sun.

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About Michael

**Hometown:** Saddle River New Jersey **Career Goals:** Cabin Safety/Survival with the FAA **Why I chose Embry-Riddle:** In 2006, a friend was killed as the working flight attendant aboard Delta Connection Flight 5191 and I decided it was time to abandon the Flight Attendant career that inspired me out of high school and enter a field to promote and regulate change for a safer Aircraft Cabin Environment.

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