Flight Simulator Update-March 8

Flight Around America Takes Off! (pun intended)

Experienced flight simulator pilots have begun our Flight Around America journey. The flight simulator now has a book of flight plans to go with the logbook. I was going to provide maps with each plan but the printing cost to the library is too high. I’ll create a shortcut to a website that I got these maps off of so they can be examined for elevation obstacles. We don’t need to worry too much at this point. Once we get closer to Texas then it becomes important.

I ran flight 1A to get things started. It was a lot of fun. I had horrible weather to deal with at Sebring. Visibility was about 5 miles, ceiling was down to 1500’. Once I got past Okeechobee it rained the rest of the flight. Pilot N0411MS successfully conducted flight 1B which was Sebring to Tampa. Thanks 11MS!

Happy landings, everyone!

George L. Seaman, Jr.
Flight Simulator Instructor
Robert Morgade Library idea lab


Flight Simulator Updates


Hello pilots!

I have three things to discuss today.

  • Updated schedule
  • The launching of our Flight Around America 2017
  • Volunteer Tutors/Coaches/Mentors/Instructors… whatever we’ll call them.

Thanks to the generous flexibility of some of you, I have managed to get the schedule streamlined. The new schedule is now current through to May 12. You can view it at http://martin.evanced.info/signup/list. Just enter your pilot ID in the keyword search box. Be sure to change the date filter to extend to May 12, otherwise your ID may not appear. I only have two families on the waiting list. Don’t be discouraged as you will likely move up sooner than scheduled because of some impending graduations from the program.

I’ve invited eligible pilots to a meeting this weekend to discuss how our Flight Around America (FAA) journey will take place. If you have not successfully completed the Solo Flight exercise, don’t worry. I’m working on each one of you to get to that point. Once you have your certificate, then you can join in on the journey. More to follow on that in another blog post.

I am selecting a few of you to be tutors/coaches/mentors/instructors to sit with advanced students and teach them a little more about flying, or to coach new people who stop by and give them a hand in getting off the ground. As soon as FAA gets going, I will concentrate on the volunteers. If you would like to be a volunteer and have mad flying skills along with a lot of patience, let me know. I’ll get you in touch with our volunteer manager for all the details.

To give you an idea of how popular this flight simulator program is, we’ve had 46 students since we first began lessons about 20 months ago (3 months were lost due to simulator problems). Fourteen have graduated and moved on, two have dropped out, three have taken a break from it but will be back when time permits, and the rest are either active students or waiting for their turns. One student has already flown across the US and is flying back. He’s the inspiration for our Flight Around America.

You are an amazing group of people. Your interest and enthusiasm is unmatched by any other program I’ve been associated with. This is truly unique. Although I don’t get to fly in those six hours I spend at the simulator every Friday, I get so much enjoyment watching you progress and learn something new every time we’re together. It’s truly the best job I’ve ever had.

Happy Landings, Everyone!

George L. Seaman, Jr.
Flight Simulator Instructor
Robert Morgade Library idea lab

Open Lab Techie in Residence

color_hobesoundlogoOpen Lab Techie in Residence @Hobe Sound idea lab

Come visit Hobe Sound’s idea lab!

While the lab is open all hours the library is open, some hours offer the assistance of an idea lab specialist.

Come visit on Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m. to get expert assistance with your tech projects @Hobe Sound Public Library idea lab.

Help will be offered on a first come first serve basis and we will even take the opportunity to get you scheduled for additional one-on-one help appointment if needed.

Flight Simulator Status

The flight simulator is remarkably successful. It was featured recently in a library blog, and it is being nominated for a Florida Library Association award. But most impressive is we have 29 students; 15 active, 10 on the waiting list, 2 graduated waiting for advanced lessons and 2 inactive/vacationing. 11 of you have received your Solo Certificate. This is phenomenal! Each and every one of you has a genuine desire to fly or learn to fly. There is not one of you wanting to “play a video game” with the simulator. It’s all about expanding your knowledge and experiences. (more…)

Flight Simulator Update

Greetings enthusiasts and welcome to 2017! Happy New Year to us all.

First bit of news. I’ve changed the lesson times for late afternoon to 3:20 and 4:20. This will allow me enough time to close up and vacate the simulator before the library closes. Ending class at 5:30 was cheating both the student and staff. Moving the times up removes the stress of ending class at the same time the building locks down.

There will be no lessons on Friday, January 20. I will be out of town. Lesson rotation resumes Friday, January 27.

Tomorrow’s (Jan. 6) lesson schedule is:
10-11am: PILOT N0601NC
11-12pm: PILOT N0914AJ
1-2pm: PILOT N0926KS
2-3pm: PILOT N0915TT
3:20-4:20pm: PILOT N0814JC
4:20-5:20pm: PILOT N1121AP
I’m looking forward to it. Prepare for some awesome navigation lessons everyone!

I’m still plotting the course for our Trip Around America 2017. I’m almost done. We will be leaving Stuart (KSUA) and flying a path along the southern border, up the West coast from L.A. to Seattle, through the mid-west into New England, and back down the East coast. I will follow-up later with details when they are complete. This is going to be fun!

Congratulations to all our students who have completed their Solo Flight in Flight Simulator. They are:
and the latest
Congratulations to all of you for your hard work. It’s not an easy test but you did it. Now work hard to pass your Private Simulator Pilot Certificate! I look forward to all of you achieving this goal.

Lastly I would like to welcome our six new students who are currently on the waiting list.
I’m working hard to get you all into the rotation. I beg your patience!

Happy Landings!


What’s “UP” with the Flight Simulator?

flightsimHigh There! (yes, the altitude pun was intended)

Welcome back to the idea lab blog. It’s been a busy period these past few months. November was a short month with two holidays falling on Fridays so consequently we only had 12 hours of flight training last month. October was slightly better. Hurricane Matthew took away a day. We had 17 hours of flight training for October. December looks to match that. There are five Fridays in December but two of them were rescheduled because of vacation and holiday.

Pilot N1121AP got to fly a real plane last month. He received an hour Discovery flight as a birthday present and he actually received his first official flight lesson, which is now logged in his official Pilot Log Book. He flew out over the prison and did some basic maneuvers in the training airspace. The added excitement came when he was allowed to fly out over Okeechobee airfield and back. He greased the landing as smooth as silk. Congratulations, N1121AP! Well done.

I am beginning to plot out our cross country flight for 2017. For those of you who are not up to speed with this event, we are going to fly across the United States over the next 12 months. Each pilot will fly the next leg of the flight and log the progress. We’ve already had one pilot fly from Stuart to California, so it can be done! If we’re successful, then we’re going around the world in 2018! All of this will be reported on flight sim blogs and updates sent to various library and aviation journals. We’ll be famous! I’ll post again with more information.

If you are interested in joining us or just want to learn to fly the flight simulator, send me an email and I’ll put you on the waiting list. We give free lessons at the Robert Morgade Library’s idea lab.

In closing, I want to wish you all a very festive holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Capt. George

idea lab skyward soars higher than ever!



It is I, Chief Flight Instructor George Seaman from the Robert Morgade Library’s idea lab flight simulator. Welcome!

I begin today by welcoming all my students to this new forum. Here we will post schedules, announce accomplishments, report on challenges and plan out our 2017 cross country flight.

I also welcome everyone with an interest or curiosity in the world of aviation. If this is the first you are hearing about the flight simulator, allow me to give you a brief introduction.

Back in the latter parts of 2014, our library director visited an Orlando library and told me of the flight simulator they have. Knowing I have a passion for flight, she asked me to research what would need to be done to add one to an idea lab at Martin County Library System. So the research began. It was a side project and was put at the bottom of my priority list. Not too long after that she came to me and informed me the Commissioner of that district loved the idea and wanted to make it happen. What a jump in priorities that became!

March 2015 saw the grand opening of the Robert Morgade Library idea lab (the name idea lab was created all lower case, this is not a typo). With it saw the debut of the flight simulator. Expectations were that it would take some time to build up popularity. Fortunately it took off immediately (all puns intended)! It has been soaring high ever since. It is one of the more popular one-on-one programs we offer, averaging 24 lessons a month.

This service is special in that it provides everyone in the community the opportunity to experience what flying an airplane is like, without the costs involved. Realistic controls combined with structured instruction allow patrons to grab the yoke and fly a virtual airplane over Martin County. Lessons are on Fridays by appointment only. And it’s all free! If you would like to learn more or schedule a lesson, please email me at gseaman@martin.fl.us.

My current students can find their weekly schedule on this blog. I will make announcements here so please be sure to follow and check back regularly. Lessons will resume this Friday after being grounded this past week.

Happy landings everyone!