Flight Simulator April Update

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Greetings Pilots!

March was a busy month. Several non-simulator projects for the library kept me busy. BookMania! and a Disney trip that was planned long ago took up three of the five Fridays in March. Consequently, we only had 15 lessons for the month. I just negotiated a deal with my wife to book our future Disney trips Saturday through Monday from now on.

As most of you know, we started our Flight Across America journey on February 25th. Five legs have been completed and we’re approaching the Florida panhandle. I was hoping to be out of Florida by now. I’m calling on all FAA (Flight Across America, not the Federal FAA) pilots to get some seat time and complete a few legs.

Pilot N1008JB donated the most awesome set of rudder pedals.

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I had the opportunity to fly with them for about 15 minutes last week. I’m going to try to get more seat time this weekend and give them a real testing. Some aerobatics in the Extra 300 should do the trick, or maybe 30 knot crosswind landings perhaps.  Big thanks to N1008JB! We love them!

Our simulator was featured in the Stuart News on Saturday, March 25th. You can see the TCPalm article and photos here. The link is also listed below my signature. It was a great article and has brought attention to the simulator. I’ve had dozens of comments and a few new students. Thank you Xavier Mascareñas, of Treasure Coast Newspapers. Excellent job.

Speaking of new students, we are back up to five students on the waiting list. This doesn’t sound too bad, but we’re also on a 3 to 5-week rotation with some of you depending on the time slot. I’m graduating some students and will make room for the new ones shortly. We will get everyone! I just need you to enter a holding pattern for a little while longer.

This brings me to my last topic. I graduated a student last week and it was very sad to see him go, so I thought, what can I do to keep all my students involved regardless of training levels. I came up with a good idea, and I would like your input. FLIGHT CLUB! We start our very own Flight Club. The first rule of Flight Club is: You always talk about Flight Club. The second rule of Flight Club is: You always talk about Flight Club. Got it? Good.

This is where I need your input:

  1. When is the best day to have Flight Club? Obviously Saturday works best for most, but not all. Sunday is an option but it would have to be at Blake and we don’t have the simulator there.
  2. What is the best time? Morgade is open until 5:30 on Saturdays. Mornings may not be the best with youth sports, golf, boating, and fishing in the mix. Afternoons might be a better option.
  3. What do we do at Flight Club? We can talk about our adventures. We can learn tips and tricks about the simulator. We can plan future events. We can have guest speakers from people in the aviation field, like the Sheriff’s helicopter pilot, or a representative from Pratt & Whitney, etc.

What are your thoughts? Since all your email addresses are blind carbon copied, I will be the only one to see your response. I’ll compile all the ideas and we’ll get this Flight Club off the ground! Remember, all flight puns are intentional!  ☺

Thanks for your time and especially your passion for flying!

Happy Landings, everyone!

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

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Paparazzi Photography Lecture

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Join Terryl Best Lawrence in the 3rd of this four-part photography series for Paparazzi: The Art of Public Exposure, @ the Hobe Sound Public Library, Saturday, March 18, 2-3:00 p.m.

Terryl Best Lawrence is a professor at Digital Media Arts College, Boca Raton. This Chautauqua South event is sponsored by the Friends of the Martin County Library System.

Pinhole Photography @Hobe Sound Public Library, March 11, 2017

On Saturday 3/11 we had two great students from South Fork High School present a program on Pinhole Photography at the Hobe Sound Library. If you are unfamiliar, pinhole photography is a lens-less type of photography where a light-proof object is turned into a camera. These cameras can be made from virtually anything; it just needs to be light tight. Through a small opening (aperture) light passes through the pinhole camera and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box.

Check out a couple of the pinhole cameras in the image below. One was made from a tea box and the other from a book.

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In the below image, you can see how a setting in iPhone was able to invert the photo taking it from a negative to a positive.

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Do you enjoy photography, have an interest in movie making, want to learn how to make the most of the technology you use in your day-t0-day life? Check out Martin County Library System’s idea labs! Idea Labs are spaces to create, connect, and explore through technology. Check it out today!

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

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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

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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…)