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New Years Resolutions: Pilot Style

Start off 2020 with some resolutions that are FUN! I don’t know about you, but when I make New Year’s resolutions, they always seem to inflict pain. One year, I had this great idea to start an exercise program called P90X (don’t do it). Not only did I basically die, but I couldn’t do everyday functions like get on and off the toilet for an entire week – after ONE workout!

New Year resolution lists should be fun and obtainable! Here are some great ideas to get you off the ground.

  • Get in the AIR! Life always seems to get in the way. Right now is the perfect time to jump back in the saddle. Call a buddy or your flight instructor to go up and get some seat time. You don’t need to start off with a BFR and stress out – make it FUN!
  • Challenge yourself. Sometimes you have to get out of your comfort zone and just DO IT. Have you always wanted to get your instrument rating? Seaplane rating? Tailwheel endorsement? Sometimes you have to just make the phone call and book it. Another way to motivate yourself to start a new rating that can be challenging is to set aside time away from the chaos of work or home. Do you want to accomplish your instrument rating, but work and family life can be super busy? Talk to your significant other about setting aside 2 appointments per week where you can go focus and fly. If you establish a timeline and a schedule, I bet they can help pick up the slack so you can accomplish one of your goals.
  • Let the crosswind be with you. I am one with the crosswind. The crosswind is with me. We all had that point in our training where the crosswind was our nemesis. If it still is something you fight with, now is the time to conquer it! What’s the best way to get over something? Hit it head on!
  • Fly more = Fly Safe. It’s inevitable, the more we do something, the better we get. Same goes with flying. If you are the type that only flies every couple months, try to make it a goal to fly more! The more you fly, the more proficient you will become. Make it fun by doing breakfast or lunch every Sunday with other pilot friends.
  • Be a mentor. How did you get into flying? Did someone take you to the airport and give you your first airplane ride? Did you receive a discovery flight? Whatever it was, it gave you the bug! Help pass the bug on and promote youth in aviation.
  • Stop being the introverted pilot. Attend aviation events near you! There are always things happening at an airport near you.
    • Check out the local shops/flight schools. For example, we have BBQ’s and get togethers every so often. Not only will you get to know the company and the people involved, but you can gain a ton of knowledge!
    • Go to a Fly-In. If you own an airplane, I’ll bet someone will talk to you about it. Who doesn’t like talking about airplanes? Non the less, you will be around other people you have one major thing in common-aviation. You are bound to strike a conversation with someone.
    • Join SocialFlight.com and keep up with events going on around you.
  • Start a health kick. I’m not talking about the crazy P90X I almost became a statistic from, but just something simple like going on daily walks and making better eating choices. A healthy pilot is a sharp pilot! We all know that eating something healthy before any activity helps sharpen the brain and our reflexes. (Now I am starting to sound like my mother.) PLUS, we will lower our risk on losing our medicals!
  • Volunteer. Every time I have helped someone, it fills my heart with joy. We are so lucky to be in a country that we can FLY AIRPLANES. If we could give back some of our good fortune to others, it makes aviation even more meaningful.
  • Wings – Pilot proficiency program. Join the Wings program by the FAA and keep up with your skills. The objective of the WINGS Program is to address the primary accident causal factors that continue to plague the general aviation community.

What’s on your list?

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Propellerhead Takes Flying to a New Flight Level in Mexico

The Panama Jack project was one of the most diverse and fun projects for the Propellerhead Team.  We have worked with many theme parks, movie sets, and tv shows, but this was a challenge in itself!  The team had to not only build a float plane on a pole, but it was to be assembled in another country. We worked with engineers, resort architecture directors, and the Panama Jack team here in Orlando, FL to make this dream a reality.

The aircraft we used for this project was a 1958 Cessna 172 straight tail. This aircraft is commonly used as an amphibious aircraft, a lot of them with an upgraded 180hp engine. The 172 had to be modified to become a float plane, as it originally did not come with the float kit.

Getting creative for transport to Mexico was a whole other adventure.  She juuuust fit in the container! Propellerhead has containerized many aircraft but not one with a 6′ steel pole sticking out it’s belly. The joke around the shop was different ways to “fly” her to Mexico, including towing her behind a boat while we all rode along.

Flying into Cancun, Mexico is an amazing experience whether you’re from the passenger’s point of view or the pilot’s point of view. THIS is why we become pilots and fly:
to be able to travel around the world and see it from the best seat in the house. 
Who wouldn’t want to become a pilot? At the resort, we had pilot’s from all over come up and start talking to us about the PJ plane. No matter where you are, you feel connected in the aviation community.

The Propellerhead Team gained some new friends while we were there, including Bob the Croc.

It took 4 full days of assembly, 3 trips to town, movement of agriculture to finish the job.  Every single part that travelled from the USA was bagged, tagged, and a location for assembly. We would call this a successful adventure for the Propellerhead team!

You don’t want to miss this video of the PJ assembly in Cancun!

Fun Facts & Statistics

1 > Person knocked over by a tree. (We love you JV!)

1.5 > Years it took from idea to completed project.

5 > Full grown palm trees that had to be removed and transplanted.

6 > Hours in the rain was spent during assembly.

12′ > The depth of how far down the pole had to be set into the ground.

18 > Propellerhead Team members were included in this project from start to finish.

30’> The height we needed to lift the PJ plane by crane to lower onto the pole.

1,232 > Man hours involved in this project.


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