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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Getting Back In The Air

I love the old country song entitled "Back In The Saddle Again." That is what came to mind as I was pushing the throttle forward for my takeoff roll in a Cessna 172 the other day. Even though I have had my medical back for a few months now I have not been flying for other reasons since I did my flight review last August. Therefore, I opted to go with one of the instructors I work with just to get a feel for things again. Even though I was tempted to sing the lyrics to that old country song as we taxied out for takeoff I held my tongue. I did not want my coworker to think I was crazy and report me to the FAA.

I must admit I sure felt the rust. My first landing was not bad at all though. We had some cross winds. I nailed the landing, but eased up on the back pressure shortly after touchdown and did not keep the proper crosswind correction in, thus causing us to get a little out of line. However, Erik, my fellow instructor, reminded me calmly of the proper technique and the following landings were greatly improved. Being rather proud of myself after a few good landings I declared I wanted one last landing before i was to fly some discovery flights with potential new students for our school. On my final approach the winds were gusting. Therefore, I carried a little extra speed. In doing so, I had in a little extra power. Anyone see where this is going? As I crossed the runway threshold I did not reduce the power as I should have. When I attempted to flare there was too much forward energy moving us down the runway. In my attempt to land the airplane I demonstrated to Erik how to get three or four or perhaps even five landings out of one. Yes that is right, I bounced the daylights out of the last landing.

Now instead of thinking of the old country song I was thinking of the saying about pride cometh before the fall, or in my case before the bounce. I was a little frustrated with my landing to say the least. Erik and I laughed about it a little bit. Then Erik went into instructor mode and shared with me the reason for my bad landing. I took his instruction to heart and greased the three landings with the discovery flights that I had.

In the instruction I received after my bounced landing I was able to remember some simple, but important factors about flying. But I also reflected upon an important life lesson as well. I think that if we stop and think about things that happen to us in our daily lives we can learn much about ourselves. For example, I was not as focused on the small details of my last landing as I could have been. Due to this I missed some simple but important tasks that go into a good landing. My other landings were good; therefore, I assumed the last landing would just turn out that way as well.

Good landings, just like positive outcomes in anything we do in life, require actions and reactions. The way things turn out in our lives are all dependent upon our own choices and actions that we make every moment of our lives. If we choose to make a bad choice (just as I chose to leave extra in power) our lives (or our landings) will be rough.

The way to live a healthy life all boils down to making positive choices. For example, a young person who decides to hang out with the kids that are making wrong choices is going to be influenced by his or her friends and most likely start making the same bad decisions that the friends are making. Then after making all of these bad choices the child will have no idea why his or her parents are being so harsh and the young life will start to tumble out of control towards an unhappy existence.

I am not saying that by making positive choices each and every time we make a decision that life will be without bounced landings. There will always be a bounce here and there that are simply out of our control. However, by paying attention to detail and putting in the proper and positive corrections on the flight controls of life the flight path will most certainly have less turbulence and more frequent smoother landings.

Well, that is enough preaching for the day.

Keep an eye on the sky!
Collin Hughes
The Prozac Pilot

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Testing the new ap.

I just downloaded the new blogger ap from iTunes. Of course I wanted to test it out to see how much I like it. So far so good. I know that everyone is excited about reading me ramble on about my new application on my iPad. Oh, I have not mentioned the iPad before this? Thanks to my wonderful wife I now have an iPad. It was a Christmas present.

Speaking of my wife I feel I need to mention something. The loved ones in our lives are important. Those close to us are the ones that we turn to for support when this look dim. We need to recognize and appreciate all that our loved ones do for us. We should constantly tell them how much we care for them. We should not just tell them, but we need to show it by how we treat them.

Keep an eye on the sky!
Collin Hughes
The Prozac Pilot

Today is the day.

Today is the day that I work on being happy from this day forward. Tomorrow will be the day that I work on being happy from that day forward. Each day we get up in the morning is a great day. I think all too often we focus on what is going wrong in life instead of looking for positive solutions to our problems. Often times we even create problems in our minds worrying about what might go wrong when all we need to do is go forward and make the best of whatever comes along.

Being positive takes work for some people. Those who have negative outlooks on life may often feel that those with a positive outlook do not have problems. However, everyone has problems and stumbling blocks in life. It is how we handle those times that defines who we are.

I love the following quote.

“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

According to MJ it is not the wins that helped him be successful, but the losses. How many times do we look at negative results and beat ourselves up? Did MJ feel badly when these things occurred? I am sure that he did. However, he used those feelings of disappointment to improve his game.

We too can take a closer look at our shortcomings and turn those things into strengths. Do not let your failures hold you back. Do not let the struggles in life become an anchor that drowns you. Life is meant to be lived with joy and happiness. However, we must put our best selves forward in order for that greatness to come into our lives. Do not hide yourself under the proverbial basket. Step forward into life. Let today be the day that you achieve greatness.

Keep and eye on the sky!

Collin Hughes
The Prozac Pilot

Monday, April 2, 2012

Statement From Captain Clayton Osbon's Wife.

I have put a link to a site that contains a statement from the family of Captain Clayton Osbon, the pilot on the JetBlue flight that has created such a stir in the media. But first, I have a couple things I would like to say on the matter.

There have been many sources indicating that Captain Osbon was on medications at the time of his episode. Let me go on record as saying THERE IS NO EVIDENCE HE WAS ON MEDICATIONS OF ANY KIND. There are several medical conditions that could have caused this situation. No one with a record like Captain Osbon goes to work and has something like this happen without provocation.

There have been way too many assumptions as to what happened that caused Captain Osbon to act the way he did. I just hope that he is allowed to get the medical treatment he needs.

My thoughts and prayers go out to Captain Osbon and his family. I am sure that the stress placed upon his family at this time is horrible. I would hope that people will be kind enough to leave his family alone. Let's wait for the facts to come out as to what really happened. Jumping to conclusions simply causes more damage.

Here is the link to the statement from Captain Osbon's family.

If this link does not work you can find this by going to JetBlue's website and doing to the media section.

Keep an eye on the sky.

Collin Hughes

The Prozac Pilot

Friday, March 30, 2012

CNN Responce

I have been getting some responce to the CNN interview. I am working on answering these as I can. I have posted some of these. Most have the responses have been positive. The comments from people have been on various posts I have on the blog. I plan to combine them into one post so these are easy to find. I will also comment on these posts as well. I am publishing both positive and negative posts. The only comments that I will not publish are rude comments. Please be patient if you have posted something and I have not commented yet. I got home late last night and did not even have a chance to spend much time with my wife after being gone for a few days. Tonight my sweetheart and I are going on a date. Therefore, it may be a day or two before I can get to the comments. Keep an eye on the sky! Collin Hughes The Prozac Pilot

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CNN Interview

I just got home from Washington DC and my second CNN interview. I am tired, but have noticed that the blog has received a little bit of attention since the interview aired. I just wanted to post a link to the interview here before I go to bed.

Keep an eye on the sky!

Collin Hughes

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Inside Edition Jet Blue Comments

I noticed today that I was quoted in a story on Inside Edition regarding the situation with the Jet Blue pilot. First, I need to say that that quote came from an interview I did with Inside Edition in April of 2010 when the FAA changed its policy regarding antidepressants. Secondly, I need to say that I do not know the pilot in the Jet Blue incident or anything about his circumstances. I cannot say anything regarding this man. All I can say is that my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. I hope that whatever caused him to do what he did that he is treated fairly and receives the help he needs to allow him to cope with whatever situation he may find himself in. I have been asked by media outlets to comment on this situation. I was hesitant at first because I did not know how this could be twisted. However, I have consented to an interview with CNN and will be in Washington DC for an interview. My interview is going to be a general topic interview and a follow up to the 2010 story that CNN did on me when the FAA changed its policies. I have told CNN by phone that I cannot speak directly about the Jet Blue story. Keep an eye on the sky. Collin Hughes