A Dream Realized

Posted on 2017/05/26
Dreams Do Come True

Dreams Do Come True

I walked outside this morning after the first good night’s sleep in years, and watched birds flit around the trees, singing on a beautiful sunny morning. My eye fell on the small dogwood tree in the front yard, where a colorful litle fabric airplane is hanging, its wind spinner turning in the breeze, and I started to cry.

You see, that little airplane has come a long, long way. Many many years ago, on the day I passed my private pilot check ride as a 17-year old high school senior, I flew from Gainesville to Cedar Key for my first flying adventure. Edna (the grizzled old crazy taxi lady) gave me a harrowing ride in her battered station wagon from the airport to the downtown Cedar Key area by the docks. While there I saw a little fabric plane sold by a local artist in a shop, and thought to myself “one day, when I have my own house on an airport and my own little seaplane, I will hang that little airplane in the yard and remember this day.” I knew the day that little airplane would commemorate would be a long time coming, and already I was worried how I would afford to continue flying.

For years I carried that little airplane with me in a box of precious things, and would take it out to look at it. There were some long dark years when I didn’t get to fly, and my whole world seemed awful, and I couldn’t even stand to look at the sky. That little airplane stayed hidden in a dark closet corner, buried, like I buried my memories of flight. And yet still I carried it with me everywhere I moved.

A few days ago, as I was looking through items stored away that I had not yet unpacked, I found the box with that little airplane, its colors still bright despite the long passage of the years. I hung it from a little tree in my yard, on the path to the hangar, and now every time I look out my office window, or step out the front door, it is there to remind me that sometimes dreams do come true.

Successful Dissertation Defense

Posted on 2017/05/22
Dr. Shannon Moon

Dissertation Complete

 

Successfully defended my dissertation: “An Experimental Design of a Foundational Framework for the Application of Affective Computing to Soaring Flight Simulation and Training”

The end is nigh! (In a good way)

Posted on 2017/05/15
Journey's End

Journey’s End

There is finally light at the end of the tunnel! I’ve submitted my dissertation to my mentor, who is reviewing it for any last minute changes. I should be defending my dissertation in 2 weeks 1 week.

This is it…

Posted on 2017/03/21
Final Defense

Final Defense

It is finally here…my final quarter as a doctoral candidate starts in a little over a week. If all goes well, in 2 months I should complete my final dissertation defense and become Dr. Moon. 

Resumed doctoral program

Posted on 2017/01/03

After a truly hideous 18 months that resulted in many life changes and temporarily leaving my doctoral program, I resumed it on January 3rd, 2017. If all goes well, I will be doing a preliminary defense towards the end of this term, and the final defense the following term, for a summer 2017 graduation.

Lake Hickory Seaplane Flight

Posted on 2016/06/24
Seabee & Searey

Seabee & Serey

Been quite some time since I posted here. Today I flew a formation flight over to Lake Hickory with my airpark neighbor ET to check out a location for a seaplane fly-in this October. He has the most beautifully maintained Seabee I have ever seen (on the left). My little Searey is on the right.

Term 12 Complete, only Dissertation Defense remains

Posted on 2015/09/19

Today, on pirate day 2015, I completed the 12th term of my doctoral program. All core classes are complete. I plan to take 1 to 2 more terms to finish polishing up my dissertation, and hopefully defend it by April 2016.