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 to go flying, 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.