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Weather and Aviation

I have always been fascinated with weather but not to the extent that aviation has mandated since I started flying.  A constant look to the skies now not only includes the hum of an engine but a look to assess the cloud cover, wind speed and direction as well.  A review of the weather is to see if we are under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) conditions or VFR (Visual Flight Rules) conditions will determine whether I can fly or not on a given day.

Cumulous clouds
Cumulous clouds

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A Moment to Grieve: A Spark Gone Out

As I sit here pondering life today, I am profoundly saddened by the loss of Robin Williams.  Such a sad, tragic end to a beautiful life, and you wonder how it could come to this?  He made us laugh, he made us cry, he made us look at ourselves and see that, ‘little spark of madness’ in each of us.  That spark that makes us all see the humor in so much of our own lives.  He was brilliant, but brilliance seems to come at a high cost so many times.

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An Air Force trained BMET

I realize that I haven’t explained anything about my work background.  I am an Air Force trained Biomedical Equipment Technician, in other words, I can repair medical equipment. I’ve been doing just that for the last 30 years.  My specialties are anesthesia machines and bedside monitoring.  Although I’ve specialized over the last 15 years, I’ve worked on just about everything at some point along the way.  I only stayed in the Air Force one term but pursued my career in the civilian work force afterwards.

Back in the day!
Back in the day!

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