Mark Mealey

Mark Mealey

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Week of 4/20/20 Activity Challenge

"Think Nice Thoughts"


This weeks spin of the virtual wheel landed on the "Think Nice Thoughts" challenge.

The goal is to only say or think nice thoughts about people or things and for every time you catch yourself doing otherwise you have to donate a sum of your choice to your favorite charity.

The challenge was off to a rough start as I caught myself thinking thoughts that were not the nicest on several occasions.  I think the by noon I was up to 8 instances!  Appalled, I endeavored to do better.  I found what was lacking and in need of development was some internal self monitoring.  I had to have a separate me watching, monitoring the other me, for one to be a gate keeper and catch when my mind was starting to head the wrong way and then to keep count when I did.  

I'm still working on developing that discipline but am finding it to get much easier as time goes.  It has been amazing to me to catch my self frequently thinking negative thoughts once my monitoring skill became more enhanced.  Why I wonder does a mind do that?  Is it just a bad habit or is there some deeper, evolutionary reason?  





How to get your body used to working out in hot weather?

Here is an interesting article from SI geared towards marathon runners but the safety tips are good to follow no matter what fitness activity you engage in this summer.    

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Aviation News You Want to Know...


April 24, 2016




Gogo Business Aviation Announces Expanded In-Flight Entertainment Capabilities  


More business travelers are ditching rental cars and turning to Uber and Lyft


Hawker Crash CVR: FO Had Difficulty Flying IFR Approach


Flight Departments Urged to Set Up Pilot Fitness-for-Duty Programs


Citation pilot pushes the weather and rules



April 11, 2016


How to Tune Weather Radar

China ‘worrisome’ for business jet growth in 2016 

November 22, 2015

State Department Could Soon Take Your Passport Away For Owing IRS Taxes

Wheels Up on track for 2016 Europe expansion

Textron Aviation unveils two jets at NBAA

Cold Temperatures Can Cause Momentary FAIL Message

November 2, 2015

Accident: November 2015


Uncommanded Nosegear Steering a Factor in GIV Crash


'Air Cocaine' Pilots Flee Dominican Republic

Tribunal: Flight Was Private, Pilots On Hook for Cargo


NetJets Contract Would Average 28% Pay Boost


New Business Jets 2015


Tankering Benefits Tangible and Achievable


FSI Starts Latitude Training, Adds More Caravan Sims


Aspen Airport Looks to the Future


Heavy Snow or Ice must be Removed Correctly


Model 560XL Synopsis of Service Bulletins and Letters Released in October 2015


Check Fan Rotation before Engine Start in Winter Weather Conditions


October 5, 2015

Accidents: October 2015


Survey: 40% of Bizjet Pax Plan To Fly More in Next Year


Bill Filed To Resolve Managed Aircraft Tax Controversy


A Systemeatic Approach to Managing Fitness for Duty


September 30, 2015 

NTSB: Premier I Accident Pilot Impaired by Illegal Drug


U.S. Senate To Consider Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

BBA Aviation proposes to buy Landmark Aviation for $2.07 billion

$115 Million Capital Injection Boosts Wheels Up


New Supersonic Age in Flight Coming, Says Aerion Chief


New Dimmable Bizjet Windows Controlled by Gestures


Aviation industry pledges more action on climate


Textron's TRU Simulation Opens Florida ProFlight Center


September 14, 2015


NTSB Faults Pilot Compliance, Gust Lock in GIV Crash  Good idea to use and call out checklist items!


 Video: Precooler and Temperature Control Troubleshooting on 560XL/XLS


Analyst thinks Textron Aviation is planning two bigger business jets

Wheels Up becomes the largest

Pilot-on-pilot fight breaks out in cockpit during flight


NetJets Pilots Plan Seven-city Informational Picketing 


Accidents: September 2015 


Delta Private Jets sues Premier Air Center repair company over alleged engine damage 


JetFuelX Aims To Make Jet Fuel Pricing More Transparent 


Pre-owned Update: September 2015


FAA Website Answers Questions about NextGen, ADS-B


September 31, 2015


Cessna Begins Lattitude Deliveries, Launches U.S. Tour

TSA Misses Deadline for Action On DCA ASO Effort

Satcom Direct Validates Ka-band Services for Bizav

 Airplanes Were in Contact with Tower before Colliding

FAA Details Bizjet Drone Encounters


August 24, 2015


New luxury jets for billionaires :  Citation Excel - 54,051 takeoffs top position defended: The Citation Excel (and their advancements XLS and XLS +) Cessna is the most sought after business aircraft on the continent. Since 1998, the Flyers are delivered, the maximum flight distance of most current version is just under 3500 kilometers. 2014 Number of starts rose slightly by 0.1 percent.

Video: Proper Procedure for Putting the Engines into Manual Mode

Pre-owned Market Still Waiting for Pricing Stabilization

Aircraft electronics security and flight operations Recent attacks to network systems have led to delayed and even canceled flights.

Special Report: Cabin Connectivity Technology

Top 50 Business Aviation Airports in North America in July 2015


August 18, 2015


Fourth Beechjet 400A Flameout Mirrors Past Issues  (Why some Excels and XLS's require the igntions on bwlow 70% N2)

NBAA Developing New Security Resources for Members


August 14, 2015


Air controllers' fatigue threatens aviation safety

Cessna Certified to Upgrade Early Models with TCAS II

NTSB Reports Uptick in GA Fatal Accidents in 2014

No Fatal Business Jet Accidents in First Half of Year

Satcom Direct enhances cabin, cockpit communications

Latitude Prepping for Brazil Certification


August 3, 2015


People in Aviation: August 2015

Business Aviation Insider: Using Technology From Start to Finish

Uber of Aviation? Not (yet)

Business Jet Transactions Slow In 2015

Accidents: August 2015 


July 28, 2015


Textron Earnings Preview: Aviation To Fuel Growth While Bell Continues To Be A Drag

Inside Delta's innovative plan to get its best customers off the airline and into private jets

Saudi Royals And Entertainment Bigwigs Invest In Private Jet App

Bonus Depreciation Advances in U.S. Senate

Textron Bullish on Bizjet Market in North America

U.S. Senate To Consider Pilot's Bill of Rights 2

Citation Latitude Stretches Legs on Flight to Maui


July 17, 2015


Fractionals See Shift in Travel, Fleet

Wheels Up Named Preferred Private Aviation Partner of Greenbrier Resort

FAA Fires Donald Trump

Fractional Operators Face Sunset of Tax Relief


July 10, 2015



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Watch tis video to see how to save information entered into your Honeywell FMZ when you have to power down.

56 Things Pilots can ask Siri:

1. What time is it in __________?

2. What time is sunset in ________?

3. When does daylight saving time begin/end?

4. What day is Easter in 2016?

5. Text (person) we landed in _______

6. Turn on airplane mode

7. Make my screen brighter/dimmer

8. Call Signature Flight Support Baltimore

9. Open Marriott App

10. Send text to ________

11. Read my text/email

12. Check my email

13. Call Canpass (if it is in your contacts)

14. How many liters is 200 gallons?

15. How many bar is 230 PSI? (France)

16. What is 30 Celsius in Fahrenheit?

17. What is the temperature in_____?

18. How windy is it in______?

19. What is 6790 divided by 6.75

20. How many meters is 1800 feet? (RVR)

21. How many millibars is 29.92 inches of mercury?

22. What is my altitude?

23. What is the exchange rate between the US dollar and the Canadian dollar?

24. How many dollars is 35 euro?

25. Create an airplane stock list (list can be shared)

26. Add____ to airplane stock list

27. Remind me to order catering in an hour, at 8am tomorrow, next Monday at 6….

28. Wake me up at 5 am, in an hour, in 8 hours…..

29. What is on my schedule for today, tomorrow, next week……?

30. What is on my ____ list?

31. What is the distance between ____ and ____?

32. Directions to_______

33. Walking directions to _________

34. How long will it take me to get to_____?

35. What is my ETA?

36. Find me a good pizza place

37. Where is the closest public parking?

38. I need to relax, play Chopin Walt in C sharp minor

39. What is the stock price for _______?

40. What was the score of the Patriots game?

41. What is the capital of _____?

42. What was the top movie/song/TV show in 19____?

43. How much wood can a wood chuck chuck?

44. What does ______ mean?

45. What is the speed of sound?

46. How many miles per hour is Mach .92?

47. How do you spell_________?

48. How is the Dow doing?

49. Who do the Red Wings play next?

50. What is the population of__________?

51. What language do they speak in the Czech Republic?

52. How many calories/grams of fat/Carbs/Protein/ are in a beer? A Big Mac?

53. Call me Sky King

54. What is the age of consent in Taiwan?

55. What is racecar spelled backwards?

56. Tell me a story

It’s been a normal flight and your mind thinks ahead to your upcoming quick turn.  Looking across the cockpit you notice the right boost pump annunciator is illuminated.  You mention the condition to the other pilot who remarks; “That can’t happen.  The boost pump can’t activate on it’s own without tripping a Master Caution.”  Is he right or is he wrong or does it matter?

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