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2013 May
Jake Reynolds' Blog - Living his dream at Goodwood Flight School - Part 1


Me and Captain Derek Spicer
 
Upon hearing that i would be the first recipient of the Sennheiser Live Your Dream scholarship in the UK back in november i was delighted, with the help of this scholarship i will now be able to start my PPL at Goodwood Flying School. I started flying gliders at 13 years old and since then have also been able to occasionally fly powered aircraft also. I have always dreamed of becoming a pilot and with the help from Sennheiser i am now going to be able to take steps forward in fulfilling that dream.

 
I would also like to thank Pooleys for the PPL pack, giving me all the equipment i need to get me through the PPL course and also Airbox for giving me a subscription to Runway HD.
 
 
Captain Derek Spicer, Me and Sebastian Pooley
Through this and following blog posts i’ll be updating readers on my progress. Once again i would like to say thanks to Sennheiser.
 

Jacob Reynolds

Follow my blog at http://jakesflying.blogspot.co.uk

Posted In: Scholarship Contest
Tagged:  Aviation,  Pilot Experiences

2012 December
Anthony Nalli's Dreams of Flight - Part 2

At this year's NBAA Convention in sunny Orlando, Florida, Jessica Seaman of MastersOfFlight.com was able to sit down with Anthony Nalli, Executive Productor of the extremely successful TV show The Aviators, for an interview about his aviation dreams. This is the second of a three-part series detailing Jessica's chat with Anthony.



With a fervent passion for aviation, another dream started to materialize. The dream to share aviation with the world through television. When the opportunity came up for Nalli to produce a show about aviation, The Aviators was birthed into a reality. Knowing that a venture in television can be a risky endeavor, he considered his options carefully.  The show had to be both appealing to seasoned pilots and to the general aviation enthusiasts at the same time without being too technical. "There is a fine balance we have to consider when we produce each episode". Nalli shared. The show had to be real. The stories had to thrill, but yet at the same time touch the hearts of the viewers.  He carefully thought of a way that he could bridge the gap to make the show an interest to all.

Hoping to put touch on the whole spectrum of flying, Nalli put together a team of aviation experts that would serve as the hosts of the show.  Though all shared the common passion for aviation, each brought to the table their own unique personalities, skills and experiences.  He assembled the following team.   Mr. Kurtis Arnold is a commercial pilot, he holds an instrument rating and is an Air Traffic Controller.  Sara Rependa is a commercial pilot, she has a multi-engine rating as well as a float rating.  Jeff Lewis is an Airline Pilot Captain and an Aerobatic Pilot.  He has been flying since 10 years old!  Raeleen Ranger is an airline pilot and a co-host of "Wing’s Over Canada".  Together these pilots bring together a rich mixture of experience and talents that combine to make The Aviators the success that it has proven to be.

I was curious to know what made The Aviators so appealing.  Mr. Nalli said.  "It’s a show about people that are in Aviation.  We share their stories.  Stories that we feel would be interesting and so far the viewers have found to be interesting as well.  We try to focus on all aspects of flying.  If we haven’t gotten to a specific area of flying, stay tuned, we will get to it eventually."  He shares that not only does he and his team choose what stories will be shared; he turns to his viewers for suggestions as well.  After all it is the viewers that are watching the show. So why not give them what they want to see.  Through The Aviators website and Facebook page, viewers send suggestions on what they would like to see aired.  Anthony Nalli considers each one.  This may be a very important aspect of what has made the show the success that it has become.  He makes the viewers feel as they are a part of the show by listening to them.  To Nalli and his team, the comments and encouragement from their viewers is what keeps them doing what they are doing.  Nalli shared that The Aviators cast finds the feedback from the loyal viewers to be “enriching, empowering and invigorating".   Anthony is not backwards about giving credit to whom credit is due. He wishes to "thank his viewers”.

There is no doubt that Anthony Nalli and The Aviators are doing something right.  With two successful seasons behind them, one in the process of airing and a fourth already being planned and worked on, Nalli says there are no plans to stop now.  Nalli and his cast plan to continue to bring interesting and compelling stories of those living their dreams in aviation.  With the determination and confidence that I was sensing in his voice, I knew that he has a lot more stories that he wants to share with all of us.
 
Knowing that The Aviators covers a vast range of aviation topics, I asked Anthony if he had any favorite episodes.  He smiled and paused for a few moments.   I could tell that there were many, if not all, that he considered to be his favorites!  He finally spoke, "There was the episode with John Mohr who flies the Stearman. The man does some amazing things with a plane and you can tell that he is one with his plane."   He went on to name other pilots such as Sean Tucker, The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Michael Wiskus and other known pilots from across the world that had been on the show.  Of course I had to ask him about a very special episode that is coming up (at the time of this writing it has not aired yet).  I asked, “Can you share anything about the episode with Vince NeilI?"  He laughed and went on to tell me a little about working with Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil.  The legendary Rock Star had a dream of his own.  He wanted to fly.  So The Aviators were there to film Vince as he took to the skies to live his dream. It just goes to show that anyone can make their dream to fly come true, even a rock star! 



The final part of this three-part feature will be posted shortly. Check back soon!



About the Author:  Jessica "Jessie" Seaman is an Aviation Journalist that shares stories of those making aviation history today on her website, www.mastersofflight.com
 
The love for aviation was instilled in Jessica at a very early age by her father who is a private pilot. She is presently a student pilot and will achieve her Private Pilot’s License at just the age of seventeen. Jessie has a passion to mentor other young people encouraging them to follow their dreams.  She is a regular public speaker sharing her message, “The Sky is Just the Beginning”.
 
Ms. Seaman is an intern for Sun’ n Fun, Inc. where she assists with aviation education to young people,   Jessica is also honored to serve as the International Lead Student for Think Global Flight, an educational adventure promoting STEM education around the world.  She is a student at Central Florida Aerospace where she is majoring in Aerospace Studies.  Her dream is to become a corporate pilot.

Posted In: Advocates
Tagged:  Aviation,  Pilot Experiences

2012 December
Anthony Nalli's Dreams of Flight - Part 1

At this year's NBAA Convention in sunny Orlando, Florida, Jessica Seaman of MastersOfFlight.com was able to sit down with Anthony Nalli, Executive Productor of the extremely successful TV show The Aviators, for an interview about his aviation dreams. This is the first of a three-part series detailing Jessica's chat with Anthony.



It was a bright sunny Florida day as I arrived at the Convention Center in Orlando where the NBAA Convention was in full swing. I was there to interview Anthony Nalli, award- winning television producer and host of the increasingly popular "The Aviators" television program The show is dedicated to presenting the stories of pilots and their experiences throughout the broad world of aviation. As I walked into the large convention area, the atmosphere was alive with excitement. Pilots, vendors and aviation enthusiasts were there to share their innovative products and services to the vast market of corporate aviation. My heart raced a little with anticipation as I came around the corner to the Sennheiser booth that was represented at the convention. I was relieved to see Mr. Christian Pulm, of Marketing and Strategy Development for Sennheiser, waiting there with an outstretched hand to greet me. He asked me if I was ready to interview Mr. Anthony Nalli, I confidently told him that I was ready.

I was not sure what to expect. Though I had watched The Aviators many times and knew who Anthony Nalli was, I still wondered what he would be like in person. Just then I heard Mr. Nalli's voice as he approached the booth. He wore a big smile on his face and his voice was friendly. I was immediately put at ease. With our initial greeting, I sensed that Mr. Nalli was a genuine and a down to earth person that had a story to tell. I was anxious to share it.

Most of my interviews start out with a common question. "What brought you to this point in life and how did you get here?" It was only appropriate to start this conversation with Mr. Nalli in the same way. I sat back slightly in my seat and prepared to focus on the words of the story that Anthony Nalli was about to share.

Like many of us who share a love for flying, Anthony Nalli developed an interest in aviation at an early age. Excited about his dream to fly, he aspired to be a commercial airline pilot. Determined to live his dream, he told his high school guidance counselor about his ambition. His enthusiasm quickly turned to disappointment as his counselor erroneously told him that he was not within height requirements to fly in a commercial aviation career. Sadly upon hearing this news Mr. Nalli put his dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot on the back burner. Anthony pursued other interests which helped him to develop valuable insight that would later help him in achieving his life-long goals.

As the years passed, the dream to fly that was instilled in Anthony at a very early age started to surface again. At the age of 35 he made a decision that would influence the rest of his life. It was time to live his dream. He was determined to make that dream become a reality in his life. The timing was right and Nalli decided that he would become a pilot. When asked what his first experiences were in his early flight training, Anthony amusingly recalls his first flight- lesson, "I remember walking out to that 152 for the first time. I was about to begin my flying lesson. It [the airplane] looked so small, so delicate. It did not take long to find out otherwise. I realized that it was a very capable aircraft that would help me achieve my desire to fly." As Anthony climbed into the small plane and sat in the seat beside his flight instructor, he knew that his dream was about to come true. I suspect he experienced what all of us pilots experience when we first fly. As the tiny aircraft lifted gracefully into the sky, a sense of freedom came over him. It had happened. many years had suddenly ignited and burned within him. There was no stopping him now. Aviation had firmly become a part of him The dream that had been simmering on the back burner for so many years had suddenly ignited and burned within him. There was no stopping him now. Aviation had firmly become a part of him.

At the present Anthony holds aviation ratings which include, a private pilot’s license, instrument rating and night time flying rating which is required in Canada where Mr. Nalli resides at this time. He shares that he is constantly learning and is open to all that aviation has to offer him.



Come back soon for the second part of Jessica's interview with Anthony Nalli.



About the Author:  Jessica "Jessie" Seaman is an Aviation Journalist that shares stories of those making aviation history today on her website, www.mastersofflight.com
 
The love for aviation was instilled in Jessica at a very early age by her father who is a private pilot. She is presently a student pilot and will achieve her Private Pilot’s License at just the age of seventeen. Jessie has a passion to mentor other young people encouraging them to follow their dreams.  She is a regular public speaker sharing her message, “The Sky is Just the Beginning”.
 
Ms. Seaman is an intern for Sun’ n Fun, Inc. where she assists with aviation education to young people,   Jessica is also honored to serve as the International Lead Student for Think Global Flight, an educational adventure promoting STEM education around the world.  She is a student at Central Florida Aerospace where she is majoring in Aerospace Studies.  Her dream is to become a corporate pilot.

Posted In: Advocates
Tagged:  Aviation,  Pilot Experiences

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