Volunteer Spotlight: Tara Keating

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1. Where are you from?

     North End, Boston

2. What is something most people don’t know about you?

     I used to be afraid of flying! Yikes!

3. What do you love about volunteering?

     Seeing the obvious joy that it brings to the Dream Flyers’ faces as they are greeted when they first arrive at the airport, when they wave goodbye as the plane is taxiing for takeoff and the contagious, genuine smile after they land. It’s just…awesome! Indescribable!

4. How did you hear about ATC?

     My fiance, Mike D’Alessandro, worked at Norwood Airport and became introduced to ATC through Gary.

5. What made you want to become a volunteer for ATC?

     When Mike came home from work one day and told me about it, I knew it was an organization I wanted to somehow be involved in. An organization based on the wonder of flight and changing the lives of children…what is better than that?

6. How long have you been involved with ATC?

     Nearly 4 years

7. Do you remember your first time volunteering for ATC? How was it?

     I knew it wasn’t going to be my last time volunteering! I couldn’t wait to sign up for another day!

8. What is the most memorable experience you have had with ATC?

     We had a young boy who was a dream flyer that had just beat cancer. Seeing his love for life and smile throughout the day was a memory I will never forget.

9. How do you think ATC is changing lives?

     It gives children who are facing hardship a new perspective (literally). It is bringing them joy, hope and the realization that they can do anything (including co-piloting an airplane)!

10. Talk me through a typical Dream Flight Day you have with these kids

     As a Flight Coordinator I am typically assigned to one Dream Flyer. When the Dream Flyer first arrives we greet him/her with cheers, signs, cowbells etc.! After the Dream Flyer plans their flight with their pilot, we head out to the airplane and the Dream Flyer assists the pilot in pre-flighting the aircraft. Post flight, we greet them when they land and head to our Pilot Lounge for a couple more surprises…their very own flight jacket and aviators!

11. Do you have any personal volunteering goals for 2017?

     I would like to volunteer at nearly all Dream Flight days in 2017!

12. Is there something I haven’t asked you that you would like to say about ATC?

     The spirit on dream flight day is contagious!

13. Describe ATC in one word

     Inspiring

Pilot Profile: Bill McGonagle

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1. Where are you from?

        Canton, MA

2. Where is your favorite place to fly?

        Nantucket

3. What is something most people don’t know about you?

       That I get as much out of this program as those kids do

4. How long have you been a pilot?

       18 years

5. How did you hear about ATC?

      Saw them around the airport as I flew recreationally

6. What made you want to become a pilot?

      It’s just something I always wanted to do. I love to challenge myself and share the adventures with family and friends

7. How long have you been involved with ATC?

      About 2 years

8. What is the most memorable experience you have had with ATC?

      Receiving an email from a mother of my Dream Flyer. His dad (who was a commercial pilot) had passed away. When we flew I said “I bet your dad is sitting out there on the wing”. Her email indicated that our flight was a “life changing experience” for her son. Hearing that made my day too!

9. What do you like most about volunteering for ATC?

      Sharing my passion and making kids happy

10. How do you think ATC is changing lives?

      It gives kids that have seen so much adversity hope and joy.

11. Talk us through a typical fly day you have with these kids

      I like to engage and teach my Discovery flyer. I let him do a pre-flight with me and try to explain some “basics” to him. My last Discovery Flight took us to Martha’s Vineyard, where I treated him to hot chocolate in the airport restaurant. He face-timed with his mom as we landed so she could enjoy the experience from home. We saw the Cape Cod Canal, tons of cranberry bogs and even a prison. When we got back, he helped me cover the airplane and keep it nice for the next flight.

12. What do you love about flying?

      A sense of freedom

13. What is your flight background? 

      I have a commercial certificate and an instrument rating

14. Where do you want to fly that you haven’t?

      Oshkosh…someday when I own my own airplane!

15. Is there something I haven’t asked you that you want to say about ATC?

      Many people commend the pilots for their efforts but honestly, we have the easiest job….all we have to do is fly airplanes. The real stars are the amazing ground crew that coordinates what I call “organized chaos” on a typical Dream Flight day. There is SO much that needs to be perfect and they are the ones that really get their hands dirty to make it happen!

16. Do you do dream flights? Cadet flights? Discovery Flights?

      Dream flights and Discovery flights. I’m on my 3rd Discovery Flyer

17. Describe ATC in one word:

      Giving

Jet Blue Tour

Amazing time at JetBlue last weekend. Nine of our Discovery and Cadet Flyers joined us to get a behind the scenes tour of the airline. We sat in the cockpit, viewed the tower ops and talked to pilots, mechanics and airplane operations personnel. An amazing time was had by all. Thanks JetBlue!
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Discovery Pilot Michael Kolowich Teaches about Drones

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Simply Awesome!

TV Production teacher Mr. McDonough and the CHS student team coordinating the upcoming CHS LipDub worked side-by-side with Pilot Michael Kolowich and his son Robert — and their drone — to capture aerial footage of the CHS campus during the December vacation.

Mr. Kolowich donated his time to teach the Canton HS students how to navigate the drone and record a variety of shots. The results (which will be featured in the CHS LipDub) are breathtaking and the learning experience was priceless.

A big thank you to Mr. Kolowich and his son Robert! A big shout out to Nick Buser for setting this up! Kudos to Mike Noone, Mia Tess, Jason Kaplan, Nick Buser, Steve Gorham and Mr. McDonough for working so hard to make the CHS LipDub 2.0 great. The LipDub is scheduled to be filmed in early February.

Photo Album of Drone Adventure

Amazing Presentation!

What an amazing visit we had from Glenn Gonzales of Honda Aviation. Glenn spoke to our Cadet and Discovery Flyers about his career path (which includes a stint in the air force where he flew F-!5’s!). All in attendance were inspired by his experiences and moved by his words of wisdom. Remember the 5 D’s in the Success Spiral: Dream, Data, Decision Making, Discipline, and Determination as well as the 5 C’s in the Success Spiral: Character, Courage, Capacity, Communication,P1020520 and Competency. Words to live by. Looking forward to Glenn landing his AWESOME Honda Jet at Norwood in the near future!

Another Discovery Flyer Adventure!

Last weekend Derek & Estuardo visited Hanscom Field in Bedford Massachusetts. The visit included a complete guided tour of the airport grounds and a local flight school. To conclude their visit Estuardo got to fly the Redbird FMX full motion flight simulator at Executive Flyers Aviation. Derek set up the simulator for a short flight around the traffic pattern of La Aurora (MGGT) in Guatemala where Estuardo flew with his dad in a Beechcraft Bonanza. A good time was had by all and Estuardo is looking forward to flying again with Derek soon!

Halloween Flying!

In Discovery Flight action, Dave Roberts took Liam to do loops over Ipswich and Salem.  They saw the football field and the water tank with the witch logo on it.  Happy Halloween!  They also took a look at some interesting aircraft in Beverly.  Great day of flying!

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Esmael and Bill’s First Discovery Flight!

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On this very cool morning , Esmael and I departed runway 35 just after 10am. The visibility seemed endless as we turned towards Boston then eventually south to Cape Cod. A good wind to our back made the trip down pretty quick. I asked him to look for traffic as an additional pair of eyes. Once straight and level, Esmael took the controls and steered us towards the canal. Cranberry bogs were abundant along our route of flight. I pointed out the entire length of Cape Cod, visible all the way to Provincetown. We flew along the coastline on our way back, flying past Plymouth Harbor and Marshfield. We called the control tower about 10 miles out and they eventually cleared us to land back on runway 35. It was a little breezy and bumpy on this flight but the visibility more than made up for that. The colors of fall are starting to look awesome from the sky!

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