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October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids.  As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives.  The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website:  “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.”  Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they

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Passenger Mobile Usage to Take Off from Gate-to-Gate and Beyond

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With the FAA expanding the use of mobile devices in-flight and more travelers toting smartphones in their travels, use of mobile devices is set to increase on every step of the passenger journey. Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Connectivity from Gate-to-Gate for Travelers

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Gate-to-gate connectivity may soon become a reality, with the FAA considering less stringent restrictions on the use of electronic devices on airplanes. Read on to learn more about the changes that may create what The Wall Street Journal calls a “major cultural shift for travelers,” and what the aviation industry needs to tackle to deliver this fully connected experience. Continue reading

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Interview With an Air Traffic Controller


You don’t see or hear them while you’re on a flight, yet they are as instrumental as pilots in getting you safely and efficiently to your destination. Who are they? They’re air traffic controllers (ATCs), and they’re the unsung heroes of the aviation industry. Being an air traffic controller comes with serious responsibilities — the profession is often regarded as a highly stressful one. It’s no wonder that ATCs not only have to undergo rigorous physical and mental training, but they also have to be good listeners, articulate and cool as a cucumber. Recently, we were fortunate enough to meet the impressive Brynn Madamba, who has been an air traffic controller for five years. Read our interview with her below. What compelled you to venture down this career path? When I joined the military I was offered this job. I took it blindly and it ended up being the greatest job in the military. So I got out and started working for the FAA. What personal qualities are essential to being an air traffic controller? Confidence is number one. You have to be sure of yourself and the decisions you are making. The perception is that being an air traffic

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An App That Predicts Flight Delays

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My favorite email magazine, Urban Daddy, recently recommended an interesting travel app called FlightCaster, which“uses a radical patent-pending algorithm to tell you (with high probability) whether your flight will be delayed, or if you’ll be sitting on the tarmac for a while.” The delay prediction is derived from a number of sources, including weather patterns over the last decade, in-bound aircraft tracking data, and FAA monitoring. Simply put, it’s all about the math, science, and history, baby! You can use FlightCaster on your laptop by visiting their site. For the iPhone and Blackberry, the application is $4.95 and can be purchased via iTunes and ShopCrackberry.com, respectively. I’ll give the app a go when I’m next on the road. In the meantime, if you have a flight to catch, try it out and let us know how well it works for you! Here’s an example prediction: