Monday, January 23, 2012

Red Tails

A really well done article about a story within the story of the Tuskegee Airmen (thanks Emel). I can't wait to see the movie.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Jay Jones

US Navy 051207-N-3019M-006 Four F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft, assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard, perform a missing man flyover as part of the 64th commemoration 

It is with great sadness that I write about the passing of Jay Jones, a friend and mentor. Jay introduced me to general aviation and was the first person to encourage me to work on obtaining my private pilot certificate when I started thinking seriously about becoming a pilot. I relied often on his deep wealth of aviation advice and counsel many times throughout my training and post certificate flying. I owe him a debt of gratitude for helping me achieve the gift of flight.

Jay marched to the beat of his own drum, a true individual. Jay was an entrepreneur, having worked in start-ups and in founding a factory automation company, Exonic Systems. Jay, being an avid aviator, often used his Piper Archer as an effective way to meet with his clients scattered across the eastern United States. Jay was a very skilled pilot and he had gained his aviation experience by flying many cross-country flights through many varying conditions. There were some flights where he gained significant "experience" but always came through with keeping his cool and making the right decisions.

Jay was also a conscientiousness pilot. A few years back, upon thinking, perhaps realizing, that he had reached a point where he no longer felt he was able to fly to his high level of standards, made the what must have been an incredibly difficult decision to stop flying as pilot-in-command. It is the rare individual who can be so introspective.

Jay had an amazing ability to enjoy life and to show others how to enjoy it as well. I will miss Jay's uplifting presence, generosity, and wisdom. May the wind be beneath his wings.



67, of O'Hara Township, died Monday, January 16, 2012, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. He was born on D-Day, June 6, 1944 in New Kensington, PA, son of the late D. Eugene Jones and Jean C. Jones. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy and Franklin Regional High School and was graduated with an associated degree in electronics from Penn Technical Institute. Jay was the founder and President of Exonic Systems, a high technology factory automation company with multiple operations throughout the mid-Atlantic United States. He was an accomplished, instrument rated, general aviation pilot and flew his plane to meet with customers on a regular basis. In addition, his interests included cabinet making, boating, electronic and computer equipment, and world-wide traveling. He was a member of numerous organizations involving factory automation, general aviation and advanced technology. Surviving are his beloved fiancee, Diane Rapacchietta of Pittsburgh; sister, Beverly Jones (Buzz) Taylor of Oakmont; brothers, Donald H. (Barbara) Jones of Pittsburgh and Leland A. (Bernice) Jones of Export. He was preceded in death by his brother, Barry E. (Deanne) Jones. Also surviving are nieces, Ali Taylor (Oakmont), Hannah Jones (Hudson, Ohio), Autumn Jones Katarincic (Fox Chapel), Amy Jones Teele (O'Hara Township) and nephews, Stephen Jones (Hudson, Ohio), Nathan Jones (Hudson, Ohio) and D. Tom Jones (Hampton Twp.). Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 20 and from 10 to 12 noon on Saturday, January 21 at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, LTD., 930 Center Avenue, Blawnox, PA 15238-3237, 412-828-5700. A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, 384 Fox Chapel Road, 15238, 412-963-8243. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association , in memory of Jay A Jones.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from January 19 to January 20, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Run for Your Money - Please support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Not aviation related, however I wanted to post this for my wife. She has decided to run in the upcoming Pittsburgh half-marathon and, as part of that, is doing a fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. If able, she would welcome any support. More information and the link is in the email below. Thank you!

Best regards,

Subject: I'll Give You a Run for Your Money

Dear Friends,

I wanted to let you know that I joined The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program to run a half marathon during the Pittsburgh Marathon 2012 in May.
As always, I will count on your encouragement and support as I never ran this distance before. This time I do need your support in one more way: I would like to ask you to please help me reach my fundraising goal by donating  to my fundraising campaign if possible. Small or big, each donation helps accelerate finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Nearly 958,000 Americans are battling these blood cancers.  I am hoping that my participation in Team In Training will help bring them hope and support.

Please use the link in this email to donate online quickly and securely plus learn more about my progress.  You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email and I will be notified as soon as you make your donation.

On behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, I thank you very much for your support and generosity. I am looking forward to this new challenge that will support a great cause.

All the best,

Message sent via fundraising page in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The above reflects the opinion of the author and may not represent the views of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Aviation's economic impact

Importance of aviation to our economy. A pretty interesting infographic created by the FAA.