Month: March 2016

How can I help my 6 year old to grow fearless in life?

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Fear is a good thing. It keeps us safe and out of trouble most of the time. May I suggest addressing focusing on how to process and manage fear instead?

Teaching our children how to face our fears and respect them may be a better approach. Focus on risk and risk assessment. Gauging risk is a powerful personal trait and useful in our challenging world today; it builds the confidence to make good decisions. After all, confidence is the opposite of fear. The more confidence we have, the less fear we experience.

It’s good to take risks in life and have the confidence to face your fears.

Thomas Zerbarini

How can I help my 6 year old to grow fearless in life?


What is the best way to spend time with kids after work?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

I find the best way is make the time to spend and combine what you have to do and do it with them.
After work I would have the following activities to get done:
  • Make dinner
  • Check Homework
  • Laundry
  • Play outside with kids for at least 30 minutes
  • clean up after dinner
  • Baths and showers
  • Story-time/Bedtime
I find it best to do all this with my kids and talk with them about their day, teach them how to cook, do laundry, etc… making getting things done fun and enjoyable.
This is how it would go for me:
  • I would first start one pile of laundry with the kids having them get their laundry basket items either colors or whites. I would have them load and add soap.
  • We would talk about their homework and if it was light we would review it and then get started on dinner. If they had a lot of homework, I would have them do/discuss what they did with me while I made dinner.
  • Once dinner was started I would play in the yard on bikes and scooters, walk the trails for at least 30 minutes either before or after dinner. depending on how long dinner would cook.
  • After dinner, play and homework we would clean up, move the laundry over to the dryer and everyone would get into baths and/or showers.
  • We may watch  a short bit of TV, not usually, if there was extra time. Otherwise, we would head to bed for story-time or book time.
As you may well know, there is not a lot of time after work so you have to make the best of it. the important thing was just spending time together and trying to make it all fun. You'll notice there wasn't time or any allowance for computers, games or other electronics unless for school work. Those things are distractions to family time and have a place on the weekends or other times when we are not compressed around dinner time.
I hope that helps out. One of the big things that made this successful was pre-planning meals with the kids what they wanted to make or learn how to make. It made for some interesting dishes.
Thomas Zerbarini

What is the best way to spend time with kids after work?

Do airlines set cabin pressure to a higher altitude than what the aircraft is capable of maintaining?

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Most modern airliners have an automatic pressurization system that maintains cabin pressure at about 6000′ to 8000’.

Older airliners required pilot input and management to maintain adjust and properly set the automatic pressurization system and maintain comfortable cabin pressures. If the system was not set properly the cabin can have a higher cabin pressure than what is typically desirable. Although rare, it is possible to set a higher cabin altitude.

Also, aircraft can have a leaking door seal to one or more passenger/cargo doors that could cause a large amount of leaking. If the leak is larger than what the air system can bleed into the aircraft, then the cabin altitude could be higher than what is normally desirable.

Here is an image of the Boeing 727 environmental panel.


As you can see in the bottom right area there is a setting for Cruise Altitude (FLT ALT), a setting for Landing Altitude (LAND ALT) and a setting for Cabin Altitude (CAB ALT). The Flight Engineer would set these per the performance charts and system limitations for a particular flight.

The more modern systems do not have altitude settings. They simply have an Auto or Manual mode. On this Boeing 777 environmental panel the AUTO mode follows a preprogrammed set of takeoff, climb, cruise, descent and landing modes to maximize comfort and ease of operation.

Manual (MAN) mode is very basic and not intended for normal operations. As you can see it only has a basic landing altitude setting so the aircraft does not land pressurized.

Maintaining a comfortable low cabin altitude is the most desirable goal of all airlines. There is no monetary savings or gain by adjusting cabin altitudes higher or lower.

Thomas Zerbarini

How can an arts graduate become a pilot?

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Anyone can become a pilot as a career or a hobby.

If a career is what you’re after check out the military branches and/or the civilian route with a professional school. If you simply want to be a pilot for your own personal enjoyment/business check out the local small airports for flight schools and/or instructors.

If you want to become an airline pilot, check out one of my previous blog posts on the steps to take:

What are the steps of becoming an airline pilot and how much time will it take?

I had a number of blog post on this subject so look through the history for more information.

If you have anymore questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment or message via this post.

Thomas Zerbarini

How can arts graduate become a pilot?


Why do people want children when some day the children will move out and have their own life?

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That’s just how you build a family. Raising children and sharing the love and joy we all are capable of to another person. It’s just such a positive thing for me, them and the world.

I knew I wanted children when I was younger. I really didn’t think too much of it though. Now, that I have four kids and I’m able to see myself in their personalities as well as the individualism each one of them have just blow’s me away.  I couldn’t imagine life without them in it. Sure it’ll be tough when they leave the nest. It’ll just be a different relationship as they grow to adulthood.

For now, I want to treasure every moment I can as they grow up. I look forward to recapturing lost time as well. As life events keep us apart from time to time, I can feel the “missing” and “loss” in my heart and I know they feel it too.

So for me, having children fills the world with loving little versions of us. And keeps the family going and growing.

Thomas Zerbarini