On airlines, do first-class passengers get nicer life jackets, etc?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

No, all the life jackets are exactly the same. The only exception is an infant life jacket that is smaller to accommodate the smaller body of the infant.

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On airlines, do first-class passengers get nicer life jackets, etc?

What are the cons of a lifting-body aircraft?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

I think the worst thing for me if I were a passenger would be on an outer seat in the lifting body.

If I am farther away from the rotating longitudinal axis I will be moving up and down significantly with the rolling moment of the aircraft. This would get very uncomfortable during maneuvering and turbulence.

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What are the cons of a lifting-body aircraft?

Is it okay to feel lost? I feel like my future is a huge question mark that is never going anywhere.

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

It is absolutely okay to feel lost. Life can be challenging and uncertain.

The great thing is that your already approaching it as the empty canvas it is, a huge question mark!

Life will go where you direct it. Most of us never learn how to direct our lives early in life and we just goof off until we get tired of "going nowhere."

 Try Goal Mapping or Personal Goal Setting!

I have personally used the SMI (Success Motivation International) programs and they are fantastic. There are all kinds of free and paid for goal setting programs advice out there. The important thing is that:

  • You write your goals (your dreams) down,
  • Your write down the steps (small goals) it would take to achieve that goal,
  • You commit to a date of completion that is realistic,
  • You re-assess your goal and your steps to make modifications and corrections as your progress to completion,
  • You stick with it and stay committed with dogged determination to complete your goal.
  • Keep your goals in a binder and add pictures, magazine cutouts and so on like a scrap book to help you imagine or affirmative you goal daily.
  • Try this Goal planner sheet for writing your goals (dreams) down.

You can also read some of the overview material on the SMI website:

Success Motivation International

Or, check out this mapping site:

Brian Mayne's Goal Mapping : FREE templates

Thomas Zerbarini

Is it okay to feel lost? I feel like my future is a huge question mark that is never going anywhere.

How do we get more parents involved in their child’s education?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

It should be a Parent/Teacher/Student coordinated effort.

I would suggest establishing clear expectations of the Student/Teacher and Parent involvement and responsibilities in supporting a child's success in school, especially in regards to homework. This should be a fluid thing where updates, modifications and tweaking would be done on a regular basis via conference.

There also needs to be a support system established for working parents and single parents that simple have limited time and resources to make up teaching time at home that cannot be covered in class. Some ideas could include:

  • A shared tutoring system amongst other parents.
  • After School Program homework assistance.
  • Homework Helpers by older kids.

The problem I have experienced has been Teachers expecting the children's parents to spend significant time at home with the child, especially if the child is falling behind in class. This wouldn't be so terrible; but, I have experienced teachers being inconsistent with their expectations on what and how much should be done at home. It's like we have been dumped on to make up for shortfalls in class or teachers running out of time to cover subjects in class.

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How do we get more parents involved in their child's education?

How do you tell how far away a jet plane is in the sky?

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Answer by Thomas Zerbarini:

You can do it visually.

When I first started to learn how to fly, my instructor made it a point to teach me how to judge distance quickly while in an airplane. The technique we used, that I still use today, was to use a map with known distances and features. Then we would use the map to determine our exact position. Then look for another landmark that we can accurately identify on the map, measure our distance on the map and look intently out the window to get the "picture" of what that distance looks like.

This method is also usable on the ground. When you're driving you can determine a mile, 1/2 mile and so on by the mile markers and signs on the road that tell you distance to the next exit. By developing your skill to determine distance with known markers, you'll be able to quickly estimate your distance from land marks and object with reasonable accuracy.

To apply this to an aircraft do the following:

Get to know the types of airplanes you intend to use regularly. Spend time at the airport and get a sight feel of how big or small the aircraft are when you're close to them, then look at that same aircraft 1/4, 1/2 and then 1, 2, and 3 miles away. Over time you will be able to develop your skill to quickly determine the distance these aircraft are away from you either on the ground or in the air.

Thomas Zerbarini

How do you tell how far away a jet plane is in the sky?

Hi Everyone!

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This is my first post on my blog site. I’m sure looking forward to sharing my interests with you.

Thanks for stopping by and come back often.

Thomas Zerbarini