Over the last year, a lot has changed. I got married, flew our newly-restored & upgraded Grumman, spent three weeks in Europe & Iceland, started looking into Masters programs, stopped instructing full time, and got a Real Job™. Oh, and http://aeronaut.ca now redirects to http://ericgideon.com, so update your shit. It’s been a fun year, I’ve enjoyed the changes so far, and I’m looking forward to what the future holds. The only downside to leaving instruction is that I spend a lot of time wishing I was flying, but – and this is key – all of my flying I now enjoy.
Anyway, this last fall was a lot of fun. The two of us went to the Reno Air Races, then visited Germany & Austria, via Iceland. Flying Icelandair was an interesting look at how small airlines can serve smaller markets with narrow routes and the appropriate aircraft. Not to mention, their branding (and cabin crew) was fantastic.
As far as the future goes, I’m looking heavily into masters programs in the field of Human Factors, with the goal of taking that degree into the aviation industry. I’ve spent so much time working with technology & usability, both in aviation and in web design, that I can’t see any other path but this. If you’ve got advice or thoughts on human factors & aviation, I would welcome your input!