Archive for April, 2013

Aviation and Pilot Training with Cessna

April 25, 2013

By Anthony Jean-Claude

If one wants to learn how to fly a plane, taking courses from the professionals at Cessna is an excellent path. For the first flight, you go to a Cessna Pilot Center, where a trained flight instructor takes you out on a half-hour “Discovery Flight.” During this first flight, you get a chance to familiarize yourself with the Cessna aircraft, its controls, basic safety precautions, and, of course, the thrill of being in control of an aircraft.

Once back on the ground, Cessna provides trainees with a full-feature, interactive flight simulator called the Cessna Flight Training Program. When your personal flight instructor feels that you are prepared, you will eventually be allowed to take your first solo flight. Once the solo flight is complete, you will go on to spend somewhere between 40 and 70 hours in the air, sometimes with an instructor and sometimes alone. Finally, with the permission of your instructor, you will be allowed to take both an oral and a flight examination with an FAA-certified examiner. Cessna’s training program prepares you well for the exam, and once you’ve completed it, you will have your pilot’s certificate.

About the Author:

Anthony Jean-Claude is the President of Maryland Green BioFuel. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, playing sports, and competing in marathons and triathlons.

A Brief Overview of Krav Maga and Its History by Anthony Jean-Claude

April 17, 2013

Developed in the State of Israel, Krav Maga, which literally means “contact combat” in Hebrew, is a noncompetitive system of self-defense. Krav Maga draws on several different types of combat techniques, including boxing, muay thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization and a combination of defensive and offensive maneuvers used in tandem.

Krav Maga is a set of techniques derived from street fighting techniques developed by the Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld. While living in Bratislava, Slovakia, Lichtenfeld utilized street fighting skills drawn from his martial arts training in order to defend Bratislava’s Jewish quarter from anti-semitic fascist groups in the late 1930s. Lichtenfeld later immigrated to Israel in the 1940s and began providing combat training to members of what would later become the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF would go on to refine these techniques and develop them into the system that is now known as Krav Maga.

About the author: A sales and management professional, Anthony Jean-Claude is the President of Maryland Green BioFuel. In his spare time, Anthony Jean-Claude enjoys running marathons and triathlons, coaching football, and delivering motivational speeches.

U.S. Peanut Growers Have Record Year

April 9, 2013

Anthony Jean-Claude, who has experience in peanut farming, understands that the yields tend to be cyclical. Still, even industry veterans like Anthony Jean-Claude were surprised at the size of the 2012 peanut crop. While 2011 peanut yields were low due to the Texas drought, 2012 produced historically high yields. Industry experts credited an excellent new variety, the GA06, and nearly perfect growing conditions. Producers in Mississippi averaged 4,400 pounds of peanuts per acre, and Georgia growers averaged 4,550 pounds of peanuts per acre.

The good harvest may bring relief to struggling American consumers who face rising food prices. The end of the peanut shortage may lead to lower peanut butter prices. Peanut butter is a staple protein source for many American children. While farmers initially worried that the huge surplus would depress prices to unsustainable levels, a group of Chinese buyers purchased large amounts of peanuts. China usually buys the bulk of its peanuts from India, but poor growing conditions left the subcontinent without sufficient amounts of peanuts for export. American peanut farmers hope to retain a share of the growing Chinese market.