IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2016 - (Page 40)

Pat Hayes with his Pitts S2E airplane used for aerobatic flying. Managing His Environment IBMer enjoys aerobatic flying to de-stress and improve himself Valerie Dennis is managing editor of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe edition. hat started as a desire to fly a hang glider as part of a water ski show routine in the 1970s has transformed into competitive aerobatic flying for Pat Hayes, z Systems* IT architect, IBM. After hang gliding a while, he transitioned to flying gliders and ultralight aircrafts as budget permitted. Even in the early days of hang gliding, aerobatics always fascinated Hayes, so moving into aerobatic flying was a natural progression. W EXTRA See video of Pat Hayes practicing in his plane: Traditional flying involves staying within a controlled speed range and recovering from any unusual flying attitudes, where good attitudes typically don't exceed 30 degrees or so of pitch or roll. Aerobatic pilots fly with what Hayes calls a "bad attitude": exploring all angles of what the airplane is capable. In competition, pilots are judged on how precise they fly the airplane in a series of maneuvers. While Hayes says the education process involves fundamental requirements that can be learned from instructors and books, taking it to the next level is up to the individual's desire to become better and practice, and people love to share information. "You will find nearly everyone in the sport willing to share hints and PHOTO COURTESY OF PAT HAYES STOP RUN tips about aerobatic flying, and many of the masters have written books," he notes. When aerobatic flying, Hayes is 100 percent focused on the activity. "It allows me to put aside any stress in life or work for the few minutes that I practice," he says. When flying, Hayes' focus has to be on the task at hand, as he challenges himself to do better and learn new maneuvers or techniques while in the plane. The extreme focus is also in the name of safety. Hayes remembers his first competition flight. "I thought I was pretty decent but finished in last place because of a big zero for flying too low. One of the things that we take very serious is safety during our practices and competitions," he says. Hayes, who creates demonstration environments for z Systems management software, finds many correlations between flying and his job, including that "with combinations of the four simple controls of an airplane we can do an infinite number of maneuvers, and with our mainframe computer it's all about 1s and 0s where we can accomplish an infinite amount of processing," he notes. Hayes is a member of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) chapter located in the Carolinas, Virginia and Tennessee. For those interested in learning more, he suggests contacting a local IAC or Experimental Aircraft Association chapter and taking a few lessons to gauge interest. "Finally, don't plan to retire early from your job if you fly aerobatic airplanes as a hobby; it's a very pricy hobby," he adds. WANT TO BE FEATURED IN STOP RUN? Send an email to Valerie Dennis at 40 // JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2016

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Ticket to revenue
IBM Perspective: Building on strengths in the API economy
Techbits: Watson watches your waistline
Partner PoV: IT departments must be ready for digital performance and availability requirements
Focus on Storage: The IBM System Storage DS8880 family meets current and future data demands
IT Today: IBM helps clients make better decisions based on actual IT costs
Cover Story: The Digital Transformation: Fueled by IBM middleware, the API economy is poised to help clients drive more revenue
Feature: Continuous Development: Getting started with DevOps on the mainframe is like getting in shape - it's a personalized journey
HotTECH Products
Administrator: The new z/OS Client Web Enablement Toolkit enhances Web application availability
Solutions: Accelerator V6.0; Rocket Discover; Ivory Service Architect V5; Control-M Application Integrator; IAM V9.2; z/XDC z2.1
Stop Run: IBMer enjoys aerobatic flying to de-stress and improve himself
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2016 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - January/February 2016