Reel Stuff sets sail with Cruise Flight in 2018

7-day aviation themed cruise custom-created for fans of flight

(July 17, 2017 – DAYTON, Ohio)   Reel Stuff Aviation Resources founder and CEO, Ron Kaplan, is pleased to announce Cruise Flight as a new client.  Reel Stuff will provide programming and business development services for Cruise Flight, a first-of-its-kind aviation themed Caribbean cruise charter on Holland America Line’s ms Eurodam taking place from January 7 through January 14, 2018.   Aviation fans, adults and children alike, will travel to exotic ports-of-call and aviation destinations in the tropics while engaging with legends of air and space, enjoying unique aviation excursions, and participating in educational programs and film screenings led by a variety of guest speakers.

In his new role, Kaplan will assist Cruise Flight founder and director Mike McCabe and his team by securing noted presenters and scheduling theatre programming for the maiden voyage, as well as developing marketing ties to industry and media as Cruise Flight eyes expansion.

“Ron adds to Cruise Flight his energy, passion and a 25-year history of bringing exceptional aviation experiences to life,” said McCabe of Kaplan, who founded several acclaimed aviation film festivals and authors a magazine column about developing aviation film and broadcast projects.  “It’s no surprise that his addition to Cruise Flight means more big news will follow as we look forward to exhibiting at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh next week.”

Each port-of-call on the cruise will bring guests to ‘bucket list’ vacation destinations such as Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, Saint Maarten; and Holland America’s exclusive Bahamas Island, Half Moon Cay.  “We’ll check out the island aviation scene with some phenomenal people while having fun in and out of the water at some amazing places, as well,” said McCabe, adding that the trip presents a one-of-kind opportunity for networking among its like-minded guests.

Kaplan said, “I am delighted to share Mike’s and his crew’s vision of making this innovative Cruise Flight concept a ‘can’t miss’ travel experience for cruise enthusiasts and fans of flight.  The opportunity to bring aviation education and entertainment together with a winter vacation in the tropics is a winning combination.  Book a cabin, bring your sunblock, and don’t forget to pack your favorite airplane aloha shirts! ”

About Reel Stuff:
Reel Stuff Aviation Resources LLC was founded by Ron Kaplan in 2012.  In addition to producing world-class film festival and screening events for non-profit organizations, Kaplan provides aviation production, fundraising, script review, event planning, talent, and media relations services.  Clients have included the Army Aviation Association of America, Columbus COSI, Aviation Community Foundation, National Aviation Hall of Fame, Bremont Watch Co., and the Air Force Museum Foundation.

About Cruise Flight:
Cruise Flight, the first of its kind aviation-themed cruise adventure, makes history in 2018 with the first charter of Holland America’s Signature Class cruise ship, the ms Eurodam, sailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 7, 2018.  The legendary voyage allows aviation enthusiasts an intimate atmosphere in which to converse with aviation experts and others who share their passion for flight.  Cruise Flight provides an exceptional vacation travel experience for aviators and enthusiasts through elite education opportunities, memorable camaraderie, and unforgettable destinations.

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Ron Kaplan
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Reel Stuff partners with Dayton Jewish International Film Festival to host producer Nancy Spielberg …

Above and Beyond Poster(DAYTON, Ohio – April 27, 2015) Reel Stuff Aviation Resources is pleased to partner with the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on their 15th Annual Dayton Jewish Film Festival in bringing the documentary, “Above and Beyond,” to the Air Force Museum giant screen theatre on Thursday, April 30th. Scheduled as one of ten features of the JCC’s three-week long festival, the film will be presented by its producer, Nancy Spielberg, sister of filmmaker Steven Spielberg. “Above and Beyond” chronicles the veteran American military pilots who covertly volunteered to fly and fight in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence and… Read more >>>

RIGHTFOOTED is going places, but needs our help to get there!

(Sept. 3, 2012) Several months ago I was intrigued to catch a glimpse online of a compelling and powerful independent documentary project producer/director Nick Spark is in the early stages of spooling up. Nick was the driving force behind the critically acclaimed LEGEND OF PANCHO BARNES, which I am proud to say he screened as a rough-cut at the very first Reel Stuff Film Festival in early 2008. As dozens of film festival audiences and millions of PBS viewers of PANCHO later saw and learned, Nick knows better than well how to tell a story, especially about a dynamic and historic aviatrix.

Producer and writer Nick Spark - 2008 Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation

Nick Spark presenting LEGEND OF PANCHO BARNES at 2008 Reel Stuff Film Fest

It apparently started when Nick saw a news account of 29-year-old Jessica Cox from Sierra Vista, Arizona, a charming Taekwando double-black belt, scuba diver, surfer and vintage Ercoupe pilot who travels the world in the attempt to use aviation and other things to inspire people and change lives.

Hmmm, you might be thinking – yet another Tony Robbins wannabe. Except that in Jessica’s case, the “other things” are in fact missing things. You see, as the result of a rare birth defect, Jessica was born without arms. That’s no arms, no hands. Go ahead – re-read last sentence, above paragraph.

RIGHTFOOTED references the fact that Jessica is just that, just as you might happen to be right handed. Nick”s work-in-progress provides a fascinating up-close and personal look at Jessica’s perseverance, creativity and positive “can do” spirit that has overcome seemingly insurmountable physical and mental challenges. The combination of Jessica’s charm, resourcefulness and aviation helps her share her inspirational example worldwide, winning legions of friends and admirers along the way. And she’s only just beginning.

Truly unstoppable from the day she was born,

one accomplishment she is most proud of is earning her pilots license in 2008. RIGHTFOOTED details Jessica”s transformation as she learned to command a vintage Ercoupe, its rudderless control configuration enabling her to pilot the plane without the use of any prosthesis or altered equipment.

Patty Wagstaff once said that an airplane doesn”t know if the pilot”s a girl. Thankfully, for Jessica Cox, the Ercoupe doesn”t know if that girl is armless.

Jessica Cox shares her passion for flying with a rapt audience at AirVenture 2012

Jessica Cox, the subject of RIGHTFOOTED, shares her passion for flying with rapt mobile casino audience at AirVenture 2012

Not only has Jessica inspired others with disabilities to fly, her achievement has motivated, empowered and transformed able-bodied and disabled, alike, to overcome their own personal obstacles, whatever those may be.


One of many delightful aspects of the story is in chronicling preparations leading up to and including her wedding to fiancé Patrick Chamberlain, a former Taekwando instructor of hers who, wanting to avoid any appearance of impropriety, waited until Jessica was under the tutelage of another instructor before asking her out. The rest, as they say, will be history, as the couple was married in May.

After viewing the trailer at, I called Nick and learned that he’s seeking the funding needed to follow Jessica all over the map as she shares her message of triumph, inspiration and hope – be it mentoring an emotionally fragile six-year-old amputee, traveling to Africa where she works to change laws and prejudice against the disabled and (with suitable funding…) flying from airport to airport to encourage kids of all ages to become their best selves, perhaps setting some aviation records along the way.

Funded on a non-profit basis, the immediate need is $10,000 in support that will enable Nick to shadow Jessica as she participates in Challenge Air in Kansas City on September 8. Challenge Air is a program that builds confidence and self esteem for youngster with special needs through the experience of flight. While in Kansas Jessica will meet with a 4-year-old named Gracie who, like Jessica, was born without arms and faces a similar life full of challenges. Can you imagine what this meeting might mean to Gracie and her parents? I”m sure I”m not alone in wanting to see that happen.

Then next up for Jessica is accepting an invitation from Lagos, Nigeria as a public speaker, one of but several of her opportunities to impact Third World countries where people with disabilities are treated as second-class citizens, or worse.

It didn’t take me but a minute to pledge the support of Reel Stuff to aiding Nick’s RIGHTFOOTED project, and not just because I look forward to hosting the trio of Jessica, Patrick and Nick on the Reel Stuff Film Fest tour when the project is ready. I personally felt called to help see this film to fruition and was particularly thrilled to discover that I’d have the chance to meet Jessica and Patrick, in person, while up at AirVenture in Oshkosh last month. By sheer luck (or divine intervention), we were both scheduled to be Forum presenters at the EAA Museum- on the very same afternoon!

Thankfully our schedules allowed me to attend and photograph Jessica’s presentation and autograph session, and share a quick lunch before my showtime. Joining us was a petite young lady named Lydia who, with some more work to overcome her disability, as Patrick explained, will soon become the youngest pilot in her home country of Ghana, where she and Jessica first met.


It’s Jessica’s favorite t-shirt – no kidding!

I look forward one day to everyone having an opportunity to meet Jessica, in person or at least by seeing RIGHTFOOTED one day soon. Any of the aviation alphabet soup groups out there (AOPA, EAA,CAP, etc) that strive to recruit a new, young and highly motivated breed of pilots of either gender would be well served by sponsoring Nick’s independently produced non-profit film project, even more empowering in combination with hosting Jessica’s supporting cross-country speaking tour.



Jessica is a star and a treasure to the young and old who become her fans at each appearance, regardless of an aviation interest or not. Her allure and impact will most certainly be magnified once RIGHTFOOTED is internationally screened and broadcast. As I watched with awe at Oshkosh, it”s evident that Jessica already has that autograph thing nailed down just fine – signing RIGHTFOOTED, of course. (Tony Robbins – can you do THAT?)

Jessica signing and smiling for photos with a new fan at the EAA Museum, Oshkosh

If you’d like to help Jessica get to Kansas City, Africa and beyond, and ensure Nick is able to continue documenting her amazing journey for us on film, I encourage you to make a tax deductible donation at the website There you can also check out the trailer, read Jessica and Patrick’s blog, and read more about the production as it moves forward. I’ll provide updates here at, as well. Thanks for your support!




Help bring The Flyboys to your small screen soon

I was delighted to host producer/writer/director Rocco DeVilliers at the 2009 Reel Stuff Film Fest, where he won audience raves for his film The Flyboys. It’s a colorfully told story of friendship and family, wrapped in a suspenseful action-adventure that appeals to young teens as well as adults. Plus, forget the awesome car chase, it also features big ‘ol radial engines! Rocco’s dogged pursuit of bringing his thoroughly entertaining story to life on the big screen is remarkable. Incredibly, The Flyboys did not get theatrical distribution – which on any other day would launch me onto the soapbox. However, today I am thrilled to share news of Rocco’s and his colleagues’ effort to take The Flyboys even further, but they need our help. I best let Rocco explain here:

“After winning over 70 top awards at film festivals throughout the United States, the independent feature film, The Flyboys, is ready to make the leap to TV screens everywhere. The Flyboys TV series is essentially a modern-day Hardy Boys… Jason McIntyre and Kyle Barrett are two seniors in high school canadian pharmacy for viagra who seem to attract action and adventure, mystery and intrigue… We have shot a 15-minute

promo for the networks and need help finishing it. Season One will have 13 episodes with an arching storyline. After establishing the characters in the first few episodes, episode 8-11 will take us back in time and show us the back-story of how the boys met when they were 12-years old. Since the feature film has never been released in the US and was shot when our two leads were children – this provides us with an opportunity to do something truly unique: Have two adult actors play themselves as children in a dual storyline flashback. As the series unfolds with all of its richly drawn characters, the fully produced film footage will take on new meaning as its woven into this intricate story how does cialis lower blood pressure of The Flyboys.”

I urge you to follow my lead and visit the site of their crowdsourcing campaign (, and kick something in toward the cause, ideally an amount that will score you and your family a DVD of the original film. You won’t regret it. They are well on their way to the $15K goal to complete the pitch promo. We all wish Rocco and his Flyboys viagra online canadian pharmacy team every success on expanding the theme to the smaller screen soon, and will keep you posted of their progress here at Reel Stuff.