“Good pilots are always learning” but this commitment is also vital for good flight instructors. To improve at anything, we must be continually curious, seeking new knowledge or inevitably cynicism and a glassy-eyed complacency set in. You know this look, 70% of US workers on the job are “disengaged”. A commitment to growth as a…
Confused City Employee, (condescending tone) “[…] Uh who were you attempting to reach?”
Aviator, “The airport.” “Seven – Xray – Gemini – Oscar.” “Ya know, Righteous Municipal Aerodrome?”
Confused City Employee, “Oh you need to call 999-555-XXXX — you’ll want to talk to Spud Gahzlepants, he’s with city hall.”
For the second consecutive year, my trip to EAA Airventure landed me in Dubuque, Iowa. My back to back visits to Iowa’s beautiful city on the Mississippi River were different, each delightfully containing little reminders to live more fully present in the moment. Even when in an unfamiliar city with no plan regarding accomodations.
A Sun Burn and Tremendous Awesomeness
Well, day 1 of my first ever experience of Air Venture in Oshkosh Wisconsin is behind me. However, very present in my mind is the sunburn on my lower legs and tops of my arms. Before the trip I researched and purchased a Canadian hat to shield me from the sun, wild beasts, and attack ninjas. I now realize I may have subconsciously assumed the hat contained magical powers which it most certainly does not. Also swirling ever-present in my head is the myriad of airplanes that were on display. Yeah, I’d read the statistics, but those numbers aren’t the same as walking past rows and endless rows of meticulously maintained warbirds.
For most, this Memorial Day weekend is a respite — a time for family, friends, and beginning the summer grilling season. It is most assuredly important to enjoy and embrace our hard won freedom. However, let us not forget those who stood boldly in the hot fire of their oath, paying all of themselves to fulfill what duty required.
We put together a short video as a reminder.
For most of us, the heavy hand of these dangerous deeds is so very far away, however, the sacrifices by those, “in the arena,”ever echo in the free air of our peaceful surrounds.