“Poverty Flats”

“Poverty Flats”

“POVERTY FLATS” Cupcake & Snowball: The animal, in the dim light of a fractured moon, gingerly stepped his way through an ill kept barbed wire fence. It was the only barrier found between his native country and Northwest Montana. The Canadian Eskimo dog unknowingly wandered into a small community known locally as Poverty Flats. Not …

Making a Change

Making a Change

MAKING A CHANGE The following is a recent missive from our Daughter Madeline. Lost in the forest of addiction, she is trying to find her way out. An opiate addict for most of her adult life; I want to share, for the benefit of family, friends and other addicts, her powerfully profound, intelligent and articulate …

Good Hands

Good Hands

The Art of Good Touch The artful pilot will often be referred to as having “good hands.” An aircraft is equipped with three flight control elements. The rudder is controlled by rudder pedals on the floor in front of each pilot and they control, obviously, the rudder. It is located at the rear end of …

Enter the Artist

Enter the Artist

Enter the Artist At this point in my flying career I wasn’t making much progress with my attempt at completing my Famous Artists Course, a correspondence effort with the school in Westport, Connecticut. Lesson 10 of 24 is as far as I ever made it. The desire however never faltered and would haunt me for …

Air California

Air California

Long Range Cruise: Following my nearly ten years of hopping between various airlines my closet was now filling up with underused uniforms. During this period I’d gained some great flying experience to various corners of the globe and decided it was now time to commit to a long-range employment strategy. Fortunately, in 1978, the Airline …

The Airline Years

The Airline Years

The Airline Years: Let’s just begin with “I can’t believe what has just happened.” I have just been hired by an airline to fly a jet aircraft. I have a new life, a new wife and a brand new baby son. What part of cloud nine should I be requesting. Euphoria has taken hold and …

55 King Sugar

55 King Sugar

Lockheed Lodestar, N 55 King Sugar Kelly-Springfield Tire Company Cumberland, Maryland calling: My decision to move on from Holiday Inns flying was motivated primarily by family necessity. I didn’t want to be away from home as much and for so long, because my new wife and I were expecting a child in late summer. I …

Fly Holiday Inns

Fly Holiday Inns

Moving East – Fly Holiday Inns How I survived the foolishness of youth I don’t know. Truly someone was looking out for me, perhaps the higher power we hope is there, the one we pray to when thankful or in times of need.  There is also the chance it is just luck working in my …

Flying Skills

Flying Skills

Flying Skills I don’t recall at exactly what age I began flying all by myself; but I recall being very young. It may have had some influence on my choice of career; I’m not sure, flying did after all become my occupation of choice. I am referring to a series of dreams of course, but …

Church Taxi Service

Church Taxi Service

Church Taxi Services One of my mother’s greatest frustrations had to have been my wanton need to attend the Catholic Church with my Dad. It was obvious to me it made her unhappy. What could I do to change that? I gave it absolutely no thought what so ever. Instead, it may have placed me …