|I have mentioned in the past that our family is somewhat of an aviation family. When I was actively giving flight instruction one of my students turned out to be a beautiful brunette by the name of Betty. She was one of the more interesting, and challenging, students I have ever taught. And, no, before you go off the deep end we were NOT involved when I was teaching her how to fly.
She was very strong willed, and I remember as the time for her to solo drew closer and closer she could sense that I was ready to let her go solo. Before I could tell her I thought she was ready she announced to me that "I will let you know when I am ready to solo!"
|Well, I honored her request and she did, indeed solo, and went on to get her pilot's license. And, yes, we did get married, which brings us to the Boeing 767 cockpit.
In the photograph on the right you will see our son Chad, sitting in the cockpit of a Boeing 767 on which he flies all around the world. Earlier in my career I flew all over the world, and now our son does. He has been to Australia, Singapore, Japan, Jordan, Bahrain, Chile, Guatemala, Panama, Ascension Island, Madagascar, Diego Garcia and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - you name it and he has probably been there!
He is not a pilot, but rather what the company calls a "roadie". As an A&P mechanic he travels with the airplane to make sure it gets fixed if something gets broken. He dispatches the aircraft, he baby sits the aircraft, he makes sure it is ready to go whenever the crew has their assignment and are ready to go.
He attended Lansing Community College on scholarship to get his A&P training, passed his exam, and even continued on to get his Associates degree at LCC. After he graduated he went into the USAF and served as a crew chief on C5A aircraft, and he is still in the Air Force reserve, continuing to work on his beloved C5As.
Last weekend we had the privilege to visit him at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio where we got to see where he works, and to have a lovely dinner with he and a friend in the Officer's Club on the base. While he worked my wife and I spent two days touring the Air Force Museum.
If you, or one of your children are looking for a career, then consider taking the path Chad did. Its a great career and if you love airplanes, well, you get to spend a lot of time with them! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Now, there are two ways of learning to ride a fractious horse: one is to get on him and learn by actual practice how each motion and trick may be best met; the other is to sit on a fence and watch the beast a while and then retire to the house and at leisure figure out the best way of overcoming his jumps and kicks. The latter system is the safer, but the former, on the whole, turns out the larger proportion of good riders. It is very much the same thing in learning to ride a flying machine. — Wilbur Wright