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A Story Of Courage, Committment and Success

by John M. White |

With so much bad news about aviation right now, I though I would share a story with you I recently ran across. A young man named Quincey Carr at age 22 had been pursuing his aviation career and was hoping to become a pilot for the California Fire Service as a firefighting tanker and fighting fires. In 2002 Carr achieved his private pilot's license at age 17, and by August of 2006 had passed his written for the commercial pilot's license. He and his girlfriend were getting ready to go out and celebrate, but first he needed a haircut for the big event. While at the barbershop a stranger came in and began flirting with Carr's girlfriend. After being rebuffed by the couple he left, only to return a few minutes, walk into the crowded barber shop, and proceed to shoot Carr as he sat in the barber's chair. Seriously wounded and left in a wheelchair, one would imagine that his dream was over. But not for Quincey! His spine spliced by a bullet, and his legs paralyzed. Many months of painful physical therapy were required, but today Quincey flies airplanes with special hand controls even though he gets around in a wheelchair. But that alone was not enough for this tough young man. Today he is a commercial pilot and has started working as a ground instructor at a startup flight school at the Hayward, CA airport. This during his free time from two other jobs he works at so that he can continued his flight training. Quincey's love of aviation started at age 9, and has not given up on his dream of flying for the California Fire Service. And from what I can find out nothing will stop him. This story just goes to prove that aviation is a passion, a lifelong pursuit of excellence, and a career and avocation shared by those who keep their eyes on the sky. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return."

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