Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fifteen Years of Great Memories!

My dad called me this morning and asked if I remembered what happened fifteen years ago today. Let's see, fifteen years ago I was 14 years old. What was I doing when I was 14 years old, besides learning how to use the potty like a big boy???

He reminded me that I took my very first flying lesson on May 22nd, 1993. I can't believe I've been flying airplanes for 15 years already, it makes me feel....well....old. If you asked me back then if I thought I'd be working for a major airline in fifteen years, I'd probably say, "No, I'm going to be running a major airline in fifteen years." Okay, so I was a little....we'll say, over confident.

I've met a lot of great people and had a lot of wonderful experiences along the way. Some of my favorite experiences include pumping gas and mowing the lawn at our local airport, flying 100 miles just to have breakfast with friends, flying skydivers (and jumping out myself), flying a corporate jet while I was in college (which is a pretty good gig for a college kid), my first airline job (followed shortly by my first airline furlough), and the day I got hired at a major airline. I have had the chance to meet some celebrities such as Matthew Perry, Bill Cosby, Sly Stalone, and Bruce Willis. I've even had the opportunity to fly some "famous" people incluidng the Secretary of the Treasury, the governor of North Dakota, George Forman, and even Miss Brazil.

All of those memories are wonderful to look back on but the best thing about my aviation career is all the friends I've made along the way. Aviation wouldn't be such a close knit community if it weren't for all the great people.

It's been a wonderful journey getting to the point I'm at now. All I've wanted to do is fly airplanes since I was a kid and I am still able to do what I love. I have to say that I wouldn't have been able to do any of it without the help and $upport from both of my parents, without them I'd probably be a bum wandering the streets of Minneapolis looking for a handout.

I'm looking forward to several more years of good flying, great memories, and even better friends.


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