Excerpts

Excerpt from Chapter 3: Military School of School and Schooled

This time, it was not working.

The wind shifted, and now the scorching brush fires were burning right up to the road. There I was on the westbound lane, gazing at ten-foot high flames, smelling fiery smoke and feeling heat on my face. Only the highway and the unburned median separated us from fire.

If the winds shifted again and jumped the road, we would die. Then I remembered I was carrying a spare 20-gallon plastic container filled with gasoline and a 22-foot hang glider kite – this could easily contribute to a vehicle explosion if the flames were to come closer…

Excerpt from Chapter 4: Undergraduate School of School and Schooled

One beautiful, sunny day while flying a banner, I started smelling electrical smoke. Smoke and fire are the worst phenomenon that could occur on any airplane, especially with aviation fuel on board and no fire trucks on board.

No problem.

I would just turn off the avionics master switch, I thought, and that would turn off all the avionics. Something was probably overheating. Big problem! The burning smell and puffy white smoke, only a few feet from my face, did not extinguish. Big problem! I could not drop my banner on the sunbathers and I did not want to land in the water…

 

CONTENTS

Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……………………1
Introduction:
How did I become a pilot? …. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …………………3
Chapter 1: Low School 0–14
…After now and before later … . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………………….. 5
Chapter 2: High School 15–18
…Always remember you’ll never forget . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……………………..14
Chapter 3: Military School (USAF) 18–22
…Doing better than most but not as good as some . . . . . . . . . ……………… 21
Chapter 4: Undergraduate School (ERAU) 23–24
…Fifty-four college credits in one year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………………..51
Chapter 5: Aviation School 25–26
…Five pilot jobs in two years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ………………….. 66
Chapter 6: 1989: Hell of a Year
…Why didn’t you do the To Do list and the Re-Do list? . . . . . ………………..109
Chapter 7: FedEx® Career
…We make our money above planet earth and it is serious business …….126
Chapter 8: Flight 1340
…One flight to Memphis proved challenging . . . . . . . . . . . . . … ……………..159
Chapter 9: Family Schooling
…It is better to have no friends then to have bad friends . . . . ………………181
Chapter 10: Money Schooling
…Anything and everything else is extra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …………………201
Chapter 11: Religion Schooling
…Jesus and I love you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……………………220
Chapter 12: Body and Soul
…Any stresses I can help you with? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …………………. 236
Chapter 13: Retirement Thinking
…I made a deal with God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …………………….260
Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 269
Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277
Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283
About the Author . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 285