Thanks, Sledjockey – me too. I’m looking forward to attending their wedding and watching their family (and therefore ours) grow (4½ great grandbabies already!). These are really good kids, and they deserve a chance to continue to make the world a better place. Our grand child has already done more in under 20 years than most people will do in a lifetime of self-centered existence. It would have been more than just a tragic personal loss if somebody hadn’t come by with a chain not long before dark.
Some of the best lessons I learned as a pilot were from the emergencies that happened – not in the classroom. But I have always remembered the seven “P”s of flying that turned out to apply to virtually everything else in life:
Proper Preflight Planning Prevent P___ Poor Performance.
[Of course there was the other saying we had drilled into our heads: “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, we can make a pilot out of you. LOL]