The first story I ever wrote for AOPA Flight Training Magazine was based on a real life event that left an indelible mark on my psyche. The flight that resulted in this story has always been one of my prime motivators as a pilot. Be safe, make good decisions, be willing to say “no” when you need to, and don’t worry about getting home on time if the circumstances suggest the attempt might be counter-productive.
AOPA Flight Training, and AOPA Pilot have become publications that I am truly proud to be published in as well as being a happy reader. This was the piece that opened that door for me, however. So I have a particular soft spot in my heart for it – even if it is a little dark and mournful.
Read it here, if you dare.