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  • I've been flying for just a few weeks past 17 years.

    In that time I've flown thousands of hours in hundreds of airplanes. I've seen the desert and the ocean behind a prop pulling me just a few feet in the air ... I've seen the clarity of the atmosphere at 45,000 feet where jet engines moved us along smoothly at 6 miles a minute. Country airports where the time just moves slower ... and bustling international airports where nothing ever sleeps.

    Somehow in there, I still enjoy little firsts that remind me even in this little world of aviation there are so many new things still to see, do, learn, and know.

    Friday was the first time I ever started a turbine engine with no one else in the airplane. Just one engine. Same as thousands of other. Just me. Same as thousands of others. Except, alone in the airplane. Burning jet fuel.

    It ran smoothly.

    And I ran my checklists just the same way as I ever do.
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