“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, – And done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — Wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, And flung my eager craft through footless halls of air . . .
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew;
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and [sought] the face of God.”
In memory of the author: John Gillespie Magee, Jr. (b. June 9, 1922 – d. December 11, 1941); an American aviator with RCAF and son of Christian Missionaries.
I trust your flying in 2019 was memorable and I hope all your dreams of flight become reality in 2020. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
References: Isa 58:14; PS 19:1; Ex 33:18-23; 2 Chr 7:14
It’s Thanksgiving week. A time to stop and be still. A time to reflect.
With gladness, our founding fathers acknowledged the benefits and mercies which God bestowed upon them. Let us not neglect praise to Him for our many good provisions. The ordinary and extraordinary – such as, General Aviation. Our opportunity to ride modern chariots in God’s magnificent heavens! And, to share that experience with family, friends and the next generation.
Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends (Ps 100:1-5; Ro 6:23).
We pause and reflect – In honor and recognition to the brave men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. We respect your courage, commitment and sacrifice. Thank you for protecting us and our freedom.
If you’re interested in aviation and entrepreneurial stories then the recently released documentary on Cirrus Aircraft and their disruptive innovation is a must see. The program was sponsored by Elixirr and released in a video series titled Airtime. Dale Klapmeier, company cofounder, tells his family’s story from humble beginnings through the many collective challenges required to become a dominate competitor in the world of general aviation.
Dale’s family vision built an organizational culture that brings a transformational lifestyle to their customers called – The Cirrus Life. To this day, the brothers “barnstorming” innovation continues the revolution in general aviation personal transportation.
“Training is an important part of living The Cirrus Life™ to the fullest.” Yet your lifestyle is busy. Very busy. That’s why [Cirrus] developed Cirrus Cirrus Approach™. It’s [Cirrus’] global, award-winning training solution that’s designed to deliver training on your schedule.”
“On the go only with you iPad? You can train with [Cirrus’] interactive Flight Operations Manual. Want to squeeze in some aircraft systems training over lunch? Connect to the internet and start an interactive eLearning training module right on your laptop. Have an up-coming business or personal trip and want to train in your plane on the flights there and back? Locate the nearest Cirrus Training Center and schedule a session with a Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot who has been expertly trained to teach in your Cirrus.”
“Cirrus Approach™ has redefined what it means to be a pilot-in-training. Your schedule. Your lifestyle. That’s The Cirrus Life.”
“Making unforgettable weekend trips the norm, not the exception.”
“Just the two of you. At your home, the beach, the cabin or the mountains. Or the lake. Or perhaps the Bahamas. Nantucket. Catalina Island. Lake Tahoe. Vail. Every destination you desire within about 1,000 miles becomes a part of your non-stop domain when you are living The Cirrus Life. It all happens in luxury-car comfort and in a matter of hours, while making the phrase, ‘we should do this more often’ a forgotten notion of the past.”
“Getting the win because face-to-face beats a phone call or videoconference every time.”
“In business, when it really counts, is there any substitute for being there in person? Commercial air travel has become simply unmanageable in so many ways. And regional travel . . . it’s even worse. With service and route cutbacks making many destinations a “you can’t get there from here” proposition, unsatisfactory web conferencing and email solutions are the only options for most businesses.”
“But as a Cirrus owner, you become the master of your schedule”