By Erika Armstrong
“Ladies and gents, welcome aboard your flight. As you step onto my airplane, take a brief look into the cockpit. Yep, that’s me sitting within the captains’ seat, and that’s my first officer giggling approximately how he unintentionally locked himself out of his lodge room. bare. Again.
We’re either a bit ripe from flying for the final 5 days, yet we’re nonetheless smiling simply because we have now spent years and millions of hours education and dwelling an unusual way of life to be up right here for you.
For the following few hours, you need to flip your existence over to us. It’s difficult to belief others, and there are moments in case you don’t have a decision approximately being up to the mark. in the course of these moments, you’ll simply need to tighten your seatbelt and belief that others gets you thru the storm.
Our path at the present time will take you thru a phase of my existence up within the air, and you may see belongings you might by no means think. when you consider that i've been locked within the cockpit with males for a number of millions of hours through the years, i've been given a viewpoint few get to event. that will help you see a special viewpoint, too, i'm supplying you with a list to take advantage of as we circulation alongside our course. it's going to take you from gate to gate, and whilst we’re performed, we'll have either discovered a bit extra approximately what it takes to fly.
Now…just relax and sit back. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
Erika Armstrong has labored each element of aviation in her twenty-five years within the undefined, together with a global company airline captain. She is an award-winning employees author for Colorado Serenity journal and is a qualified pilot columnist for Disciples of Flight, NYC Aviation, Contrails, Flying, LinkedIn, and company Insider and is the landlord of cutting edge Aviation Consulting.
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I followed their gaze to a plug of a woman, her head of salt-and-pepper hair shorn into the sort of crew cut they give to the mentally disabled, who had plopped down on the concrete directly behind me. I could see the whorls of her cowlick like a fingerprint, feel the tingle of invaded personal space against my shins. The woman was muttering to herself fiercely. Commuters had vacated a swath of platform all around the loon as instinctually as a herd of wildebeests evading a lioness. I was the only one stuck in the dangerous blank circle, the lost calf, the old worn-out cripple who couldn’t keep up.
Besides, it’s already out there. Online, where anybody can see it. I have to go through with it now. It’ll be fine. ” At my age, I guess I should know that when the timbre of my voice reaches such unendurably cheery heights, trouble is on the way. I should know it, but somehow I never remember until it’s too late. It had started so well. The night after I wrote my first-ever blog entry, I made Bifteck Sauté au Beurre and Artichauts au Naturel—the first recipes in the meat and vegetable chapters of MtAoFC, respectively.
Smacked her forehead hard on the ground. This was a little much even for the surrounding crowd of New Yorkers, who of course all knew that loons and subways go together like peanut butter and chocolate. The sickening noise of skull on concrete seemed to echo in the damp air—as if she was using her specially evolved resonant brainpan as an instrument to call the crazies out from every far-underground branch of the city. Everybody flinched, glancing around nervously. With a squeak I hopped back into the multitude.
A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air by Erika Armstrong