Travis Gregory sent us this story:
Today I took my grandson, Cooper Van Cleave for his first airplane ride. I’ve taken scores, perhaps hundreds for their first ride but this was much more fun. For many years I worked for an F.B.O. that regularly held public days and open houses and boy did we take rides. We would do farm field days, literally using pastures and bean fields to introduce newcomers to flight from morning until dark. But, this was better. As a charter pilot I had uncountable newbies bound for places from Chicago O’Hare to Buffalo Jump. This was different. More than two decades as a flight instructor saw lots of first flights but again, none was quite like this.
As a grandparent, isn’t it my duty to see to it that the boy will be the next Lindberg or Yeager or Armstrong? Darn right it is and as long as the boy likes it I’ll keep him flying!
Today was a most gratifying day for me, most gratifying indeed. It was different this time.