Posts Tagged ‘air traffic control’

Bye Bye Blackbird—Saying Goodbye To The SR-71

The following is from an email forwarded to me from the REAL Toymaker. It’s kind of long, but if you like aviation and/or history, it’s an interesting read. In the early days of my air traffic control career, I had the pleasure to observe the Blackbird fly through our area. It was always a treat,…

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8 RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING

I originally wrote this as “A writer’s guide to New Year’s resolutions.” The intent was to help kick-start the new year off right, but I realized from comments and emails received that these guidelines hold true regardless of when you start writing. So, this is most of the original post with a little extra thrown…

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NO TIME LEFT TO WRITE!

  AS strange as this sounds, it seems I had more time to write when I had a full time job. I retired on May 31 after 26 ½ years as an air traffic controller. The first 2 books were written in their entirety while I was working full time. After I retired, I spent…

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August 3—30 Years Later and Still in the News—WHY?

On August 3, 1981, 85% of the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) members went on strike against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Within hours, President Ronald Reagan ordered them back to work or lose their jobs. Roughly 10,000 thought he was bluffing and lost their jobs—permanently. I’m not going to argue whether PATCO was…

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