In the short story, "The Hercules Pilot From Queens", Robert recalls his friendship with a Marine Hercules pilot who was trained as a linguist in college, discovered aviation, and then followed a career path that had him flying special operations out of Miami, non-scheduled flights with Tower Air, and then on to Luxembourg and a position with Cargolux as a 747 captain.
About the Author
Robert has been involved in commercial aviation since 1978 and has seen all of the ups and downs associated with deregulation, the oil crisis, the economic swings in the economy, and has learned that job security in aviation is a myth---even in the best of times. Although Robert was successfully employed all of his career and has flown numerous corporate aircraft and heavy lift freighters, including the B-747 200/300, he has had many friends leave the industry because of low wages, lack of job security, and hollow promises made by management; however, most of us have experienced the ups and downs of life but aviation seems to be burdened with more problems than most professions. A personal comment from Robert: "I have been successful overall; however, it is time for me to step away from airplanes and pursue other interests. I am sure there will be days that I will miss the challenge but my only true regret will be not having flown the round-engine DC-3 and the B-707. So, now it is time for me to focus on what is wrong with aviation and the professionals in the industry who deserve better that what is being offered." All Aviators are "Gatekeepers of the Third Dimension" so protect yourself and all who will follow in your footsteps. Enjoy the book and stop by the "Third Dimension Blog" and learn more about the roots of aviation.