The beginning of December marked two years of writing this blog as well as two years working for the airport. Wow! Seems like just yesterday I was wide-eyed and new, geeking out over all the activity on the ramp. Well… OK, I STILL geek out over the activity on the ramp. I just can’t help it! Here’s a look back at some of the things that happened (good and bad) in the past year.
Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. 2016 began with the passing of my father in early January. He had been ill for a couple of years so it wasn’t unexpected, but it definitely started the year on a down note. Then in June and again in December I had to deal with health issues. The first put me in the hospital for several days and kept me away from work for another week after that. The second didn’t keep me from working, but the three weeks it took me to recover were incredibly trying and discouraging. Yeah, in some ways this was a rough year. But thankfully there were many good things that happened too.
First and foremost, in April I got to fly an airplane! I still don’t quite know how that happened. Me? Fly a plane? I half expected the FAA to show up and put a stop to it. Thank goodness they didn’t because it was a truly amazing experience. For those of you wondering when I’ll have lesson #2, I don’t know. But I do know that I will definitely get back behind the controls at some point.
Another amazing thing that happened this year was getting to be a guest on THREE aviation podcasts:the Airplane Geeks, the Aviation Careers podcast and Plane Talking UK. Talk about completely unexpected! I never in a million years thought I would end up on a podcast, let alone three of them. It was a tremendous honor to be invited and so much fun!
In July I made the return trip to Oshkosh. Oh how I love that place! Being around so many airplanes is always awesome, but this year I got the chance to connect with several of my online aviation friends as well. I’m beginning to understand why people refer to Airventure as an aviation family reunion! One of the wonderful people I had the pleasure to meet was Rob Mark, one of the hosts of the Airplane Geeks and publisher of the Jetwhine blog (among other things). Earlier this month he invited me to write a guest post about my efforts to get my daughter interested in aviation. Yet another tremendous honor! If you aren’t a regular reader of Jetwhine, I strongly recommend you check it out. It’s always filled with great aviation content.
It was a big year for me at the airport too. If you told me when I started two years ago that I’d be learning deice pad operations I never would have believed you. (But I’d have secretly hoped you were right!) And getting to visit two ATC towers earlier this month was a dream come true. I also got to see Air Force One (twice), celebrate the re-opening of the north runway, visit the cargo airport (three times) and listen to John Glenn speak at a gathering in his honor.
I am so truly blessed to work at a place and in an industry I love so much, and to have connected with so many wonderful people. A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this such an amazing year. A special shout-out to Aerosavvy, JR and Captain Al for their guest posts. They were fantastic! And, of course a very big thank you to all of YOU for reading and commenting on this blog!
So what does 2017 have in store? Well if 2016 taught me anything it’s that you never know what might happen. However there are some awesome things in the works, including a return trip to Oshkosh in July and a visit to Wings Over Pittsburgh in May. And maybe, just maybe, airfield driving privileges! Stay tuned!
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Two years! Where has the time gone?? Seems like only yesterday you were an aviation/writing neophyte; now you’re a grizzled veteran and world-renown stair truck expert. Congrats on the anniversary… can’t wait to see what tales 2017 will bring us from the terminal!
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Thanks so much Ron! You’ve been a big inspiration. I hope our paths will cross one of these days!
Hey niffer90; GREAT article. Congrats on 2 years at “OUR AIRPORT” I recall my 2nd anniversary. Was xfered to DCA 7 months later for 2 years. I still “Geek Out” there after 63 years of being around it. Sorry to hear about your Father, you have my sympathy. Also about your 2 health issues & hope you’re feeling much better. Glad ya got to fly,it’s a blast. What kind of plane did you fly? I’ve logged time flying Cessna 150’s, 152’s, 172’s, Beechcraft Sundowner, DC-3 & Turbo DC-3, C-133 & 767-300 Simulator! Congrats on the 3 Podcasts, that’s Wonderful! Glad ya had a GREAT time at OSH, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to not have a good time there. We need to cross paths up there next year. I had a blast there too, with aviation friends from all over the country. I took the train up there from MSY then drove back home. Deicing Ops are interesting but COLD. Glad I did it & even happier I’m done with that. Glad ya got in the 2 Towers, now ya need to visit the 1st one at “OUR AIRPORT”. I’ll have to let ya know when it might be possible to get in there again. Glad ya got to be at the airport name change. I’m wondering why they kept the event such a secret. Heck I volunteer there & didn’t know about the ceremony until several days AFTER the event! When we meet I’ll have to tell you about some of my tales of being the “Stairmaster” at DCA for 5 years! Just talked to some of my Flt Attndnt Gal Pals I worked with there & things sure have changed, glad I’m retired. Loved this article, keep up the good work.
Thanks so much Jim! It has been quite a year. I’ve learned a lot and had a lot of fun. Looking forward to the year ahead. And I will definitely look for you at Osh (if I don’t see you before then at OUR airport). :o)
Jenn nice blog tell me my friend you definitively abandoned your dream to learn to pilot!!🤔
Thanks for reading Chris! I can’t say it was ever my dream to be a pilot. I’ve always had mixed feelings about it. I love aviation and airplanes but always questioned if I have what it takes to be a good pilot. I do know I want to try flying again so we’ll see. It may happen yet!
To Dave, who left me a very nice comment a few minutes ago: I went to approve it and somehow it got trashed instead. Doh! I am so sorry! I will see if I can undo it later when I get to my computer. In the meantime, thanks so much for reading and best wishes for a great 2017!