Logbook Stories

from my "Standard Pilot Master Log"


I Got Hugs From Kathy

August 22, 1994

An old former professional pilot paging through his logbooks looking for memorable stories to tell realizes that it's the people he begins to remember that are even more memorable than the trips or the airplanes he remembers. One such person is Kathy P.

I first met Kathy at an EAA Convention in Oshkosh in the early 1980's. Kathy subsequently moved to Atlanta, where she became a CSR at the FBO we used on frequent trips into that Atlanta-area airport. Our company also had an airplane and a couple of pilots based at that airport. Kathy met, married and had a family with one of our company's Atlanta base pilots. So I got to see Kathy often, both at the FBO, and when she and Bob P. invited a RON crew to their home for an evening - a better time to be had than sitting in a hotel room.

When it became highly probable that I'd have to quit flying for medical reasons and while waiting for the decision of the company's Chief Medical Officer (who was also our company pilots' AME), one of the last trips I took was to Atlanta. When I explained to Kathy that I probably wouldn't be coming to Atlanta any more, she gave me some really big and empathetic hugs. Funny how I can't remember if Kathy was even a pilot. Nor does it matter even one bit. It's the hugs I remember that matter.



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