Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wise Words from Pilots Ring True after Frustrating Flight; Readers Also Weigh in on New Publisher, Female Sports Fan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wise Words from Pilots Ring True after Frustrating Flight; Readers Also Weigh in on New Publisher, Female Sports Fan

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I am certain, or pretty sure, or certainly hoping, that winter weather is behind us for a few months.

That makes this the perfect time to roll up the sleeves and clean out the mail bin sitting under the ol' Life Sherpa's desk. Call them random thoughts, points to ponder or, as Warren Zevon called them, frozen notes.

The first two come from a column two weeks ago, when I wrote about a flight from St. Louis to Pittsburgh that, because of the nasty weather, took about 24 hours.

Dear Life Sherpa * What is wrong with you? Why didn't you just rent a car and drive to Pittsburgh? It takes six hours. Hindsight Mary

Dear Hindsight * Well, it's not like they canceled our 10 a.m. flight and then said, "The next one leaves at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow." It was Death by 1,000 Cancellations. Had we known all this up- front, sure we would have rented a car maybe one of those turbo- charged, V-12 models with a radar detector and a porta-potty to get us there in six hours.

Dear Life Sherpa * The follow-up to the line you quoted that "Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing" is "If you can reuse the airplane, it was a GREAT landing." Petruso Piloto

Dear Petruso * Excellent. It reminds me of another good line I heard from a pilot:

Q * What are three things that are of no use to a pilot?

A * Altitude above you, runway behind you, and two seconds ago.

I appreciate pilots who have a sense of humor, as long as they're the best pilot available that day. And that line of thinking brings me to the next letter:

Dear Life Sherpa * I see you were passed over for the position of publisher of the Post-Dispatch, but I think that is a good thing. We need the Sherpa column. Joan Archly

Dear Joan * Let me offer a couple of thoughts on this issue.

First, I wasn't "passed over" for the job, which went to Ray Farris. I actually did not submit an application for the position. …

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