From President Randy Leys
Was I the only one or did anyone else learn how to spell while enjoying a nice hot bowl of Alphabet soup? Mine usually ended up cold because of trying to find letters to spell words like airplane, jet, wing, aileron, stick and rudder. And oh ya, did I mention "FLY??" I would dream a little and then my imagination would quickly take over and off I would go, cloud dancing!
My favorite airship of choice was the Massey Harris 21 combine that was retired to the back 40. Oh, those controls! They took me to the moon and back in the blink of an eye. As you can see I was well prepared to defend myself against any unfriendly's.
The ole Massey 21 was eventually replaced by a brand new shiny Massey Ferguson 410 with a glass enclosed cockpit. But she was limited to a 4 mile radius of the farm yard and her job was to bring in the harvest. The Starship Massey Harris had no limits, Pluto, Venus, Jupiter or Mars, or even a pass to see how close I could get to the sun.
But today I am older, some people call me a man, I say the day after tomorrow, I think you'll understand. Now my FLYing is a little more down to earth.
Cruising 500mph at 41,000 feet delivering a liver to Scottsdale, AZ in a Hawker 900XP; 330 mph at 31,000 feet in a King Air 300; picking up passengers from Redmond, OR to Livermore, CA.; 265 mph to Little River in a King Air C90 to enjoy a sunset on the Pacific coast with our VP Doug McDougal; or at 100 mph in Chris Bennett?s Zenith 750 for overnight at Dead Cow Lakebed for some R-N-R.
All thanks to my first grade teacher telling me "Randy, you're not going to get anywhere staring out of a window."
Let your imagination run wild, shoot for the stars! You may end up piloting a Boeing 777 named Venus, an Air Bus 380 called Mars, or how about a Gulf Stream named Jupiter? Sorry, Neptune, it's taken - painted on the side of the Starship Massey Harris.
I leave you with this thought to ponder: There are no regrets in the future. Life does have a rear view mirror. It has a switch on it. One switch where you see everything. The other switch you see the blessings. I know it's easier said than done, but well worth trying!!
That's my story, eh! I'm sticking to it.
PS Thx mucho, JR