Ride along with renowned aviator, writer, and photographer Greg Brown in his light airplane, the “Flying Carpet,” as he searches behind clouds for the real America, experiencing countless aerial adventures along the way.
“New Beginnings; Return to Flight after 9/11,” Greg’s Podcast*
When all US civilian aircraft were grounded following the 9/11 terrorism tragedy, we pilots were left with no idea of when, if ever, we might return to the sky. But eventually that special day did arrive when aviators could return to flight. That’s what this story is about.
Of course being grounded could not generate a fraction of the pain experienced by 9/11 survivors and families who lost loved ones in the attacks. Yet this account does reflect how that day’s horrific events affected all Americans in lasting ways, including us in the aviation community.
Podcast Music by Hannis Brown.
*Note: This episode originally debuted in June, 2020. I am reintroducing it to commemorate the events of 9/11/2001, for which it was originally written.
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A former National Flight Instructor of the Year, Greg is author of five books, a former Barnes & Noble Arizona Author of the Month, and recently completed twenty years as aviation adventure columnist for AOPA’s Flight Training magazine. Some reviewers have compared his book, “Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane,” to sixties road-trip classics like “On the Road,” and “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.”
“Greg thinks with the mind of a pilot, questions with the curiosity of a philosopher, and sees with the eyes of a poet.” — Rod Machado, aviation author and humorist
“You don’t have to be a pilot, or even a frequent flyer, to soar with Greg Brown in [his] Flying Carpet.” — Nina Bell Allen, former Assistant Managing Editor, Readers Digest
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