“New Beginnings: Return to Flight after 9/11,” Greg Brown’s Cockpit Adventures from the Flying Carpet Podcast

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.

Greg

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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About Greg

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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If you enjoyed this story, you’ll love Greg’s book, Flying Carpet: The Soul of an Airplane. Autographed copies available!


Greg featured as a “Torgoen Adventurer”

Never have I imagined myself an “influencer,” but Torgoen watches has just featured me as a “Pilot Adventurer,” reference their beautiful aviator watch line. Check out the story!

Not only did I get a cool T-25 Zulu-time pilot watch out of the deal, but Torgoen is offering YOU a 20% Friends and Family discount on all products on Torgoen.com. Use code: FLYINGCARPET20 at checkout. (Offer good through May 10th.)

Note that Torgoen offers many adventurer-style watches in addition to those for pilots, along with other products.

Greg


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For those who’ve requested a picture of the “Flying Carpet…”

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For those who’ve requested a picture of the Flying Carpet…

Greg

“Riding a Flying Carpet,” Viktor Vasnetsov, 1880.

Greg’s latest “Pilot Achievement Plaque”

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I thought you might enjoy seeing my latest Pilot Achievement Plaque, ordered for Scott Tabako Sr. by his son Scott Jr. to celebrate Scott Sr. earning his private pilot certificate, and featuring “Winter Stratus,” one of my renowned Views from the Flying Carpet.

Whether it’s to celebrate first solo, a newly-earned pilot certificate or rating, or a new-to-you airplane, these large 10″ x 20″ frameless, ready-to-hang metal plaques feature your supplied photo and pilot achievement, highlighted with your favorite pilot vista from Greg’s renowned Views from the Flying Carpet aerial photographs. (Only $124 plus s&h and applicable sales tax!)

Congrats, Scott Tabako, Sr, on earning your wings! And thank you, Scott Jr!

Greg

“View from the Flying Carpet” cover photo!

Thanks to Andrew Wisniewski and all my friends at Flagstaff Live for again selecting one of my “Views from the Flying Carpet” images for this week’s cover photo! (Yes, that’s Flagstaff, NAU, and the San Francisco Peaks.)

Download Greg’s “You Can Fly!” ebook for free!

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Get my You Can Fly! eBook for FREE by downloading the new ASA Reader iPhone/iPad App!

Authors Greg Brown and Laurel Lippert write to those who are considering flight training, specifically to answer frequently asked questions about it, and at the same time entice more people into exploring general aviation.”

There are no strings attached. My coauthor Laurel and I, along with the good folks at our publisher, ASA, felt that offering this book for free would be a worthy contribution to get more people into the air to experience the joys of flight we so treasure.

You aviators out there, please share this with your friends who have always dreamed about becoming pilots but didn’t know where or how to start — now they can take that long-awaited first step with some guidance.

Spread the word!

Greg

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