Throttle Forward June 2018

Every year since 2001 and the creation of FLY-LOW Publications, I have urged pilots, in person and in the magazine, to take a kid flying. Well, as you know, if your read our May issue; our cartoonist Rob Pudim put together a cartoon that represents my passion. We will use it on posters, in the mag, and anywhere else we can. It would further our cause, if you would take page 19 and cut the “Take a Kid Flying” ad off and post it on your bulletin board, we would appreciate. This is a reminder to ALL pilots in all states that we need to pay it forward.
I can’t compliment Rob enough for his work all these years. This is another example of his talents. Thanks Rob……. Keep up the good work for aviation and FLY-LOW Publications.


Every year during the last week of July, Oshkosh fills with hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiast. Since the 1950s, this event has grown to one of the largest aviation happenings in the world. Planes, people from all over the world gather to aviation’s heaven to admire homebuilt, factory built, and antique planes. The control tower is the busiest in the world during that week. For a controller to work there, it goes high on his/her resume. Oh yeah! If you have never been, join the 500,000 other aviation nuts and go. You’ll never regret it. My first visit was in the early eighties. I could not believe what I saw back then. From my recent visits, it is still much impressive.


There is a group of people out there that ask, “What does Going West mean?” “Going west” has been used to refer to dying in English since at least the sixteenth century, though the idea could be very much older. It may surprise some of us to be told that “Going West” was a phrase well known to the old Egyptians, to the men of the Torres Straits, Fiji, Brazil and India. The land of the setting sun was thought to be the abode of the dead for many cultures. It has been pointed out in some references that the idea goes back at least to Roman times where west and death were linked. Aviation, for years, has honored pilots who have passed, much like the “missing man” formation. The organization, Quiet Birdmen, honor aviation pilots who have passed in a similar way by a salute facing west. As a side note, Jim Morrison (The Doors, a 1960s rock band), sang a song called Five to one. “Five to one, baby.. one in five… No one gets out alive.”

Aviation lost a couple of good aviation guys recently. The have “Gone West!” God speed.

Throttle Forward and Fly-low…..

Ralph McCormick