GroundStop From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 611 posts, RR: 6 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7604 times:
After 40 years of dedicating himself to the airlines, my father (Clipper002) retired today. His career has spanned 5 decades filled with ups and downs that have seemingly followed the twists and turns of the industry. He started his career with Pan American as an agent in JFK. He worked his way through the ranks, eventually becoming a Duty Director over all of Pan Am's operations at JFK. During that time, he met his wife and my mother, who was a Pan Am agent at the time. In 1986, he was promoted and moved to MIA where he became Director of Operations. It was here that some of my best memories were made. I was fortunate enough to get to go to work with him and sit in the E-Tower and watch the 747's come and go. It was fairly obvious I would follow in his footsteps. In 1991, Pan Am closed up and shop and our family had to make some tough decisions. After a lot of searching, my father was offered a position with Atlantic Coast Airlines in Sterling, VA. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by World Airways, where he has spent the last 11 years. His last position was Director of Scheduling. Along his journey, he has made many friends and many lasting memories. I like to think that two of his greatest acheivements are his two sons. My brother is a 747-400 captain for Polar Air Cargo and I am a Passenger Movement Coordinator in the AirTran SOC. Our father instilled in us a passion for aviation that can not be explained, and is known by few. He truly is an airline man. He doesn't like parties, cakes, cards, anything like that. Its not his style. I hope he knows how much he will be missed by this industry which could use a few more people like him. I am very proud to follow in his path and can only hope to achieve half of what he has.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31775 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7454 times:
Wish your Dad.You should be very proud of Him.Its a great Achievement.
Reminds me when my Dad retired.We wern't Financially very well those days,And he came home in the evening with a Suitcase containing an AI Maharaja mounted on An Elephant statue & a Garland [Indian style of Farewell].He was very silent for a long time,but a smile on his face from the outside,knowing well the next morning He did not have to get up Early after 40 years.
The Statue is still preserved with me,along with a Key he had partially finished making [I carry it in my Wallet],Although He's no more & today We are Financially a lot better off.But I learnt a lot from him.
The best part was paitence & how to do a job with 100% effort.
Sorry Drifted off.
What I wanted to say is Your Dad has something which can never be taken from him & thats "EXPERIENCE".
Pick some valuable tips from him,it will help you in the long run.
Sam the Lab From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7346 times:
A big salute to your Dad, Clipper 002. Often saw many Pan American flights route overhead Cork before and after their long transatlantic crossings and I am sure your Dad must have been associated with the operations of many of those flights.
I hope your Dad has a long and happy retirement. Maybe he should recall some of his memories in a journal and have them published. Your Dad lived in the Golden Age of aviation and I am sure there are many fabulous stories he could talk about?
Yes, a lovely post to read this beautiful Saturday morning.
YYZ757FAN From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 96 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7315 times:
A very fitting tribute to a man with a remarkable career. Perhaps he can now pass on his love of aviation to the grandkids and the chain will continue. I wish him and the whole family many happy contrails, and a long healthy retirement.
Aerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7585 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7248 times:
Awesome, Tell him he's a bloody legend and I hope his passion continues throughout retirement. It's always good to read about an airline employee that has lasted so long in the aviation industry, which is known for such a high rate of attrition.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7168 times:
Its always sad to see an old timer bow out of the industry they dedicated their lives to. My dad retired in 2001 after 37 years in the industry so I know exactly what you feel right now. Fortunately, my father was able to continue his relationship with the aviation industry by setting up his own company with some colleagues to do consulting work and more recently by lecturing part-time on aviation at a vocational training institute. It is really wonderful to see how his years of experience are being passed down to the next generation through his teaching. Hopefully your dad can also find a way to share his invaluable experience to benefit the future workers in the industry and also to keep himself happy and busy in retirement.
FRA2DTW From Germany, joined Feb 2004, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7024 times:
Your Dad was a very valuable contributor to this forum and I learned a lot from what he had to say. Congratulations and best wishes for a healthy and happy retirement! I'm sure he also played an important role in the recent good fortunes of World Airways.
Clipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 680 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6910 times:
I just want to say "thanks" to all of you. My career actually started before I was born. My father was a test pilot for NACA (the predesesor of NASA)during WWII and that's where I got the bug from. Hopefully it'll carry on down to my Grandson, Ryan who's all of 1. I really appreciate all of the kind remarks you people left and you can rest assured that I won't ever be very far away from aviation.