The Writer Pilot with a Cessna 172

Hi! I’m Josh, and I’m the Writer Pilot…

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

I love traveling. Something about going to a new location, talking to new people, and experiencing a new culture just really gives me a renewed sense of being. It helps teach and humble.

My goal is to share these experiences, often with a comical slant because you have to live life with a little levity, to spread ideas and understanding.

I started freelance writing as a flight attendant to reconnect with my writing background from college. Now, I’m also using it to document what it’s like to become a pilot along the way. I’m working my way from the cabin to the flight deck, and going on some amazing adventures along the way.

So many issues can be solved by simply communicating. This is called Crew Resource Management in the aviation industry. Shortened to CRM, because aviation uses acronyms at any possible opportunity they can, involves the coordination between the captain, first officer, and anyone else on the aircraft to communicate any and all information to guarantee a successful flight.

The interesting thing about this is that CRM truly does involve everyone on a flight. Just because a passenger notices smoke on a flight, doesn’t mean it’s not important and require immediate attention. It boils down to the effective communication between everyone.

It never occurred to me when I was getting my degree in English that I would use it to get hired as a flight attendant that I would be finding my full career of being a pilot. It also never occurred to me that I could keep using my skill and love of the written word to share the experiences I have because of my aviation career choice until it happened.

I’m from a big family that laid roots in a small town. There was four kids and my parents. I struggle to adult now without kids, so I can’t image my parents being able to do it with four.

My dad is a pastor and my mom is a teacher, so they collectively instilled some incredibly important qualities in my life that made me who I am. The most important being to have faith in God and he will provide and help me to thrive.

They also taught me to be endlessly curious and optimistic – which is how I end up in some pretty precarious situations, but through a combination of dumb luck and the grace of God I somehow come out with a lesson and story.

The unique background of growing up in a small conservative town then going on to college to get a liberal arts degree, coupled with the outgoing nature required to be the son of a preacher and teacher, I love going new places and experiencing new things to get a better understanding of the world. So, follow along as I learn more and more about flying and the world in general through my travel adventures.