Captain Janis Keown-Blackburn: Retired Spirit Airline Pilot

Retired Captain Janis Keown-Blackburn.

Retired Captain Janis Keown-Blackburn.

According to Bill Gates, “The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.” Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic was more simplistic when she proclaimed, “Flying might not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” Flight. It’s romantic for some, frightening to others, but it gets us where we need to go and quickly. If you’re afraid to fly, consider reading Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. It won’t do anything to lessen your fear, but it’s definitely a great read and caused quite a sensation when first published in 1973. In fact the main character’s name is Isadora Wing. Just read the book 🙂

I have my own love/hate relationship with flight, but speaking to Captain Janis Keown-Blackburn put some of my fears to rest. Although I’ve flown many times and long distances, I’ve never been comfortable and able to fully relax while on a plane. I’ve always told myself not to sleep in case the pilot needed me for something (what? to take his/her photo?). Fortunately for us both, no pilot has ever had to consult with me on anything. Maybe I need to re-read Fear of Flying. And if you want to inspire future aviators in your family, check out Janis’ recently published book Teddy, the Airplane.

To listen to the interview with Janis Keown-Blackburn click here.

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