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HOPE AND PURPOSE

Have you ever lost hope in your life and wondered what your purpose was, even if just for a moment? There have been times in my life when I dealt with this. Sometimes I question myself for a few seconds and other times for a more extended time. When I was a young pilot, my instructor (who was my friend) and I would get excited when there were severe thunderstorms in the area. We would take a light twin engine Piper and head toward the storms. We experienced all sorts of rough rides and thought we were invincible. Then one day we went through the anvil of a storm that gave us the ride of a lifetime. The two engines on the Piper had no impact on the down drafts of the storm.  The flight controls were hardly responsive. By the grace of God we were able to control the aircraft as we were pushed toward the ground and we landed at the nearest airport. As we waited for someone to arrive and drive us back to Dallas, we wondered if we would ever get into another aircraft. During that flight there were moments that we had lost all hope of controlling our destiny and we damn sure lost our purpose and passion to fly for a living!

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INSIDER INFORMATION

If you are taking the time to read this, you deserve some “insider information.” There are good things in the future of KING AEROSPACE (KA) and I thought I would share some of them. I assume you are interested in what we are doing or you wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be reading this.

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CRAZY TO THE BONE!

Last month I had my fourth back surgery over the past 15 years. I had some additional hardware installed next to my existing hardware, to help slow down the aging process. Having had knee, shoulder, and back surgery, I am pretty much like a trained seal in dealing with the process. The painful part of this surgery process was the letter I got a copy of prior to my surgery. The insurance carrier was telling my world-renowned doctors how they should do their job and what they would pay for and would not. I hate all insurance because it’s complex, expensive, and often fails to include what we thought should have been included. I tried to read the letter full of big words that we didn’t understand. I was not worried because my doctor’s assistant assured me that all would be fine, and she would deal with the insurance carrier. The only thing I understood in “medical talk” in the letter was that they questioned how my doctor would harvest some bones from me that would be put in my back. For me, that was too much information. So, being the crazy half-Puerto Rican that I am, my mind began to come up with a solution.

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SOUTHWEST DREAMS AND MEMORIES!

 

I took a couple days off to rest my mind and body but it didn’t work! What did happen is that I dreamed about my many memories and friends from Southwest Airlines. When I woke up the next morning, I wrote down my thoughts without hesitation..

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IT TAKES A TEAM!

 

I need to take a little time to brag on our KING AEROSPACE team. The team consists of people all over the world supporting corporate, government and military aircraft who are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others. Their passion and performance is very noticeable. This is not just my opinion — those that we serve often tell me about the “little things” as well as the “big things” that KA team members do for customers and I read about them in written performance reviews. Our team does the right things for the right reasons with the right attitudes.

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LIFE IS A CIRCUS!

 

As a young boy, I got excited when the circus came to town. The anticipation would start when I would see the colorful posters on buses and telephone poles announcing its arrival. At school, the kids would all be talking about it, creating a great hype. I seldom got to go, but each year I would get very excited about the circus.

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WHAT REALLY COUNTS

A couple of Sundays ago I was at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to begin my annual inspection (an aviation term). You might know that over ten years ago I was first diagnosed with kidney cancer and then a year later with bladder cancer. Thank goodness they both were caught in the early stages!

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CALL FROM AN OLD FRIEND

An old aviation friend called me not too long ago. He is retired now but 35 years ago was the Director of Aviation for a major oil-related company. When I was at Associated Air Center this man was the definition of “aviation cool” and reeked of professionalism. He flew corporate jets of all sizes, including airline-sized VIP aircraft operated by his company. He was always polite and kind to me, the rookie in the industry. After I left Associated, the very first day I was going out to make cold calls to find some sorely needed income for KING AEROSPACE and to feed my young family, I decided to have an early breakfast at the “Original Pancake House” near Love Field before I made my first sales call. There he was, finishing his breakfast. I told him that it was fate that I would run into him on the very first day I began a new chapter in my life. He assured me that I would do fine and told me that he believed in me, or words to that affect. I remember like it was yesterday that his words put tears in my eyes to think that someone so successful and well respected in the aviation industry would say such kind things. The rest is history. I was blessed to have gotten KING AEROSPACE “off the ground” and have been able to avoid any “hard landings”, all by the grace of God.

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NEVER FORGOTTEN

At KING AEROSPACE, earning the right to wear the gold wings on your chest is something that is taken very seriously. Once an employee earns the right to wear the gold KING AEROSPACE wings, the employee is presented the wings in a formal ceremony. The KA logo is embroidered on a shirt presented to the employee. Hats, jackets and additional shirts with the KA logo embroidered on them are sometimes awarded at a later date.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year! May 2018 bring only great things for you and your family! I keep a constant reminder of how I should live hanging on the walls of the places where you will routinely find me. It is on the wall of my residence bedroom, my KACC Ardmore apartment, my office in Addison and in my ranch house. I need the daily reminder to help keep me focused and I pray that I live up to the printed words. I borrowed these words years ago from someone to help guide me in my daily life and I want to share them with you. May you all find them helpful and meaningful in your own lives. May we all live up to them all of the days of 2018 with God’s favor!

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