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“Really? I love that place!” said Linda. “But I haven’t been there for years.” She checked her watch. “Do we have time to walk over there now for a late lunch? I’ll buy!” Clearly, we were brightening Linda’s day. And Linda in turn was delightfully diverting us from our routine. “Sure!” said the rest of us in unison. We soon wandered the high-fashion shopping district in 80-degree temperatures—a stark contrast to the wintry weather at home in Flagstaff. Along the way, I spotted a dress in a shop window that seemed perfect for Jean. “Care to try it on?” I asked. Not only did the dress look great on Jean, but it was on sale. Then Gianna took command. I’m no shopper, but it was fascinating to watch this consultant to the stars apply her aesthetic expertise in precisely setting Jean’s size and skirt length, and selecting impeccable complementary clothes and accessories, all in mere minutes. Jean led us out the door with a hefty bag of new clothes. The girls laughed and sipped wine as we savored lunch together at an outdoor café. Linda reminisced about her days with Jim, and Gianna regaled us with tales of film and TV stars, and locations she’s worked around the globe. Then we clicked snapshots back at the airport in the warm glow of the sinking sun. Homeward bound, Gianna photographed a ruby-red sunset crowning Lake Pleasant, and Flagstaff’s sparkling runway lights as we approached in darkness. “Oh, Greg, we couldn’t have had a more wonderful day!” said Linda as she hugged Jean and me at our front door. “Thank you so much for inviting us. You don’t know how much I needed this!” To think that I almost didn’t call her, and we’d have missed this memorable afternoon. No therapy can permanently relieve grief, but flying with friends had delivered Linda a day of respite from tragedy, which is pretty amazing when you think about it.
Greg Brown is an aviation author, photographer, and former National Flight Instructor of the Year. Visit his website (www.gregbrownflyingcarpet.com).

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Flight Training - July 2012

Flight Training - July 2012
President’s Perspective
Right Seat
Letters
Best of Both Worlds
How It Works
Knowledge Test News
After the Checkride
News
Since You Asked
News
Final Exam
Products
ASI News
AOPA Action
Flying Carpet
ENJOY THE VIEW
V IS FOR VELOCITY
TECHNIQUE
Weather
Checkride
Flight Lesson
Year One
Career Advisor
Tech Talk
Is Flying Hard?
Delaying Solo
Are You Positive?
Advertiser Index
Debrief
Flight Training - July 2012 - Flight Training - July 2012
Flight Training - July 2012 - Cover2
Flight Training - July 2012 - 1
Flight Training - July 2012 - 2
Flight Training - July 2012 - 3
Flight Training - July 2012 - President’s Perspective
Flight Training - July 2012 - 5
Flight Training - July 2012 - Right Seat
Flight Training - July 2012 - Letters
Flight Training - July 2012 - 8
Flight Training - July 2012 - 9
Flight Training - July 2012 - Best of Both Worlds
Flight Training - July 2012 - 11
Flight Training - July 2012 - How It Works
Flight Training - July 2012 - Knowledge Test News
Flight Training - July 2012 - After the Checkride
Flight Training - July 2012 - News
Flight Training - July 2012 - Since You Asked
Flight Training - July 2012 - 17
Flight Training - July 2012 - News
Flight Training - July 2012 - 19
Flight Training - July 2012 - Final Exam
Flight Training - July 2012 - Products
Flight Training - July 2012 - ASI News
Flight Training - July 2012 - AOPA Action
Flight Training - July 2012 - 24
Flight Training - July 2012 - 25
Flight Training - July 2012 - Flying Carpet
Flight Training - July 2012 - 27
Flight Training - July 2012 - ENJOY THE VIEW
Flight Training - July 2012 - 29
Flight Training - July 2012 - 30
Flight Training - July 2012 - 31
Flight Training - July 2012 - 32
Flight Training - July 2012 - 33
Flight Training - July 2012 - V IS FOR VELOCITY
Flight Training - July 2012 - 35
Flight Training - July 2012 - 36
Flight Training - July 2012 - 37
Flight Training - July 2012 - TECHNIQUE
Flight Training - July 2012 - 39
Flight Training - July 2012 - Weather
Flight Training - July 2012 - 41
Flight Training - July 2012 - 42
Flight Training - July 2012 - Checkride
Flight Training - July 2012 - Flight Lesson
Flight Training - July 2012 - Year One
Flight Training - July 2012 - Career Advisor
Flight Training - July 2012 - 47
Flight Training - July 2012 - Tech Talk
Flight Training - July 2012 - Is Flying Hard?
Flight Training - July 2012 - Delaying Solo
Flight Training - July 2012 - Are You Positive?
Flight Training - July 2012 - Advertiser Index
Flight Training - July 2012 - 53
Flight Training - July 2012 - 54
Flight Training - July 2012 - 55
Flight Training - July 2012 - Debrief
Flight Training - July 2012 - Cover3
Flight Training - July 2012 - Cover4
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