To my readers: Back to the love of flight!
When I started Project7Alpha.com a few years back, my goal was to host a site for my novels that are based on my love of aviation in general and WWII in particular. I wanted to share my experience through aviation-themed books. The reality of the airline industry forced me to seek a back-up plan.
Any writer can tell you there is little money in the written word; most of us do it because we are drawn to it. As I moved back into flight test, aviation consulting, and producing documentaries, the content of 7A has been convoluted. In fact, the scope of 7A has expanded to the point that the original goal has been lost.
Eleven years ago, after a career in the Navy, I was hired by a major airline. We were told, “Congratulations, you won the lottery!” All the major airline pilots had that same euphoric feeling once hired. I started writing as a hobby and was fortunate enough, after years of trying, to get published by Pen and Sword Books LTD.
The “airline lottery ticket” turned out to be a forgery and as the industry melted down, most pilots — especially the First Officers — were forced to augment their pay to support families. Houses were lost. Families fell apart under the economic pressure. There was never any good news and still isn’t. The only ones to flourish were upper management and Wall Street.
Nothing has changed. So I, like the others, was forced to start a business on the side.
A funny thing happened recently: I fell back in love with aviation. Returning to flight test, surrounded by people who loved aviation and wanted to move it forward, instead of exploiting it for personal gain, was rejuvenating. Melding that with doing documentaries on the work was icing on the cake!
Project7alpha.com will return to it’s original mission: that of putting forth the joy, hardship and reality of flight through words.