The Show Must Go On

Sunset with AeroIt’s early Saturday morning. Foggy patches are melting down with orange sunrise over the hills and I stand at the doors of hangar with cup of tea and Weetabix biscuit in my hand. It’s a complete silent, just a chilly morning wind blows. And I convince myself, how significant are these quiet moments of self-reflection.

I’m in countryside, on grass strip airport far from civilization. Far from big cities with international airports which makes me so nervous and irritable. I would even get seized with oddly distracted moods after time spent there. On the other hand, it makes me appreciate moments like this. Smell of oil, fuel and leather. Aviation like in the old days.

This morning I just finished ‘The Goldfinch’ by Donna Tartt and one line caught my attention. ”The painting has also taught me that we can speak to each other across time.” I would say, it’s same with airplanes though. I may be conservative but old things are having it’s soul. Like old Aero-145. One is having special feeling flying old aircrafts like this. It’s same with an old cars.

After my morning cup, It’s about time to prepare aircrafts for the next air show. I’m feeling a bit stiff. I hope everything will work properly today. Little bit concerned about the right engine on L-200 though. It was a bit grumpy on my last flight.

As Times Go By

I had a loads of flying over the past few weeks. Did some gliding, started aerobatics training, got my TOW license and massively improved with flying in formation because we had some fair amount of displays recently. Also loads of work around the airplanes indeed and one very significant sad event.

It’s with regret for me to say I lost my friend and great inspiration, Ondřej Ryčl. He was co-owner of our aviation collection and he died in July during an aerobatic competition on our Zlin-526 in rather more strange circumstances. Basically he didn’t recover from the inverted, flat spin. The investigation is due as I’m preparing article about Ondřej in memoriam.

When I saw that happen, rare things came to my mind. Perhaps the most significant realisation was how it re-defined my attitude towards values in life. As Steve Jobs said, all expectations, pride or fear of failure just fall away in the face of death leaving only what is truly important. I experience that on my own skin now.

 USA, FL - Sun'n'Fun (2008)Since July I kept myself in active schedule. I split all my time between airplanes and studying now and I found myself in strangely neutral attitude towards anything else beside my goal. I’m not even afraid I’m missing something else though. There is not something else. Flying is my life and I like it that way. And yet my effort has been now even more ”supercharged” by promise of job a on B737 for charter European airlines. Rather sooner than later though. So I concentrate all my effort towards that goal then.

It’s My Life And I Rather Happen To Like It

Facing consequences of Ondřej’s death, restructuring of functions and duties in our group has been like a strange dream for me. In retrospective, I realised how a man is appreciated for what he stands for and who he is. Ondřej left values, moral and material, and it’s our duty to continue in his footsteps.

Also I realised how important are relationships in our lives and I generally re-thought my priorities. In face of death there is little to consider for truly important. After all it doesn’t matter if one is orderly citizen or bitter old sod. What truly matters is what do you believe in, how you influence other people and what do you stand for. Because at the end it’s about what is left after you when you don’t recover from the spin.

I May Be Bitter Old Sod Then

I take past months as life lesson and wish this blog is to reflect my opinions, ideas, attitude and personality and I would like to extend that influence to my social media stream as well. My only problem is that all these factors are changing according to weather, kind of flight, troubles with the airplane or motorcycle, quality of food or temperature of drink. After all I’m a man and yet, a pilot. Those with the same concern will understand.

I don’t tend to be popular, multicultural and nice to everybody. Although I probably will be when I get nice flight, steak or burger and nice lady. Because that’s what is life about. Finally it’s not about where you are but about where you go. And not about what you say but about what you do! That’s what Ondřej thought me and I will always remember that. And the show will go on!

For the show check-out Aero145.cz

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3 Responses to The Show Must Go On

  1. Karlene October 3, 2014 at 2:45 am #

    I am so sorry for the loss of your friend and inspiration. But even in death his inspiration will be with you. Last Saturday I attended a funeral of my neighbor. The man I knew was a fraction of all he accomplished. I had no idea as he never talked about it. This re-evaluation of life when death occurs is natural I suppose. We come, we live, we die. But in that living process it’s our obligation to dream and follow those dreams to our goals. Live strong in honor of your friend. Keep focused on your goal. Many hugs for your loss and much pride for you attacking life with such a passion and commitment. You are an inspiration to many.

    • Air Smolik October 5, 2014 at 10:14 am #

      Thank you Karlene. I really appreciate that.

  2. Lisa Mentes December 13, 2014 at 3:29 pm #

    What great reading ! And your right, the show must go on !!!

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