Pleas­ing ca­reer with­out in­ci­dent

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be­ing air­borne and fly­ing, that’s what avi­a­tion is all about,” he said while hold­ing a model Vir­gin At­lantic air­craft he re­ceived dur­ing his re­tire­ment func­tion at the Bar­ba­dos Light Aero­plane Club re­cently.

Very long time

Patterson said while he was look­ing for­ward to re­tire­ment, it took him a very long time to get used to the fact that he would no longer be do­ing some­thing he loved dearly.

“It had taken me a long time to get ac­cus­tomed to the fact that I wouldn’t be wak­ing up ev­ery day and fly­ing. For my last trip I had my wife

Liz on board with me; do­ing the last touch­down in the

747 was a won­der­ful feel­ing. I did a very nice land­ing and I was very happy. But as I was taxi­ing in I got this over­whelm­ing feel­ing, and I knew I was re­ally go­ing to miss this.

“I parked the brakes and I clasped my hands, looked up to the sky, and said, ‘Lord I thank you for a won­der­ful ca­reer’,” he said. In an emo­tional tone, he said:

“It still hasn’t hit me as yet that it’s over.”

He said now that he has some free time on his hands he was look­ing for­ward to help­ing the young­sters who were in­ter­ested in avi­a­tion.

“I’m now in­volved with the Light Aero­plane Club. I want to con­tinue fly­ing for leisure and teach­ing the young­sters how to do it,” he said.

He ad­vised them though, “If you are go­ing to do it, do it for the love of it.”

Cap­tain Geoffrey Patterson hold­ing a model Vir­gin At­lantic air­craft he re­ceived dur­ing his By Da­van­dra Babb

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