Pleasing career without incident
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