Unusual Attitudes by Martha Lunken

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  1. Ben

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    Hi POA team.

    A couple of months ago I read through Martha Lunken's book, "Unusual attitudes". Although this book is really just a combination of all Martha's columns (and those of us who read flying mag have read many of them already), I still thought that this book was particularly good (and cheap). I like when Martha talks about "the old days of flying".

    Her passage, "the great flour bombing campaign of 1989" is very poignant.

    https://www.flyingmag.com/martha-lunken/great-flour-bombing-campaign-1989
     
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    Martha is great, she's one of my favorites when reading Flying magazine. I really enjoy her bad ass style.
     
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    Always enjoy her column. Thinking about buying the book.
     
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    mscard88 Touchdown! Greaser!

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    First thing I read is Martha. Love her stories and style. Bet she's a blast to hang out with.

    Same in the past with Bax and Morgan.
     
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    ^^^^^^^
    Me too.
     
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    I like Martha. I think some of her columns may have contributed to the loss of her DPE designation. She has been pretty critical of her former employer.
     
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    Martha is the bomb! I love reading her stuff.
    I wish she did speaking engagements. I would love to hear her tell some of her stories, live.
     
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    I had to take a trip to Cincinnati a few months ago, and needed something to read on the plane. Hmmmm. Air travel. Cincinnati. Gotta be Martha! So I downloaded the ebook.

    Delightful stories. (I just wish so many stories didn't seem to end with a friend of hers dying in a plane crash.). My favorite is the one about her accidentally dumping her FAA handheld radio into the commode.

    I've re-read the book several times already. It's entertaining every time. Martha is a master story teller and I'd love to have a cup of coffee with her sometime.
     
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    I've thought about tracking her down for a BFR one of these days. I imagine a de-brief over a beer would be even better.
     
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    She lost her FAA credentials after she hand propped her tail drager and tore up a few other airplanes IIRC. Someone will be along to correct me soon. I have net her, she is a hoot!!!
     
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    I thought her cub dinged the wingtip of a C-15X. She downplayed it, but the FAA apparently went after her pretty hard. I thought they only took part of her credentials (her DPE), but I'm not placing bets on remembering that correctly.
     
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    A few issues back in Flying she wrote about it. I forget all the details though. Maybe I can find the article. Sounds like another Bob Hoover deal. Apparently she had two deals and the second link below she wrote about losing her DPE.

    Ah found it: https://www.flyingmag.com/unusual-attitudes-no-excuses-screw-up#page-4
    https://www.flyingmag.com/unusual-attitudes-another-screw-up#page-3
     
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    Yeah. Pretty surprising that they immediately took her DPE from her- but I guess crashing on the ground is a serious infraction. I personally think she has felt a little aimless with her writing since that incident- but she is still a far better read than guys like Peter Garrison in Flying magazine (I can't relate to buying a private jet or sailing for months in the Caribbean).
     
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    Peter is the technical guy, he's ok. You're thinking of the retired surgeon, never have understood how or why he has a column. Not crazy about Les Bend either myself. His articles always seem thrown together just before deadline.
     
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    You're right Mark- my apologies. Yes- Les Abend. I always forget about his columns to be honest with you. They are such a waste of potential. I mean, here is a guy who is currently senior in the industry flying the line. So many great discussions about the industry he could talk about. Even just a "culture of the airlines" type of discussion. It seems like he is afraid to rock the boat or speak with any real candor/depth. Instead, he is like "my first Officer and I bonded when he forgot something on the checklist".

    Dick Karl is who I was talking about. I agree with you- no idea who decided to give him a column. For a guy who has done alright in life, nothing seems to make him happy. I also like the article where some biz jet pilot called him out on glamorizing the life, and Dr. Karl's conclusion was pretty much "so what"?
     
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    There's another guy (Sam Weigel) who I like that has a column. He was a regional pilot for SkyWest I think and then got on with Delta. He has some good stories, not all related to flying like his sailboat stories, which he does tie in to flying. I believe he and his wife (also a pilot) own a Cub.