(New) [Flying Alone] author Beth Ruggiero York

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author in exchange for post and my honest opinion Which is what she ot Honest not timely I do feel bad about not Elena's Conquest getting this up in late September or anytime in October I tried I did like reading this book Beth s story of how she did not let her multiple sclerosis keep her from achieving her dreams was inspiring In addition for someone that is interested in aviation you will be familiar with the different terms For others that are not familiar the footnotes at the bottom of the various pages are very informative I like when the footnotes are featured on the page versus at the back of the book While I don t want to take anything away from Beth s story I did find parts of this book to move really slowly and a bit monotone Yet I was still interest in reading this book largely due to the aviation aspect As someone who is into aviation the terms and what Beth went through as a student learning and taking care of the planes is accurate I did find this book to be aood read Beth Ruggiero York s account of her five years struggling to become an airline pilot is a highly focused and dramatic account It s the kind of book you can t put down The author briefly mentions her background including the loss of her father when she was 13 and a diagnosis of probable multiple sclerosis when she was 22 but almost all of her book is Sister of My Heart given to detailed accounts of her flying experiences from initial training through years with fly by night freight lines and her final triumphant arrival at TWA as a Flight Engineer Interwoven in her daring and scary night experiences in single and twin engine planes that had been poorly maintained is a love story of her attraction to another pilot an interlude that supports her aspirations yet brings her down emotionally This book enters a world about which I ve never thought the lengths to which aspiring pilots willo to find a way into the sky A very easy read with lots of in air drama Well written and descriptive and way into the sky A very easy read with lots of in air drama Well written and descriptive and can imagine yourself in the pilots seat Flying Alone was something I knew I had to read I know several people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis Including my most best friend since I was seven years oldShe s brave and courageous and pretty darn aweso HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL READERS An absolutely outstanding memoir that I wasn t able to put down until I had read the last page Climbing the experience ladder in civilian aviation to become an airline pilot involved flying for several fly by night companies which had little respect for FAA regulations and maintenance reuirements The author describes in detail a number of harrowing flying experiences and honestly bares her own mistakes in judgment and planning in a few instances The descriptions of her flights and exciting moments in the air are intertwined with candid and open accounts of a turbulent personal life and a romantic relationship that was all wrong and clearly doomed from the beginning She reached her career King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies goal in the end but her major airline employment was cut short by a serious disualifying medical diagnosis This didn t stop this determined young woman from avidly pursuing another career with eual fervor She says I have continued to live the life I wanted albeit a struggle The book is well written and one I highly recommend for all readers David B Crawley MD Author of Steep Turn A Physician s Journey from Clinic to Cockpit and A Mile of String A Boy s Recollection of His Midwest Childhood Flying Alone is a captivating memoir by Beth Ruggiero York about her journey in finding acceptance A beautifully well written story of heartbreaking yet uplifting struggles the author faced in her longing to belong Flying Alone shares the struggles that one woman faces when trying to pursuing a career in a male dominated culture York shares her personalrowth and how she finds confidence during some of her weakest moments Exciting novel about learning to fly and what it takes to make it as a commercial pilotMy Review. Flying broken airplanes for shady companies all intertwined to define her road to the airlines Elizabeth made it to her oal and was hired by Trans World Airlines in 1989 Flying Alone is told with soul baring candor taking readers on a suspenseful journey through the terror romance and ultimate victory of those yea. .
Fferent employers We see her navigating through both successes and setbacks and how she d move on from either up to the point of making it to her oal flying for TWAA near constant presence in the book is her primary flying instructor and eventual significant other Steve I never liked the uy and I am not sure I can understand why ANYONE WOULD BUT THIS IS WRITTEN YEARS AFTER STEVE would But this is written years after Steve the author had one their separate ways and she s writing with the full advantage of hindsight So York displays all the warning signs she spent years ignoring while they were together because it seems like she can t understand all of what she was doing with him eitherIf this were a novel I d be complaining about how little we Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story get of Elizabeth s friend and student Melanie Melanie sees Steve for who he is and encourages Elizabeth to take some of the early steps she ll need to advance her career She also encourages her toet away from Steve advice that is rejected but maybe takes root I enjoyed her presence in the book and can imagine she d have been fun to hang out with at the timeFor me seeing the various kind of jobs that a pilot can hold and what they entail was the best part of this book Yeah it s disillusioning how many corners were cut when not ignored along the way and I m How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead guessing the statute of limitations has passed for many of these but the various companies and duties were fascinating It was also refreshing to see some of the pilots worrying about things like that as well as displaying that there were people around her that had her best interests at heart or at least would back her when neededIt s been a while since I saw anyone do this but remember back when movies would end by telling us what would happen to various characters in the future York finishes this book with a uick summary of what befell many of the peoplecompanies we d met along the way It s a nice touch hereBut before that weet a very uick recap of her life in the last chapter and epilogue Between the penultimate and the final chapter she jumps a little over a year in time to et us to her interview and hiring by TWA After taking things so methodically up to that point it felt abrupt to make that jump like we d missed a lot There s probably a ood reason for York s choice there but it felt like she was in a rush to meet a deadline so she skimmed over that year And then didn t really ive us a lot about the early days with TWA I think that s my major criticism of the writing she just sped past that last year and stopped I think a little time talking about her initial experience flying for A Major Airline Would Ve major airline would ve nice maybe she s saving that for the seuel It didn t seem like that was the intention but it d workYou really feel like you re etting behind the scenes of small airports freight and charter companies People like Tom Wolfe can make maverick pilots sound exciting and romantic York makes the idea sound dreadful and a real threat to safety in the air and on the round below flight paths Superman tried to reassure Lois when he said I hope this hasn t put you off of flying Statistically speaking it s still the safest way to travel Frankly after reading parts of this book I could use someone telling me thatThe book feels honest it doesn t seem like she lossed over her own telling me thatThe book feels honest it doesn t seem like she Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi glossed over her own or highlighted others at her ownain or the other way around There s a sense of here s some smart things I did here s a bad decision Ihethey made here s stuff that happened that could have After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 gone either way and worked out okay It d have been pretty easy to make herself theood Alien Alpha guy or everyone else the baduy Instead we ot a bunch of humans being humanThis is a uick read an insightful read and an effective read I wasn t sure what to expect out of Flying Alone but I don t think I ot it What I ot however was better I d recommend it A story about a woman succeeding on her terms while overcoming issues and problems beyond her control and as a direct result of her choices not overly romantic not overly sentimental and not afraid to show her own deficiencie. To fly for the airlines Starting at the small local airport the aviation world swallowed her whole and the next five years of her life were as turbulent as an airplane in a thunderstorm never knowing when how or if she would emerge An agonizing love affair with her flight instructor dangerous risks in the sky and. Flying Alone

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Once flying ot into Beth Ruggerio s blood as a teen she was totally hooked At first she was sidelined with a brutal diagnosis of multiple sclerosis But with medication she was able to make a plan to et into flying It wasn t to be through the Navy training she had initially planned but she decided TO WOULD TAKE LESSONS AND EARN AND LICENSES THROUGH would take lessons and earn and licenses through hours she put in flying and the tests she would have to take along the way This is as much an adventure story as it is a memoir for Beth s way was far from easy and fraught with numerous examples *Of Dangerous Events Which Became *dangerous events which became or death challenges to overcomeBeth finds a flying instructor who also becomes her boyfriend However as Beth puts it Flying is number one for Steve and everything else comes after that Steve is a reat instructor but is not too beg on building up a person s ego He pushes her as hard as he does himself But she learns to handle every difficulty even to the point where it begins to impair her mental health She flies in poor visibility in storms with mechanical plane problems and She also doesn t work for the employers who place employees needs and well being on a priority list She even works for a company that is flying dangerous material and newspapers that top over the weight limit While she is doing all this some of the friends and acuaintances she has met die in brutal accidents that should never have happenedEventually Beth winds up in counseling and taking anti depression medication and realizes she will die if this pattern continues She therefore works her way into commercial pilot work and then returns to school to do Chinese translation work Her story is riveting harrowing and a whole message of wisdom and caution about the choices one makes for achieving one s dreams The costs may be larger than the dream Interestingly the challenges are also about personal victories that shape an individual with or without the assistance of others There are also some scenes that point out the changes in the airline industry from male to female employees All in all this is a fascinating memoir full of unrelenting tension insecurity and triumphs that will leave readers thinking and asking uestions about choices and decisions Beth This is a beautifully written memoir of your journey in searching for acceptance and belonging Your Vulnerability As You Allow Us as you allow us witness your attachment to an aviation instructor your struggles to succeed and your confusion It s a wonderful feminist story about pursuing a career in a male dominated culture having to constantly be better than their male counterparts to be taken seriously and acceptedNow for another memoir including the important mother daughter relationship Somehow I think you may have also been seeking approval from your mother Your personal rowth and new found confidence during the aviation years may have helped in adapting to life circumstances and changes in careers moves Loved it and kept me in suspense with all the aviation drama of flyingwhew This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader When she was 14 years old Elizabeth flew for the first time as she says it was the first time she d been that excited since her father died the previous year and she made a promise to herself that she d learn to flyHer plan had been to join the Navy and become a pilot which would put her on the fast track to being an airline pilot her ultimate oal This was derailed by a diagnosis of probable MS the Navy would no sooner train a pilot who d likely develop MS than they would one who had the disease So that door closed she d Beautiful Ghosts go the private sector route it d take longer but it d stillet her where she wanted to Alexandra, Gone goThe book really takes off ouch sorry didn t mean that pun but I can t bring myself to edit that as she s about toet her private license at a small flying school in Massachusetts The book traces her development as a pilot in a culture not really receptive to female pilots but not hostile to the idea it didn t seem through various stages in her progress eventually through di. At thirteen years old Elizabeth Ruggiero’s heart was broken when her father died suddenly But there was a bigger challenge ahead when doctors told her she probably had multiple sclerosis at 22 years old Elizabeth vowed that this new challenge would not put restrictions on her life and embarked on a lifelong dream.

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