Leaving Pan Am was probably both the hardest and the most exciting moment of my career.
Trouble was on Pan Am's horizon then, but I loved that airline and my job, and I thought
the world of Juan Trippe. Still, the prospect of leading my own company full-time thrilled
And so the day finally arrived. After returning from a flight, I proudly carried Mr.
Trippe's luggage from the airplane, shook his hand and thanked him from the bottom of
my heart for the wonderful career he'd given me. Then I crossed the ramp, climbed the
stairs and became the full-time CEO of FlightSafety. It was only then, 17 years after
I started the company, that I began collecting a paycheck from FlightSafety. I had to.
I had just quit my regular job.