It's hard for me to believe, but this is my sixty-third year in aviation. I have been privileged to enjoy such a long and rewarding career because throughout the decades many good people have put their faith in me. I am grateful more than they can ever know. The list of individuals is a long one. Sadly, many of these friends, co-workers, customers and business associates are gone. I can never repay their trust, their patience and, in some cases, their forgiveness.

But it occurred to me that this Sight lecture could serve in some small way to acknowledge the faith and hard effort of all those wonderful people. Because of them, FlightSafety came into being and has grown to be healthy and strong. The story of FlightSafety International is their story, and its telling now is to honor them.

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