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NEVER ENOUGH

This past Veteran’s Day I attended my church’s evening service honoring our military veterans as I do each year. As always, it was a wonderful service with a lot of patriotic music. Veterans attending often wear or display something to reflect their branch of service. This year, I promised myself that I would not let tears form in my eyes, which is what normally happens when I think of all the men and women who have served our country and are currently serving it. I also think about the countless other service organizations and people who have careers that serve the public like police officers, fire fighters, teachers and health care providers. Once again, I failed to keep my promise and tears flowed during the service.

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ONLY IN TEXAS

I suppose a sign of getting older is going back to places where memories were created in our youth. I attended college in San Marcos, Texas, which is not far from Luckenbach, Texas. You might remember the song “Luckenbach, Texas,” which was sung by Willie Nelson, among others. Back in the 1970’s, my friends and I would go to Luckenbach and buy beer from the once famous Mayor of Luckenbach, Hondo Crouch. Some 40 years later, despite never liking beer, I went to Luckenbach to have a beer. The place had not changed much over the years, which makes it special.

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HOPE AND PURPOSE

Have you ever lost hope in your life and wondered what your purpose was, even if just for a moment? There have been times in my life when I dealt with this. Sometimes I question myself for a few seconds and other times for a more extended time. When I was a young pilot, my instructor (who was my friend) and I would get excited when there were severe thunderstorms in the area. We would take a light twin engine Piper and head toward the storms. We experienced all sorts of rough rides and thought we were invincible. Then one day we went through the anvil of a storm that gave us the ride of a lifetime. The two engines on the Piper had no impact on the down drafts of the storm.  The flight controls were hardly responsive. By the grace of God we were able to control the aircraft as we were pushed toward the ground and we landed at the nearest airport. As we waited for someone to arrive and drive us back to Dallas, we wondered if we would ever get into another aircraft. During that flight there were moments that we had lost all hope of controlling our destiny and we damn sure lost our purpose and passion to fly for a living!

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INSIDER INFORMATION

If you are taking the time to read this, you deserve some “insider information.” There are good things in the future of KING AEROSPACE (KA) and I thought I would share some of them. I assume you are interested in what we are doing or you wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be reading this.

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CRAZY TO THE BONE!

Last month I had my fourth back surgery over the past 15 years. I had some additional hardware installed next to my existing hardware, to help slow down the aging process. Having had knee, shoulder, and back surgery, I am pretty much like a trained seal in dealing with the process. The painful part of this surgery process was the letter I got a copy of prior to my surgery. The insurance carrier was telling my world-renowned doctors how they should do their job and what they would pay for and would not. I hate all insurance because it’s complex, expensive, and often fails to include what we thought should have been included. I tried to read the letter full of big words that we didn’t understand. I was not worried because my doctor’s assistant assured me that all would be fine, and she would deal with the insurance carrier. The only thing I understood in “medical talk” in the letter was that they questioned how my doctor would harvest some bones from me that would be put in my back. For me, that was too much information. So, being the crazy half-Puerto Rican that I am, my mind began to come up with a solution.

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SOUTHWEST DREAMS AND MEMORIES!

I took a couple days off to rest my mind and body but it didn’t work! What did happen is that I dreamed about my many memories and friends from Southwest Airlines. When I woke up the next morning, I wrote down my thoughts without hesitation.

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IT TAKES A TEAM!

I need to take a little time to brag on our KING AEROSPACE team. The team consists of people all over the world supporting corporate, government and military aircraft who are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others. Their passion and performance is very noticeable. This is not just my opinion — those that we serve often tell me about the “little things” as well as the “big things” that KA team members do for customers and I read about them in written performance reviews. Our team does the right things for the right reasons with the right attitudes.

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LIFE IS A CIRCUS!

As a young boy, I got excited when the circus came to town. The anticipation would start when I would see the colorful posters on buses and telephone poles announcing its arrival. At school, the kids would all be talking about it, creating a great hype. I seldom got to go, but each year I would get very excited about the circus.

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WHAT REALLY COUNTS

A couple of Sundays ago I was at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to begin my annual inspection (an aviation term). You might know that over ten years ago I was first diagnosed with kidney cancer and then a year later with bladder cancer. Thank goodness they both were caught in the early stages!

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CALL FROM AN OLD FRIEND

An old aviation friend called me not too long ago. He is retired now but 35 years ago was the Director of Aviation for a major oil-related company. When I was at Associated Air Center this man was the definition of “aviation cool” and reeked of professionalism. He flew corporate jets of all sizes, including airline-sized VIP aircraft operated by his company. He was always polite and kind to me, the rookie in the industry. After I left Associated, the very first day I was going out to make cold calls to find some sorely needed income for KING AEROSPACE and to feed my young family, I decided to have an early breakfast at the “Original Pancake House” near Love Field before I made my first sales call. There he was, finishing his breakfast. I told him that it was fate that I would run into him on the very first day I began a new chapter in my life. He assured me that I would do fine and told me that he believed in me, or words to that affect. I remember like it was yesterday that his words put tears in my eyes to think that someone so successful and well respected in the aviation industry would say such kind things. The rest is history. I was blessed to have gotten KING AEROSPACE “off the ground” and have been able to avoid any “hard landings”, all by the grace of God.

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NEVER FORGOTTEN

 

 

At KING AEROSPACE, earning the right to wear the gold wings on your chest is something that is taken very seriously. Once an employee earns the right to wear the gold KING AEROSPACE wings, the employee is presented the wings in a formal ceremony. The KA logo is embroidered on a shirt presented to the employee. Hats, jackets and additional shirts with the KA logo embroidered on them are sometimes awarded at a later date.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year! May 2018 bring only great things for you and your family! I keep a constant reminder of how I should live hanging on the walls of the places where you will routinely find me. It is on the wall of my residence bedroom, my KACC Ardmore apartment, my office in Addison and in my ranch house. I need the daily reminder to help keep me focused and I pray that I live up to the printed words. I borrowed these words years ago from someone to help guide me in my daily life and I want to share them with you. May you all find them helpful and meaningful in your own lives. May we all live up to them all of the days of 2018 with God’s favor!

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LOVE YA……AND MERRY CHRISTMAS

I am a little reluctant to share this story but saying something that might be embarrassing has never stopped me before so here goes: I don’t recall my father ever telling me he loved me. I knew he loved me but he just never did say it. I freely tell my kids that I love them and strive to demonstrate my love to my wife of 31 years. I’ve said it to others but at times it just felt a little strange.READ MORE

A SEASON FOR EVERYTHING – INCLUDING AVIATION

It was recently announced that my old company, Associated Air Center (AAC), will be closing at the end of this year. It is sad to see a seventy year old company go away. Unfortunately, there are several other businesses that you and I can also recall shutting down in a number of other industries.READ MORE

FEELING GUILTY!

I don’t know about you, but I feel awful! It seems that every day, when I watch the evening news while eating dinner, I see devastation created as a result of the recent hurricanes and flooding.

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ANGELA ECHEVARRIA-KING-MOSLEY: “MOM”

On August 12, 2017, I had the honor to be present with my family at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, my boyhood church in San Antonio, as a childcare center was dedicated in honor of my mother, Angela King Mosley. Mom was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico as Angela Echevarria and then married my dad and became Angela King. After my father’s death, she remarried and became known as Angela King Mosley.READ MORE

TRUE COMMUNICATION CONFESSIONS

I have a true confession about my communication challenges. It’s a little embarrassing, but here it is: I still own and use a flip phone! Not only is it a flip phone, but the Puerto Rican in me moved me to customize it. I put J-B weld where there once was a display that showed the time and date and I filled in the camera lens.

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“A MEAN BOSS” – GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Two weeks ago, I was standing out on the ramp at KACC’s Ardmore facility in the hot Oklahoma sun. I was shoulder to shoulder with others from KACC in our standard aircraft delivery formation, showing our respect to the customer and crew that had just entrusted us with their project and lives.

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CONSCIOUS PARANOIA IS HEALTHY

When I hear the word “paranoia” I think negatively of a mental condition. But, being “paranoid” is not always negative. Two of our KING AEROSPACE Cornerstone Principles require demonstrating “Pro-Active/Problem Solving Attitudes” and “Quality in Everything (“No Excuses”).” Living principles and professed convictions of service to God, Country and Family creates in me a very conscious and never ending paranoia. I do not want to fail those who place their trust in us.

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PRICELESS MEMENTOS

I finally made it to the “Promised Land!!” I guess I need to add that I was not able to stay, so I am back at work trying harder to be able to one day permanently reside in the “Promised Land” up above.

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SURROUNDED BY ANGELS AND HEROES!

I, like you, am blessed to find myself surrounded by Angels and Heroes if I just take the time to look around. I don’t know how many I have overlooked, but I can thankfully think of some of those I have made the effort to see.

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MEMORABLE MEALS……A WAY OF LIFE

As I look back over the years, remember that I have provided a lot of free meals to all sorts of people without ever really thinking about it. Maybe it is because there was once a point in my life when I would go a couple of days without much to eat or maybe it is because as a teenager there were many times that I would let my date order her meal first so I could calculate how much money I had left and determine if or what I would order. For most of my adult life, when I eat with someone, my personal policy is to always buy the meal. It is “My treat.” I have explained my policy countless times: “I always buy the meal so get whatever you want. If I ruin your meal, at least I paid for it.” Unfortunately, I have ruined a few meals for others over the years and some of my own!

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Heartfelt: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

It seems that hearts, or valentines, have always been special to me. I was born “Deep in the Heart of Texas” in San Antonio. My mentors, Herb and Colleen, always had hearts displayed somewhere as they operated Southwest Airlines. More importantly, the environment they fostered at Southwest Airlines was always “straight from the heart.” My mother and father’s favorite song was “Cuando Caliente Del Sol” or “Love Me with All of Your Heart.” The wedding ring I gave my wife was a heart shaped single diamond. Mariachis sang “Cuando Caliente Del Sol” at our wedding and this song has become our song. My valentine for over thirty years has always allowed me to follow my heart (or tolerated it).

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Here We Go Again!

 

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It’s a new year and we’re still around to celebrate! Maybe we need to think about what our presence means. I am sure you have your own thoughts. I’m willing to share mine, right or wrong.
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For Christmas – A Post Election Prayer

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Most of the time I begin and end my day with prayers for people and situations. The day after the recent Presidential election I said this prayer that I got from my deceased mother’s prayer book entitled, “Our Country.” I have said this prayer many times in the past but the words never resonated stronger or deeper within my heart than they did the day after the election. The prayer says nothing about Republicans, Democrats, Independents, the Tea Party, Conservatives or Liberals. I cherish this prayer and want to share it with you.

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