A Flight Home

Dick Lawrence with Amelia

Dick Lawrence with Amelia

Amelia was one of the nicest people I’ve flown.  Despite her medical situation- cannot eat or drink anything and manages her own life support system of two tubes- one into her belly and the other threads through a vein and into her heart.   She has a small pump in a backpack that she innocuously will reach down and adjust once in awhile.  Because she cannot eat she has to carry her nourishment with her and that was done on this trip with two ice chests and a couple of plastic boxes containing her nourishment and several meds.  Along with her father, two duffel bags  and her wheelchair we were fully loaded.

Amelia is very cheerful, enthusiastic and optimistic, as is her father, Andrew.  She sat in front and both of them were interested in flying the plane.  Navigation, etc.  She helped with the takeoff, retracting the landing gear after takeoff and extending it before landing,  and also operating the transponder.  Co-pilot stuff.

Her mom was at the Butler County Airport when we arrived and took photos, below.

Amelia's flight home.  Flight originated in Milwaukee, WI, linking at Livingston County Airport, Howell, Michigan.

We did the leg from Livingston County Airport to Butler, PA.

We flew from Howell, MI (near Lansing), along the south shore of Lake Erie to Butler, PA (north of Pittsburgh).  The flight time was 1:53.

We flew from Howell, MI (near Lansing), along the south shore of Lake Erie to Butler, PA (north of Pittsburgh).  The flight time was 1:53.