My older brother Tom is a commercial airline pilot and flight instructor based in Charlotte. Last month, I was happy to have the opportunity to visit him and his family during the AIA show.
On May 10, the night after our successful Building Team Awards reception at the Charlotte City Club, my brother had a surprise for me. A slot had opened up in his training schedule and a flight simulator was available for a guided tour. So, that Friday night at 10 p.m., my brother, his 19-year-old son Adam and I took to the virtual skies.
While it was a rare experience I do not regret, it was anything but a joyride. My brother programmed us into the computer for a landing at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Before I knew it, the large screen before us, wrapping around the front of the faux cockpit, was filled with the image of Manhattan's familiar, now haunting, skyline.
And there it was again, in...