MJ on Travel

Marshall Jackson is an aviation enthusiast and avid cruiser. After 10 years in the airline business, Marshall moved on to a new career that includes plenty of travel and plenty of cruises, and that’s just the way he likes it.

It’s been a long, hot and late summer so far…

I haven’t flown much this summer. Once in May (I know, not quite summer), a few times in June, a few in July. Only 6 or 8 flights in total. How many were on time, you ask? Exactly one. I’ve been flooded out, stormed out, timed out and we don’t know why’d out on every flight but one. That one flight was to San Juan where Lady Astrojets and I boarded a very fine cruise, so a quick shout-out to American Airlines for an equally very fine flight! I know a lot of people have flown much more, and I feel for them. I didn’t have a good feeling for travel as the summer approached, and it turns out that I was right. Knowing the things I know about airlines and their semi-dysfunctional functions, I correctly (ok, I’m biased) forecast that the combination of record numbers of passengers, reduced numbers of seats, fewer employees to handle them and global warming would not yield a good result for travelers this summer. How’s your summer on the road been so far? I’ll share some more details about mine as I get the...

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My first blog….

Well, who knew? I have entered the blogosphere. Those that know me, know that I’m all about travel. I’ve been involved in aviation in one form or another since I was 15, and wanted to be involved before that. I spent most of my childhood drawing pictures of airplanes, staring at airplanes in the sky, thinking about airplanes, building model airplanes and wanting to be an airline pilot. For me, high school, college, and all that goes with it were nothing more than a means to an end. I started flying lessons at age 15, and progressed through my various licenses and ratings all through high school and college. I joined a large regional airline as a pilot not long after graduating from college, and was fairly certain I was on path for reaching my ultimate goal: to be the Captain of a passenger jet for a major U.S. airline. I was on my way until January 17, 1996. That’s the day that I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. FAA will not issue a medical certificate necessary for commercial flying to Type 1 diabetics. My career as a pilot was over. I spent several months in a management position at the airline and later joined the major airline parent company progressing through several management assignments in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Washington, DC. I was working for the airline at...

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