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The Captain

Captain Ronald G. Carlisle, USAF-SAC
(7 August 1949 - 23 December 2011)


A burning feeling in my eyes was fighting back the warm, salty tears on a slightly cold and breezy February afternoon.  I was sitting at the controls of a 172 holding short for takeoff at Farmingdale's Republic Airport, Long Island, New York, knowing that the words, "Cleared for takeoff Runway One-Four ~ Three Four Hotel Delta" would ultimately be read back to the control tower.  That breezy February afternoon was my introductory flight.

Not showing any emotion during that pinnacle moment in my lifetime, while I was focusing on the critical moments of flight, was my main motivation having thought about the many trips my father had taken me to many places around the United States both on land and water.  The one thing I wanted to give back to my to my father, Captain Ron Carlisle, who had given me so much, was for him to fly his last flight.  Not only to fly for the last time, but for him to fly with me at the controls.  He was there with us, indeed, in spirit.


You never know the journey a person's life takes them but if there anything that was taught to me during my lifetime by good friends, if not my father himself, was that you have the ability to do or be anything you wish to be in this lifetime if you assert yourself enough and make the right executive decisions as any captain would.  He taught me to have dreams but that only dreams with a plan to carry them out via being assertive and making the right decisions to make them happen as if I was the the Captain of the ship.  My father taught me well and led by example.

"Life is not quantity, but depth.." 
Even though my father's life was taken short, I and my family will say that he lived a full one.  And within this life he had inspired many to achieve, to ascend to such great levels.  He was not only an officer in the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC), a corporate auditor and engineer for a major cable network for over twenty years, a Platinum member of the WorldPerks frequent flyer program with Northwest Airlines, but also a nautical Captain.  He truly showed everyone in his path the depths of life whilst soaring to its greatest levels.  This was one of the most important gifts to which my father had given me while he was still with us.

If there is any gift which I consider to be the greatest that my father has given me is life itself - helping to bring me into this world.  Not only life, but also the meaning of my life and what helped to bring it into existence and help nourish it.  That meaning?  Aviation.  Aviation is my life.
 
"Sailing The Skies"
This website is a tribute to his memory.  It is also a tribute of his nourishment of me and what I aspire to be - a Captain.  Not only a Captain but an excellent one.  Excellence through safety.  One that is very aware of what is around, flight straight and level, but also know how navigate the seas of the sky, while soaring to maximum altitude.  Please join me as I share a piece of my father with you.

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