November 30, 2012

Flight Level 390 and Captain Dave: Status

As so many others have asked me in comments or in email: "Off topic: Does anyone know what happened To Capt. Dave? Flight Level 390 has disappeared from the blogosphere. I miss him."

Here's what I know: I've been in a brief email exchange with Capt. Dave and he tells me that he may well be back in the future with Flight Level 390 but with another blogging platform.

When I know more, you'll know too.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 30, 2012 2:54 PM
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I'm relieved to hear that he is alive, presumed well, and apparently not incarcerated.

Add one to the count of people known to be feeling deprived.

Thanks for the update.

Posted by: Larry Sheldon at November 30, 2012 4:46 PM

Some airlines have policies against employees blogging.

Example; Queen Of Sky, Ellen Simonetti.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Simonetti

Hopefully another blogging platform will suffice.

Posted by: Rocky at November 30, 2012 5:12 PM

Captain Dave: Please come back. All is forgiven.

Posted by: Fat Man at November 30, 2012 7:22 PM

Thank you so much for the update.

Posted by: Scott M at November 30, 2012 10:29 PM

Thank you, sir!

Posted by: leelu at December 1, 2012 7:39 AM

Good to know that it's still hard to keep such a good man, accustomed to flying high, down.

Posted by: Everyman at December 1, 2012 8:00 AM

Thanks for the info...Many of his fans, me included, were worried about him...If you have a chance please relay to him we await his return to the net with great anticipation.

Posted by: Larry Jones at December 1, 2012 10:56 AM

Thanks for the update, Gerard. Captain Dave is indeed a master at writing of the inner experience of airline aviation. None that I know of; not Ernie Gann, or Richard Bach, or any that I have read; do it better.

His contibution to aviation writing thus far has been immense. May he soon return and continue. Barring that, I hope he will turn his old posts into a book.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at December 1, 2012 1:40 PM

Thank you for checking on Captain Dave and relaying to us the good news that he may soon return to the blogosphere. I am in full concurrence with those who applaud his writing. At times, I believe that it reaches the level of poetry.

Posted by: Nashville Beat at December 1, 2012 5:25 PM

First Lex, now the Captain.
Did he say why he quit?

Posted by: Milo from Weehawken at December 1, 2012 7:46 PM

And when he's back, notify us in 72-point print!

Posted by: Sam L. at December 2, 2012 6:02 PM

I am so very happy to hear that Capt. Dave is alive and well, and hopefully still flying. Not only do I really enjoy his writing, but (as a nervous flyer) I feel much safer in the air knowing that there are pilots like Capt. Dave, and his many well trained Co-Pilots, in the air.

Please wish him "Safe Travels" and "Come Back Soon" from me and the rest of his loyal followers who miss him very much!

Posted by: East Coast Girl at December 3, 2012 8:59 PM

So glad to read that the good Captain is still with us, even if not writing for the moment.

Posted by: Alepot at December 12, 2012 3:59 PM

Echo EastCoastGirl - I and several previously nervous flyers from the UK have been turned into complete flying enthusiasts after being pointed at FL390 a couple of years back.

Posted by: Mikey56 at December 13, 2012 6:01 AM

As an former ramp rat - I also very much enjoyed reading Capt. Dave's blogs. I do hope we can see him in print again soon.
Best wishes

Posted by: Wantok99 at December 25, 2012 8:09 PM

Any updates gerardvanderleun?
If you have his email can you ask when?
Some of the best writing thats been out there.
And it is missed....

Posted by: Mark at February 13, 2013 5:45 PM

We still miss the Captain with the Capital C. I even miss looking at the pictures of Aviation Hero's he had on the right side of his blog. I hope those hero's are telling him to bring the blog back.

Posted by: Brent at March 6, 2013 4:51 PM

The article posted was very informative and useful. You people are doing a great job. Keep going.

Posted by: Adan Mozier at February 10, 2014 4:29 AM
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