How does one become an airline pilot and what is it like to be a pilot ?
In this book, “UPLIFT: A PILOT’S JOURNEY,” author Grant Corriveau takes us through his personal journey of fulfilling his childhood dream to become an airline captain – the tentative steps, the obstacles, the training, the full flight simulation, becoming a rookie second officer, then a first officer, then becoming captain! ( which means you wear 4 gold bars on the epaulet of your shirt ) a medical setback, personal setbacks, flight instructor, to his final flight 30 years later into Montreal on an Airbus on the last flight of the night and an almost empty terminal building.
The story is easy for the layman to read. Airline terms are italicized and “bolded” the first time they are mentioned, then compiled in a handy glossary at the back.
“UPLIFT” is a slim volume of 200 pages. It is perfect for reading on an airplane ride, on a picnic blanket, or in a chaise lounge.
You will get to know how critical fuel is to an airline pilot, the qualities most necessary in a captain and see examples of relationships between captain and first officer.
The story is told with warmth, humor, modesty, gratitude and a shimmering quiet awareness of the profound wonder and mystery of life and that our journeys always, always go on.
The rhizome of his philosophy can be found on page 188 in his four definitions and several uses of the word “uplift” and in the final sentences of his book. Corriveau believes in a common humanity and a shared journey,
“Our role is to continually support, care for and uplift one another, in the belief that ultimately, we are all on the same journey. A journey from what we are to something we will become – something beyond our power to comprehend. The journey continues.” p. 186. — Joy Livingstone