ON BOARD UNITED 917 -- It's perhaps only fitting that I author this final post at altitude enroute to Seattle - it'll post on April 6 - for it is here where I have spent much of the last five years; a window seat in economy, Channel 9 buzzing in my ear, bouncing from one side of the world to the other in pursuit of the technologies that connect the world.
When your passion meets your profession, the resulting joy of exploring the thing that inspires you to push harder, wake earlier and go to bed later becomes a sustaining force. In fact, it inspired me to adopt "if you fly fast enough, the sun never sets" back when I first joined Flightglobal in 2007, and it would be a fitting one for the pace of the adventure that was to unfold.
This has not, however, been a solitary exercise. What has been produced here nearly 1,800 times over was not just me. FlightBlogger was the byproduct of those who were willing to place in me their trust to build something greater than the sum of its parts.
I have learned more about myself and the world around me in the past five years than I could have in any formal classroom and I owe that to the guidance and goodwill of my colleagues, friends and family inside Flightglobal and out, whose wisdom, patience and humor has sustained me.
If there's one thing writing FlightBlogger taught me, it's that avoiding sunsets becomes an exercise in futility. All good things must meet the sunset eventually and stopping to let your world catch up to you is an imperative, for it is here where you hope what you have learned can become a part of who you are for the future.
This is my final post for this blog, my labor of love this past half-decade and today will be my final day as author of FlightBlogger and as a reporter for Flightglobal. FlightBlogger will continue in good hands, aerospace journalists Stephen Trimble and John Croft, who will be taking over the Boeing beat, will contribute to this page.
Between my last job and starting at Flightglobal I had about four hours, just enough time to say farewell to my colleagues, go home to my then-apartment in Boston and finish packing my suitcase for the 2007 Dubai Air Show.
This time, I'll be taking a few additional hours to breathe before my next assignment. Starting on April 16, I will be the Wall Street Journal's Boeing and aerospace beat reporter. Later next month I'll be leaving Washington, DC and moving to be a part of the paper's Chicago bureau.
It has been a deep honor to be your guide these past five years, an abiding privilege to be a small part of the 100 year history of Flight International and part of a team of journalists who allow their love of aviation to what drives them day in and day out.
So I'll end as I began, asking you to once again stay tuned.
April 6, 2012