My Forever Friend

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My heart feels very heavy today as I found out my past flight instructor, Larry Ferren, passed away this morning. I don’t know how to put into words how great of a man Larry was. He made such an impact on my life and I am so blessed for that. I am so blessed to have ever known him let alone have him as an instructor, and a good friend. Larry taught me all of the basics of flying and inspired me to choose aviation as a career and something to pursue for the rest of my life. He was the kind of man who was extremely down to earth and chose to do things the way he believed was the right thing to do (He didn’t take crap from anyone) and I loved that about him. He believed in me even when I wasn’t sure if I believed in myself and helped me to accomplish things that I never imagined achieving before. The first time I mentioned flight lessons to my mother she remembered Larry who she used to fly with when she worked as a flight attendant. So, we drove out to his house sat on his back porch and talked about how flight lessons would work and what I was really getting myself into. He told me he would take me in his ErCoupe to see if I liked it and then I could decide if I wanted to pursue lessons. Of course I came back smiling ear to ear after my first flight and he knew what my answer was…photo-1 It was a decision for Larry to make as well considering he was in his seventies, but still flying! He surely didn’t have to say yes and take me on as a student, but he did and I will be forever grateful. Larry recently won the Wright Brothers Aviation Achievement Award that recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years. I am so glad this award finally came through and is something that will always honor Larry. I will never forget all of the memories, stories, laughs, and adventures with you and our friend Skip. I will never forget you old man. Thank you for everything you taught me that will continue with me for the rest of my life. Until we meet again, fly high and soar with the angels my forever friend…
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Love You Larry
Monday, February 23, 2015

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