Small bites

Published 9:30 am Sunday, May 22, 2022

No problem?

The sole passenger aboard a single-engine plane, Darren Harrison of Lakeland, FL, was forced to take control of the aircraft when his pilot was incapacitated due to a medical emergency high above West Palm Beach, FL. According to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], he calmly radioed ground controllers and told them: “My pilot has gone incoherent.  I have no idea how to fly the airplane.” Air traffic controller Robert Morgan talked Harrison down: “I just knew I had to keep him calm, point him to the runway and tell him how to reduce the power so he could descend to land. It felt really good to help somebody, and he told me that he couldn’t wait to get home and hug his pregnant wife.”




You snooze, you lose

You can get a good night’s sleep in eight hours, but 21-year-old SD Heijns of Pretoria, South Africa decided to skip rope for eight hours instead, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. He recorded 71,185 jumps in those eight hours – enough to replace Sella Rosa Rega of Boiceville, NY, who with 70,031 skips, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 2019. Heijns kept track of his effort using electronic equipment to prove his record-breaking feat.




What’s in your ‘bucket list?’

As we grow older, many of us begin to think about things we wanted to do but didn’t, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Take Raymonde Sullivan of Sebastian, FL. She celebrated her 100th birthday recently and suddenly realized she did a lot of things in her life such as serving as a front line nurse in World War II treating wounded soldiers but that she’d never been skydiving. So, off she went to the local airport, got airborne and completed a tandem jump.  “I had never done it, and I’ve done a lot of things in 100 years so I thought I must do it while I can,” she said   When Raymonde landed she downed a rum and Coke and said it was scary and wouldn’t do it again.



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