Feeling lucky and a passion for flying with Ferg Kyle
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Episode #56 - Flying into another great story from the green bench as hosts Kathy Buckworth and Evelyn Brindle welcome Ferg Kyle to take a seat.  Ferg joins us from The Village of Tansley Woods in Burlington to talk about his lucky life, overcoming challenges and his passion for flying.

Ferg believes he is a very lucky man. He lives by the quote from Gary Player, “The harder you work, the luckier you get."

Learn how he overcame health challenges to live out his dream, never taking his eye off of his lofty goals including his time as a fighter pilot and then as a commercial pilot for Air Canada.

As a child, the doctor told Ferg's mother that he could expect to live to the age of 28 due to a heart condition.  Now at the age of 93, he considers the luck in his life.

"The doctor told my mom that I could expect to live to age 28 due to a heart condition.  I had a normal life. I should say that I am 93, I call that lucky." - Ferg Kyle

"I was proud to be a member of the Canadian Air Force, and I learned a great deal from veterans of WWII." - Ferg Kyle

"I had what I wanted, got what I wanted, and nobody asked me for a penny." - Ferg Kyle

Ferg flew 10 different aircraft with Air Canada in his career.  He shares his passion for flying as well and also has two sons who are pilots.

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” – Dalai Lama XIV

Do you think you can attract luck, or is it something that just happens to you?

"If you behave properly, you have better luck than those who don't." - Ferg Kyle

Ferg's Advice - Get on with things. Don't waste time. And pay attention to what your mother says.


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It challenges the stigma seniors face; the ageism still so prevalent in society. It reminds us of the wealth of wisdom our elders offer and in doing so, helps restore them to a place of reverence.

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