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... "Never be afraid to follow the path to your dreams," Crawley writes. "It will make all the difference." In this detailed and emotionally honest narrative, he certainly proves that, at least in his own case, the advice is sound. 
A courageous and meticulous doctor follows his dreams, saving a few lives and flying more than a few passengers to their destinations on the way. -
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"The age-old adage to 'follow your passion' comes to life in this personal and engaging story, as
Steep Turn convinces us that it's never too late for a course change. I highly recommend this warm and thoughtful book to anyone contemplating major changes in their career or in any other aspect of their life."
BillAyer
Chairman, Board of Regents, University of Washington
Chairman, Museum of Flight (Seattle)
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alaska Air Group


"
Steep Turn is a fascinating look at Dr. David Crawley's remarkable career as both physician and pilot. Replete with anecdotes both personal and professional, this book is sure to delight all readers."
Michael J. Collins, M.D.
Mayo-Clinic-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon
Author of "Hot Lights, Cold Steel" and "Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs"


"As a professional pilot, I recognized the lure of aviation developing in a successful doctor and his evolving into an airline captain--a great story, and well written."
Captain John M. Cox
Chief Executive Officer, Safety Operating Systems, Washington, D.C.
Aviation Consultant for NBC, ABC, CBS, Associated Press and others
Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society
Former Executive Air Safety Chairman, Air Line Pilots Association
Airline Pilot, Retired
 

"
Steep Turn is the inspiring and amazing true story of David Crawley's journey toward finding happiness by making a most improbable career change. At the age of 13, I took my first flying lesson with Dave and have been in the clouds ever since. It's never too early or too late to follow your dreams."
Captain Chris Curtis
Airline Pilot


"Dave's memoir reads like an adventure story written as a letter from an old friend, catching us up on his life of unbelievable adventure with several lifetimes lived in one. Like the author, I had medicine as a career goal, but, when I got my hands on an airplane, my life too made a steep turn that led to an airline career, with my heart also set on flying competition aerobatic airplanes on the side." 
Captain Christy Douglas
Airline Pilot, Retired
Captain of the First All-Women B-727 Crew, Alaska Airlines
Advanced Level Air Show and Competition Aerobatic Pilot


"
Steep Turn is a lighthearted and appealing memoir. I found it an intelligent mixture of painful, pleasurable, serious, and unexpected moments. I enjoyed the book very much. I'm a fan!"
Frank McGill
Senior Air Safety Investigator, NTSB, Retired
Investigator of More Than 600 Aircraft Accidents
Former Chief Operating Officer and Board Director of a Major Airline
U.S. Navy Air Combat Pilot, Southeast Asia


"I fondly relived my junior flight surgeon days through the author's eyes in
Steep Turn. Filled with technical precision but with a folksy flavor; you'll applaud this triumphant journey of passion and personal happiness."
Captain Dave "Doogie" Shiveley, M.D. USN
Force Surgeon, Commander Naval Air Forces


"An exemplary first-person story of how a successful physician coped with his own midlife crisis and found his true calling in aviation."
Paul Weitz
Deputy Director of Johnson Space Center, Retired
Spacecraft Commander - Maiden Voyage of Space Shuttle Challenger
Pilot - Skylab 2 Space Mission


"...I couldn't put it down. It is an inspirational story about a physician and aviator who has a zest for life and family and what can be accomplished in a lifetime. You won't be disappointed."
Noel Merrill Wien
Author of "Born to Fly"

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"An exemplary first-personstory of how a successful physician coped with his own midlife crisis and found his true calling in aviation." 
Paul Weitz
Deputy Director of Johnson Space Center, Retired
Spacecraft Commander - Maiden Voyage of Space Shuttle Challenger
Pilot - Skylab 2 Space Mission

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 26, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 404 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1515009688
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1515009689
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.19 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.91 x 9 inches
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David Crawley is a retired physician and commercial airline pilot. He was born and raised in the heart of the Midwest - Kansas City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Kansas, and he is a graduate of the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute where he earned the wings of a naval flight surgeon. He and his wife Martha currently reside in Spokane, Washington, but spend summers at their log home in the Madison River Valley of Southwestern Montana near the town of Ennis.

Dr. Crawley enjoys writing non-fiction. He has published a memoir about growing up in the 1950's in and around Kansas City titled "A Mile of String: A Boy's Recollection of His Midwest Childhood." In 2015, he completed "Steep Turn," a second memoir, which is full of interesting, vividly detailed and sometimes shocking stories that take you from his early days as an intern, through the twists and turns of his years as a Navy flight surgeon, his adrenaline-pumping work as an ER doctor and then his challenging transition to becoming a commercial airline pilot. It's an intriguing behind-the-scenes look at two very different career paths and the struggles in achieving both.

The author’s current project is his first work of fiction—a historical novel set in the late 1800s in rural Indiana. No completion date has been set.

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