My younger brother is an adventurous soul who was on board from the moment I sketched out my island-hopping plan. He soon recruited his freewheeling friend, Jacquie Martin, to accompany us. I had a couple of pilot friends signed up to fly the Warrior, but both fell through the month prior. I scrambled to find replacements but had trouble finding anyone who could make it on short notice. Then I called Kevin Heine, a former simulator training partner and a captain at my airline. He and his fun-loving wife, Jeannie, were sorely tempted, but Kevin hadn't flown a small airplane in a long time and reluctantly passed. After a night to sleep on it and some gentle prodding from Jeannie, though, he changed his mind. "It's too good of an opportunity to miss," he told me. "I'll just do whatever it takes to get current. It's like riding a bike, right?"