More than the technical, though, was the personal. We met new friends and found kindred spirits. If you consider that the majority of would-be pilots never get a license and the majority of those who do don’t fly much at all, this was a highly selective group. Far from the homogeneity I had feared, the crowd came from diverse backgrounds but were bound together only by an abiding love of airplanes, their jets and the joy of flight. Most there were self-made. I met only a few trust-fund beneficiaries, and I met a lot of hardworking, grateful, successful people. As one attendee said, “This thing has changed from a rich guy’s club to a safety organization.” A good change, indeed.