In My Seat: A Pilot’s Story from September 10th–11th (Liberty Alliance Publishing, September 11, 2012) written by Megan Ann Scheibner, is the moving story of her husband, Steve Scheibner, the pilot originally scheduled to fly American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, MA…the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 … 9/11.
When Steve pulled up the flight information from that day, he realized that the screen was the same one that he had seen the day before. On September 10th, Flight 11 had his name penciled in. Now his name was missing. Instead, these ominous words were typed in the spot that had held his name: Sequence Failed Continuity. For aviation professionals those three words mean one thing: the plane never made it to its destination.
Megan writes, “I’ll never forget the sound of Steve’s voice as he called out my name later that afternoon. It was hoarse and gravelly…and filled with stunned disbelief. When I spun around the corner and stopped in his office, he was sitting with his head bowed. The color had left his face. Steve pointed at his computer screen and said, ‘That is the trip I packed for. I should have been on that flight.’”
For Steve, it was the beginning of an emotional roller coaster. His phone began to ring off the hook. Friend after friend dialed his number, often sobbing on the other end of the line—thankful to hear his voice and to know that he was safe. Suddenly, the gravity of the situation began to hit home. The planes that went down were ones that Steve had flown; the pilots and crewmembers whose lives were taken in an unthinkable moment were more than coworkers; they were Steve’s friends.
In My Seat began as a video, generating more than 1.6 million visits on YouTube. Click here to view video.
Currently serving as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and as a First Officer for
American Airlines, Steve recently retired as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Topsham, ME. He is now President of Characterhealth Corporation, a non-profit conference ministry aimed at equipping parents to train the next generation of character-healthy leaders.
Steve with wife, Megan, are instrumental in the lives of young parents through their characterhealth.com site and parenting courses, along with traveling extensively presenting weekend parenting seminars. Steve recently adapted and taught his Navy Core Values training to the entire student body and faculty of Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, FL.
Speaking expertise include: Steve’s Personal 9/11 Story, Parenting Matters Conferences, The Nine Practices of the Proactive Parent, Core Values Training.
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