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103. How Performance Compares to Flying (and Crashing) A Plane with Christine Mortine
Episode 1037th February 2022 • Gravity • Brett Kaufman
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This week’s guest host is Megan Kilgore, City Auditor of Columbus since 2018. She’s an adjunct professor at Ohio State University, the founder of Ohio Women in Public Finance, and the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including The Bond Buyer’s “Rising Star” Award, being named one of Columbus Business First magazine’s “40 Under 40,” and being named a Columbus Alive “Person to Watch.” 

She’s speaking to Christine Mortine: a former classical musician, and now a flight instructor. In 2021, she lost all power to her plane’s engines and was forced to make an emergency landing. She walked away from the resulting crash, and she still flies today. 

We talk about her passions, and why she turned her back on her music career in favor of pursuing aviation. Of course, there’s no getting away from the miraculous story of her surviving the emergency landing she was forced to take while flying over Worthington. Her reaction in the moment – not to mention afterwards – is profound in what it teaches us about the way we live and relate to the world and people around us.

Christine initially took three weeks off from flying, but decided that that was enough, and got right back on the horse. The fact that she didn’t let this traumatic experience prevent her from pursuing her passions is incredible and something we can all learn from. 

What Megan asks:

  • [02:50] Tell me about your 25-year career in classical music.
  • [04:18] Why did you choose to become a pilot?
  • [05:04] How long have you been flying now?
  • [05:40] What are your college degrees?
  • [05:47] How do you actually become a pilot?
  • [06:30] Tell us about the plane crash you survived.
  • [24:59] What happened immediately after the crash, when the plane stopped moving?
  • [27:21] Tell us about how you made peace with death in those moments before the plane hit the ground.
  • [36:41] Were you always this comfortable with the idea of failure? 
  • [38:02] What’s it like having such varied interests?
  • [40:23] Did you question flying again?
  • [44:15] Tell us about your family.
  • [46:18] Quickfire questions.

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