The Desire to Fly by Rick Found

The Desire to Fly

The second book by S.R. (Rick) Found tells his story - from his days growing up on a hanger floor to his career as a commercial airline pilot with Air Canada.

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About the Book

No surprise that author RICK FOUND was an airline captain with Air Canada. His father blazed the path as a senior captain with Trans Canada Air Lines (TCA) and his uncle and Rick’s dad were the team that put the famed FBA-2C BUSH HAWK in the air. The surprise was that the young teenager, having grown up on the hangar floor, so to speak, chose to join the Canadian navy before realizing his future was in the skies.

Found’s service aboard HMCS Haida awakened an interest in weather-related sciences, which would serve him well when he began his ultimate destiny as an Arctic bush pilot then airline trainee and ultimately captain with Canada’s national airline.

Educated in boarding schools in England, the author was forced by Air Canada’s requirements to gain a Canadian matriculation before they would accept him for airline training. He performed this feat simultaneously with the arduous initial pilot indoctrination imposed by Canada’s national airline. These pages, filled with Found’s exciting flying adventures, details for the first time the exacting training that goes on behind the scenes in an airline pilot’s experiences—it’s a great day when those four bars are sewn on the sleeve.


“…Cap’n Rick has a wonderful grasp of storytelling. I am sure none of the recounting of tales was embellished! Many RAPCAN members would juxtaposition themselves into their own personal histories, but few do. Rick has captured the ‘growth’ of a typical pilot’s advancement – at least one who has been in the right place at the right time. One could almost say his recounting of meteorological events was a preponderance of ‘weather, or not’… This is a delightful book. Well worth the price and a very easy read.”

- Captain John Scott, Editor, PX Magazine

“… I couldn’t put the book down as it was so interesting, informative and captivating. Artists use paint but authors also paint ‘with words.’ Rick [has] ‘painted’ a great painting. A remarkable story of sheer determination to achieve your dream.”

- Jack Lockhart, Canadian Artist

Details and specs

Title: The Desire To Fly

  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Coast Dog Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN  9780995283169