All in the Family

Does flying run in your family? The love of flying seems to be hereditary; it gets passed down from generation to generation and provides a means to connect for fathers and daughters, mothers and sons, grandparents, cousins, and more.

We want you to share that with us. “All in the Family” is about pilots who shared a special moment or an important event—or even an ongoing relationship—with a family member up in the air. It could be about the first time a father and son worked together for an airline; a mother visiting her daughter’s classroom to talk about the profession and seeing the resolve in her child’s eye; siblings who continue their childhood rivalry into the aviation business; or maybe even a role reversal, when a son or daughter provides a magical moment for a parent.

F/O Stephanie Layman (Spirit) with her father, Capt. Jim Layman, a pilot for American Airlines.

Whatever it is, we want you to share it with us. Tell us your “All in the Family” story in 500 words or less, and send us your family photos, too. The best stories will be published in future issues of Air Line Pilot and on the website.

Share your family stories with your ALPA family and help inspire a new generation of flying families. E-mail submissions to

By submitting your story and photograph, you give ALPA permission to use the material in the magazine, on the blog, on the website, and in other marketing or publicity avenues. Please send any photos at high resolution.