《孟华时报》有关陈玮环球飞行专栏

Shared by Yong Chen on 26th December 2018

环球华报 | 张家卫剑桥百日散记 094:沉痛悼念陈玮先生

Shared by Big Memphis on 23rd December 2018

就在昨天,周四,12月20日,发生在美国乔治亚洲的一起空难夺走了四个人生命,其中一位就是我的好朋友陈玮先生——环球飞行的第一位中国公民、美国孟菲斯和洛杉矶的商业领袖、Sun-Shine企业的创始人和CEO。

初闻消息,不敢相信,反复确认,竟然是真,天妒英才,悲痛之心无以言表,眼泪不自觉长流不止……陈玮先生不仅仅是我或者我们的好朋友,他是海外华人们的最优秀代表之一,是我们作为中国人的一个骄傲!

陈玮(左二)与我、鹰熊、Evan、胜斌一起

半夜无法入眠,眼前浮现的全都是陈玮先生的音容笑貌,追忆着我们一起喝酒、聊天、激荡人生的往昔画面,还相约着今年五月份孟菲斯音乐节再见…….提笔想写下文字,却无论如何无法下笔……找出去年在硅谷期间写就的百日散记,2017年10月17日和11月19日,我曾经两次提到他,其中11月19日更是独立成文,题目是“海外华人们的感恩之心”。

摘编如下,纪念好兄弟陈玮先生,天堂一路走好,我们会永远将你放在我们的人情世界里。

2017年10月17日

离开了AMINO资本位于Palo ALTO市中心的小楼,步履匆匆的走过并不吵杂但是满是各色人种的街道,我不断的在想这样一个问题“究竟什么才是主流?”

陈玮完成环球飞行之后的作品

我记得来自中国湖南,美国“猫王故乡”孟菲斯创业成功的中国环球飞行第一人陈玮曾经跟我说:“美国这个国家是多元文化,同时更是一个征服者的文化,因为美国的建国之本除了自由宪法之外就是胜者为王。我们华人在海外,不能总想着去融入,而是要有自己的事业,要有与他们做同样事情的事业,甚至要比他们还优秀,那么你就是用事业和人格征服了他们,他们因此就会拥抱你,你就是主流的一员,不是融入,是进入!”

陈玮在温哥华1029咖啡馆

2017年11月19日

环球飞行的第一位中国公民陈玮先生是我的好朋友,他70后,高大个子,是一个非常富有性格,同时又非常具有亲和力,是中国人在美国创业成功的企业家和金融家。他个人拥有5架飞机,其中一架还是贼酷的战斗机。飞机是他最热爱的东西,是玩伴,也是生意场上的敲门砖和润滑剂,因为飞机他拥有了甚少海外中国人拥有的所谓“美国主流社会”的圈层,让他如鱼得水。

但是,他不是一个张扬的人,奉行的是典型“高调做事,低调做人”的人生准则。比如,他是美国数个国会议员认可的中国好朋友,是美国银行界大佬们的座上宾,巴菲特来洛杉矶都要与他一起吃个饭这样的牛人牛事,我很多是从他爸爸嘴里知道而不是从他那里知晓,问起他,他就哈哈哈过去了。去年,chairman Xi访问美国,中国驻美国大使馆亲自给他打电话请他作为海外华人代表,参加Chairman Xi的亲自会见并给予充分肯定。

Chairman Xi来美国会见合影

陈玮是著名的全球顶级青年CEO组织(YPO)的会员,并且担任过中国区的主席,人缘和生意缘都非常好。2015年,我和几位朋友相约前往猫王的故乡,参加一年一度的美国孟菲斯音乐节,而他正是当年的音乐节轮值主席,是这一美国本土音乐盛会史上第一个华裔领导者。那一次,他以主席的身份给足了我们这些华人朋友们面子,让我们见识了美国的主流社会也可以这样玩。

知道我在硅谷,因此他提前好几周就希望我可以过来洛杉矶参加一个他支持的慈善活动,帮助橙县华人商会基金会(OCCACCF)为出身寒门的海外华人学生募捐奖学金。橙县华人商会创建于1985年,而基金会(OCCACCF)是1995年成立并开始为海外华人贫困高中学生提供帮助,他们每年遴选有才华的贫困高中毕业生,资助他们完成大学学业,到目前已经坚持了23年的历史,这是一个不容易的协会文化,最难的就是自始至终。我了解了下,这是台湾早期移民创办的华裔协会,其实真的很值得我们这些来自中国大陆的新移民们学习,贵在勿忘初心,贵在坚持做好一件好事。

OCCACCF慈善活动节目单

这是一次别开生面的慈善活动,现场摆在了陈玮创始的美国思凯航空俱乐部,这是一个拥有4万平方米飞机机库和停机坪的地方。经过精心布置,一个超级高大上的活动现场就摆在了人们面前。陈玮的飞机摆在停机坪,供嘉宾们观摩和体验,一溜十几辆的豪车几乎囊括了我知道的全部品牌—劳斯莱斯、宾利、兰博基尼还有法拉利什么的,其他的我也就不知道了。停机坪上好像上演了一场豪车与飞机的对话盛宴。宽敞的机库里则摆上了同样是高大上的餐桌餐椅,这里是主会场。这地方去年11月刚刚拿下来的时候陈玮就带我看过,现在如果不仔细看,竟然已经看不出当时的模样,而这个变化仅仅用了一年的时间—中国速度!

这样一个慈善策划,其中的“高大上”其实更多的是表现了对于参与者的一种“身份认同”,当然还有享受娱乐的成分。我理解这是对于可能捐赠者们的一种“回报”。很多人说既然捐赠就不要说回报的事,我不大以为然,我更愿意将此理解为一种公益,捐赠是一种实实在在的付出行为,其结果就是付出而非其他,而给予捐赠者以身份认同、娱乐开心、拍卖品回报,甚至是任何有象征回报意义的其他感恩形式,我都以为这是一种“感恩和奉献”的双向文化,无需拿任何“仁义道德”的语言来诋毁这些实实在在的“公益”行为。

我与陈玮及美国银行总裁Raul Anaya一起

今天的慈善活动来了不少重量级的嘉宾,除了洛杉矶和橙县的诸多协会会长前来捧场之外,加州的国会议员、包括美国银行总裁在内的美国金融家和企业家们来了挺多,西人面孔不少,当然我们华人是主要的慈善力量,OCCACCF会长说:开始是100人的计划,而现在来了足足有300多人,这就是公益和慈善的力量。我说:这其中有陈玮至少一半的力量。

今天的慈善活动主要环节就是拍卖捐赠物品和产品,然后将全部捐赠所得包括门票收入捐赠给OCCACCF,专项用于2018年洛杉矶和橙县区域贫困高中生的大学奖学金资助。拍卖品很多并且五花八门,都是好物件,其中以陈玮的战斗机飞行、8人公务机巡游以及著名中国画家孙大威和美国画家布莱尔的作品最为抢手和价值不菲,现场气氛活跃,踊跃参与和捐赠者不少,很多大家或是因为认同OCCACCF这一份初心和坚持而慷慨解囊,或是因为信任或感恩而奉献于这一善举。

漂亮的美女主持人说:“世界上幸福之人都是因为有着一颗感恩之心!”

陈玮上台分享了他青葱岁月的美国留学故事。他出身于并不十分富裕的湖南家庭。他说:“我当年有机会留学美国攻读MBA,父母尽管已经很尽力,但还是不能够完全支撑我的学费,是学校给了我继续完成学业的奖学金支持。因此,我一直牢记在心这一份感恩并坚持上进,也因此知道奖学金或者助学金的设立对于寒门学子而言是一件多么雪中送碳的事情。尽管我后来由于事业上的成功,十倍于回馈学校,但是我知道这只是一个人的回馈,而非全部的社会慈善生态。美国是一个给予的社会,20年来,我捐赠于美国本土很多的慈善事业,我赢得了美国人的尊重,而这份尊重,不是因为我得到了或者财富多少,而是因为我的给予和回馈!”

陈玮慈善会上发言

“来美国这么多年,与美国的主流或者非主流社会打交道,我观察了这样一个现象:我们华人在美国有480万人,是美国人口的1.5%;而犹太人也只有680万人,是美国人口的2.1%,但是以色列人在美国的力量全世界都知道,而美国人也以拥有以色列人朋友充满荣誉感。因此,我总在想,什么时候我们可以让美国人自豪的拍着我们的肩膀说“我是中国人的朋友!”这是我的梦想!”

“1995年当我来到美国的时候,我们中国人都没钱,而今天的中国人都有钱,祖国的强大是我们中国人的骄傲。让我们一起团结并且努力,共同奉献和给予,来赢得中国人应有的尊重!”

我和陈玮不止一次的讨论过这样的问题,也因为如此他对于我辛勤布道的“感恩和奉献”精神以及由此展开的“小众众筹”新合伙人制度很赞赏,成为语境相同的伙伴和朋友。

陈玮来温哥华参加加中体育基金会活动

对于OCCACCF这样的慈善理念我并不陌生,我2010年在母校大连海事大学发起设立的心海基金便是如出一辙,今天的此情此景,让我再一次感觉这个世界并不孤独,“奉献和感恩”这对双胞胎兄弟姊妹,天涯海角,如影相随。我这个被称作“教授”的人,也举手竞拍了一幅加州画家布莱尔的新作油画“荷叶与鲤鱼”。除了“赠人玫瑰,手有余香”之外,我脑海里对应的便是那副斯坦福大学墙上挂的“蓝色荷叶”绣品,而这幅画打动我的却是“湖是蓝色,叶子是绿的,而鱼是红色镶着金鳞”,因为这是那幅画的明天和未来……

南加州洛杉矶与北加州旧金山的天气基本差不多,早晚寒冷,白天艳阳高照。晚上回去住处的路上,美国的高速公路似乎永远的不会停歇而且高速,车子飞快的疾驶着。眼前浮现着刚才现场那个妈妈团们临时编排的“感恩的心”哑语舞蹈,耳边回荡着那首永远不会过时而且会永远感动的“感恩的心”,心情久久的不能平静……

哑语舞蹈“感恩的心”

硅谷的日子是科技激荡的日子,我们总在探讨“颠覆人类”的话题,而事实上这个世界真正温情和人类美好的东西并非这些冷冰冰的“黑科技”,而是人类生而有之的怜悯和同情之心,以及由此而涌现的“感恩和奉献”的点点滴滴,这才是世界的真实,才是人类的真实。这个世界有很多的丑恶和我们为之深恶痛绝的东西,但是更多的却是人类为之奋斗和热爱的一种最难但又是最简单的情感,这就是“爱”!

感恩陈玮的邀请以及朋友相交,感恩OCCACCF的23年奉献,感恩硅谷带给我的深度思考以及那些同样可爱的大家,感恩生命过往以及未来每一个曾经“爱过”的人……这个世界,因为有“爱”,我们永远都不会孤独!

好朋友陈玮先生走了,我要对每一位生命中的好朋友,真挚的说一声:“感恩遇见!”


张家卫

Globe-spanning flight to link U.S., China

Shared by Lian Zhu on 25th December 2018

Source: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2011/may/05/globe-spanning-flight-to-link-u-s-china 

May 5, 2011 By Sarah Brown 

Like many pilots, Wei Chen got the flying bug after watching Top Gun. When recruiters came to his high school, he applied to become a military pilot. But when that didn’t work out, there was no other opportunity for the Chinese citizen to fly in his home country.

Becoming a private pilot wasn’t a possibility; few Chinese even understood what general aviation was. But then again, cars were rare sights in the country just 20 years ago, he said—and things in China can change fast. Now, the Chinese government has launched an effort to build a GA industry, and Chen is a private pilot living in Memphis, Tenn. He plans to fly through his home country in an around-the-world trip in his TBM 700. He would be the first Chinese citizen to fly around the world in a single-engine airplane, and the first person to make the trip through Chinese airspace, he said.

Chen plans to take off from Memphis, where he earned his private pilot certificate in 2007, on May 22 for his 10-week journey. He intends to stop in more than 40 cities and 21 countries, using the flight to raise money for Memphis’ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, raise awareness of GA in China, strengthen U.S.-China relationships, and promote Memphis, his current home.

The challenge

Theme song celebrates ‘Wei around the world’ message

Songwriter Tory Thomas won a Memphis Music Foundation competition for the flight’s theme song with “The Peace Above,” in a style he described as laid-back inspirational blues. Thomas works for Pinnacle Airlines, but his first flight in a general aviation aircraft was in the TBM 700 with Chen on their way to the Washington, D.C., press conference. He said he drew inspiration for the song from the fact that Chen was “trying to get a good message and do something historic.” The song is available on Chen’s website.

Chen, who owns a Memphis-based steel trading company specializing in business between the United States and China, came to the United States in 1996 to earn an MBA at Memphis University. He started flight training in a Cessna 172SP after a friend introduced him to the convenience of flying for business travel, and now flies for both business and pleasure, including some aerobatics, he said. His trip around the world has been about a year and a half in the making, and has taken coordination from connections in both the United States and China.

“Flying the airplane’s the easy part,” Chen said.

Memphis businessman and pilot Rob Williams, who met Chen at the Olive Branch Airport years ago and teamed up with him to form an aircraft parts company with offices in Memphis and China, plans to fly along on at least some of the legs of the trip. Who accompanies Chen on which legs, and how many people will be on board, depends in large part on insurance requirements, he said—just one consideration in logistical planning.

“There’s so many things other than flying that you have to worry about,” Williams said—including getting visas for all of the nations where they will be flying, no mean feat for a Chinese citizen. Chen had to reapply for some because he had started a bit too early and they ran out, Williams said.

Then there’s flight planning in nations with unfamiliar airspace. Piper Director of Worldwide Fleet Sales Chuck Glass, who has experience with Chinese airspace, and Thierry Pouille of Air Journey, who helps with planning international trips, have provided advice on flight planning. And Chen said that while services such as XM weather provide readily available weather information in the United States, the flights in other countries—particularly in the Middle East and Southeast Asia—will rely on having backup plans and flexible schedules in case of weather problems. He’ll also have helpful equipment on board: He’s got a new Garmin GTN, an iPad for flight planning, a Garmin 696 with a worldwide database, and a G530 as a backup.

But of all the factors involved in such an ambitious journey, perhaps the biggest challenge—with the biggest reward—will be flying through China. GA is still in its infancy in China, and obtaining a clearance to take off with a single-engine airplane can sometimes take a week.

Fortunately, Chen has significant help from AOPA-China and support from the Chinese government. The trip will highlight what is positioned to become a growth industry in China: GA.

GA in China

GA in China has changed significantly over the past several years, Chen said.

“Compared to five years ago, it’s night and day,” he said. “… They know about [GA], they’re curious about it,” he said. But people in China still don’t understand GA well, he explained. Airplanes need permission every time they take off and land, a process that can take much longer for single-engine airplanes—even high-performance turbine singles like Chen’s TBM 700—than twins, he said.

“If they have two engines, oh, that’s a great airplane. If you have one engine, that’s a small airplane—you can’t do it,” he told AOPA Live during a recent visit to AOPA headquarters in Maryland.

But the Chinese government is looking to expand its GA industry, rapidly building airport infrastructure and opening more low-altitude airspace to civil aviation. Chen’s trip has the potential to raise awareness and understanding of what is now a small industry there, and both the Chinese government and AOPA-China are lending their support. AOPA-China and the Greater Memphis United Chinese Association (GMUCA) are organizers of the trip, Chen said.

New-York-based pilot and member of the AOPA-China board of directors Yinjie Jason Zhang plans to fly with Chen from Memphis to Paris and a few legs in China. It will be both pilots’ first GA flying experience in their native country, which still presents logistical challenges for GA pilots.

“You can imagine the whole country as the restricted area in D.C. That’s how difficult it is to fly,” Zhang told AOPA Live.

But Chen and Zhang are confident that the Chinese government can accomplish the rapid growth it has its sights on. Just 20 years ago in China, if you had a car people looked at you like you were from outer space, Chen said. If you had a motorcycle, you were doing really well. Now, China is the world’s largest consumer automotive market.

Zhang said China is looking to make GA into a more prominent industry that supports the whole nation’s economy. He said that the government is committed to supporting GA, as evidenced by the opening of airspace, and that China has the demand to support the industry—for everything from high-end turbine aircraft to small homebuilts.

Still, it’s a challenge for such a large country with segmented airspace, he said. The country has never had a GA culture before, so it will take education—and expatriates who have flown in the United States can provide insight from their experience.

“I always say to them, ‘Don’t reinvent the wheel. … Learn from western GA,” Zhang said.

Chen thinks plenty of Chinese want to be a pilot but just don’t know how. “With Jason and I, that’s where our knowledge comes in handy.” He has a Chinese-language website to share his passion for flying with people in China, and a March news conference in Beijing was met with a warm reception, he said; he was surprised at how much attention the trip got.

“It’s unbelievable. He’s turning into a rock star over there,” Williams said.


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