Neal Holland

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Joined Nov 26 2010
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Ponte Vedra, FL
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Reply Steve
9:26 AM on October 21, 2019 
were are you located
Reply Al Laney
1:54 PM on October 21, 2018 
Hey Neal, thank you so much for the offer, I certainly would be interested in learning more about hosting a radio show.. Memories at my age of 76 are limited at best but I love listening to your guest and hearing about their experiences with the "Wings of Man". Looking forward to talking with you Neal and keep up the good work Captain. Al
Reply Captain Akstin's Daughter
8:46 AM on December 29, 2017 
Matthew Donald Akstin, born in Astoria, NY in July of 1931, passed away on June 21st 2017, just a few days shy of his 86th birthday. Matthew was a lover of machinery, engines in particular. He served in the Air National Guard during the Korean War as Crew Chief for his Gooney Bird. During his voluntary enlistment, Matthew passed the GED, and later utilized the G.I. Bill to achieve his pilot's license and instructor's rating.

Through his keen knowledge of aviation, Matthew was noticed, and given the opportunity to take a test for Eddie Rickenbacker's Eastern Airlines at Rockefeller Center. Matthew's prowess earned him the responsibility of Captain for Eastern Airlines. He is now named as a pioneer of commercial aviation on a plaque in Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport. He loved to fly the DC-9, and was the pilot of the last commercial flight of the Lockheed Constellation.

Captain Akstin flew 29 years, before retiring to care for his wife, Janet Phalen Akstin in 1986. They sold their home, and lived full-time in a beautiful motorhome, where Matthew could dedicate twenty-four hours to nursing, yet still embrace life, seeing America with Jan.

Matthew enjoyed visiting family and friends in the coach, and was invigorated by the freedom. He often recommended the lifestyle.

Janet predeceased Matt in 1997, as did his parents Daisy and Marty Akstin, and his brother, Richardallen, all of Robertsdale, AL. Matthew is survived by his sister, Simonee of Warwick, NY; brother, Wayne of Hillsborough, NC; son, Matthew Daniel Akstin of Juneau, AK; and daughter Kerry Britt of Columbus, Georgia.

Matthew proudly boasts of his grandchildren: Matthew Douglas Akstin of Acworth, GA; Anja Marie Akstin of Tampa, FL; Christopher Drew Akstin, a student at Embry?Riddle University in Daytona, FL; Cole Britt, a student at Georgia Military College in Columbus, GA; and youngest grandchild, Kelly Britt, age 12, of Columbus, GA.

Great grandchildren are Ava Danielle Akstin and Matthew Damian Akstin, of Acworth, GA.

Matthew will be interred next to his wife, Janet, at Baldwin Memorial Cemetery in Robertsdale, AL.
Reply Colleen
12:40 PM on September 16, 2017 
Dorothy & Neal. Thanks for your concern. We made it through fine. I was worried about the East Coast. I just sent you info on the Oct 2 show. Please let me know if you need more from me. Thanks.
Reply Lance Perrin
1:20 PM on September 4, 2017 
Yes I remember Raymond
Reply Colleen
1:51 PM on August 20, 2017 
Happy to be onboard, Captain. Looking forward to this new adventure.
Reply Ken Boring
1:02 AM on July 31, 2017 
Thank you Neal. I love your book and look forward to listening tomorrow night. I was so sorry to hear about Steve. He and Glenda were rather close to my mom and dad for many years. Than you again for the invite on 8/14/17 and please call should you need anything else. Ken
Reply Finley
7:22 PM on May 31, 2017 
Thank you for the warm reply and the welcome aboard. You all were a great operation and are missed.
Reply C. Plitt
10:52 PM on May 25, 2016 
Yes and I did fly together in our "other life". Great times that will be with us in our memories forever. I went on to American Airlines and worked my way up to Check Airman on the MD-80 in the training department. Good training at EAL went a long way! My best to all my friends and you at EAL.
Charlie Plitt
Reply millie
2:25 PM on May 25, 2016 
I knew not to post this but it's the only decent picture of my "Breen" uniform after deadheading from Boston. The chap is my nephew! He is no kiddo anymore at the age of 28.
Reply Mark Hardin
1:27 PM on May 2, 2016 
Yes Neal, Ed personally approved that you all are invited to attend the Eastern Airlines New hire flight attendant graduation class on this Thursday May 5th, and yes you are more than welcome to interview the new hires and staff on tape at Eastern for the radio show. It will be an exciting day, the ceremony begins promptly at 1400 hours at EAL Main Headquarters bldg 5A on the fourth floor. Come early as you will need to check in with the security desk and get a visitors badge, and that will also give you time to visit the Eastern Headquarters and meet some of the great people working to make Eastern Airlines great. All current, future, past and present Eastern employees friends and family are welcome to attend, its a great day to celebrate our wonderful new additions to our Eastern family, whom have worked so very hard in the last four weeks to become Eastern's newest flight attendants, a truly great group and they would love to meet you all. I will see you there. If you have any questions please let me know 954-299-6763, the address for EAL HQ is Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc. 4200 NW 36th Street, Bldg. 5A, Miami, FL parking is available in front and back of the building, all must check in with security first , again see you all there, and if anyone knows how to contact Beverly Raposa to give her the information also as she is our Honorary Flight Attendant we would love to have her there as well. Kindest Regards, Mark Hardin
Reply Mark Hardin
5:58 PM on April 6, 2016 
Hi Neal, I would be honored, let me check with EAL management and if they ok it, as I said, I would be honored to be the reporter for New Eastern. I will get back with you on it.
Kindest Regards,
Mark Hardin
Reply millie
2:23 PM on March 19, 2016 
So I was told it had a good pair of "dependable engines" Pratt & Whitney....the slow start was due to "pilot error".
Reply millie
9:35 PM on February 17, 2016 
Thank you, Sir!!
Reply Pat Willcox
2:26 PM on January 17, 2016 
Hi Neal,
I not too good with this high tech stuff. Yes I worked with Roy Wren. On the KAL sim training campus. He is one really sharp guy. I be "officially" retired from that gig after a ten year stint. I was trying to update my profile but not much luck with the picture. I will sort that out eventually. All the best to you.
Reply Jan B. Quintero
5:09 PM on August 17, 2015 
That would probably be a good idea especially now with a very different climate due to Health Care Reform,and, the annual open enrollment period happening in the fall..
Reply Beverly LaPointe
7:34 PM on August 11, 2015 
Let me know what I can do to help with the reunion...from Tampa. Could help out on Friday with check-in or whatever...coming from Tampa could be there by noon...might need a nap, though! Could help out on Sunday morning, too. Saturday is kind of a blackout day for me...coming for the U of M game, too!
My check for 2 is in the the morning!
Reply Rob
9:36 PM on July 15, 2015 
Thank you so much Neal! It is impossible to really convey how grateful I am that you shared that with me!
Reply Jim
1:02 PM on July 15, 2015 
No, only MIA, ATL and NYC
Reply Rob
4:57 PM on May 10, 2015 
My father, Captain C.L.'Roy' Harsher, was employed by Eastern from '50-'83. He started out as ground crew at Friendship airport, and a year later received the call up to fly. My father dearly loved the airline! I grew up with Eastern, and all the goodness and magic that that implies: atmospheres of airports, gazing out from window seats, and the blue Caribbean. Now, like a boomerang, the magic of Eastern has returned to me and I find myself seeking out a connection to those joyous early days. As a kid my favorite plane was the 727.