Category Archives: Pilot Technique

Captain’s Log – 21 July 2018 – Runways, Refugees and Rehab

I recently had a great opportunity to fly with one of our pilots to check him out at Amadi, an airstrip he was unfamiliar with. It is on a road and there is always the odd motorcycle on the “runway” … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log- 10 April 2018- Bush Pilots HQ interview.

Got interviewed for Bush Pilot HQ blog site, which is a very cool place to get info on getting started in the business and tips on everything from staying alive to how to write a CV for your first job … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log-Dec. 26, 2017- Okapi Reserve Aerial Survey

We were recently asked to do the annual aerial survey of The Okapi Reserve and just got it in before the end of the year.  This was a real training time as we changed observer crews each flight to test … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log-28 May 2016- Searching for Downed Aircraft

The calls started coming in on Tuesday morning saying that a plane was lost and suspected down in the huge Ituri rain forest about 130 nautical miles west of Kisangani. Would we send a plane to the area to look … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log-17 June 2014-Eyes Wide Open

It was a shock to me to find out that I was blind. And when I thought I had eagle eyes. It wasn’t till I first got to Africa and spent time with African trackers or hunters in an environment … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log-10 November 2013-Mixing Minefields and First Landings on a Road

One of the cool things about this Blog has been the connections I have made with old friends I haven’t seen or heard from for a long while.  I recently received greetings from one of these friends who reminded me … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log-26 October 2013-Not Getting Shot in an Airplane

Today there was a report of M23 shooting at UN helicopters and a possible plan for FARDC to use their helicopter gunships against Cobra’s FRPI militia just south of us.  I wrote an email to our pilots warning them to … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log-7 July 2013-An Amazing Airplane: Continued

Well, after flying the new Grand Caravan some more I continue to be amazed at all the information at my fingertips.  I can’t help but feel like we are experiencing the same kind of jump in technology as the big … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log-22 June 2013-Congo Kids

One of my favorite things about my job is the excitement I can bring into a village when the plane lands.  People come out of the woodwork.  Especially kids.  And when you live remotely, the airplane is better than television.., … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log-15 June 2013-Reopening Tchabi Airstrip

Monday, on my way back from Beni, I had a pickup in Boga so I took the opportunity to run down the Tchabi airstrip to see how improvements were going.  The grass was still very high on the end away … Continue reading

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