I was going through my usual morning routine today which includes checking my curated news feed of articles relating to everything from travel to drones, to the upcoming Pixel 4 cell phone when one article in particular caught my eye. The headline was something like “10 flight attendants give you 10 travel tips” or something like that, regardless – the article was rubbish. The tips were recycled from any number of other “travel” blogs and honestly would set anyone reading up for failure. Ok, perhaps that’s too harsh – it would certainly not set them up for success. Better?
So, I decided that I would make my own travel tip blog post here and try and shed some light on my tips and tricks for travel. Spoiler: if you’re an avid traveller like I am than you’ve probably already figured a lot of these out.
When I’m not flying helicopters, or travelling the world, or kicking back at home with my family I’m running my own drone consulting company, Global Mining Unmanned. The work with drones takes me all over the world, and this past week was all about the drone business and a pair of Phantom 4 RTK’s in the far interior of Alaska.
If there is one thing I learned in Chile, it is that not only am I a wine person, I’m a CHILEAN wine person!
After what felt like a non-stop, fast paced, blitz through Peru (because it was one) Abbi and I hopped onto a Latam flight and continued further South in South America to the country of Chile. Our plan was considerably different than what ultimately wound up happening, however, at the end of the trip we left Chile in love with Santiago and even more in love with their wine.
Well here we are again – months between posts because I’m probably the worst blogger on the internet. My South America trip to Peru and onward to Chile happened last year, in September and October, and I’m only just now writing about it. Now, in my own defense, I did produce a series of videos on youtube that chronicled the trip extensively and that took up a TON of my time. Of course there were other factors too – for instance not only did this trip spill over into October but I also took a new position with a new company in October and immediately upon returning to the United States I had to fly to Colorado to begin my onboarding training with them. In December I took a really big step and bought a house in North Idaho, and began a modest renovation effort on the interior. The home looks AMAZING now, but understandably between the new job, the new house and……..the new family 😀I was pretty tapped out for time!
What? Oh…that? Yeah, “new family”. You read it right.
When I have a long layover somewhere, especially when I’m going international, I have no problem paying a day fee to access a club. Free food and drink alone cover the cost – it’s the amenities beyond those that make it worthwhile. Such as quite, comfortable seats, more outlets than people, dedicated work spaces, and here in terminal E, showers and a spa. Check it out.
When I kickstarted this blog back to life a few months ago I promised regular content updates, a podcast and vlog. Those last two are coming – I promise. As part of that first one I am going to also be writing about my drone work with the company I own, Aerial Resources Group, LLC. This week and next week I’ll be down in Guyana working with local resource developers to train two dozen Guyanese drone pilots to operate a fleet of DJI drones in use at a local mine. Things did not get off to a good start…
In 2016 when I returned to the USA from flying HEMS in Kuwait I found myself in the middle of a hiring downturn in the helicopter industry. Fueled in part by necessity (gotta pay them bills, yo) and part practicality I founded my own drone company called Aerial Resources Group, LLC. The goal being to serve as a consultant for companies looking to integrate sUAS into existing operations. Well here we are nearly 2 years later and I’m writing this post from a remote mining camp in Guyana.
One of the best things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the outdoor activities, all year long. We have boating, hiking, biking, camping, swimming, climbing, skiing, everything. If there’s a sport and a season, we have it. The Hiawatha Trail is one of those exciting activities you just have to do if you’re up here.
As I was wrapping up a few extra days of workover here in Louisiana I found out that I was going to be down here during the world famous Tarpon Rodeo fishing derby that takes place every year. Though I was not able to go and actually participate (and party) because I was on duty – I did get a chance to check out the scene.
The day to day routine of a helicopter pilot flying in the Gulf of Mexico does not suffer from having “too much” variety in it. Once you’re assigned to a job, and have flown that contract for awhile, you’ll essentially figure out the routine and settle into a nice pattern. The only time that really gets broken up is when a pilot elects to “work over” and make some overtime pay. It is when this happens that we find our variety. Today was one of those days for me, as I’m working over for two days. I was tasked with flying my first ever turtle watch flight – yes, we’re watching turtles from a helicopter and the reason why might surprise you! I totally wasn’t expecting #3….oh wait that’s a clickbait tagline. Well the reason might actually surprise you too, but never mind the clickbaity-ness of that sentence and click to read more! Damn…there I go again…