In memoriam: RIP Michael Farikh – A Pioneer and Good Friend

One of – if not the single greatest tragedy – of being a Professional helicopter pilot is the staggering mortality rate. Though innovations and technology and advancements in training continue to make the profession safer – the fact remains that if you are flying helicopters long enough; you will lose people you care about.

Today, while at the gym, after my shift at the Life Flight base I was startled when my phone went off. Normally I don’t get cell phone reception in the underground complex, the last thing I was expecting was news that a good friend of mine, and a pioneer in helicopter aviation, had died in a crash.

Many of you have heard of Michael Farikh – the record setting adventurer pilot from Russia, some of you may have even had the privilege of talking with him during his round the world flights, or attendance at helicopter events around the globe. Well today, with a heavy heart, we must say goodbye to a man that was passionate about helicopters and truly enjoyed flying – as it was meant to be enjoyed.  Continue reading “In memoriam: RIP Michael Farikh – A Pioneer and Good Friend”

Mozart’s Don Giovani – in Kuwait

Well here’s one I didn’t think I’d be writing. Kuwait has been a great place to live and discover, and I’ve been out here nearly a year now. Honestly I thought I was fairly well versed on the offerings of the city. Imagine my surprise when I was browsing through a couple local blogs and found an Opera. A two day performance of Don Giovani performed by the local Ahmadi Music Group.  Continue reading “Mozart’s Don Giovani – in Kuwait”

Flying with Class…Business Class

Back in the start of March I had to fly back to the United States. I’d been invited to sit on a mentorship panel for up and coming helicopter pilots at HAI’s Heli-Expo 2016, and to participate in the Mil2Civ (Military to Civilian) mentorship and transition workshops that were being held in Louisville, Kentucky.

I remember when the Airbus A380 first rolled off the line and I thought to myself – I can’t wait to fly on one of those! And then the pictures of the business and first class areas started to make the rounds on the internet and I swore that I’d be flying business class on Emirates one day – soon. Well, this was the perfect opportunity.  Continue reading “Flying with Class…Business Class”

Perks of Living International – Tailors

So, admittedly there are some pretty awful things about not being home in the United States. My friends and family are all back there and I miss the hell out of them. However – that being said, there is too much amazingness in this world to NOT travel and live abroad. I’m going to start writing a bit about the perks of living abroad, to include tech and food and anything else that strikes my fancy.  Continue reading “Perks of Living International – Tailors”

The Dubai Marathon -or- Mom and Dad visit the Middle East

However you want to title it, this is a really cool post to be making. One of the things I vowed, resolved (whatever), to do this year was to run more. I’m not a huge fan of running, I hate it really – but the benefits to your health are black and white. So, last year I signed up to run the Dubai Marathon, well…ok just a portion of it. But none-the-less it was time again to lace up my sneakers (pun intended) and head out.

This trip was different from my past trips though, as I was meeting my parents on the other side. They’d flown into Dubai a couple days ahead of me (armed with my Dubai in a day guide) to see the city. Then they were going to come cheer me on for the race, and together we were headed back to my new home so I could show them around where I was living. I couldn’t have been more excited! Continue reading “The Dubai Marathon -or- Mom and Dad visit the Middle East”

One word. AMSTERDAM! (Pics)

Ok. Ok. Listen, I know, the title says one word, but really there are 4 words in the title, and of course I’m going to type up some stuff here too to kind of give you an idea of what is going on in this post. One word would be a hard limit to stick to on a blog.

I’d just made it back from Egypt and I had a sudden opportunity put in front of me. Two of the guys I work with, good friends, were going to stop over in Amsterdam on their way home, and they wanted me to come along too. UMM…let me think…YES! Then one of our American friends, Beth, decided to join too! This trip was going to be awesome. We had 4 days to really take in the city and have an awesome time and unwind.

This blog doesn’t need much set up – other than it was, like Egypt, rather spur of the moment and one of the things I love about living on this side of the planet. So much is just a short flight away!

Click through for the pictures and fun anecdotes.  Continue reading “One word. AMSTERDAM! (Pics)”

Egypt in a day? Sure, why not. (Pics)

I’m going to quickly develop a reputation as that one travel blogger who only stays in places for one day and then moves on. There is something to be said for that approach, jet lag isn’t a problem because you’re back home before you even acclimate a bit, you spend less money, and at the rate I’m going you see everything everyone else does.

So lets do Egypt? I mean, why not right? It’s a stones throw away from where I’m working right now on any number of regional airlines. When the new schedule was finished by our lead pilot I noticed I had a remarkable, rare, and to-be-coveted 4-days off. Not sure how it happened, or why it happened but I was excited.  Continue reading “Egypt in a day? Sure, why not. (Pics)”

London in…maybe 7 hours

My leave in the United States seemed to end far quicker than it began and I quickly found myself boarding British Airways for a flight back to my real job – being a helicopter pilot. If I could be paid to just travel and write this blog, and I mean…that would be nice.

Anyways, I had a 10 hour layover in London before my connecting flight back to the Middle East, and there was no way I was going to sit on my hands in the BA terminal (it’s a nice terminal – in case anyone from BA is reading and wants to sponsor the blog); not when there was a beautiful, thriving, vibrant London just a quick shot down the tube waiting to be discovered!

That was meant to be a bit sarcastic given the usual grey, damp, backdrop to London that the rest of the world just assumes is the weather 100% of the time, however while I was there it was blue skies and only a little bit of rain. Continue reading “London in…maybe 7 hours”