Just another day in GA. I test flew -CXS today after being out of the air for five months. She ran flawlessly and the rigging is immaculate. One little electrical component caused a bother though (unrelated to the work it has had done). 15 minutes into the flight the panel let its smoke out and the alternator tripped. I turned off the battery to save some juice to drive the gear down later (and almost had enough too!) so I lost engine instruments and radios. Then on descent I must have taken something into the static vent because the altimeter decided to do its own thing and the airspeed indicator wasn’t much better. Overhead I turned the master back on and whipped the gear down (whipped being a relative term, it takes 36 seconds) and three out of four came down (75%, so still a pass mark in an exam! Which just goes to prove exams aren’t real life). I thought if I got really lucky it would be just a bulb, so I swapped the downlock globe for an uplock one (my GoPro also called it quits at this point, it was one of those days, so unfortunately I don’t have footage of me with a light bulb 💡 clenched between my teeth). Then the battery died completely and I had no indications at all, so I did a low pass for the crew to confirm no right main, and then climbed back up and drove it down by tricep power instead. Another pass or two to confirm all four and I plopped it onto the grass. I’ve now flown this machine in three of its consecutive lives and it gets better every time. Also goes to show the important of flying attitudes and stick position; flying the numbers is fine, until you don’t have any 🌞 Still the greatest machine in the world! 🌍
Took this on my first flight of the new year.. Enjoying the sunrise at 40,000’ over the Atlantic heading to the Bahamas. #couldbeworse
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A few moments of my 📍Tarakan tour. .
I can’t believe a year ago today I was sitting in Cape Town ‘stressing’ about my pilot career and what my next step was.
I had applied to SO many companies that either didn’t reply or they hit me with a straight up no. ‘Not enough experiance’ they said.
I kept thinking, how am I supposed to gain experiance if no one wanted to hire me.
Then with a whirlwind came my company and I would NEVER have thought I’d be where I am today with pretty much the best experience I could have asked for.
Living on some of the most remote islands in Indonesia where it’s still strange to see a caucasian person let alone a Caucasian WOMAN PILOT.
The amount of selfies I get asked to take is actually a joke I sometimes have to hide. .
Crazy living conditions, dangerous flying conditions and a casual earth quake/ tsunami/ volcano going off every other week. .
Long days flying up to 8 hours doing 14 legs to the smallest strips taking food/supplies and also the less fortunate that don’t even know how to put a seat belt on.
Almost every day is a challenge and not always ‘Livin la vida loca’ as some of you might think. .
I apologize for the LONG caption but for sure a picture is worth more than a thousand words here and the experiences are FAR MORE than what instagram shows. . #sorrynotsorry .
Special moments stand out with amazing captains after long days where we land up in fits of laughter from exhaustion. * this is 2/3 women in the whole company*
Being gifted hand made gifts (the Barbie doll with my name on it and beaded headbands) from the dayak people of kalimantan. Super special.
Anyways just a shout out to this crazy country and the people I work with.. looking forward to a few more insane months here. .
P.s - if an idea scares you.. that’s the point where you just fkn jump and do it. Okay?! .
P.p.s- MY ASS IS ON ITS WAY HOME!! Yessss! Cape Town holiyay! .