Pilot Michael


Camp Highlight – Private Mobile Camp – Tanzania

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Mar 2015

Camp Highlight – Private Mobile Camp – Tanzania

In approximately 3 hours of amazing flying in the Rift Valley and over the Serengeti plains and kopjes, we will land in Northern Tanzania. We will stay in a private mobile camp which travels with the natural flow of the great migration of wildebeest through the Serengeti eco system. As the herds move west so does the camp and it is positioned in the Western Corridor...

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2015 Africa Flying Safari

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Mar 2015

2015 Africa Flying Safari

2015 Africa Flying Safari I can’t hardly believe it but the 2015 Africa Flying Safari is almost here.  The planning and arrangements have been in full force for months.  The team has finalized the route, the lodges have all been reserved, the seats are all sold.  This year is sure to be an epic adventure, we have added two new countries to the route, we...

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Chain of Events

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Dec 2014

Chain of Events

Pilots are going to make mistakes, there is no getting around that.  What we have to do, as a community of aviators, is always break the chain of events that leads to our accident.  I was flying a brand new airplane from Kansas to Los Angeles and I was really pushing hard to get home.  It’s the time of year where commitments are made with lots...

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Waco Biplane Flying – Video

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Oct 2014

Waco Biplane Flying – Video

Waco Biplane Flying has to be the most incredible experience of my flying career. This type of flying is what my soul says I’m supposed to be doing. There is nothing more special than flying an open cockpit airplane, 1000 feet above the ground, at highway driving speeds. For me, this is general aviation at it’s pinnacle. Flying around thinking about the men and women...

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Kenya Kinda Fun – Video

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Sep 2014

Kenya Kinda Fun – Video

Flying in Kenya is as wild as Kenya itself. There are hundreds of square miles of uninhabited land. Flying is the only way to move around Kenya without spending countless hours in a 4X4 moving at an average of 10 miles per hour. The most prolific single engine airplanes in Kenya would have to be the Cessna 206, it is the all in one transportation...

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Flying Safari

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Jun 2014

Flying Safari

In all my years of flying I have been fortunate to fly some incredible airplanes and in some beautiful places. I can tell you honestly, taking a flying safari through Africa in a Cessna 206, rates as my top flying experience. It all started out over a year ago when Luca Belpietro told me he wanted to do a flying safari through Southern Africa. I...

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Wildlife Game Count

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Jun 2014

Wildlife Game Count

Campi Ya Kanzi and Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust team up to count all of the wild game on Kuku Group Ranch at least once a year. This year I was privileged to be here at Campi Ya Kanzi during the game count. My roll was to fly the airplane in perfectly straight lines, 300 feet above the ground on 1000 meter transects of the entire...

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Low Level Flying

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May 2014

Low Level Flying

Low level flying over the vastly unpopulated areas of Southern Africa is the most amazing way to see and experience the topography, landscape and animals. From within 1000 feet of the ground, animals as small as warthogs are clearly visible, you can see the flowers on the bushes, you can appreciate the rocks jutting from the earths crust. The land comes to life and you...

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Bush Flying Africa

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May 2014

Bush Flying Africa

After spending a few weeks bush flying throughout Southern Africa I am becoming more and more comfortable with not knowing every eventuality. We flew through 5 countries not knowing exactly how customs and immigration would treat us. We knew it might be tough to get aviation gasoline in some places. We hoped everyone in the group would completely enjoy the adventure. But at the end...

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Okavango Delta

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May 2014

Okavango Delta

Africa is full of surprises and I was quite surprised when I arrived at Savuti Camp in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana. What a magical blending of African big game animals and delta scenery. The first night at camp I wasn’t feeling up to going out with everyone on the evening sundowner, I had spent enough time in vehicles and just wanted to chill...

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In the presence of Bushmen

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May 2014

In the presence of Bushmen

While visiting Jacks Camp in Botswana, I had the opportunity to meet the Bushmen of a nearby village. Although I believe that the bushmen lifestyle is fading into the history books and that this meeting was commercialized, I felt a brief connection to the San people of the past. These people were not hired actors, they were Bushmen of the Kalahari, I just wish I...

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Waste Not Want Not

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May 2014

Waste Not Want Not

As I sat, overlooking the open plains of Botswana, I was in awe of the planet we live on and I find myself pondering what will be left of it in 1000 years. Animals find a way to exist in some of the most inhospitable places and without destroying the planet they thrive on. I have never been a big conservation guy. I have never...

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Words Can’t Describe The Beauty

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May 2014

Words Can’t Describe The Beauty

It has been a few days since I have had a useable internet connection, although it felt good to be disconnected, I haven’t updated my adventure and I don’t know where to start. My last blog ended with us arriving in Windhoek Namibia and staying at Naankuse. For me the best thing about Naankuse is that I got to land on a dirt road, it...

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Arrival In Namibia

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May 2014

Arrival In Namibia

It’s hard to believe but in just 3 days we have made it to Windhoek Namibia. One thousand nine hundred seventy five miles, across 5 sparsely populated countries in Southern Africa. Everyone we have met along the way has been helpful and kind. I expected to have serious problems with things like getting avgas as it is not as common in Africa as it is...

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Likoma Island to Livingstone Victoria Falls

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May 2014

Likoma Island to Livingstone Victoria Falls

The adventure continues as we progress South on our Africa Flying Safari. Today the trip takes us from Likoma Island airport in Malawi to Lusaka Zambia and then onto Livingstone Zambia which sits just on the boarder of Zimbabwe. Tonight we are staying at Royal Chundu on the Zambezi river, it is such a unique place. Every room at Royal Chundu is on the Zambezi...

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