Outside of Eden

Flew a hurried medivac today. Just 40 minutes from the city, to a rural place north of Mt Kenya. The flight was for a stranger. I didn’t even know his name – the man who died there beside the plane. My craft and the doctors just a little too late to start...

Appreciated

The cheers and smiles could be attributed to something more subtle. As my passenger so gently put it on the flight back home, “You can only eat so much goat.”

Mothers day

This one nearly slipped by. We don’t get little reminders like television commercials and greeting cards in the supermarket out here. I’ve managed to miss quite a few holidays – and been assigned to flights on every one except Christmas over the...

Grip for a day

Just off the eastern shore of Lake Victoria is a beautiful mountain island called Mfangano. Its been years since I had been there, and the little dirt airstrip hidden in the trees was just as bad as it always was – maybe even worse. I flew the Caravan low...

Elephants

Occasionally I get on a flight that can be described as, well… easy. Most are fraught with sweat, but some are just plain fun. On Saturday I flew a group out for a short mission trip with New Directions International. At the tail end of their trip, we flew into...

The good baroness

Some weeks ago I picked up passengers from Yei, Sudan. They were a lively group from the UK, heading home, but I didn’t know much else about them. We had an uneventful hour-and-a-half flight and after landing I bid them farewell as they connected onto another...