I’m a sucker for tv documentaries, especially those concerning aviation and airports.
Imagine you’re flying on a major airline on a longhair route. What’s the chances your pilot, now with thousands of flight hours under his belt, could have started their career in the African bush?
For many, this is the start to a lifelong passion of aviation, and a head-start when it comes to getting hired by one of the big airlines. It provides experience, it provides hours, and it provides the basic training needed to “graduate” into the “big boy” planes.
That brings me to sharing with you this series, Bush Pilots.
[This is a] documentary following rookie pilots in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, who battle against dangerous weather and wildlife as they seek to prove their worth as aviators to the airlines they hope will employ them at the end of their training. Hazards include airstrips washed away by rain, giraffes on the runway, releasing leopards into the wild and powerful tropical storms.
Though it doesn’t feature the awe of an A380, the champagne flowing in Business Class, or the world-class operation of Heathrow, it does provide a fascinating look at flying in the African continent, and how this is a cornerstone for many pilots looking to move on to bigger and better planes.
Take a look for yourself and let me know what you think!
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