Since April 2017 I have worked in China. I have changed my job in September, but I am still working in China.
So, 2018 is a full year in overseas. For my qualification renewal, I had to repass a test in a very hard weather conditions (almost storm, bad visibility… but still VFR condition) because it was January, not the best period for flying. I passed!!
Although living abroad, I succeed to fly 15 hours. Still more than the average. I am quiet proud :).
Perhaps you have read my previous articles… maybe not. If you have done, you certainly speak French. In that case, maybe those two sentences in English are too much and you will stop now… It is pity. You are going to miss a beautiful story full of stress and surprises.
If now we have a look on my logbook, we can see I have flown more than the French pilot average… without being in France. How that is possible???
An Idea From China
All started from an invitation received in Shanghai. A wedding invitation. My friends gave me an invitation for attending their wedding…. In France.
If you have read my previous articles, you noticed I have been in several parts of France by plane… excepting the north East. It is very far. The wedding will take place in Strasbourg! What better opportunity is to fly over there?
Long time, no see… The story I am writing took place 1 year ago. It was in the summer 2016. I am now in China and a lot of things happened to me, so I haven’t taken the time to write and to make the video about.
Yes, I know! The article about my last trip in England hasn’t been published yet! And the video neither. So, why am I starting to write an article about my last trip in the south of France ??? EASY, because, I have already started to write the article about England trip… but after several months, I forgot the most part of details.
Flying is a passion. We could have two ways to fly: the first one is to go to another place. The second one is to fly just to fly. In a first way, flying alone or not is not a big deal. At that instance, it is just flying such as you would drive to your mother-in-law place. Of course, because you like flying, you enjoy that instance. But the motivation of this flight is after the flight: your mother-in-law place. In the second case, you want to fly just for flying. It is not necessary to fly into another place. The motivation of this flight… is this flight itself. Maybe sometimes you want to fly alone, but in this kind of flight, you just would rather share this hobby! So, on Monday, 6th I sent a message to all members of my flight club. I got an answer :).
From November, I have been in Taiwan for 2 months. With my friend, I visited Taipei and several places in the countryside and in the south of Taiwan. At that instance, I noticed a few Korean people was making a movie with a drone. I took a picture that guys. In myself, I thought I will see their video one day.
YES! In January, my sister sent me a message to tell me: « Oh, with your drone, see what you could do ». YES, « Could » because actually, my drone is crashed in the sea ^^. Yet, I will buy a new one soon. In the first images of this video, I said: « Oh my god, I know these guys. I am sure that I am on that video !!! ».
My video from my drone will be made when I have the good software. Exactly the same problem with the video about my England trip :p.
I haven’t forgotten to write my article about my last trip to England. Yet, I am still waiting for a software to make the video.
This year has really been quiet. Only 7h30 flight hours :(. My WORST year I haven’t ever done. But that can be explained by my accident. Let’s remember, I broke my leg on March, 19th. I haven’t been able to move for 2 months and impossible to fly for 5 months. This accident made several flights cancel!
Therefore, I did not fly in the peak period and finally, I decided to travel. I have been in England, Ukraine, Scotland, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
The next 2 years will be the same. It will be really difficult for me to fly… in France. I found a job in China. Yet, I could have the opportunity to fly in Thailand or in the Philippines. So maybe, I will be able to write a beautiful article about this experience with amazing pictures and videos.
‘Learning to prepare a flight navigation’
Meanwhile, I do this experience, I have noticed some people are really in love with flying. They are not pilots but they use Fight Simulator. I have to admit, this game is really really realistic in all matter in navigation. I gave to my friend my old aeronautical maps, and because I also teach to young students some basics in aeronautics like how navigating, how a plane is flying and etc… To help this friend and the others ones that they would like to play in flight simulator with a realistic context (without GPS for example), I will write an article about « how navigating: from the idea to navigate to arrive at the destination place, including how preparing the navigation with an aeronautical map ». During my pilot training, I used FS to learn and improve my skill in navigating. So I will write some articles, maybe 3 to explain how preparing a true navigation… to use with FS.