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African Tour

"There's no coincidence..."(August 2017)

Before taking off to new adventures, I wish to explain the importance this trip represents to me.
For many years, I have placed in my objectives of 1st January: "Travel but travel differently".
It was then that I started aviation and that from the beginning of my training, I had the chance to travel... so to travel in a different way, generating an extraordinary sense of freedom.
After becoming Bush Pilot in Alaska in 2015, I wanted to travel as a bush pilot !
I started looking for a Piper Super Cub and I quickly found one that seduced me !
This is a PA18-150 that flew for the Israeli Air Force cadets from 1967 to 2003.
At the same time, after 5 years of procedure, Yad Vashem granted the title of Just among the Nations to my paternal grandmother.
Being at the origin of this approach, this "coincidence" challenged me..
Besides, Freud said: "hazard does not exist".
After mature reflections, I decided to follow these "signs" and bought the plane that was in Germany.
Waiting for the weather to allow me to go and fetch him, I went to Israel at Yad Vashem to see the name of my grandmother engraved in the Garden of Righteous Among the Nations.
At the same time, a friend asks me "by chance" if I want a guided tour of the Israeli Air Museum in Beer Sheva...
I run immediately on the field and during this visit in the footsteps of the history of my new plane, I discover "by chance" a map retracing the route of reckless airmen who linked Paris to Alexandria in 1913 passing through Israel And thus connecting three continents before the First World War !
The photo of this chart is hooked on my fridge since, such a goal to reach...
For me, this journey which "imposed" on me represents a lot:
- A return to the roots for my plane,
- A historic flight in the footsteps of Jules Védrine and Marc Bonnier in 1913;
- The meeting of three continents and 5 seas by plane of legend, a PA18 !

African tour completed (May 2019)

After I reached Israel, the first step on the path of adventurous aviators accomplished, I didn’t receive my flight permit to overfly Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.
I decided to disassemble my plane and ship it in a container to Mombasa (Kenya) from where I took off heading South Africa.
I knew in my deep inside that I would continue flying back to Europe via the west african coast and I did.
I did organised everything by myself: fuel, flight permit, landing permit, hotels, visas...
Flying alone offered me the great chance to meet many beautiful people and make new friends.
I am proud of my accomplishment and I will certainly start new aventure soon !

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