First time I met Valerie was when she came to Israel for a short visit.

Next time I met her when she was stuck with her Piper Super Cub in Turkey, because of engine problems and bad weather. I took a commercial flight to Istanbul in order to join her and help with her great adventure. We had great and challenging days flying from Turkey to Paphos-Cyprus, were we had to leave the Piper for repair, due to a major engine problem.

About 2 or 3 month later, I was waiting at Haifa airport in Israel to see Valerie landing and welcome her on her flight from Paphos.

We had beautiful few days flying together in Israel. During these days she fulfilled one of her big dreams, flying at the lowest place on earth. Her dream was realized when we made a touch and go approach at a small airfield, by the Dead Sea, while the altimeter showed minus 1266’.

A group of devoted friends helped us to disassemble the Piper and tie it very carefully in a 40’ container, which was shipped to Mombasa-Kenya, were Valerie’s great adventure was about to continue.

We kept in contact during her unbelievable flight, discussing sometimes weather or runway issues.

The flight to South Africa and back to Belgium was an unbelievable adventure, that very few could ever achieve.

Lady Bush Pilot – A great adventurer,

Capt. Aharon Sagi