Featured: Don’t land in the Pisco!

I finally got my Peruvian pilot’s license a few weeks ago. I’d worked off and on over the past 6 months to convert my licenses. Didn’t have time or money to work on my license full-time, that’s why it took so long. Plus everything had to happen in Lima… that’s one of the bad things about Peru, when you live in the provinces you have to go to Lima for practically any significant government issue.

Anyway, here’s a teaser from my flying blog about taking the flight test for my Peruvian pilot’s license:

Coming back to the checkride, as we were doing maneuvers just north of the “Rio Pisco”, about 10 miles north of the Pisco airport, the DGAC examiner cuts the engine. All 105 mighty horses in the Cessna 152 decided to quit on me at the very same instant.
We were at 3,500 feet at the time. I looked to Pisco airport in the distance and realized I couldn’t make the airport. I told the examiner I’d land on some green fields I spotted nearby.

For all the excitement go read “Don’t land in the pisco!” Since you’re reading this, you already know it all ended well 😉

LAN Peru to invest $1 billion in Peru

The airline industry in Peru is doing well. Here’s the link from Andina: LAN Peru to invest $1 billion, and a quick excerpt:

Lima, jun. 30 (ANDINA). La empresa Lan Perú invertirá 1,000 millones de dólares en el país hasta 2011, para incrementar la flota de naves y en una mayor tecnología de la aerolínea, manifestó su gerente general, Jorge Vilches.
“Invertimos muy fuerte en una nueva flota porque el crecimiento del sector en Perú así lo justifica. Traemos cuatro aviones pequeños y dos grandes Boeing 767, que son para la operación internacional”, indicó a la agencia Andina.

Read the full article at Andina.

I’ve been trying to get a flying job here in Peru, here’s to hoping for a good opportunity in the near future 🙂

To stay current as a pilot I’ve been doing some airplane deliveries and ferry flights, mostly to Europe. Here’s a picture I took approaching Greenland on a recent Trans-Atlantic ferry flight to Europe:

Approaching Greenland on a trans-Atlantic airplane delivery flight

Approaching Greenland on a trans-Atlantic airplane delivery flight

More flying pictures on my contract pilot blog.

Sign said “funky foreign people need not apply”

I’ve been trying to get a pilot job at a major airline in Peru, my dream-job really. Talked to the screening team today, and while they were exceedingly nice and said they would love to talk to me, they won’t…. Why? the company is only hiring Peruvian nationals at this time, and even though I am a resident of Peru, I can’t get any further in the process until I obtain my Peruvian citizenship, for which I am eligible later this year.

The worst part? The young lady I was speaking to also said they would consider a few applicants from close nationalities such as Spaniards, Colombians or Ecuadorians. Really!!!

Discrimination sucks…