Here are some shots from my December 09 trip. I spent 18 days on the road covering 5 continents. Christmas day was in Dubai and New Year's was in Ramstein, Germany. I guess I'll have to make up for lost celebrations some other time. Such is the life of a cargo pilot where time and date fade and blur as life is measured by how much time is spent resting between flights.
It is a rag tag gypsy life, but it gets into your blood, and like malaria, it is hard to shake. You learn quickly what is necessary and what is superfluous when you live out of a suitcase. There is an art to packing and equipping yourself, and I have just about perfected it after much trial and error.
Questions about what watch is best for pilots are common here, but it depends on what kind of flying you are doing. My Yes Zulu is proving to be a versatile tool that I depend on more and more.
The focus is a bit bad due to the low light. It was still before sun rise when I took the pic. You can see that the analog hour hand shows that the sun won't be up for another 1.5 hours
I love the PET feature on the Zulu (Phase Elapsed Timer). It is a count down mission timer that allows you to set the start time for an event. I set the scheduled block out time while in the hotel. My wake up call comes 3 hours prior to block out time, and pick up time from the hotel is 2 hours. Once airborne, I set the landing time from the FMS (flight management computer) which gives me a countdown to landing. I know exactly how I stand for time which is really helpful while I am resting in the bunk for example.
6 hours and 14 minutes until landing in Dubai (DXB) from Shanghai (PVG).
It was a beautiful day in Scotland.
Departing Nairobi (NBO) with a load of flowers bound for Amsterdam (AMS).
The view from the office window never gets old.
We can play "where is Waldo?" with the Lat/Long coordinates.