My First Solo Flight

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Ever since I can remember, I wanted to become a pilot. As the years passed my career steered me into the business world and engineering.

At the age of 35, I became seriously ill and it was then when I decided turning my dream of flying into reality.

I vividly recall studying in my hospital bed, sick of chemotherapy and how I never gave up. Today I am an airline pilot in business aviation and ambulance flying. I’m licensed to fly various airplanes in different continents and I’m enjoying every moment of my dream, now my reality.

What was the most thrilling experience during my first solo flight?

When my instructor informed me: “I think you are ready” (just like in Avatar, the movie when Neytiri told Jake he was ready to become a Matakaya). I replied: “Ready for what?” “Ready for take off!” he commanded.

The instructor never gave me a chance to answer as he was convinced I could do it. And so I took off and flew along the traffic pattern (a mere 5 minutes!)) around the airport. I went through my checklist, radio communication and just as I was about to downwind to the airport I realized (WTF!) now I have to land this thing alone! Within a second my adrenalin hit an all time high and blood pressure pumped to the maximum. I could hear my heart beating through my headphones as I was ticking off checklist for the approach, keeping track of procedures, proper radio communication and flew the plane in the requested speed and configuration.

As I was turning into final approach for landing and thank heavens I could see the runway in front of me, it was then that I kept my focus and confidence together and said NO to anxiety and uncertainty building up my head.


I can’t explain or describe how it felt that day. That feeling follows me till this very day as I’m flying around the world delivering either patients or high profiled guests to their destinations. The feeling of flying creates a beautiful balance in my life that is filled with gratification, exhilaration, gratitude and the mere fact that I know that I’m capable of living my dream!

 My message to you: “Don’t allow an illness or anything of that matter to make you realize you should reach for your dreams, you just never know… Go and do it now! 

The story of Rony Vogel 

I Love CT

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Put your hands up for Cape Town, I love this city! Imagine a beautiful city nestled at the foot of a continent, next to a blue ocean with deep blue skies and in the middle of it all, a range of majestic mountains hugs the city.

Cape Town alias ‘mother city of the Rainbow Nation’ is a vibrant city where people and life comes together. Cape Town is a place where people celebrate all the time and work is considered….well come and see experience for yourself, especially on a Monday 😉

Our culture is rich and diverse with many nationalities and a proud country of 13 official languages. We had a tough history that separated us for many years and this was completely unnecessary. Today we have this wonderful, bright future in front of us. Cape Town presents the most amazing festivals, concerts, sports events and international events. When this happens the city and mountain lights illuminate the entire peninsula and a sense of unity is felt throughout the entire country!

Cape Town offers so much, for each and everyone!

  1. Hike up Table Mountain
  2. Take a boat to see Robben Island (Nelson Mandela’s prison cell)
  3. Shop at the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Cavendish Malls and indulge in high street fashion, culture, cuisine and entertainment
  4. Stroll in the Company Gardens and visit the Museums and Planetarium
  5. Have High Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel
  6. Walk down Adderley Street and check out real Capetonians
  7. Visit the townships and Cape Town flats
  8. Check out the District Six Museum
  9. Take the red hop-on hop-off bus and take tours all over the peninsula
  10. Nightlife is amazing with hundreds of clubs!!
  11. Be part of the café society – we have the best, little and cute café’s ever!
  12. Check out colourful BoKaap and try traditional South African Cape Malay food
  13. De Waterkant Village is filled with Art and Lifestyle shops
  14. Jog or walk on the Sea Point promenade and savor the most beautiful sunsets – oh, and challenge the beach gym!
  15. Sunbathe at Clifton and swim in icy cold water!
  16. Enjoy sundowners in Caprice on Sunday evenings from 5pm
  17. Check out Long Street for a vibey night out or boutique shopping
  18. Shop at Green Market Square for Souvenirs and take pictures of the city’s rich culture and buildings
  19. Walk up Lion’s head mountain on full moon
  20. Paraglide off Lion’s Head or just be lazy on your hotel terrace overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
  21. Tip a parking guide from R2 and smile!
  22. Enjoy luxurious accommodation….everywhere!
  23. Bring enough money…you will want to spend it all!
  24. Hire a bicycle and be part of the Saturday morning cycling trend to enjoy a scrumptious breakfast afterwards! Mmmmm!!!
  25. Visit Cape Point and check out the currents and baboons! Don’t feed them please. Drive on the famous Chapman’s peak drive
  26. Swim with penguins! At Boulders beach – too cute!
  27. Visit the wine farms…we have plenty of the very best and do stay overnight!
  28. Date a South African!
  29. Visit the rest of the country, its like experiencing the whole world in one country – and it’s safe!
  30. Buy a property here, you’ll definitely want to stay!

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Alexander the Great

Alexander The Great by Kirsi Salonen

……….On his death bed, Alexander summoned his generals and told them his 3 final wishes:

1. The best doctors should carry his coffin

2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones…) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery, and

3. His hands should be let loose, hanging outside the coffin for all to see!!

One of his generals, surprised by these unusual requests asked Alexander to explain.

Here is what Alexander the Great had to say:

I want the best doctors to carry my coffin to demonstrate that, in the face of death, even the best doctors in the world have no power to heal…

I want the road to be covered with my treasure so that everybody sees that material wealth acquired on earth, stays on earth…

I want my hands to swing in the wind, so that people understand that we come to this world empty-handed and we leave this world empty-handed after the most precious treasure of all is exhausted, and that is TIME.

The lesson for life:

We do not take to our grave any material wealth, although our good deeds can be our travelers’ cheques.

TIME is our most precious treasure because it is LIMITED.

We can produce more wealth, but we cannot produce more TIME.

When we give someone our TIME, we actually give a portion of our life that we will never take back.

Our TIME is our life!

The best present we can give others and ourselves is TIME.

May we have plenty of TIME and may we all have the wisdom to give it away and LIVE until our TIME has come.