While being a pilot means that you’re not restricted to a traditional office setup, it also means that you get to regularly enjoy phenomenal views of the Earth that others might take for granted. One lucky pilot who gets to enjoy some of Earth’s finest views is Fireblade team member and pilot Reuben Maina.
“When I was growing up I lived close to the airport and I was always fascinated by airplanes. I wondered what it would feel like to be in one or, even better, to fly one myself,” says Reuben.
These days he regularly flies to Europe, North America, Asia and Africa in the Fireblade Global 6500, a long range business jet that can fly at a maximum altitude of 51,000ft and enjoy flights up to twelve hours in duration. As a result of his unique workplace environment, Reuben is treated to beautiful views of the planet and its different landscapes, and this has influenced his views on sustainability.
“I always tell people that I have the office with the best views. Sunrise and sunsets are my personal favorites, and the views of the thunderstorms are fascinating at night. The sunrise over North Africa is spectacular, the snow over the Alps never ceases to amaze me, and the white cliffs of Dover are always a welcome sight,” says Reuben.
“In terms of views from the cockpit, nothing compares to it. One day you are looking at the Northern Lights over the Atlantic Ocean, the next you are looking at the white snow on the Alps, Table Mountain, or even the Great Lakes. The earth is so special, we need to take special care of it.