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Kiwis Can Fly

Non-fiction. Inspired by the first moon landing at the age of 10 in 1969, Jeremy Burfoot decided to become a pilot. He joined the RNZAF as a navigator at the age of 18 and was the navigator on the search for the Mt Erebus DC10 crash. He obtained his pilots licence privately while still in the RNZAF and then went to Papua New Guinea to fly for Talair PTY for a couple of years.

 

He joined Qantas as a pilot in 1984 and was promoted to 747 Captain at the young age of 31. He took leave from Qantas in the 90s and flew 747s for Japan Airlines based in Anchorage, Alaska and Honolulu. He returned to Qantas and flew the 747-400 then the Airbus A380 before Covid 19 terminated his career in 2020. He has 23,000 hours of flying experience. He currently flies a paraglider to get back in the air when he feels the need.

 

This book has been written with the hope of inspiring young pilots to succeed in an aviation career. It includes tips for pilots and bonus chapters on the future of aviation, flying the big jets, what makes a good pilot and pilot health. In addition, it includes a bonus chapter on training by Captain Matt Gray, former head of Qantas training.

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Shit Just Got Real

Hybrid Aviation Humour. Narrative non-fiction with a twist. Most of the stories are based on truth, but in places are exaggerated to add humour. Captain Terry 'Flash' Gordon is a creation of Jeremy Burfoot's. He's a combination of many of the dubious characteristics Jeremy met throughout his career. Terry doesn't suffer fools gladly and is not very politically correct. All of the names have been changed to protect the guilty. Terry is quite a good travel guide as well as being a good commentator on things aviation.

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The Wrong Way Down

Non-fiction. In August 2010, Qantas 747 Captain, Jeremy Burfoot and his team headed off from London in an attempt to ride a Seadoo jet ski all the way to Sydney, Australia.

 

This is the story of the preparation leading up to the attempt and the adventure itself. It was a 'never a dull moment' adventure where anything that could go wrong, generally did. Anyone interested in the river route from the North Sea to the Black Sea via the Rhine river, the Rhine-Main Danube Canal and the Danube river should read this book. Anyone interested in a long-distance jet ski or personal watercraft adventures should, likewise, find this book a great source of information.

 

The book includes good descriptions of travel by water through countries like the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Ukraine. The adventure also included travel on the Black Sea, through the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea.

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The Ride Around New Zealand

Non-fiction. In February 2006 Jeremy and his friend, Brad Burton, rode jet skis over 5,000km around both islands of New Zealand to raise awareness of skin cancer. This is the story.