Junglepilot.org was my first website, developed in the Amazon Rainforest as yes, a “junglepilot”. That was 1998. That website chronicled the work our little band of pilots was accomplishing day in and day out serving the indigenous people groups of the “Oriente” or eastern jungle of Ecuador, SA.
It was a successful website in that it drew the interest of people from around the world, mainly pilot types. But also seemed to have a great following among curious about why would someone take their family and move to the jungle. At the height of it’s popularity the website averaged over 500 unique visits a day. That was excellent for such a niche site the late 1990’s.
After 8 years and thousands of take-off’s and landings my family and I returned to the US in 2002 where, among other pursuits and several LLC’s later, the recruitment of pilots to follow in my footsteps for the same organization (Mission Aviation Fellowship), building and developing websites for a variety of national clients, and starting a coffee business filled my days.
But never one to follow a linear track, I’ve added and subtracted from that mix over the years with;
- Involvement in local and statewide politics,
- Along with my wife, mentoring my daughter in her own cookie business, and now
- Completing an experimental class homebuilt aircraft, an RV-8 by Vans Aircraft.
With such a wide variety of interests the idea that the continuation of Junglepilot now as an evolution of the original purpose seemed almost too obvious. So here it is.
I hope you enjoy the eclectic mix of articles and other particulars that at any given point have held my interest from five minutes to many decades.
God bless and have a great day!