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Flying from Shangri-La

I cancelled the reverse thrust and breathed out. I had been holding my breath since we started sliding down the airstrip.

‘F*** me!’ I said out loud to no one.

The engine was still running, the wheels all seemed to be attached and the aircraft wasn’t embedded on a wooden post or buried in a bunch of trees.

‘F*** me!’ I repeated to myself.

Extract from Flying from Shangri-La by Matt Dearden

Flying from Shangri-La is the true story of a computer geek turned daring bush pilot, flying the most dangerous routes on earth.

It follows my life changing journey from battling mental health issues whilst stuck in a mundane nine to five IT job, to retraining as a commercial pilot and travelling to the other side of the world to a country I had barely heard of, to work for a South East Asian airline in one of the most dangerous and remote parts of the world.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave your normal life behind, risk everything and travel to the other side of the world in order to fulfil a dream? 

This was a pinch myself moment. Here I was flying a commercial aircraft in a country I’d barely heard of a few months ago and absolutely loving it! 

Extract from Flying from Shangri-La by Matt Dearden

If you enjoyed the hit series, Worst Place to be a Pilot, then you need to read Flying from Shangri-La. It’s a no holds barred account of my seven year adventure, flying for Susi Air in Indonesia. The TV series only scratched the surface of what it was like. During my time out there, I overcame my anxiety issues, nearly died at least a couple of times and reshaped my life in ways I could never have imagined when I first started this journey. As yet, no one has written a book detailing what it was really like to live and work in one of the world’s last frontiers. This is that book. It’s informative, funny, tragic and proof that you really can change your life.

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7 thoughts on “Flying from Shangri-La”

  1. Living vicariously through you! I’m currently doing my PPL and this is a dream! My Auntie Sallie told me to check your website out, can’t wait for the release

  2. Captain John Edwards

    Congratulations on your survival….I flew the Hawker Avro 748 lease demonstrator out of East Jarva and around Eastern Indonesia airstrips in 1971.
    I can appreciate what you went through….

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