Every time I fly along with Nathan, I come home exhausted and amazed that he does this every. single. day. And while the flying itself has it’s own challenges (weather, rough terrain, short runways, etc.) the on-the-ground part is what really wears me out, and I’m just an observer!
In the air, Nathan is the pilot. And like I said, this is a challenge in itself. Flying here is no joke. But on the ground, he is the ground crew, unloading and loading the plane, this also often includes removing or adding seats; the ticket agent, writing tickets and collecting money; the flight attendant, directing people where to sit and how to work their seatbelts (often his passengers have never worn a seatbelt in their lifetime and so it’s really a trick to teach them how to use it!); the peacemaker, sometimes fights break out when there are more passengers than seats available; the runway clearer, not a real job in most airports, but a pretty important one here: getting all the people and animals off the runway so he can take-off again. All of these things happen within about 20 minutes. It’s a whirlwind of activity, followed up by a roller coaster ride take-off down a tiny dirt runway.
And then it’s on to the next village to do it all over again!