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'Zen Pilot' shares challenges of global flight'Zen Pilot' shares challenges of global flight

Pilot Robert DeLaurentis shares his soul with readers in a new book, Zen Pilot: Flight of Passion & the Journey Within, and recalls some of the many challenges he tackled head-on during a 2015 global circumnavigation flight.

Pilot Robert DeLaurentis exposes his soul to readers in a new book, "Zen Pilot: Flight of Passion & the Journey Within," as he recalls some of the many challenges he tackled head-on during a 2015 global circumnavigation flight. Photo courtesy of Robert DeLaurentis.

The San Diego-based psychologist and author said in a news release announcing the book that the experience behind the controls of his 1997 Piper Malibu Mirage made him “peer into the abyss on a number of occasions.”

DeLaurentis details how his insights and experiences could “enrich the life of any pilot or person who dares to dream about challenging themselves.”

Readers take the right seat for 39 takeoffs as the pilot describes how he battled bureaucrats, headwinds, violent weather, and electrical and mechanical malfunctions along the way. DeLaurentis said one of his many Zen moments occurred as he was “rocketing toward the ground in an aircraft loaded with high octane aviation fuel.”

In an earlier AOPA article about the trip, DeLaurentis recalled the 27,000-mile epic journey as an eye opener that sometimes took “enormous trust” to continue pushing forward from the left seat of his Spirit of San Diego.

A description of the book posted on amazon.com says that the “real-life adventure will inspire anyone who loves flying, yearns to fly, or simply has their own ‘impossibly big dream.’”

With Zen Pilot: Flight of Passion & the Journey Within, DeLaurentis treats readers to a roller coaster ride of emotions and shows how the flight around the world redefined the author by making him not just a better pilot, but a better person.

David Tulis

David Tulis

Associate Editor Web/ePilot
AOPA Associate Editor Web/ePilot David Tulis joined AOPA in 2015 and is a seaplane-rated private pilot who enjoys vintage aircraft, aerobatic flying, and photography.
Topics: Pilots, International Travel

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