My Heart is Africa: A Flying Adventure by Scott GriffinMy Heart is Africa: A Flying Adventure by Scott Griffin

My Heart is Africa: A Flying Adventure

byScott Griffin

Paperback | March 2, 2006

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In 1996, successful businessman and certified pilot, Scott Griffin, decided to break from the comfortable routine of his life to go work for the Flying Doctors Service, an African organization that flies doctors to remote areas to administer medical assistance. Griffin also made the daring decision to fly his small, single-engine Cessna 180 solo from Canada to Africa and back again. My Heart is Africa is the engaging, personal story of Griffin's two-year aviation adventure throughout Africa. Facing storms, equipment problems, fuel shortages and isolation, Griffin successfully made his way to Kenya - little did he know, his harrowing flight over the Atlantic was only the beginning of his adventure. Once in Africa, Griffin circumnavigated the continent, flying over deserts, mountains and jungles both as a medical volunteer and tourist. Throughout his journey - which included being arrested and crashing, then re-crashing, his plane - Griffin discovered the heartrending humanity and beauty of Africa.

My Heart is Africa is an absorbing adventure story, but it is also the story of Africa - its problems and people, its landscapes and limitations, its culture and courage. Griffin's intrepid flying odyssey not only takes the reader on a journey across Africa but into the lives of all the doctors, nurses, aid workers and eccentric characters that crossed his path along the way. My Heart is Africa is a fascinating and gripping account of one man's quest to push beyond his personal limits in order to explore and experience a new way of life.

Scott Griffin is the Chairman and major stakeholder of two manufacturing companies and the owner of The House of Anansi Press Inc. He is Chairman and Trustee of the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry and Chancellor of Bishops University. He is on several NGO boards, including the AMREF International Board based in Nairobi, Kenya. H...
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Title:My Heart is Africa: A Flying AdventureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6.13 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6.13 × 1 inPublished:March 2, 2006Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887621910

ISBN - 13:9780887621918

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sky's the limit - A wonderful book! This book is a biography of Scott Griffin’s 2 yr. adventure in Africa. A philanthropist who worked as a consultant for the Flying Doctor Service, a non-profit organization (part of AMREF - African Medical and Research Foundation) and also a pilot. His story is very captivating in the sense that it emphasizes on humanistic values and concerns in which we all should abide by. It is worth mentioning that AMREF were founded by Sir Michael Wood, Sir Archibald McIndoe and Dr. Thomas Ree. Alongside, Dr. Anne Spoerry who dedicated most of her life to Africa as a flying doctor. It is in these exceptional individual characters who made all the difference from the start. Least we not forget, the staff of the Flying Doctor Service, be it doctors, nurses, pilots, maintenance technicians etc... are the heart of it all, ministering medical assistance for the sick in outlying areas of the country. All these incredible people have made a great impact in Africa by being continuous supporters with hope for survival. My admiration and respect to their extraordinary dedication and unlimited efforts in their unselfish desire to help those in need remains. I was deeply saddened by the story that was articulated by Scott about a junior pilot who had taken upon a dangerous mission with a nurse to Sabarei to save a 15 yr. old girl who was hemorrhaging badly after giving birth. This jr. pilot's decision was a risky one which came close to a disaster but it is this risk that he took and his persistent will to save a life that I highly regard honorable which brought tears to my eyes. Apart from this, Scott's passion for flying is absolutely evident. His flying adventure over 20,000 miles across land, ocean, snow, jungle and sea is told from beginning to end with impeccable description. The people he encountered, sharing their life experiences on countless conversations have some influences in making him who he is. The book gave me an outlook that things in life can be so impossible but made possible. We are indeed lucky with the things we have, and yet we take it for granted without knowing nor realizing it. I appreciate the fact that Scott is unbiased towards their culture and way of life. Thus illustrating his appreciation and compassion with Africa is remarkably impressive. I would say that he did not make a mark in Africa but rather the reverse holds true. It is Africa that made a mark in him as he says…his heart is in Africa.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shedding Light on the Dark Continent This book is a captivating story of Scott Griffin's success in finding life after being a CEO. His adventure in flying solo across the Atlantic to Africa is described with honesty and suspense. I almost found myself flapping my arms at times to help him through the rough spots! His story of the 2 year volunteer opportunity working for a non-profit organization that provides fly-in medical services throughout rural Africa is told in an easy style that feels as if you are sitting with him and having a friendly conversation. The pictures that he paints of the land and its people give you a very good sense of what it must be like to live on that vast continent. He describes both its beauty and its struggles without making judgments. I appreciated the maps that are included in the book so that I could consult them to get a better idea of where he was as he describes his flying adventures across Africa. I also appreciated the photos that he included - a good way to measure your mental image of things against the visual reality. I have never been to Africa but after reading this book I have boosted it to #1 on my list of places or things to see before I die!
Date published: 2006-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great adventure, absolutely great! Beautiful descriptions of flying, like being in the right hand seat, with a great Aviator. Scott Griffin is one of the great aviators, a small plane over oceans, over Africa for 23,000 miles. His feeling for Africa come over thru out this gripping story. Don't miss his!
Date published: 2006-05-26

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The Newfoundland coast slipped beneath my right wing, inducing a sense of panic as I struck out over open water. I was losing my nerve. I fought for a legitimate reason to bank the plane and return to the safety of St. John's airport. A navigational miscalculation, an operational error or misjudgement from this point forward could lead to fuel exhaustion, mechanical failure, or loss of direction, forcing me to ditch into a fearsome sea. Somehow, in spite of all the careful planning, all the preparation, I was not yet ready to penetrate the night, to fly solo over fourteen hundred miles of ocean to the Azores. How to explain this sudden loss of nerve? With every passing minute I slipped, inch by inch, further out over the ice-cold water, deeper into a private world of fear.

Editorial Reviews

...ultimately, My Heart is Africa is much more than a travelogue; it is a love story in which Griffin opens his heart to Krystyne, to his beloved and battered Cessna, and to Africa - perhaps the most deserving of them all.