We have spent about 2,200 days in the air since November 21, 2019, including the entire year of 2017.
That’s the total of the time we spent in the sky in 2018, when we took off from our base in Sydney and flew into the south of Australia to spend a few weeks in the wild.
The flight we were on that day was a success: we were the first human in space.
I think we were a bit more lucky than others, but we made it through the first week of 2019 without any problems.
We flew for almost two months, from November 27 to December 3.
A little more than a month after our first successful flight, we were able to send back pictures of the ground, to prove we could fly with the right technology.
For the next two months we flew in the stratosphere in the hope of proving we could safely land our craft and return to Earth.
This flight ended in December, when the plane lost power and crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.
It was a major setback, and I was extremely disappointed.
But, on January 7, 2020, we woke up in hospital with a big grin on my face.
“Thank God for that plane, because it meant I could be here now, to tell you the truth, and tell you that I was OK,” I told the nurses.
Since then I’ve been doing what I can to help others, including helping them make decisions for themselves.
And that includes getting help from some of the most respected people in the world.
They’ve been kind enough to send me their phone numbers so I can contact them.
Some of the things they’ve said to me: ‘You’ve got a good heart, a strong sense of humour, and you’re an amazing person.
I’ve never heard anything like that in a professional relationship, not just from a pilot, but a pilot in general’.
I’ve also been able to talk to the people who were in the cockpit at the time and to those people: they’ve been incredibly helpful.
You know, they can be pretty blunt, but it’s not just about getting the plane back to the ground.
They want to know what happened to their loved ones and how they feel about it.
So, this year I’ve made an effort to make sure that if anyone has anything they’d like to say to me, I’ll be sure to read it.
I’m also starting to share what I’ve learnt, to make it easier for people to get help when they need it.
I hope that, with my support and my passion for this, my story will inspire others to do the same.