Jim Forster: My Passions

Have you ever wondered what drives you? Is it work, sport, or maybe even both? Well I can tell you with 100% certainty that I absolutely love my job and also skiing. For those of you that don’t know me, my chosen profession is that of a Corporate Pilot, employed by a company called NetJets Aviation, Inc. flying Gulfstream G450 and G550 business jets all over the planet. When I’m not flying to places like Beijing, Sydney, New Delhi, London, Dubai, Buenos Aires and Bangkok, you can find me out barefooting behind my 2004 Sanger 20 DXII in the canals of South Florida. When I’m flying at altitude, I’m always looking down at lakes, rivers and canals to find my next barefooting adventure. I’ve seen Short Line Lake in Sacramento, CA. from 45000 feet, flown over The Barefoot Ski Ranch in Waco, TX, and even over a skiing complex just north of Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport and imagined what it would be like to get my feet wet there. It’s all part of what drives me, flying and barefoot skiing.

I think back to my humble beginning as a Private Pilot and also my first time barefooting, in both cases, I had an instant passion for both! I knew that I couldn’t wait for more….and so the long road began to gain experience and pilot ratings which led to me where I am today in flying and also the time on the water which I needed to perfect my barefooting skills. I am very fortunate to be where I am today, getting paid to do what I love the most and also staying healthy so that I can barefoot. My goal is to barefoot in every state in the U.S and every country that I visit. So far, because of my job, I have been able to barefoot in 17 states ( including Hawaii ) but only 2 countries, Germany and Greece. But with many good years left in front of me, I hope that add to that list. I’m always striving to meet new skiers and hopefully one day ski somewhere that I’ve never been before.

So the next time you’re skiing in your favorite spot and you see a business jet fly over, look up, because it could be me looking down and smiling at you!

Jim Forster



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One Response to “Jim Forster: My Passions”

  1. The Smiths says:

    Kudos that you can live your passions! If you are ever in Fairmont, WV – look us up! Municipal airport and beautiful Monongahela River all in one place Flying and barefooting in our family – its in our blood! Keep footin !!

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