Michael Jarvis writes from his experiences as a professional jet pilot, private yacht captain and global adventurer, with thousands of true and remarkable stories in which—as he’s happy to share—often leave us laughing out loud about how he mucked things up. From roller skating across France as a teen, to escaping pirates as a captain in the Caribbean Sea, to flying British royalty and US national treasure celebrities from some of the world’s most remote airports, Jarvis has lived a life even the most imaginative writers can only begin to fictionalize.
Jarvis is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science with honors as Class Speaker at commencement ceremonies. Jarvis is a Captain of both air and sea, holding an FAA Air Transport Pilot license and type rating to fly private jets, and a US Coast Guard Master License (Yacht Captain), allowing his experiences as Captain of yachts around California, Mexico and extensive Caribbean tours.
Jarvis continues to write about his adventures on the sea and in the sky. In 1985, Jarvis survived an aerobatic biplane crash where he adapted an old pilot’s adage to “any landing you can crawl away from with broken arms and legs—on fire—is a good one.” His sense of humor is both inspirational and thought-provoking, with an extraordinarily rare insight into the generosity we are given with each extended day of our fragile lives.
An active member of Southern California Writers Association, Jarvis resides in his birth-town of Newport Beach, California, where he is happily married with four adult children.