Karim Bibi was born in 1981 in Beirut, Lebanon, and has always been in love with airplanes and aviation in general.
He hitched his first instructional ride on a Cessna 152, a present from his grandfather, at the age of 16, and that was the moment he knew this was what he wanted to be doing for the rest of his life.
Karim started flying as a career in 2006 as a corporate pilot, which gave him the chance to fly multiple light and medium jet types. He flew cargo operations for two years after the 6-year corporate stint, and has been flying for one of the Gulf majors since the end of 2014.
He is currently flying the Airbus A350.
On the modelling front, the earliest memories Karim has are of his father building a motorised TBM Avenger for him when he was just a toddler. He moved on to gluing styrene and laying a splash of paint on kits when he was a bit older, then completely stopped modelling for a very long while. In 2012 he started again by building a Tamiya M113 AFV in 1/35th scale, got bitten by the modelling bug again, and moved to 1/32 aircraft ever since!
Below is a selection of Karim’s models: