‘Law & Order: Organized Crime’: Christopher Meloni Has Some Pilot Training and a Wild Bucket List Item

by Suzanne Halliburton

Christopher Meloni, the star of Law & Order Organized Crime, is back on top of the TV world.

His show, which is a Law & Order spinoff, starts season two, Sept. 23. Meloni, at age 60, is now featured on the cover of Men’s Health. He even did a workout video as part of the cover. He admits he’s enjoying a super successful start to a new decade of his life.

“It’s cool as sh*t,” says the star of Law & Order: Organized Crime of his new cover and his year, in general. “The aspect of age comes into play as far as the cover of [this magazine] and how I feel about it. A friend of mine said, ‘Did you ever think in a million years you’d be on the cover of Men’s Health?’ I said, ‘Certainly not at age 60.’ 

So what’s left for Meloni? Back in 2015, he talked about a big bucket list item, relying on a skill he doesn’t show off when he’s Elliot Stabler on Law & Organized Organized Crime. It involves flying.

“Now, right after this, I’m off to water-ski,” Meloni quipped in an interview with Page Six.

“But, down the line, I want to take a one-year trip flying around the world. With me as pilot. I took a little training and got kind of a license. They gave it to me on the back of a matchbox or something.”

Meloni kids about his piloting skills. Check out this photo from 2014. That’s singer Lance Bass with him.

Law & Order: Organized Crime Star Started Flying Right Before He Hit 50

Meloni started flight training as a project before he hit 50, right before he left Law & Order: SVU. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) featured Meloni in 2015. By then, he had 765 hours of flight time in an Eclipse 500. This was six years before he again embraced Elliot Stabler, this time with Law & Order: Organized Crime.

Meloni said: “I started right before my fiftieth birthday. I instantly became obsessed with my mission—learn to fly, and then learn to fly a jet.”

And his favorite trip?

“I love flying to small, out-of-the-way places in the middle of the United States,” Meloni told AOPA. “My last trip was to Moab, Utah, with my family.”

Meloni had even more words of wisdom for pilots in training:

“Don’t stop,” he said. “It is always far more difficult for me to finish something if I start and then stop and then have to start over again.”

It’s interesting to look back on what Meloni said about flying. He did the opposite in his Law & Order career. He stopped playing Stabler in 2011 because of a contract dispute with NBC.

Then a decade later, he was back as Stabler with Law & Order: Organized Crime. Fans are happy he changed his mind.