healthy recipes

Meine superfoods und gesunden Rezepte

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Hallo mein Aviator! Die Frühlingszeit beginnt und ich habe ein paar leckere vegane Rezepte für Dich. (Nein, ich bin kein veganer) Ich habe bereits in der Vergangenheit schon meine gesunden Essgewohnheiten in dem Artikel „I am a Foodie Pilot“ veröffentlicht. Finde jetzt heraus welche „Superfoods“ ich täglich konsumiere um gesund zu bleiben! 

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Fit während meiner Reisen

In letzter Zeit werde ich immer häufiger gefragt, wie ich mich fit halte, obwohl ich so viel reisen muss. Das Geheimnis ist nicht nur regelmäßig Sport zu treiben, sondern auch eine ausbalancierte Ernährung.

Gesund zu bleiben heißt für mich meinen Körper mit den bestmöglichen Nährstoffen zu „tanken“. Wie ich schon einmal an einer anderen Stelle erwähnt habe, machen 70% die Ernährung und 30% Sport aus, um Deine Ziele zu erreichen.

Ich folge dabei einer einfachen Regel:

  • Wenig Milchprodukte
  • Kein raffinierter Zucker, stattdessen Xucker
  • Kein Weißmehl, besser Vollkornmehl
  • Fleisch nur einmal wöchentlich, in Bio Qualität 

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Meine tägliche Dosis an Superfoods

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Meine Superfoods

Um sicher zu gehen, dass mein Körper alle wichtigen Vitamine und Antioxidantien erhält habe ich eine Menge natürlicher Produkte aufgetan, die positive Auswirkungen auf die Gesundheit haben. Antioxidantien sind Moleküle, die die Oxidation anderer Moleküle hemmen. Oxidation ist eine chemische Reaktion, die Radikale freisetzen kann. Diese Reaktion kann Deine Zellen schädigen. Antioxidantien können in vielen Lebensmitteln gefunden werden.

Alle Produkte, die ich hier aufliste sind leicht und schnell zuzubereiten. Die meisten davon besorge ich online, weil es günstiger ist, diese in größeren Mengen zu kaufen.

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Zitronen- Tee

Reich an natürlichem Vitamin C. Der Saft ist antibakteriell, antiphlogistisch (entzündungshemmend) und verdauungsfördernd. Zudem kann Zitrone Deinen Körper entgiften! Wie Du sehen kannst, ein günstiges und natürliches Elixier! Stelle sicher, dass Du Bio-Zitronen verwendest, da man auch den Abrieb verwenden sollte. Ich benutze diese Reibe, um die Schale in mein Tee zu hobeln. Anschließend drücke die Zitrone aus und gebe den Saft zusammen mit dem Abrieb der Schale in eine Tasse. Das ganze füllst Du mit Wasser (nicht zu heiß, um die Vitamine zu schonen) auf. Ich trinke täglich vor dem Frühstück eine Tasse Zitronentee am Tag.

Kurkuma Wasser

Kurkuma (curcuma longa) enthält Kurkumin und ist eine der bedeutendsten medizinischen Pflanzen. Vor allem in China und Indien ist es bekannt für seine antiphlogistischen Effekte. Es ist eine gute Quelle von Antioxidantien. Nimm ein Glas Wasser und verrühre ein Teelöffel Kurkuma Pulver im Wasser. Wenn Du den Geschmack nicht magst, kannst Du es auch unter den Müsli mischen oder mit Mandelmilch anrühren. Super gesund und super einfach! Ich trinke es täglich morgens nach dem Aufstehen.

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Dein foodie Pilot Patrick

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Spirulina

Spirulina ist eine Alge, die bereits von den Azteken konsumiert wurde. Die Konzentration an Vitaminen und Mineralien ist die höchste, die bisher gefunden wurde. Reich an Carotin, Vitamin B12, Eisen und anderen Spurenelementen. Mit all diesen guten Komponenten unterstützt es das Immunsystem enorm, ein echter Energielieferant! Ich verwende Bio Spirulina von GSE. 3 mal 4 Tabletten pro Tag!

Reisprotein

Du denkst an einen einfachen Protein-Shake, aber Reisprotein ist ein echtes Superfood! Es ist extrem nahrhaft und reich an anderen lebenswichtigen Substanzen. Im Vergleich zu anderen Superfoods, hat Reis-Protein ein hohes Maß an Vitamin E, welches ein gutes Antioxidans ist. Dieses Vitamin schützt Deine Zellen vor freien Radikalen. Es ist ideal für Veganer und Menschen, die versuchen Molke-Proteine zu vermeiden. Ich verwende etwa 40 g Proteinpulver aufgelöst in Wasser nach jedem Training. Empfehlen kann ich vor allem den Bio-Produzenten Piowald.

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Mein tägliches gesundes Frühstück zu Hause

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Leinsamenöll

Dieses Öl ist reich an Omega-3-Fettsäuren, die Deine Konzentrationsfähigkeit verbessern und Deine innere Ruhe unterstützt. Es kann sogar vorbeugend gegen Krebs wirken. Ich nehme einen Esslöffel Leinsamenöl am Morgen vor dem Frühstück. Bewahre es im Kühlschrank auf und achte auf gute Qualität!

Gefiltertes Wasser

Die Qualität des Leitungswassers in Deutschland ist nicht die Beste. Es ist wirklich beängstigend, wie ich herausgefunden habe! Im Laufe der Jahre hat die Regierung die Grenzwerte der Kontamination für unser Leitungswasser Schritt für Schritt erhöht, da die Wasserwerke die hohe Wasserqualität nicht mehr aufrechterhalten konnten.

Ich war schockiert über die schlechte Qualität, als ich mein Leitungswasser mit diesem Messwerkzeug getestet habe. In unserem Leitungswasser befinden sich Rückstände von Medikamenten, Hormonen und Pestiziden. Bisher hatte ich ausschließlich Quellwasser aus Glasflaschen getrunken. Dennoch benutzte ich Leitungswasser lange Zeit zum Kochen und zur Zubereitung von Tee. Deshalb habe ich mich vor kurzem dazu entschlossen, einen Osmose Wasserfilter zu installieren, um das Leitungswasser zu filtern. Mein gefiltertes Leitungswasser ist nun sauberer als das Bio Wasser in Flaschen. Ich liebe Kohlensäure haltiges Wasser, deshalb habe ich mir einen SodaStream gekauft. Falls du mehr darüber wissen willst, sehe dir das Video von meinem Kumpel Ferdinand an.

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Aber warum das alles?

Unser Körper ist das Kostbarste was wir besitzen. Deshalb behandle ich ihn so gut wie möglich! Ich bin davon überzeugt, dass eine gesunde Ernährung Krankheiten nicht nur vorbeugen, sondern bestehende Krankheiten heilen kann. Es gibt mir auch ein gutes Gefühl für die Zukunft wenn ich weiß, dass ich das Beste dafür getan habe um mich seelisch und körperlich gesund zu halten.

Meine Informationen zu gesunden Lebensmitteln und Rezepten hole ich mir sehr oft von der Webseite Zentrum der Gesundheit. Ich kann diese Seite nur jedem empfehlen, der sich weitergehend mit der Materie beschäftigen möchte.

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Die gesunde Kochcrew

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Gesundes Kochen

Auf meiner Facebook Seite PilotPatrick habe ich Dir letzte Woche bei einem live Kochvideo mit Timo gezeigt, wie einfach es ist ein leckeres und veganes Gericht zuzubereiten. Das gesunde Rezept, welches Ideal für die Sommerzeit geeignet ist findest du hier. Happy cooking!

https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/1361529030579356/

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Clean eating Kochbuch

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Frühlingszeit Gemüse Soba Nudeln

Für vier Personen und dauert 30 min, wenn Du schnell bist.

Zutaten:

Soba

  • 250g soba noodles (buckwheat flour) or noodles of choice
  • 2 cups frozen organic edamame
  • 3 cups of sugar snap peas or snow peas
  • 6 medium-sized carrots, peeled
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (about 2 handfuls)
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds

Ginger-sesame sauce

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

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Anleitung

  1. To prepare the vegetables: Use a chef's knife to slice the peas in half lengthwise. Slice the carrots into long, thin strips with a julienne peeler, or slice them into ribbons with a vegetable peeler.
  2. To make the sauce: whisk together the ingredients in a small bowl until emulsified. Set aside.
  3. Bring two big pots of water to a boil. In the meantime, toast the sesame seeds: Pour the sesame seeds into a small pan. Toast for about 4 to 5 minutes over medium-low heat, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning, until the seeds are turning golden.
  4. Once the pots of water are boiling: In one pot, cook the soba noodles just until al dente. Cook the frozen edamame in the other pot until warmed through (about 4 to 6 minutes) but before draining, toss the halved peas into the boiling edamame water and cook for an additional 20 seconds. Drain.
  5. Combine the soba noodles, edamame, snap peas and carrots in a large serving bowl. Pour in the dressing and toss with salad servers. Toss in the chopped cilantro and toasted sesame seeds.

Genieße Dein gesundes Gericht!

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Raw vegan Raffaello

Das Beste war das Dessert an diesem Abend. Raw vegan Raffaello. Glaubt mir, diese Variante schmeckt besser als das Original. Sie sind ohne Zucker, ohne Milch und ohne Mehl. Wenn Du Kokosnuss magst wirst Du sie lieben.

Für ca. 10 Stück

Zutaten:

Teig

  • 3 Esslöffel Kokosnussöl
  • 4 Esslöffel Kokosnussmus
  • 2 Esslöffel Cashewmus
  • 1 Esslöffel Ahornsirup, Honig oder Xylit
  • 2 Esslöffel Kokosnussraspeln
  • Ein wenig Vanillepulver

Füllung und Hülle

  • 10 Mandeln
  • 2 Esslöffel Kokosnussraspeln

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"Teig" für raw vegan raffaello

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Instructions

  1. Put the coconut oil, coconut cream and cashew cream into a bowl and blend well. I suggest to put the the coconut oil and cream in a warm place (oven 60° degrees) so they are soft.
  2. Add the vanilla and maple sirup/honey/xylit sugar and stir well
  3. Put the soft cream into the refrigerator for not more than 10 min.
  4. Use the dough to form 2 cm big balls (you have to be quick so they do not get to soft again) Squeeze one almond inside and roll in coconut flakes afterwards
  5. Put it back in the refrigerator to serve cold.

Enjoy!

Für mehr Rezeptideen check den food blog Schüsselglück!

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So lecker und so gesund

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Bleibe gesund mein Aviator!

Übrigens: Mich würde interessieren was Dein gesundes Lieblingsgericht ist? Hinterlasse mir ein Kommentar weiter unten!

Dein Pilot Patrick

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healthy recipes

My superfoods and healthy recipes for spring

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Hello my Aviator! It is spring time and I have some tasty vegan recipes for you. I already revealed some highlights of my healthy eating habits in my former blog post: „I am a Foodie Pilot“ Find out now my superfoods which I am consuming daily to stay healthy.

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Fit while traveling

Lately I received a lot of questions asking me how I stay fit while traveling so much. The secret is not only enough body exercises but also balanced diet.

To stay fit also means for me to fuel my body with the best possible food. I take particular care about the ingredients and the organic quality. As I mentioned before it is 70% nutrition and 30% sports to achieve your goals.

I follow a simple guideline:

  • Less dairy products 
  • No raffinated sugars, instead Xucker
  • No simple wheat flour, rather whole wheat
  • Meat only once a week, in organic quality 

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My daily dose of superfoods

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My superfoods

To be sure that my body receives all important vitamins and antioxidant, I found many natural products which have beneficial health effects. Antioxidants are molecules which inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction which can free radicals. This reaction my damage cells. Antioxidants can be found in many foods.

All products I have listed here are easy to consume and do not waste a lot of time to prepare. Most of them I buy online since they are cheaper in bigger sizes.

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Lemon tea

Rich in natural Vitamin C. The juice is antibacterial, antiphlogistic and digestive. Additionally lemon can detox your body. As you can see a cheap and natural elixir. Make sure you use organic lemons, since you also  consume the skin. I use this Grater to get the skin off easily.  Then squeeze the lemon to get the juice. Put it all a cup and fill it up only with semi hot water so the vitamins do to not get burned right away. One cup of lemon tea a day.

Curcuma water

Curcuma (curcuma longa) contains curcumin and is one of the most significant medical plant. Especially in China and India it is well known for its antiphlogisitic effects. A good source of antioxidants. Take a glass of water and but one teaspoon of curcuma powder to it. Stir well. If you do not like the taste you can also but it in your cereal or blend it in almond milk. Curcuma Organic super healthy and super easy. 

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your foodie Pilot Patrick

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Spirulina

Spirulina is a alga which was already consumed by Aztecs. The concentration of vitamins and minerals is the highest which has been found yet. Rich in carotin, vitamin B12, iron and other trace elements. With all those good components it supports the immune system strongly. A real energy booster. I recommend organic Spirulina Tablets (3 times 4 tablets daily)

Riceprotein

You might thing of a simply protein shake but rice protein is a real superfood. It is extremely nutritious and rich in other vital substances. Compared to other superfoods, rice protein has a high level of vitamin E, which is a good antioxidant. This vitamin protects our cells from free radicals. It is ideal for vegans and people you try to avoid the diary protein. I am consuming about 40g of protein powder with water after a work out. I can recommend plain organic Rice Protein.

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My daily healthy breaky recipe

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Flaxseed oil

This oil is rich in omega-3 fat acids, which improve your concentration ability and supports your inner calmness. It may even preventive measure against cancer. I consume one table spoon of flaxseed oil in the morning before breakfast. Keep the Organic Flax Oil refrigerated and pay attention to good quality.

Filtered water

The quality of tap water in Berlin is not the best. Over the years Germany increased the limit of contamination of tap water step by step, because they could not keep the quality of water. I was shocked about the bad quality when I tested my water home with this Quality Water Test Meter. You can find residual of medicine, hormones and pesticides. So far I had been drinking out of glas bottles from the supermarket, but I had been using tap water for cooking and my tea. That is why I decided to install an Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter to clean the tap water. Now my filtered tap water is cleaner than the bottled mineral water. I love sparkling water that is why I bought a SodaStream. It is great investment into your well being.

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But why?

The body is the most precious thing we have. That is why I treat it as well as possible. I am convinced that a healthy diet can hinder diseases from breaking out and can even heal them.  It not only gives me a good body feeling at the moment, but I also prepare my body for the future. In case I get sick at a later stage, I can be sure that I have been treating my body well with good food and exercises.

I retrieved the entire information from Zentrum der Gesundheit, a German health website.

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the healthy cooking crew

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Healthy cooking

On my Facebook page Pilot Patrick I showed you during a live stream with Timo, my personal trainer and friend, who easy it is to prepare a tasty vegan dish. A healthy recipe which fits ideally to springtime. If you want to prepare for yourself I have the recipe here for you. Happy cooking!

https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/vb.373722572693345/1361529030579356/?type=3&theater

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Clean eating cookbook

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Springtime vegetables Soba Noodles

Serves 4 and takes 30 min if you are quick.

Ingredients

Soba

  • 250g soba noodles (buckwheat flour) or noodles of choice
  • 2 cups frozen organic edamame
  • 3 cups of sugar snap peas or snow peas
  • 6 medium-sized carrots, peeled
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro (about 2 handfuls)
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds

Ginger-sesame sauce

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

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Instructions

  1. To prepare the vegetables: Use a chef's knife to slice the peas in half lengthwise. Slice the carrots into long, thin strips with a julienne peeler, or slice them into ribbons with a vegetable peeler.
  2. To make the sauce: whisk together the ingredients in a small bowl until emulsified. Set aside.
  3. Bring two big pots of water to a boil. In the meantime, toast the sesame seeds: Pour the sesame seeds into a small pan. Toast for about 4 to 5 minutes over medium-low heat, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning, until the seeds are turning golden.
  4. Once the pots of water are boiling: In one pot, cook the soba noodles just until al dente. Cook the frozen edamame in the other pot until warmed through (about 4 to 6 minutes) but before draining, toss the halved peas into the boiling edamame water and cook for an additional 20 seconds. Drain.
  5. Combine the soba noodles, edamame, snap peas and carrots in a large serving bowl. Pour in the dressing and toss with salad servers. Toss in the chopped cilantro and toasted sesame seeds.

Enjoy your healthy meal!

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Raw vegan Raffaello

The best was the desert on this evening. Raw vegan Raffaello. Trust me they even taste better than the original ones. They are without sugar, without diary and no wheat. In case you are a coconut lover they are a must for you.

To prepare about 10 pieces

Ingredients

Dough

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons cashew cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple sirup, honey or xylit sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • A little bit of vanilla powder

Filling and shell

  • 10 pealed almonds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes

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Dough for raw vegan raffaello

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Instructions

  1. Put the coconut oil, coconut cream and cashew cream into a bowl and blend well. I suggest to put the the coconut oil and cream in a warm place (oven 60° degrees) so they are soft.
  2. Add the vanilla and maple sirup/honey/xylit sugar and stir well
  3. Put the soft cream into the refrigerator for not more than 10 min.
  4. Use the dough to form 2 cm big balls (you have to be quick so they do not get to soft again) Squeeze one almond inside and roll in coconut flakes afterwards
  5. Put it back in the refrigerator to serve cold.

Enjoy!

For more recipe inspirations check the food blog Schüsselglück!

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So tasty and so healthy

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Stay healthy my Aviator!

By the what is your favorite healthy dish?

Your Pilot Patrick

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how i became a pilot

Letzer Teil: Wie ich Pilot geworden bin

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Herzlich Willkommen an Board mein Aviator! Lehne dich zurück, entspanne und genieße den letzten Teil der Serie wie ich Pilot geworden bin. In meinem letzten Beitrag habe ich über eine Schulung zur Instrumentenberechtigung in Vero Beach, Florida berichtet. In diesem berichte ich über mein Training auf ein mehrmotorigen Flugzeug bei Pilot Training Network und einem schockierendem Absturz.

Wie ich Pilot geworden bin

In meinen letzten Teilen habe ich über folgendes berichtet.

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Being the back seater on a flight lesson with the PA44

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Zurück in Zadar

Die letzte und wichtigste Flug Training fand wieder in Zadar statt, wo meine praktische Flugausbildung im Sommer 2008 mit Pilot Training Network begonnen hatte. In diesem Stadium musste ich mein Wissen und Fertigkeiten, die ich in den letzten 1,5 Jahren gesammelt habe, abrufen und auf die letzten Ausbildungsflüge übertragen. Es war die schwierigste Trainingsphase, da ich ein kompliziertes Flugzeug mit zwei Kolbenmotoren fliegen musste. Die Piper PA44 ist ein mehrmotoriges Flugzeug mit vier Sitzplätzen. Alle Flüge haben unter den Bestimmungen des Instrumenten Fluges statt gefunden. Zu Übungszwecke sind wir meinst mit einem Propeller geflogen um ein  Triebwerksschaden zu simulieren. Dies verlangte, dass man sehr präzise fliegt und genügend Ruderausschlag benutzt, um das Flugzeug auf den gewünschten Flugweg zu halten.

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Losinj island in the Adrian Sea with a 700m runway

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PA44 cockpit with Avidyne avionics (glass cockpit)

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Am 31. August 2009 wurde meine praktische Abschlussprüfung von einem Prüfer der deutschen Behörde abgenommen (LBA). Ich war sehr nervös, da ich unter allen Umständen diesen Check Flug bestehen musste um Pilot zu werden. Dieser Flug ging von Zadar nach Pula und zurück über Losinj. Er dauerte ungefähr 2,5 Stunden und in dieser Zeit wurden verschiedenste Szenarien durchgespielt. Zu dem Program zählte unter anderem ein Startabbruch, ein simulierte Triebwerksschaden und ein Durchstartemanöver. Neben den Flugfertigkeiten wurden meine Kenntnisse über die EU OPS getestet. Dies ist eine Bestimmung, die die Sicherheit Standards und Verfahren der kommerziellen Fliegerei festlegt. Ich war so glücklich darüber, dass wir mit unserem Piloten Overalls in die Adria gesprungen sind.

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Celebrating the passed check with a jump into the Adrian sea with my flight overall

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Piper PA44 seminole aircraft

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Der Absturz

Kurz nachdem wir zurück in Deutschland wieder waren haben wir ein Geburtstag eines Flugschülers gefeiert, als uns schockierende Neuigkeiten uns erreicht haben. Ein PA44 Schulungsflugzeug, das ich erst vor wenigen Tagen selbst geflogen bin, ist über der Adria abgestürzt. Das Rettungsteam hat zwei Tage gebraucht um das Wreck zu bergen. Das Wrack lag in 68 Meter tiefe auf dem Grund der Adria. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt wusste niemand was mit der Crew gesehen ist. Leider haben der Fluglehrer und Flugschüler nicht überlebt. Es war so schockierend für mich und ich konnte es anfangs nicht glauben. Normalerweise werden diese Flugstunden mit einem extra Flugschüler als Beisitzer, der hatte aber zum Glück an diesem Tag verschlafen. Wie Ermittler rausgefunden haben ist das Flugzeug nach einer Demonstration der Vmca Geschwindigkeit ins Trudeln geraten. Technisches Versagen konnte als Absturzgrund ausgeschlossen werden.

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Heart shaped island in the vicinity of the crash - RIP

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Was ist Trudeln und Vmca?

Vmca ist die minimale Geschwindigkeit in der Luft bei der sich das Flugzeug noch steuern lässt. Bei dieser Geschwindigkeit lässt sich das Flugzeug noch gerade ausfliegen auch wenn ein Triebwerk ausgefallen ist und das andere aus volle Last gesetzt ist. Das Seitenruder (vertikale am hinteren Ende) steuert in diesem Fall gegen die asymmetrischen Kräfte an und ein Steuerkurs kann bei behalten werden. Wenn das Flugzeug langsamer geflogen wird gerät es ins Trudeln. Trudeln ist eine spezielle Form des Strömungsabrisses um einer Rotation um die vertikale Achse. Ein Strömungsabriss bedeutet das keine Strömung mehr am Flügel anliegt und kein Auftrieb generiert wird. Beim Trudeln dreht sich das Flugzeug automatisch um die Vertikale, da der Schub und Widerstand asymmetrisch ist. Um ein Absturz zu vermeiden muss eine spezifische Abfolge an Steuereingaben erfolgen.

Während meiner Ausbildung wurde diese Geschwindigkeit in einer sicheren höhe demonstriert. Dieses Manöver ist wenn es richtig geflogen wird absolut sicher. An dem Tag des Absturzes haben daher viele verschiedene Faktoren zum Absturz geführt. Falls du daran interessiert bist kannst den kompletten Absturzbericht hier lesen.

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The three axis of an aircraft

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Conventional instruments on a Piper PA44 wit the basic T (speed, attitude, altimeter, heading)

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MCC

MCC steht für Multi Crew Koordination. Dieser Kurs ist eine Voraussetzung, um letztendlich die CPL Lizenz zu beantragen. Während diesen Trainings geht es weniger ums Fliegen, vielmehr um die Koordination und Verfahren zwischen Cockpit Besatzung. Bis dato habe ich die Schulungsflugzeuge selbst gesteuert, gefunkt und Entscheidungen selbst getroffen. Der gesamte Kurs findet im Simulator statt. Ich konnte zwischen der B737 und dem A320 wählen. Ich habe mich für den A320 entschieden, da ich wissen wollte wie es ist ein "Side stick" zu fliegen. um sich für

Der MCC Kurs bestand aus fünf Sessions, die jeweils über vier Stunden gingen. Wir mussten uns mit den Standard Betriebsabläufen des A320 vertraut machen. Es war ein außergewöhnliches Gefühl so ein großes Flugzeug zu fliegen, auch wenn es zu diesem Zeitpunkt nur der Simulator war. Aber wich ich schon in meinen Beitrag My Airbus A300 type rating berichtet habe, lässt sich ein Full flight Simulator kaum noch von der Wirklichkeit unterscheiden.  Nach der Beendigung des Trainings war ich noch erpichter bald ein Flugzeug von der rechten Seite aus zu steuern. 

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MCC flight training in the Lufthansa A320 simulator

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Abschluss Veranstaltung

Im Oktober 2009 kamen die letzten drei Kurse zusammen um den Abschluss an der Flugschule zu feiern. Ich war auf der einen Seite sehr froh über meine Leistung und auf der anderen war ich traurig darüber das die tolle Zeit als Flugschüler vorbei war. Es war eine sehr anspruchsvolle und harte Zeit. Ich musste sehr viel lernen, hatte sehr wenig Freizeit und ich musste mit viel Druck umgehen. Mein Fleiß hat sich aber am Ende sehr gelohnt.

Zu diesem Zeitpunkt war ich der Flugschüler, der die theoretische Abschlussprüfung am besten abgelegt hatte. Ich wusste davon nichts bis ich von ausdrücklich bei dem Abschluss Event dafür ausgezeichnet worden bin. Meine Flugschule schenkte mir ein Beobachtungsflug mit Swiss Airlines. Ich durfte im Cockpit einer Avro von Frankfurt nach Zürich mitfliegen. Das war wirklich ein krönender Abschluss. Es dauerte leider noch knapp drei Wochen bis ich dann endlich meinen ersten Pilotenschein in meinen Händen halten konnte.

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Intercockpit course E308 Graduation dinner in 2009

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Insgesamt hat meine Ausbildung knapp zwei Jahre gedauert. In dieser Zeot bin ich 210 Stunden geflogen und 258 mal gelandet.

Der Absturz in Zadar hat mir gezeigt wie verletzlich sind und wie schnell ein schönes Leben vorbei sein kann. Deshalb ist es so wichtig jeden Tag zu genießen als sei es dein letzter. Positive mind. Positive life. Happy landings.

In welchem Cockpit würdest du gerne mal mitfliegen?

Dein Pilot Patrick

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how i became a pilot

Final part: How I became a pilot

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Welcome on board my Aviator! Now sit back, relax and enjoy the last part of my series how I became a pilot. In my previous blog post, you read about my instrument flight training abroad in Vero Beach, Florida. In this final blog post of my series, you will read about the multi-engine flight training at Pilot Training Network and about a shocking crash at end of my training.

How I became a pilot

In my previous blog posts, you can read:

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Being the back seater on a flight lesson with the PA44

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Back in Zadar

The final and most important flight training phase took place back in Zadar, where my practical flight training started in summer 2008. At this stage, I had to recall the entire knowledge and skills I gather over the past one and a half years and transfer it to the final training flights. It was the most difficult phase since we had to fly a more complex aircraft with two piston engine. The Piper PA44 is multi-engine four seater aircraft. All flights were conducted under instrument flight rules and we practiced flying a multi-engine. Most of the time we rather flew the aircraft with one than with both engines. This required to fly the aircraft really precise and you need to apply sufficient rudder to control it along the desired flight path.

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Losinj island in the Adrian Sea with a 700m runway

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PA44 cockpit with Avidyne avionics (glass cockpit)

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On August 31 2009 I had my final check flight with an examiner of the german authority. I was very nervous on this day because I had to pass this practical check to become a pilot. This flight took place from Zadar to Pula and back via Losinj. It lasted over 2,5 hours. Not only my flight skills were challenged but also my knowledge about the EU OPS. This regulation specifies minimum safety standards and related procedures for commercial passenger and cargo fixed-wing aviation. I was so happy that I passed the final check.

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Celebrating the passed check with a jump into the Adrian sea with my flight overall

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Piper PA44 seminole aircraft

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The crash

Back in Germany we celebrated a birthday of a fellow flight student when a shocking news crashed the party. The Piper PA44, which I flew days ago, crashed into the Adrian Sea. The search and rescue team needed two days until they found the wreckage at the bottom of the sea in 68 m depth. During that time no one knew what has happened to the crew.  Unfortunately the flight instructor and the flight student died during the crash. This was so socking to hear and I could not believe it at the beginning. Usually those flight missions are flown with a student as back seater. But on this day he was late so they took off without him. As investigators found out in the end that the aircraft got into spin during the demonstration of a speed which called Vmca.

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Heart shaped island in the vicinity of the crash - RIP

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What is a spin and the Vmca?

Vmca  is the minimum control speed in the air. This is the minimum speed at which a straight flight path can be maintained when an engine fails or is inoperative and the other engine is set to maximum thrust. At this point the rudder (vertical fin at the end of the airplane) is used to counter the asymetrical thrust and to maintain directional control (heading). If flying a speed less than Vmca the aircraft enters a spin. A spin is a special form of stall resulting in the rotation about the vertical axis. A stall means that the wing does not produce lift anymore. The aircraft autorotates toward the stalled wing due to the higher drag and loss of lift. Recovery may require a specific and counteractive set of actions to avoid a crash.

During my flight training the Vmca speed was demonstrated at a save altitude in a dedicated airspace for air work. When flown correctly this procedure is absolutely save. On this special day multiple factors led to the catastrophic crash. If you are interested you can read the full investigation report here (only in German)

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The three axis of an aircraft

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Conventional instruments on a Piper PA44 wit the basic T (speed, attitude, altimeter, heading)

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MCC

MCC stands for Multi Crew Coordination. This course is a requirement to fulfill the requirements to apply for a commercial pilot license (CPL). This course is constructed to rather teach the coordination and procedures of a multi crew cockpit than actually flying the aircraft. So far I have controlled all training aircraft by myself without an additional crew member. This means I flew the aircraft, did the radio communication and felt decisions by myself. This course is done in a simulator. I could choose between the Boeing B737 and the Airbus A320. I picked the Airbus since I always wanted to know how it feels like to fly a side stick. 

The entire MCC course consisted of 5 session each 4 hours. We had to study the basic operation procedures of the Airbus and had to get used to operating the aircraft as a Tea. It is was an exceptional feeling to fly a big and fast aircraft even though it was only the simulator at the stage. In my blog post "My Airbus A300 type rating" I already described how realistic the full flight simulators of Lufthansa Aviation Training are. After the completion of the course I was even more eager to get into the air with a big bird.

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MCC flight training in the Lufthansa A320 simulator

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Graduation Dinner

In October 2009 the last three courses of the flight school came together to celebrate the graduation from flight school. I was really happy about my accomplishment on one hand and on the other I was sad that a memorable time as flight student was over. It was a demanding and tough time. I had to study a lot, did not have much free time and I had to cope with a lot of pressure. My diligence paid off in the end.

At this time I was the flight student who passed the final written exam at the LBA the best. I did not know about it until I was exceptionally honored for this during the celebration event. My flight school invited me to fly from Frankfurt to Zürich in the cockpit of an Avro Jet. That was an amazing experience at the end of my time as flight student. It would take another three weeks until I finally received my pilot license.

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Intercockpit course E308 Graduation dinner in 2009

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In total my flight training lasted less than 2 years. During that time I flew about 210 hours  and made 258 landings.

The crash in Zadar showed me how vulnerable we are and how fast a happy life can be over. That is why it is so important to enjoy every day as if it was your last. Positive mind. Positive life. Happy landings.

In which cockpit would you love to fly in?

Your Pilot Patrick

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Air Berlin Business Class Review

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"So sehr ich es auch mag selbst zu fliegen, genieße ich genauso die Zeit als Passagier. Vor allem wenn ich komfortabel per Flugzeug reise. "

Mein letzter Fernflug war letzten Januar in der Business Class mit Lufthansa nach Kapstadt. Deshalb war ich super gespannt mit Air Berlin in deren Business Class für einen spontanen Urlaub in die Karibik zu fliegen. Air Berlin bietet "non stop" Verbindungen von Berlin und Düsseldorf zu verschiedenen Zielen in Nordamerika, Mittelamerika und Abu Dhabi an.

Der Hinflug startete mit einer kurzen Verzögerung in Düsseldorf. Der Flug AB7446 startete um 09:50 nach Punta Cana (PUJ) und landete bereits um 14:30 im Paradies. Der Rückflug AB7315 ging direkt nach Berlin, ankunft war um 16:50.  Lese hier mein Review über mein Flugerlebnis in der Air Berlin Business Class.

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https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/1324275320971394/

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Der Sitz

Da Air Berlin keine First Class anbietet, ist die Business Class deren Premium Produkt. Die Business Class befindet sich im vorderen Bereich von deren A330 langstrecken Flotte. Mit gerade einmal 19 Sitzen ist die Kabine angenehm intim und ruhig. Das ist ein großer Vorteil gegenüber anderen großen Airlines, deren Kabinen um einiges größer und lauter sind. Alle Business Class Sitze haben einen direkten Zugang zum Gang und können in ein flaches Bett umwandeln. Ich bin 1,86 m groß und ich konnte mich komplett ausstrecken. Zwar konnte ich bequem auf dem Rücken und der Seite liegen, allerdings fand ich die Sitzbreite ein kleinwenig zu schmal.

Mein Sitz 4K war an der Außenseite direkt am Fenster gelegen. Dies garantierte noch einmal etwas mehr Privatsphäre und bedingt durch die Krümmung der Kabine etwas mehr Platz für die Schulter. Die Plätze am Gang haben den Vorteil, dass man leichter rein und raus kommt. Die sechs Sitze in der Mitte kann ich nur für Paare, die zusammen reisen empfehlen, da diese sehr nahe beieinander liegen.

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Bedauerlicherweise hat meine Bordunterhaltung (inflight entertainment) weder auf dem Hin- noch Rückflug reibungslos funktioniert. Auch empfand ich die Aufbewahrungsmöglichkeiten für persönliche Dinge als nicht ausreichend. Aber es gibt gute Neuigkeiten von der ITB diese Woche. Air Berlin präsentierte ihren neuen Business Class Sitz, den sie optimiert und noch komfortabler gestaltet haben. Die aktuelle Konfiguration wird ansonsten beibehalten.

Service

Eines der Besten Speise- und Getränkeangebote, die ich bisher an Bord eines Flugzeugs erlebt habe. Die Gerichte waren schmackhaft, warm und schön angerichtet. Das Speise- und Getränkeangebot war reichhaltig, die Auswahl groß. Sehr zufrieden war ich mit der Tatsache, dass ich einen Espresso zu meinem Dessert bestellen konnte und das auf Wunsch Zwischenmahlzeiten serviert wurden. Da der vordere Teil der Kabine klein ist, ist der Service so individual wie in einem Restaurant. Zum servieren der Getränke und Speisen werden keine Trollies benutzt. Meiner Meinung nach gab es auf der Karte zu viele Fleischgerichte. Veganer und Vegetarier können jedoch spezielle Speisen vorbestellen. (Auch in der Economy)

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Entertainment

Die Bordunterhaltung bietet Musik, Show, Spiele, Filme und vieles mehr. Die Auswahl an Filmen ist nicht die Größte, aber sie ist gut genug um einen 10 Stunden Flug zu überstehen. Meine Filmempfehlungen: Suicide Squad und Die Insel der besonderen Kinder. Die Kopfhörer sind angenehm zu tragen und reduzieren die Hintergrundgeräusche recht gut.

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Air Berlin exquisite

Air Berlin bietet allen Passagieren, die ein Economy Ticket gekauft haben, an auf ein Business Class upgrade zu bieten. Dieser online Service nennt sich airberlin equisite. Den Preis kannst Du dabei selbst bestimmen. 12 Stunden vor Abflug wirst Du darüber informiert, ob Dein Gebot erfolgreich war. Ich habe diesen Service schon einmal genutzt und war froh in der Business Class nach Miami geflogen zu sein. Das Upgrade hatte mich ungefähr 500€ gekostet. (ein Weg)

Mein Urlaub startete bereits beim betreten des Flugzeugs. Für mich ist es Luxus, wenn ich mich ausstrecken kann und während des Fluges liegend schlafen kann. Der hohe Preis für die Tickets hat sich definitiv gelohnt, vor allem weil ich nur für sechs Nächte in Punta Cana war. So konnte ich den "jet lag" reduzieren!

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Wo kann man buchen?
www.airberlin.com

Wohin?
Non stop von Berlin und Düsseldorf:  Miami (Mia), Los Angeles (LAX), Abu Dhabi (AHU), New York (JFK), Punta Cana (PUJ), Havanna (HAV )  Cancun (CUN), Chicago (ORD) ...

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Annehmlichkeiten der Business Class

  • Willkommensgetränk
  • Amenity Kit mit Kosmetik
  • Decke und Kopfkissen
  • Speise- und Getränkeauswahl
  • Bordunterhaltung
  • Priority boarding
  • Zugang zur Lounge
  • Höhere Freigepäckmenge

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Insider Tipps

  • Reserve a seat free of charge when booking your ticket
  • Exquisite: Du kannst ein Gebot auf freie Plätze in der Business Class abgeben
  • XL Economy Sitze bieten mehr Platz in der Economy Class
  • Registriere Dich beim Top Bonus Programm und sammle Meilen für Freiflüge

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Wo fliegst Du als nächstes hin?

Dein Pilot Patrick

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Air Berlin Business Class review

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"As much as I love to fly myself I also enjoy the time as passenger, especially when traveling comfortably in an airplane."

My last long range flight in business class was with Lufthansa to Cape Town last January. That is why I was super excited to fly with Air Berlin in their business class for a spontaneous vacation in the Caribbean. Air Berlin offers non stop connections from Berlin and Düsseldorf to destinations in North America, Middle America and to Abu Dhabi.

The outbound connection was with a short layover in Düsseldorf. The flight AB7446 departed at 09:50 to Punta Cana (PUJ) and touched down in paradise already at 14:30. The return flight AB7315 was nonstop back to Berlin departing at 16:50. Read my review about the flight experience in Air Berlin's business class.

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Seat

The business class cabin is Air Berlin's premium product since they do not offer a first class. The business class cabin is located in the front section of their A330 long haul fleet. With only 19 seats the cabin is really intime and tranquil. That is a big plus compared to other major airlines, where the cabin is much bigger and noisier. All business class seats offer direct aisle access and convert to a fully flat bed. I am 1,86 m tall and I could fully stretch out. I could lay comfortable on the site and on my back, but I found the seat width a little bit too narrow.

My seat on the outward was 4K which was situated directly at the window providing extra privacy and extra shoulder width due to the curvature of the cabin. A seat at the aisle has the advantage that it is easier to get in and out. The 6 seats in the middle I recommend only to couples traveling together since the seats are quite close to each other.

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Unfortunately my inflight entertainment was not working properly on both flights. I found that the storage for personal belongings was not sufficient. But good news from the ITB this week. Air Berlin presented their new business class seat, which they have modified to be even more comfortable. The current configuration will stay the same.

Service

One of the best food and beverage service I have had on board of a plane so far. The meals where delicious, hot and well presented. The food and beverage menu was rich in variety. I really liked the fact that I could have an espresso to my dessert and snacks in between meals. Since the front cabin is small the service is individual like in a restaurant. There are no big trollies moving around for food and drinks. In my opinion there was a little bit too much meat on the menu. But in case you are vegetarian or vegan you can always request special meals prior the flight (also in economy)

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Entertainment

The inflight entertainment offers music, show, games, movies and much more. The selection of movies is not the biggest but it is well enough for a 10 hour flight. My movie recommendation: Suicide Squad and Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar. The headset is comfortable to wear and reduces background noise quite well.

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Air Berlin exquisite

Air Berlin offers all passengers who book an economy ticket to bid on available business class seats. This online service is called airberlin equisite. The price is completely set by yourself. 12 hours prior to departure you will find out whether the bid was successful. I used this kind of auction and was lucky to fly in business class to Miami. The upgrade was around 500€ (one way)

My vacation already started when boarding the aircraft. For me it is luxury to stretch out and have a good sleep in a flat position on board. The high price was definitely worth it since I only stayed for six nights in Punta Cana. This is how I could reduce my jet lag!

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Where to book?
www.airberlin.com

Where to fly?
Non stop from Berlin and Düsseldorf:  Miami (Mia), Los Angeles (LAX), Abu Dhabi (AHU), New York (JFK), Punta Cana (PUJ), Havanna (HAV )  Cancun (CUN), Chicago (ORD) ...

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Amenities in business class

  • Welcome drink
  • Amenity Kit with cosmetics
  • Blanket and pillow
  • Food and drink menu
  • Inflight Enterainment
  • Priority boarding
  • Lounge access
  • higher baggage allowance

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Playa de Barceloneta Barcelona

Living in Barcelona +healthy food and insider guide

I always wanted to live in a city at the beach with sunny weather. That is why I decided to move my home base from Berlin to Barcelona last summer. In the beginning, my plan was to stay longer than three months but then my pilot career changed everything. Read about my experience living in Barcelona and find insider sightseeing tips.

Luckily my former employee had an open base concept which allowed crews to live within Europe where ever they wanted to as long an airport was located in the vicinity. I have been to Barcelona many times during my journeys as a private jet pilot and I felt in love with this city right away. I was fascinated by the architecture, the people and the good vibes. Whenever I returned for a night stop I realized more and more that I could imagine living there. Last summer I fulfilled this. After a week on tour, I did not end in Berlin but in Barcelona with one suitcase. Hola Barcelona. It was a super strange feeling, but from the first minute, I already felt home.

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View of Barcelona from mountain Tibidabo

I found a nice room in a big apartment on Idealista. It was completely furnished had an ensuite bathroom and the location was right in the heart of the old town called Barrio Gotic. The idea was to do a test phase of three months in this apartment since I have never lived in a shared flat before.

I lived in a really narrow (3 meters) street called Carrer Petritxol in a building which was over 700 years old.  Compared to the tight construction of the houses the apartment was really big. Thousands of people moved through this street because it was one of the most beautiful and historic streets in Gotic.  It was Picasso, who had his gallery on this street and it was Salvador Dali who had his coffee in a Granja café. It felt surreal to live at such a historic place.

famous and historic Carrer de Petritxol in Barcelona
Living in the Carrer de Petritxol

The culture of Barcelona is so rich and the people are really proud of Catalunya. I was fascinated by the number of cultural events and that all age classes carry on the tradition. La Merce was the biggest and most spectacular festival I could attend. It is held in honor of Mare de Deu de la Mercè, the Patron Saint of Barcelona. I watch the groups building their towers of human beings and watched parades of their famous oversized dolls. The festival ended with the correfoc (fire run), where people danced in fireworks. No joke. I was right with them.

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La Marce festival in Barcelona

My plan was to stay longer, but then my pilot career changed everything. I need to move back to Germany to start my job with the new employee and to do my type rating on the A300-600. I was sad on one hand, but on the other, I was happy about the big step in my career. Luckily I could spend the entire October in Barcelona without working. Personally, this was the most beautiful time. It was not too hot and not too crowded by tourists. This month I did things I always wanted to do. I went to have surf lessons two times a week and every second day I attended private Spanish lessons.

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Surf lesson at the Playa Barceloneta in October

Insider tips

Barcelona is a great city to do sight seeing. Around every corner, you will discover something new. I recommend renting a scooter to do sight seeing but only when you feel comfortable driving in high traffic situations. Moto rent offers affordable prices. A scooter gives you so much freedom to go to different places in a minimum amount of time.

moto rent in Barcelona
Sight seeing with the scooter on top of Montjuic hill

Gaudi

Barcelona is the city of Gaudi. His architecture is world famous. Unfortunately, the entry prices to most landmarks are quite expensive and the queues long. In my opinion, it is already enough to gaze the impressive exterior. Take a walk through the famous Parc Güell and have a fantastic view over the city. I visited the interior of the Sagrada Familia. I bought tickets at a hotel reception so I did not have to wait in line. A visit to the tomb of Gaudi in the crypt is for free!

beautiful architecture of Gaudis house Battló
Casa Batlló of Gaudi in Barcelona

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Barrio Gotic

Take a stroll through the oldest part of town without any particular destination. Walk through Carrer de Petrixol. Stop at a famous Granja Dulcinea for a coffee or even a hot chocolate with churros. To have a spectacular view over Barcelona ascend the bell tower of the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi.

EL Born

My favorite part of town. Many restaurants, bars and boutiques in unique streets. Visit "El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria" for free. It displays the old fundaments of the city and you can explore the history of Barcelona.

Turó del Carmel

A must visit if you want to have the best view over Barcelona and the sea. Turó del Carmel is a hill with a bunker on top located Best time is during sunset and sunrise.

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Viewpoint from the Bunker del Carmel

Other highlights:

Montjuïc Castle
Palau Nacional 
Montserrat mountain
Picasso Museum
Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona

Even three months were not sufficient to see everything of Barcelona. The city satisfies every interest. Culture, entertainment, and relaxation. I really loved to take a walk along the beach of Barceloneta during sunset. The atmosphere, the colors and the scenery are unique.

Don't do that 

  • visit the La Boqueria on La Rambla (too crowded and touristic)
  • be negligent with your valuables
  • go too early to dinner most restaurants are still closed
  • rely on taxis to get around in the city on the weekend

My healthy eating guide

As you know I am a foodie pilot and I am a big fan of healthy and tasty meals. Barcelona offers many diverse places and there is much more than tapas and paellas.

healthy clean raw food in El Born Barcelona
Raw lunch at the Blue project Café

Teresa's Carles: Vegetarian food and juices (only indoor/more for dinner) El Raval

Teresa's: Vegetarian café with healthy snacks and juices (breakfast, brunch, lunch) El Raval

Flax and Kale: Healthy restaurant offering a diverse menu (best for brunch and dinner) Make a reservation and request a table on their outdoor rooftop garden El Raval

Petit Brot: completely raw café, daily menus and juices (breakfast and lunch) El Raval

Casa Gispert: Dried fruits, nuts and so much more. Best dried mangos I ever had. El Born

BeBo cold pressed: Tasty healthy juices, raw snacks (more for to go) Eixample

Chaitea house food: trendy restaurant with healthy meal options Eixample

Barraca: seafood and paella overlooking the beach of Barceloneta (lunch and dinner)

Cafè Jaime Beriestain: high-class food in a concept restaurant (more for dinner) Eixample

Nubafancy restaurant with live DJ, nice interior and outside seating (more for dinner)

My resume living in Barcelona

After three months in Barcelona, I love the city even more. I really enjoyed the Mediterranean lifestyle. Everything was a little bit more relaxed and when it got too hot shops closed for a siesta. Sometimes I had the impression that it was too crowded (mainly because of tourists) Catalan or Spanish are not a requirement to live in Barcelona. Since they are proud of the Catalan language they rather speak English with you than in Spanish.

Playa de Barceloneta Barcelona
The Beach of Barceloneta

Fantastic weather and a great variety of restaurants and cultural events are a big plus. Organic products and the lease for a nice apartment are quite expensive. To sum it up the quality of life is extremely high. Especially because a beautiful beach is only one-foot step away. My dream would be to live in Berlin and Barcelona!

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