A day of a Private Jet Pilot III

A day of a Private Jet Pilot III
22/09/2016 pilotpatrick
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Welcome back on board and enjoy the last blogpost of this series “A day of a Private Jet Pilot“. Make sure you have read Part 1 and Part 2.

Private Jet Pilot

Cockpit and Cabin of a Business Jet

Inflight having a healthy meal

The Approach

45 minutes prior our expected time of arrival (ETA) I start to prepare the approach, receive the actual weather and do an approach briefing. Runway 13 in use in Malaga (130 degrees magnetic orientated) Summerly weather conditions with only some clouds and temperature over 30 degrees. The approach is quite turbulent since the flight route takes us overhead a mountains area and thermic conditions are prevailing.
LEMG Citation Business Jet

Citation XLS+ in sunny Malaga

At 17:25 after 3:05 hours flight time we reach our parking stand. The handling service informs us that the driver of the passengers told him that they will arrive in approximately 30 minutes. That means we need to hurry up to prepare everything for the next and last flight to Naples. We need the full package. Fuel, catering and fresh documents. Together we check the weather again of our destination and alternate. It looks that major parts of the thunderstorms will have moved southbound. Good news! While the captain is inside waiting for the passengers to arrive Victoria and me prepare the rest. Just in time for our passengers to board the aircraft. The couple is really happy to meet the crew since the flight was not confirmed four hours ago.
Healthy juice drink feel good in the cockpit

I feel good – important to stay hydrated

Flight to Naples

The flight is again really smooth. After Victoria has served a dinner for the passengers she dims the cabin lighting and helps the passengers to move the seats into a flat position for a little rest. We can see an amazing sunset overhead the Mediterranean Sea.
sunset from the cockpit

Sunset on top of the clouds

sunset inflight

Why I fly – sunset up in the air

Last approach of the day. Now it is really important to stay focused and concentrated. It has been a really long. As expected the weather has calmed down. We are cleared for a straight in approach which means that no big turns are required to align with the centerline of the runway. Ciao! Cleared to land advices the tower.

The landing

Watch out laser beams! Someone is pointing on us from the ground. We lower hour heads and turn of the lightning of the aircraft. Strong laser beams can harm us and cause intense reflections in the cockpit. There is the chance to loose the controls of the plane because of temporary blindness. Why and who does something like this?! It can be so dangerous for air traffic and it is a criminal offense with high punishments.
Landing in Neapoli Naples Italy at night

Cockpitview approaching LIRN at night

Shortly prior landing I can see fireworks on the right side. On block at 21:05 after 2:16 hours flight time. After the passengers have left the aircraft we start with our post flight duties. Finish the paper work, clean up the cabin, unload the luggage and install the red protection covers again. This takes another 30-45 minutes to be done.

Finally done

We are finally done for today. For the record: over 6.000 km flown and 8:29 hours up in the air. I think this is my new personal record! It is 22:30 by now when we finally reach the hotel. I am happy to get out of my uniform. 10 minutes later we meet as crew again to have dinner. We reflect the day and talk already about the upcoming flights.
Back in my hotel room. I answers some of my private messages and immediately fall asleep after closing my eyes!
I hope you have enjoyed flying with me. Good night from Naples!
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5 Comments

  1. Arthur 1 year ago

    Wow, what an interesting career. I can’t wait for you to come to America.

  2. Desire T 1 year ago

    Marry me

  3. Alper Mehdi 1 year ago

    Hey Patrick!
    I am curious how can I become a pilot like you one day? If you answer I would be so happy 🙂

    • Author
      pilotpatrick 1 year ago

      Please have a look at my blogpost “How I became a pilot” I will publish the next parts soon. Stay tuned. When you have a urgent question use the comment function on Instagram.

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