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The Ultimative Outlet Shopping Experience In Germany

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Dear Aviator,

Who doesn’t like shopping to upgrade one’s closet and to stay fashionable? It is even more fun when you can get exclusive designer pieces at reduced prices. You can find the ultimate outlet shopping experiences in Germany. The Outletcity Metzingen close to Stuttgart is where I visited recently.

The “City of Shopping” makes the heart of every fashion lover and bargain-hunters beat faster. During multiple lockdowns we spent more time at home and it didn’t seem necessary to buy new clothing. Since some travel restrictions have been lifted and we can live a “normal” life again, it definitely makes sense to renew or update our wardrobe again.

 Be sure to read the blog post carefully, because I have managed to organize a VIP shopping code for you, which is valid until the end of this year. I will also let you know how you can fly for free.

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ultimative outlet shopping experience

The Outlet City Metzingen History

The city of Metzingen has a long-lasting history of fashion. Following industrialization, different textile factories were built in Metzingen. Hugo Boss, which was founded in Metzingen and still has its headquarters there, opened its factory outlet in 1972 and was soon followed by other famous companies. 

What Does Outlet Mean?

You can expect at least 30% off the retail price. In The Outletcity you will sometimes find price reductions up to 70%.

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ultimative outlet shopping experience

Which Stores Can You Expect?

The Outletcity Metzingen offers around 130 premium and luxury brands. Primarily you will find fashion brands, but also stores which offer beauty, jewellery and various lifestyle products. To name some of my favourite fashion brands: Versace, Dolce&Gabbana, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Schiesser, Falke and Karl Lagerfeld. You can be certain that everyone in the family will find a store which suits his/her style and taste.

ultimative outlet shopping experience
ultimative outlet shopping experience

What Makes Outletcity Metzingen So Special? 

It is Europe’s biggest outlet with over 130 stores of premium and luxury brands. I really like the puristic and minimalistic architecture of the buildings. It is extraordinary that the stores are not separated from the city, they are part of the city enhancing the shopping experience. I have never seen anything like this before. The locals live right next to Gucci, Prada and Underamour and co.

ultimative outlet shopping experience
ultimative outlet shopping experience

How Much Time Should You Plan?

It certainly depends on how much you want to shop. I definitely recommend you to plan a full day so you have enough time to visit all the stores you like. In the Outletcity app you will find a list of all brands and their location. I “hearted” the stores I wanted to visit to have a better overview.

ultimative outlet shopping experience
ultimative outlet shopping experience

Pay our Wingly scenic flight with Outletcity points. Copyright by Julien Brosch

Get Their App To Safe And Benefit

Make sure to download the Outletcity App. Besides their online outlet shop, you will benefit from complimentary parking and additional price reductions. The App also works great to navigate around in the Outletcity. 

Once you are logged in with your profile, you are a member of the Outletcity Club and you will be able to start collecting points. Spending 1€ means you will get 1 Outletcity point. You can either collect them while paying at the stores’ register or you scan your invoice. It is also possible to collect them in their online shop. Once you have collected enough points, you will be able to redeem bonuses (Prämien). One of the highlights is a scenic flight experience, which you can pay with your points. 

Here is a VIP Shopping Pass for you. Enter PilotPatrick in the App and you will benefit from extra reductions.

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ultimative outlet shopping experience

What’s your favourite brand? Let me know in a comment and do not forget to like my blog post.

Happy landings and shopping!

Your PilotPatrick

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Sleep Like An Aeronaut In The Hotel Charles Lindbergh At The Phantasialand


Dear Aviator,

Pack your suitcases for a unique aviation experience! The well-known German amusement park Phantasialand opened up a new theme world called Rookburgh, in which you can sleep like an aeronaut in the Hotel Charles Lindbergh. Instead of an ordinary hotel room, you get to stay in an aircraft cabin, and that’s not all. Whenever you want to fulfil your dream of flying you board the rollercoaster F.L.Y. for a thrilling ride, I mean flight. In this blog post, I am sharing with you my two-day experience at Phantasialand which is a must for all avgeeks.


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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

Become A Pioneer of Aviation Oneself

Welcome to your private aviation cabin! At the Hotel Charles Lindbergh you don’t just get a room – here you stay in the cabin of a real airman. When Rookburgh’s seasoned pilots are travelling, you will stay in their private quarters. And as small as their cabins are, they are also great space miracles. Full of warm wood and leather, fine brass and metal and everything you need for a peaceful night out: Two single beds, a private bathroom, a practical wardrobe and much more. Ltd. Meyerhopper, Flight Engineer Festerzieher, Skipper Pilot Durburry – they own the cabins and their traces can be found everywhere. Between all the venerable documents and photos, one becomes a pioneer of aviation.

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

The New Theme World Rookburgh

In 2020 Phantasialand was ready for boarding their passengers to the new theme world Rookburgh where they can become aeronauts. The last time I visited Phantasialand, the theme park in  Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was over 10 years ago. Since then they have opened up new thrilling and exciting attractions. The park attracts approximately 2 million visitors annually and was opened in 1967 by Gottlieb Löffelhardt and Richard Schmidt.Originally starting as a family-oriented park, Phantasialand has also added thrill rides, especially during recent years. 

Phantasialand is known for its high attention to detail in its theming and introduces new attractions more often, compared to other theme parks, possibly to compensate for its small area and is regularly voted one of the best parks in the world.

Among the park’s thrill rides is Taron (the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster), Black Mamba (a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster) and a themed Mine Train roller coaster called Colorado Adventure, which speeds around some mountains in the park’s Wild West section and was opened by Michael Jackson.

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

Sleeping like an Aeronaut

The Hotel Charles Lindbergh is a dream come true. I was able to experience a worldwide unique aviation experience. Once you board the hotel you are entering a different world. A world in which you become an Aeronaut and sleep in your own vintage aeroplane cabin. Every little detail fits the world of aviation, honouring the pioneers of it. The hotel completely merges with Rookburgh and the Flying Launch Coaster F.L.Y. which flies next to your aeroplane cabin. This can become quite noisy over the day but busy airports are never quiet. As a hotel guest, you can enjoy Rookburgh by day and night. That’s the benefit of belonging to the Explorers’ Society.  As a hotel guest you are welcomed into this special society.

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

Included In The Aviation Experience

  1. The following exclusive experiences are included in your package:
  2. Exclusive access to the Hotel Charles Lindbergh
  3. Spending the night in an aeronaut cabin
  4. Boarding Pass Phantasialand: per Explorer at least two days theme parking experience
  5. Charles Lindbergh Ticket: Once a day faster access to F.L.Y.
  6. A delicious 3-course menu at the Restaurant Uhrwerk
  7. A delicious breakfast at the Restaurant Uhrwerk
  8. Private access to the theme park directly from the hotel
  9. Exclusive access to the Bar 1919

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

My Recommendation

Staying at the Hotel Charles Lindbergh and visiting the Phantasialand is an exciting experience. The cabins are really not the biggest and are probably the smallest hotel room I ever slept in. Considering this and the compact size of the Phantasialand I am recommending a 2-day adventure. Arrive as early as possible on the day of arrival so you have as much time as possible in the park. Once it is check-in time (approx. 3 pm) move into your cabin, relax a bit and go for more fun in the Phantasialand.

I really liked the short ways. In minutes you could access the park from the hotel through a dedicated hotel entrance and only as a hotel guest you received quick boarding passes to ride the roller coaster F.L.Y. This way you could skip the queue which can be very long on busy days.

After you had dinner try some drinks at the bar 1919 in the evening. Prices per night start at around 400€ per night for 2 persons. This sounds quite expensive but when you consider that all benefits listed above are included (also park entrance and food) I think it is reasonable!

USE this link to book your unique aviation experience.

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

I hope you enjoyed the hotel review: “Sleep Like An Aeronaut”. Do not forget to like the blog post and leave a comment below. Do you know about another hotel that has an aviation theme? Let me know. 

Always happy and healthy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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Caution Scam - My Photos And Identity Is Used To Fraud

Dear Aviator,


 I once again have to highlight a very unpleasant topic, which concerns all of us – Fraudulent behaviour targeting my beloved Aviator community.

 Since I became more popular on social media, my identity and photos have been used by criminals to commit serious crimes. Leaving nothing but broken hearts, empty bank accounts and despair for those who have been scammed. In the recent past, new and shocking fraud cases have been brought to my attention, so I will give you guidelines on how you can protect yourself and what you can do when a fraud happens to you.

My Official Social Media Pages 

If you have chatted with me via Telegram, What’s App, hangout or any other platform/ app other than my official pages then IT WAS NOT ME!!!

I only have one profile on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Both are named @pilotpatrick and are verified accounts (blue mark behind the name) I am not using any dating platforms or any other apps to communicate with my Aviators.  My private Facebook account is with my real name and for my friends and family only. (Patrick Biedenkapp)

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It makes me so angry. Not only you are a victim of the scam but I am as well!

Imposer Scammer Faker

One of the greatest downsides of my social media presence is scammers. There are people who steal my identity and create profiles with my photos to scam other users. When I first found out about it, I thought that they just wanted to chat and to get some attention from the other end. I was greatly mistaken.

 My fake profiles are used to betray people and to make money out of them. Words can not describe their criminal activities on the internet. They are pathetic and I feel really sorry for all the victims. With my photos, they have managed to ruin others’ lives, made people commit felonies and managed to get a lot of money from their victims.

The most common fake profile names:

  • Henry Hernandez
  • Henry Prince
  • Pilot John Patrick
  • Patrick Wilson
  • Pilot Patrick Stuart
  • Patrick Nathan
  • Oscar Ronald

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downside of my social media presence

Just a few fake profiles on Facebook! The platform itself does not really help me.

Different Strategies

Victims have been informing me of their stories and it is shocking to see how clever and deceitful the way the scammers operate. It is always about money and they use different strategies to scam others. I will not mention any specific details, but scammers are very good at false representation, duping people into believing they are in contact with me. 

Not only women have been betrayed, but also men, who were seeking a job in the cockpit. Their desperation was used so scammers could make money. The worst case I know about deals with a woman from New Zealand who transferred over 2000$ to pay for my landing fees. I am pretty sure there are many other cases I do not know about.

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downside of my social media presence

Fake IDs and licenses. Photoshop makes it possible. Have a close look to see if it makes sense.

Who Is Behind The Scam?

I am always saying “they”. I can only assume, but I think that the fake profiles are created by a network. They have been using the same profile names and the same scam over and over again.

The European Union did not allow the scanning of faces online, because of data protection. This tool would recognize when a profile uses photos of a person who already exists. This would be a great advance against the fight against fake profiles. I am not the only one whose photos are being stolen.

Scammers not only destroy the reputation of online platforms, but also the reputation of the innocent person in the public eye.

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It makes me very sad and mad to hear about new victims every day!

What Can You Do Not To Become A Victim?

Here are some easy tips to follow to stay safe online: 

  • Never ever send money online to a person you do not know. I would never ask for money from my Aviators!!! I have no family in need.
  • Question yourself and do not be naive.
  • Don’t get fooled by what you see. Scammers have the technology to “show” a different person appears in live calls.
  • When chatting via a platform other than my official ones it is not me! 
  • Do not get blinded by love. The scammers are using the most powerful emotion, love, to scam people.
  • I have only one telephone number which is a German one.
  • I would never send official documents like licenses, passport scans, IDs to people I do not know.
  • Compare my voice with the voice and tone of the scammers.

What Can You Do When You Are A Victim?

If you became a victim of a scam and lost money or committed a felony, then I want you to do the following:

Please consult your local police department. I am NOT the person who can help you. Be aware that I feel very sorry for you and it breaks my heart that this has happened to you. 

It is very important that you do not feel ashamed. You need to have the power to speak up. This will help prevent more scams from happening in the future and more importantly, that scammers will be caught and punished. Additionally, this will increase the pressure on Messenger apps and Social Media Platforms to fight against fake profiles.

On The Media

I am not the only one whose photos are being stolen to cheat and scam others. But my case got so extreme that the media featured me in a documentary and an online newspaper article.

Instagram and Facebook are not supportive at all. Sometimes profiles (which are obviously fake) do not get deleted, or can take days for the profile to be removed.

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I hope that we will win the fight against the scammers! WE WILL!

Please stay safe online as well. Do not be naive online and always question yourself!

Always happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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Why Should You Not Become A Pilot?

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Dear Aviator,

Being a pilot is a dream job and will always be one. Unfortunately, Covid-19 not only turned our lives upside down but also many branches. The aviation and travel industry has been suffering tremendously from travel restrictions and quarantine safety measures worldwide. Consequently, there are now more pilots than jobs on the market.  Corona has not diminished the dream of becoming a pilot for so many. Should you aim to become a pilot and why should you not become a pilot? Is it a good time to pursue your dream despite the current situation? Here I give you a more extensive answer to help you in the process of finding the right decision for your future. Be prepared for the cold truth.

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Photography by Manu (Professional photographer & plane spotter)

The Dream Of Flying

The dream of flying is as old as mankind itself. But the possibility for everyone on earth to fly like an eagle through the skies is only a few decades old. Aviation, as we know it, is still in its initial phase when considering that the desire to fly freely has always existed. Thanks to great legends and pioneers who helped make aviation what it is today, we can feel quite fortunate that we live in a time where the job as a pilot exists.

A Fast-Paced Industry

Aviation is a moving, but also a really volatile industry, with lots of ups and downs, as Corona has proven. As fast as aviation develops and changes over the years, the job of a pilot has altered as well. We still fly aircraft, but nowadays with a high level of automation, under economic pressure, an increasing number of regulations and a sky that does not seem so free anymore. I would not say that the job lost its glamour over the years, but it is a different glamour and not all jobs have it.

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Would I Become A Pilot Again?

Yes! Yes and Yes!

In a recent Instagram post, I stated that you should choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. For me, it is still the best job in the world and it does not feel like work for me (most of the time). Of course, the job also has negative aspects. It can indeed be tough, unglamorous and hard work. But in the end, the negative aspects fade behind all the positive sides of the job.

More about the pros and cons here

What Would I Have Done Differently?

I definitely chose the harder way to become a pilot. The entire flight training (about 70,000€) was self-funded and it did not have any guarantee after finishing my training, to get a position in the cockpit. This was quite risky because you never know how the demand for pilots will look when you complete your training; it can happen a lot in the aviation industry. In my case, I was lucky to start flying as a First Officer on a private jet, but I know about other graduates who did not find a job right away. My advice is to get into a cadet program of an airline, so you do not put yourself at financial risk.


Have A Plan B

I would advise that you go to college to further your education and possibly gain a degree. This would enable you to seek further employment, even in the airline industry. Especially in aviation, a plan B is essential since you depend on your license.

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Why You Should NOT Become A Pilot?

Good salary, layovers, free flights, job security – these are probably aspects of why you may like to become a pilot. But the opposite applies. As I mentioned before, the job of a pilot has changed and the conditions in the airline industry have deteriorated tremendously. In the competition with low-cost airlines, major carriers had to reduce costs in all departments including the salary of aircrews. But the requirements and the complexity of the job has not decreased.

The days where you spent one week of a layover in the Caribbean, are also over. In the case of you having a layover, it is now the minimum time required at the destination before your next flight. Low-cost airlines always return to the home base to save money. For me, the pilot job is linked to travelling and layovers. That is why I could not imagine sleeping every night at home. Even though I work in the aviation industry I do not have the privilege or benefit of discounted or free flights. As the high number of bankruptcies of airlines in the European market has shown, job security is not a given.

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No Air Travel Like Before Corona 

At the moment it is very difficult to assess how the aviation industry will look in the future. But I am very sure that the general demand for flights will not reach the same level as before the pandemic started. Firstly, lots of people are suffering from the crisis which means they will simply not have the means to go on a vacation. Secondly, the whole business trips scenario will change or has already changed.

Companies will think twice and decide if the budget for the business trip makes sense, or if the meeting can be done online instead. In general, most companies have been weakened throughout the crisis, which means they will have a reduced budget for travel in general. The business traveller who books expensive business class tickets will fly less, which will seriously impact the airline’s revenue.

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My Honest Advice

Do not enter flight training right now!

If you are leaving high school and you want to become a pilot:

I recommend those who are leaving high school at this time, to get experience in another profession or a degree. Once completed you can reconsider your plans of becoming a pilot. This way you postpone your start date to a time where there will be a  much clearer picture of the aviation industry. Additionally, some pilots will be leaving because of retirement or a new profession. This will guarantee you a full back-up plan, in case you do not manage to get employment as a pilot.

If you have started your flight training already:

I think in this situation it makes sense to finish your course with the pilot school in order to receive your license and use every possible resource to find a job and be open to relocating.

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Post Corona

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that air traffic will have doubled within the next few years. The long term trend for the demand for aircrews exists. We as passengers, customers, and staff of the aviation industry have the power to change and shape it for the future.

Become a pilot if you have the passion and fascination for aviation. It is important to know about the negative as well as the positives, when considering becoming a pilot. Downsides exist in all industries – but with one huge difference – you become part of a world full of energy and enthusiasm, which is hard to find in any other jobs.

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I hope you enjoyed my honest blog post: “Why should you not become a pilot?” Do not forget to like it and leave me a comment below.

Happy and healthy landings

Your PilotPatrick

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How To Become A Private Pilot (fast)


The dream of flying is as old as mankind itself. I fulfilled my dream of flying airplanes as a pilot and it seems that you have the same desire. In this blog post, I will tell you what it takes to obtain a private pilot license and share with you the steps necessary. How long does it take? How much does it cost and how to become a private pilot FAST? It definitely ain’t rocket science and if you have the same excitement for flying as me you will easily fulfil our dream. (All requirements and regulations are based on the European aviation authority)

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Flying The Small Birds

In my latest question and answer videos on my Instagram page, I noticed that so many of you had questions on how to become a private pilot to fly small planes just for fun. I am currently operating piston-engine aeroplanes regularly since I completed my flight training to become a flight instructor. My flight students train VFR flying to obtain the PPL (private pilot license), the LAPL (light airplane pilot license) and the ATPL (airline transport pilot license). You probably have heard of the PPL but the LAPL might sound new to you. It is a way to fly light airplanes faster. I will share more information about this license later in this article.

Check out this blog post in case you are interested in How To Become A Flight Instructor”.

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how to become a flight instructor

The Private Pilot License

The license of PPL(A) (EASA-FCL), which stands for Private Pilot’s License European Aviation Safety Agency Flight Crew Licensing. I am glad that we have so many abbreviations in the aviation language. This license allows you to fly two  and four-seater aircraft (such as our Cessnas C-172) in Germany as well as abroad, whereby it is valid only for one-engine aircraft which have a maximum permissible gross of two tons. The license can later be expanded by further licenses or class ratings. (like Instrument flying or multi-engine ratings.)


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  • Sec. 23 para. 2 Air Traffic Licensing Order (LuftVZO): minimum age to start training is 16 (license qualification with age of 17)
  • Aviation medical class 2
  • Declaration of pending criminal proceedings (Sec. 24 para. 3 no. 3 and 4 Air Traffic Licensing Order)
  • Extract of German Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Drivers (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) (Sec. 30 para. 8 of Road Traffic Act (StVG))

The following documents are needed in the course of the training:

  • Radio Telephony Certificate (BZF) – (is being acquired in parallel to the flight training)
  • Security background check

My insider tip: Before searching for a flight school in your preferred location, I would do the medical examination first so you know that you are fit to become a pilot.

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Find A Suitable Flight School

Finding the right flight school is probably the most difficult task on the way to becoming a pilot. The quality of your training highly depends on the flight school and their instructors. Let Google do the job for you to find flight schools at your preferred location.

My insider tips:  

  • Talk to former flight students and ask them for their opinion on the flight school
  • Visit them personally before signing a contract. Maybe they have an “open day”  to get to know the flight school.
  • Check the size and state of the fleet of aeroplanes. A small fleet could cause your flight missions to be cancelled more often because of technical issues.
  • Take your first flight lesson as a test to see if you like it and feel comfortable with the school.

Pricing for a private pilot license (flight school around Berlin):

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how to become a private pilot

Theoretical training

The theoretical part of the training contains 6 training subjects. In addition, there will be the theory for the Radio Telephony Certificate.

  • Technics (aerodynamics, aircraft knowledge)
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Air Law
  • Human Performance
  • behaviour in exceptional situations
  • Radio Telephony Certificate (BZF) theory

Practical training

The practical part of the training contains 45 flight lessons, 10 lesson hours of which have to be flown without a flight instructor (solo), whereby again at least 5 lesson hours of which need to be cross country flights. One of these cross country flights need to have a minimum flight route of 270 km containing two stops at foreign airports. Furthermore, controlled airports have to be approached as part of the training. On top of that, the training contains instructions in instrument rating and radio navigation. You also practice different airwork flight patterns to get to know the behaviour of the aeroplane in critical flight conditions.


The training will be completed by a theoretical and a practical examination. For logical reasons, the theoretical examination will be taken after the student pilot’s first solo-flight, whereby all subjects of the theoretical training will be examined by means of multiple choice. The practical examination will be taken at the end of the training when you will fly together with an examiner for about 60 minutes.

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How To Become A Private Pilot (fast)

There are a few ways to become a private pilot a little bit quicker. In general, it takes a minimum of two months for flight training. Once you have passed your examinations you have to apply for the license and your aviation authority in charge. This can take another few weeks. It took the German LBA over 6 months to issue my flight instructor license.  This is definitely not acceptable in our faced-paced aviation world.

  1. Easing of training restrictions

If you have a license for gliding, it is possible to reduce the flying time by 10 %, whereby a maximum of 10 flight hours can be accepted.

  1. Pick the right time of the year

Your VFR flight training highly depends on the weather. If the weather is below VFR minimums, you will not be able to fly so the flight mission needs to be cancelled. So pick a time of the year for your location in which you have the best flying weather. In case you are in doubt, ask the flight school for the best starting time.

  1. Have all your papers and documents ready

Before you start with your flight training, make sure that you have all the papers on board and requirements fulfilled.

  1. Light aeroplane pilot license

The LAPL allows you to become a pilot quicker. The downside is that you will not be able to add class ratings like IFR or multi-engine. Additionally, you are only allowed to fly within the European Union with a maximum of 3 passengers on board in aeroplanes that weigh below two tons. The advantage is that you only need 30 flight hours in total and the costs are reduced by about 25%, so a total of 8,000€ approximately.

My insider tip: GO for the full Private pilot license which allows you to fly globally.

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I hope you find my blog post on “How To Become A Private Pilot (fast)” helpful and could clarify some uncertainties. Make sure to like the post and share it with others who might be interested in this topic.

Drop me an e-mail to flightstudent@pilotpatrick.com, in case you are searching for a flight school in Berlin. I am happy to help you out and maybe I will even be your flight instructor.

Always happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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10 Tips On How To Become A Successful Trader

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Hey Aviators,

Have you ever thought about investing your money, buying cryptocurrency, trading with assets but you do not have any clue how to get started? Every beginning is difficult, especially when it involves your savings because nobody wants to lose money he/she worked hard for. In this blog post I am giving you 10 tips on how to get started and how you can become a successful trader. In the beginning, it is vital to follow guidelines which set the foundation for a profitable investment. 

I am relatively new to the stock market and trading business. During the corona crisis, I started to research more to increase my knowledge about investing. It is a very complex topic and to really understand the world of finances it takes years. Luckily, finances have always been an interest to me since my dad works in this area. And I worked in an investment company during my high school years.


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Become a successful trader

I decided to take the step to invest my money at the beginning of this year. Maybe you feel the same? Now I am kind of mad at myself that I did not start earlier. It was a great coincidence that the Social Trading Platform NAGA reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to collaborate with them. For a few months now I have been presenting the benefits of this trading platform to you on my Instagram, and why you should consider investing to become a successful trader. 


Inform yourself, build up your knowledge, stay up to date. Lacking knowledge about the stock market and their different products increase the risk of losing money. Before you order stocks of a certain company, read their analysis thoroughly and follow their share price. This will lower the chance of disappointment.

Nowadays people invest just because it is a trend at the moment without knowing anything about the stock or crypto currencies. According to the CEO of NAGA, Benjamin Bilski, you should invest a lot of time and several thousands of Euros in your education. Please find my interview with Benjamin here or find it below in this article. It is very educational and helpful for all beginners!


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We all want our money to be safe. Maybe it is a wise idea to open up several depots in case your investments bust the margin over 100,000€. Basically, all banks within the European Union (EU) have a deposit insurance of 100,000€ per client. So in case, the bank goes bankrupt the government will refund your money. 

Depending on your needs there are different trading platforms. NAGA is quite special since it is a social trading platform where you can connect with other traders and share news and tips. So it is like Facebook for Finances. Additionally, they offer their traders an auto-copy function which allows them to follow the investment of other successful traders automatically.


I don’t recommend investing in just one asset, crypto or other financial product. On one side you could maximise your profits but on the other, the chances are higher to lose money as well. The goal of success is to diversify your depot. Different branches, companies, services, products, etc. There is no limit of different stocks you can hold in your portfolio. But after 30 different stocks, it makes sense to invest in Funds or ETFs. (Exchange Traded Funds / Indexfonds. Of course, you can also gamble with fiance products but like in a casino the risks of losing everything are very high.

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Investing is dangerous. No investment is risk-free. But do you know what else is dangerous? Losing your money to inflation, living paycheck to paycheck, relying on being given a state pension when you’re old, being at the mercy of your boss. Life is dangerous. Investing is a worthwhile risk and not doing anything with your money is risky!


Absolutely. The price for Bitcoin has shown this. A price correction of 40% within a few weeks after it reached an all-time high. Be very careful when investing in crypto and know which crypto you buy. There are a lot of coins out there which do not resemble a real value so it is more like gambling than investing! On the other end, we are in the very beginning of crypto currencies and the potential is extreme. So it does make sense to invest 5-10% of your assets (according to the CEO of NAGA) in crypto.

How to become a successful trader


It makes absolute sense to start investing at an early age. Even when you have only 50€ extra in a month. Do not invest it in a new computer game,  invest it in the company which produces the games. The share price will increase over the years. The price for the game will lose money. Here is a simple example: Investing 50€ every month for 30 years into an ETF (with a return of 7% per annum) you could grow your depot to 58,825€ and you just paid 18,000€ into it.


Do not just follow trends without knowing any background and knowledge information about them. It is wise to invest in companies you like and would like to support. Which products and services do you use in your everyday life? Think about companies which will still exist in the future and those who will grow because society needs them.

How to become a successful trader


Trading can be an emotional rollercoaster ride. Happiness can soon turn to doubt, anxiety to hope. Investing can be very hard but it is important to sustain your clear mind and not to be controlled by your emotions. When it is going down it eventually goes up again – like during turbulence on a flight.


Money is money and nothing more! Of course, we need money to pay our bills but money consists of digits only and they do not make us happy in the long term.


You should not be too eager while investing. The money for investments should be “superfluous”. Neither should you need it at the moment nor should you plan with it.

If you would like to get started with absolutely zero risks, you can register with NAGA and create a DEMO account with 10,000€. This allows you to invest fictitious money to see how you would perform. This way you can exercise, learn and observe. 

Please do not forget to like the blog post on how you can become a successful trader. Let me know if you are trading already in a comment below. 

Happy landings and happy investing!

Your PilotPatrick 

how to become a flight instructor

How To Become A Flight Instructor

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Dear Aviator,

Welcome back on board my blog. It has been a while since the last time I posted here. I have a viable excuse for this. For the last two months, I have been busy with the training to become a flight instructor. The 10 most frequent questions regarding the training will be answered in this blog post. So buckle up, sit back, relax and enjoy my insights into the flight instructor rating. 

how to become a flight instructor
how to become a flight instructor

1. Why did I become a flight instructor?

You never forget your education and skills when working in the aviation business. Obtaining the pilot license sets the foundation for different ratings. Whether it is a type, examiner or in my case, the instructor rating. There are many ways to upgrade your pilot license and your personal proficiency. Becoming a captain was my biggest goal once I started flying as a First Officer. Once this was accomplished, I quickly noticed that I enjoyed passing on my experience and knowledge to my younger colleagues on the ride side. Before getting the 4th stripe on my uniform I was seated in their position and I expected from my superior that he/she would guide and teach me so that I could become a captain one day. 

To be in the position of a flight instructor on a regular flight, which I enjoyed very much, led me to become a flight instructor.

It must be a great feeling to pass on my passion and knowledge and to be able to teach people how to fly!

how to become a flight instructor

2. Which does the flight instructor rating grant?

ATPL(A), Airline transport pilot license: that is the pilot license I am currently possessing. This permits me to fly commercially in a two-man cockpit both as a First Officer or Commander.

The flight instructor for fixed-wing aeroplanes (FI(A)) gives me the qualification to instruct future pilots (flight students) on single piston aircraft to fly VFR (visual flight rules). Basically, when you decide as a pedestrian (that is how aviators call people who do not fly) to get a private pilot license (PPL) I could be your instructor. A PPL as the name suggests permits you to fly private so non-commercially. I am not only entitled to train up in the air but also on the ground during theory courses.

If a flight instructor is licensed according to EASA-FCL, his license will be titled FI(RP) during his first 100 hours of training. This abbreviation means “Restricted Privileges” – one restriction is, for instance, that a FI(RP) is not allowed to declare a flight student to be permitted to perform his/her first solo flight.


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3. How long does the training last?

In the aviation business, you always need to be ready for last-minute changes and amendments, which may lengthen the training significantly. Especially when you need VFR flight conditions in Germany during spring, it may take a little bit longer. All in all, it took me 7 weeks to have the entire training including the examination completed.

4. What are the costs of the training?

This depends immensely on the location and the flight school. The cost for a flight instructor course is around 12,000€ in Germany.  Flying is not inexpensive.

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DA20 and C152 for the practical training

5. What are the minimum requirements?

1. Minimum age of 18
2. Valid PPL(A) EASA Part FCL, CPL(A) or ATPL(A) license
3. Valid aviation medical of at least class 2
4. At least 200 flight lessons, including:

  • holding of ATPL(A) or
  • holding of PPL(A) at least 150 hours in command + CPL(A) theory course (e.g. Distance Learning + Classroom instruction) und theoretic CPL(A) test at the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt or another authority
  • at least 30 flight hours on an one-engine aircraft with a piston engine, at least 5 flight hours of which must have been passed within the last six months prior to pre-examination, which is performed by the flight training school
  • at least 10 flight hours of instrument flight training (IR or CVFR), maximum 5 hours of which may be passed on the ground using a simulator or FNPT II
  • at least 20 hours cross country flights being the pilot in command, including one flight, whose flight route is at least 540 km long and which includes at least two landings on airports that differ from the start airport

5. Evidence of CPL(A) knowledge according to EASA Part FCL.915.FI b) (2) i)
(this may be provided by a passed theoretical exam at CPL(A) or ATPL(A))

6. Pre-examination: has to be passed within six months and at the latest one week prior to the start of the training examined by a FI(A) who has been licensed according to EASA Part FCL.905.FI i), based on the proficiency check according to appendix 9.

how to become a flight instructor
how to become a flight instructor

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6. How is the training to become a flight instructor structured?

The training is decided in a theoretical and a practical part.

Theoretical training

125 lesson hours of classroom instruction of the subjects:

  • the learning discourse
  • the process of a lesson
  • basics of training
  • applied learning methods on theory and practise
  • evaluation and examination of flight students
  • development of training program
  • human performance with respect to flight training
  • dangers simulating breakdowns during flight training
  • night rating
  • administrative task during the training

Practical training

30 flight lessons on an one-engine aircraft, 25 hours of which have to be flown together with an apprenticeable FI instructor, including 5 exceptional flight conditions on an aerobatic aircraft. 5 flight lessons being part of a team with another applicant for FI(A). The applicant is flying the aircraft sitting on the right-hand side, the FI-I is simulating the student pilot.

how to become a flight instructor
how to become a flight instructor

Closed Tegel airport TXL

7. Which ratings can you add to the flight instructor license?

FI(A) IR Flight instructor aims to teach instrument flying rules (flying without visual references)

FI(A) ME Flight instructor aims to teach on multi-engine aeroplanes.

IRI (A) – Instrument Rating Instructor aims to qualify you as an instructor for training in instrument flight.

CRI SE SPA – class rating instructor single engine single-pilot aircraft has the aim to qualify you as an instructor for single-engine airplane training.

CRI ME SPA – class rating instructor multi engine single-pilot aircraft has the aim to qualify you as an instructor for multi-engine aeroplane training.

MCC Instructor – Multi-Crew Cooperation training is to improve the cockpit coordination between the crew members. The MCC training course is the bridge between the ATPL course and the future workplace within the cockpit environment.

Just to mention a few options on how you can upgrade your pilot license. The foundation sets the flight instructor rating.

how to become a flight instructor

8. When are you going to instructor your first flight student?

TBA announced on my social media channels. In particular on my Instagram channel @pilotpatrick. So make sure to follow me and have the notifications turned on.

9. Which aeroplanes do you fly during the training?

It was back to basics. Instead of flying big birds, it was those little birds we trained on. Flying is costly so the training primarily takes place on two-seater piston engine aircraft like the Diamond DA20 and the Cessna C152. This does not only keep the costs down but the environmental footprint as well. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the aircraft the higher the fuel consumption.

10. How does the examination look like?

Once the theoretical and practical training was done, I was ready for the examination. The examination consisted of three parts. In my case, it took approximately 5 hours to complete. 

  1. Check flight: An examiner checks your flying skills, knowledge about the aeroplane and the regulations. Overall he checks your capability to operate a single-piston aircraft from the right seat and your competency as an instructor. The examiner simulates engine failures, aborted take offs, navigation through landmarks, simulated emergency landing in a field, airwork like steep turns and stalls. Even though it was a check flight, I saw those flights also as training, and there is always something another experienced pilot can pass on to you.
  2. PPL theory: The examiner checks if you are familiar with the entire knowledge a private pilot should possess. He/She may ask you questions about aerodynamics, navigation, meteorology and so on.
  3. Theory class: The examiner checks if you are capable of holding a theory class in front of flight students. He/she basically wants to see that you have the ability to convey knowledge comprehensively.

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Overall I am very happy that I followed my excitement of becoming a flight instructor and I can absolutely recommend getting this rating as well. I could upgrade my airmanship and my proficiency in flying small aeroplanes a lot. I hope you enjoyed my article on how to become a flight instructor. Please do not forget to like the blog post.

It would be fantastic when one of you will be my flight student in the future.

Happy and healthy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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Skydive - Should You Dare To Jump Out Of An Airplane?

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Dear Aviators,

It is one of those experiences you have to do once in your lifetime. But it is also one of those things you need to have a lot of courage for. Most of all, you will need a lot of strength to overcome multiple fears to do it. I am talking about SKYDIVING! I already did it twice and I want you to dare to do it as well.

+ Full video of my jump in this blog post +

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sky dive dubai

This time I don’t fly the plane

Normally I am sitting behind the controls of an airplane – to jump out of an airplane is not something I do everyday. You know that I am a thrill seeker and my last trip to Dubai satisfied my desire for adrenaline. It was one of my most thrilling vacations I ever had. But you don’t need to fly to Dubai to go skydiving. I am sure that a provider is close to your location as well. 2021 will be a difficult year to go traveling due to restrictions and quarantine regulations, so I think we will mostly concentrate on discovering our home country, trying new activities and spending a lot of time in nature.

Might interest you as well: The City Of Superlatives – The Most Thrilling Activities in Dubai

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Aren’t those moments we experience intense emotions, the moments we feel most alive?! The emotions I felt during the moment I jumped out of the plane, the free fall through the air followed by the flight with the parachute blew my mind. It ranged from adrenaline rushes and excitement to nervousness and anxiety. Especially those feelings which make you worry and automatically ask  “what if” questions come into your mind and prevent us from trying out new things especially when it involves something which looks frightening at first.

the moment the airplane door opened at 12,000 ft I questioned myself what I was doing here.

Those what if questions?!

I was really looking forward to skydiving, but the moment the airplane door opened at 12,000 ft I questioned myself “what I was doing here. Am I that stupid?” The good thing is you don’t have any option other than to jump. I said to myself – in case I die it will be rather quick and it was during something I love to do: flying! The moment we left the plane all my worries were left behind in the airplane. I just felt pure joy!  After touching down I was sad that the last 4 minutes passed by so quickly and I wanted to jump again straight away.

How dangerous is it really? 

Of course nothing is 100% risk free in life. You need to trust in your professional tandem jumper and the equipment. You must follow the guidelines and listen carefully during the safety briefing to make the jump as safe as possible but in the end you need to trust the provider, the safety procedures, the professional tandem jumper and the equipment. If this does not calm you in any way, then the following numbers might.

The average probability to have an accident during skydiving is 0,026%. To die from it lies at 0,0013%. But this in perspective. The probability to die on a ride with a car is about 0,01%. This means the journey by car to the skydive experience is much more deadly than the jump itself.

The experience has a price tag

The price for a tandem jump highly depends on the location, the jump elevation and the provider. 

The first time I did skydiving was in South Africa in 2018. One of the most iconic skydiving locations is over The Palm in Dubai. The price is three times higher (approx. 340 €) than the  jump in Cape Town but the jump elevation was a lot higher and the view a lot more spectacular. The jump is priceless and the memories will last a lifetime! 

sky dive dubai
sky dive dubai

Are you ready now for your first jump or have you done skydiving before? Let me know in a comment below and don’t forget to like the blog post. Happy landings and jumps! Happy landing!

Your PilotPatrick

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Emirates Business Class Review Pandemic Edition


Dear Aviator,

In times of this pandemic, does it make sense to fly in Business Class? Pre-Covid, flying in Emirates Business Class was a truly luxurious experience with a world class service and lots of amenities for their valued guests. How is the experience now on board, with a pandemic taking place? Which drawbacks can you expect? I will share my personal flight experience with Emirates and let you know about benefits which are now more important than ever. Welcome on board my Emirates Business Class Review Pandemic Edition. 

emirates business class review pandemic

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Pack Your Stuff and Escape

Don‘t you have the desire to pack your suitcase and fly far away to have a timeout from lockdowns and coronas restrictions? In November, I spent an amazing vacation in Dubai – the city of superlatives – where I could enjoy almost a “normal“ life.

MAY INTEREST YOU: “Dubai is open – the most thrilling activties in the city of superlatives

I flew with Emirates in their Business Class from Frankfurt to Dubai. Pre COVID flying Business Class was a luxury experience with a world class service and amenities.


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Stay Safe On Board

The pandemic has not affected my trust in flying with airlines, nor have I felt uneasy or not safe while on board. Airlines and airport operators have implemented lots of measurements and guidelines to make traveling as safe as possible these days. 

MAY INTEREST YOU:How risky is flying during a pandemic?

I tried to be very respectful to other passengers and crew members in terms of keeping social distancing.  But of course, to keep 2 or 1,5 meters social distancing on board is, at times, very difficult. Be respectful as well and follow the guidelines.

emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic

Emirates Corona Precautions:

  • Travel hygiene kit (with masks, gloves, disinfection wipes and hand sanitizer)
  • Crew wears a protective uniform (gloves, masks and face shield)
  • Crew interaction is reduced by a different service concept

emirates business class review pandemic

Advantages of Flying Business During a Pandemic

More than ever the Business class can score with its amenities:

  • More space and separation to other passengers.
  • Less people sharing the same lavatories.
  • Less people passing through the aisles.
  • Smaller crowds of people during embarking and disembarking.
  • Cabin crew interacts with fewer passengers.
  • Separate and smaller cabins with fewer passengers.

emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic

My Recommendations On Board

To stay healthy during the flight:

  • The longer the fight, the higher chance of being infected.
  • Avoid walking through the cabin.
  • Wait some time before using the lavatory after a fellow passenger.
  • Take a seat at the window and if possible, avoid sitting next to another passenger.
  • Wear a mask. Preferably a FFP2 standard. 
  • Direct the airflow of the vents onto your lap.
  • Reduce interaction with the crew to a minimum (e.g. order several drinks at the same time).
  • Delay your boarding in case passengers of economy have to board through Business class.

emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic

Is it Still Worth Flying in Business Class?

You will still have a spacious seat/a full bed, to get some rest.  The service is still excellent, and the crew is still extremely courteous and friendly. Overall, it is still a luxury experience despite the fact that the mask can become quite annoying after some time. In my case the lounge in Frankfurt was closed due to Corona. The Emirates lounge in DXB was open. However the service war reduced offering pre packed food only. Always check for updates for your flight.

emirates business class review pandemic
emirates business class review pandemic

News News News

Emirates have just revealed its brand new Premium Economy – which is a unique cabin class between Business and Economy. You can enjoy more comfort through more space and a quieter smaller cabin on board the A380. It is considered an affordable product for those who do not want to purchase a Business Class ticket.  On a day flight it is a great option. On a night flight, I would definitely prefer the Business Class Seat since you can convert it to a fully flat bed. Emirates will launch its new product on the London to Dubai route.

emirates business class review pandemic


More than ever the amenities of flying in a spacious Business class seat can be enjoyed. That is why I think that it still makes sense and it is worth it. Especially, in terms of increasing the chances to stay healthy on your journey.

How do you feel about flying at the moment? Please leave me a comment below and do not forget to like this blog post: Emirates Business Class Review Pandemic Edition. 

Safe and healthy travels.

Happy landing!

Your PilotPatrick