lack of diversity in the cockpit

Why is there a lack of diversity in the cockpit?

Dear Aviator,

do you still remember the good old days in aviation before the novel coronavirus hit us? It was a booming industry with a constantly increasing demand for air travel, new jets with the most modern technology that could fly to the furthest destinations, and business class which could have been first class. Airlines were bracing for a severe pilot shortage. For now, this problem is solved but for the long term, it will arise again but why? The lack of diversity in the cockpit could be the reason.

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Thank you, Corona

Covid-19 came around the corner and destroyed aviation in a second. In one second the demand for pilots was gone. Even worse bankruptcy, lower demand, smaller fleets, low liquidity have been causing a lot of pilots to lose their jobs already.

I think it will take about two years until we are back at the same level as before Corona. We can expect during this period to be very low, with almost no demand for pilots. Step by step the demand will rise again. Let’s hope it will only be a very long low before aviation takes off again to the same level. In case no other factor will torpedo the business, the 2019 Boeing Pilot & Technician Outlook projects that 804,000 new civil aviation pilots are required to maintain the world fleet over the next 20 years.

Why do airlines have to brace for a pilot shortage?

There are many reasons for the anticipated pilot shortage. It is a mix of increasing regulation, growing demand for air travel, fleet growth, and an aging workforce. Pilots have to stop flying commercially latest with the age of 65. But there’s one cause that also offers a solution:

The industry has long struggled to recruit women, people of color, and members of other marginalized groups.

The lack of diversity in the cockpit

In 2008 I started my training to become a pilot. At the time I already noticed the lack of diversity in aviation. Back then the flight school was called Intercockpit, which is now the European Flight Academy, a subsidiary of Lufthansa Aviation Training. My course consisted of 25 men and only one woman!

During one of my first lessons with the DA20, my flight instructor looked at me and said:

“Patrick, you have to know: Women and black people have no place in the cockpit!”.

At that moment I was more busy concentrating on the approach than thinking about his discriminating statement.

The lack of diversity continued with my first pilot job. It was a small charter company with business jets in Berlin. The fleet consisted of about 10 jets and only white men were working in the cockpit. Not one single woman in the cockpit only in the cabin.  My second private jet employer had a fleet that was double the size and had at least two women flying.

I found that women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community were significantly underrepresented, this did not change when I switched to a big german airline in 2016. Less then 3% of the flight crew were women and I have not seen a black colleague. After flying for 6 years, it was the first time I flew with a female captain.

Current statistics

These are really no exceptions. Statistics prove my numbers. A review of the latest Civil Airmen Statistics indicates that a little over 4% of Airline Transport Certificate holders – the required certification to fly for a major carrier – are women. No major U.S. carrier hired a female pilot until 1973.

The situation is even worse for African Americans, who were not hired to pilot a commercial airplane until the 1960s. Things changed only because of a six-year battle against Continental Airlines waged by Marlon Green, who filed a discrimination complaint against the carrier. In 1963, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in his favor, paving the way for the first black pilot, David Ellsworth Harris, whom American Airlines hired in 1964. Green would follow suit at Continental in 1965.

Often their mere presence has been used to symbolize progress in diversifying the industry. (source: the conversation)

diversity in aviation

Helen Richey was the first female commercial pilot in 1934.

diversity in aviation

Captain David Harris was the first African American Airline commercial pilot hired by a major US airline in 1964 and was the first to be promoted to Captain.

Why is there a lack of diversity in the cockpit?

I have met great, open-minded, and modern thinking pilots. Most of them belonged to the younger generation. Unfortunately, there is still a huge percentage of pilots that are not tolerant and have a mindset like my flight instructor in Zadar.

To understand the roots of the issue: He was over 60 at that time. At the beginning of his aviation career he probably never flew with a single woman or an open LGBTQ member. When he became a captain, the WHO still considered being homosexual as a sickness. The authority gap in the cockpit was immense which was later found to deteriorate safety.

It is also a perception problem, where women are not seen as authoritative enough for positions like a captain of an aircraft.

The white male dominance

I had to experience a lot of sexist behavior against women. Pilots used their white male dominance in this job to feel superior. I had to listen to so many bad jokes about women and other minority groups. in the cockpit. I was getting sick of it and I had a hard time keeping calm because I feared when I would speak up a good atmosphere in the cockpit would infringe safety.

It is like a bowl of tomato soup. You put only a little bit too much salt in it is over-salted. The same applies to the behavior, beliefs, and attitude of some pilots. This has caused the cultures in aviation not to be very inclusive.

This domination of white men paired with known intolerance probably intimidates minor groups from pursuing a career in aviation.

Another barrier for those who lack resources and support. The cost of flight training can range from US$50,000 to upwards of $100,000.

What could lead to more acceptance?

In the end, corona could aggravate the pilot shortage problem in the future even more. The demand will eventually come back to an extreme high. But then we most probably experience an even greater lack of pilots, because of uncertainty during the crisis fewer people started their training to become a pilot.

I believe a stronger focus on attracting a diverse workforce and embracing a more inclusive culture is pivotal to ensuring there are enough pilots as we return back to the skies.

It is terrifying to see that some pilots believe that they are superior just because of their profession and believe that they are “flying gods”. I have been accused of disenfranchising the job because I have shown that I have feelings and that it is ok to be “colorful” on social media.

The new generation of pilots will help to lose the old stigmata and outdated bodies of thought.

Positive mind. Positive life. Happy landings.

The latest happenings inspired me to talk about this important topic: the lack of diversity in the cockpit. Please do not forget to like the post and leave me a comment below. What will help to reach more acceptance in the cockpit?

Your PilotPatrick


difference between Captain and First Officer

Was sind die Unterschiede zwischen Kapitän und Erster Offizier?

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Dear Aviator,

you cannot imagine how bad I feel that I have neglected my blog for a while. Lately my travels kept me very busy, therefore my productivity went doen. This fact and the packing are the two things I dislike most about traveling.  

Are you ready for another aviation related blog post? You probably have  questioned yourself what is really the difference between a captain and first officer. How many times have I heard people saying: "Ah you are the captain now, so you are finally allowed to fly the airplane!" In this blog post I will share with you the four major differences between Captain and First Officer.

 

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Appearance

Age is not an indicator of whether a pilot is a Captain or First Officer. I have flown with First Officers who were almost double my age. Have a look at the number of stripes of the pilot uniform.  Three stripes stand for First Officer and four for Captain. In genral, the higher the number of stripes, the higher is the rank.

Sometimes you might spot two stripes on a pilot uniform. This is a Junior First Officer who is either still in training or has not reached a certain hours flown. You might have also seen  three stripes with a really thick one. This stands for a Senior First Officer. This pilot is very expereicend  and he/she can fly from the left seat during cruise flight when the captain is taking a break on long-range flight for exampl. Speaking about the seat position. The Captain is seated in the left side whereas the First Officer in the right. These positions must not be interchanged. However, Captains can receive a right seat check out (additional training required) which allows them to fly from the left as well.

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Duties

How many times have I heard people say: "Ah you are the Captain, so you are finally the real pilot!" What was I before an unreal or fake pilot?! Both crew members regardless of their rank can be called pilots.

This might surprise you: Captains fly their aieplane as much as First Officers. Before each flight the crew decides how is PF (pilot Flying) or PNF (Pilot not flying or pilot monitoring). The PF controls the plane, performs the take-off, controls the autopilot in cruise flight and does the landing. The PNF fills the flight log, communicates with air traffic control (ATC) and supports the PF. Usually, I leave the choice to my First Officers which role they would like to perform. The answer is always the same when the weather is bad or it is getting late: I prefer to do the next flight ;-)

There are cases where the Captain determines that he or she wants to fly due to weather or other special reasons. Addtionally, the there are some circumstances  in which the First Officer is not allowed to fly. (more in detail at a later point)

So why doesn't the Captain fly the whole time?

  • Fatigue is better distributed if both pilots fly.
  • First Officers gain experience they will need as captains.
  • Flying is not always the best use of the Captain's experience, training and time. In cases of abnormal issues such as a system malfunction, it may be better for the Captain not to be tied up flying. That way he/she  can concentrate and coordinate the appropriate actions.

The major difference is that the captain always has the responsibility. From the time the Captain boards the plane until he/she leaves the plane again (no matter who is flying!!!), the Captain is responsible for the flight and is in command of it. The First officer is the second in command.

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Operational Procedures

The commercial operation of an aeroplane requires a high level of standarization. Guidelines, regulations, limitations and procdues on how to operate an aircraft are written in the opertional manuals. This grants a high level of safety and allows a new crew composition to fly with each other since they follow the prescibed operational procedures.

It is the job of the Captain to taxi the aircraft on ground due to the fact that the tiller (steering wheel of the nose gear) is mounted only on one side of the cockpit. The Airbus A300-600 has also a tiller on the First Officer side. This feautre does not automatically grant the First Officer to taxi as well. Most airlines follow a philosophy that it should be only the Captain taxing since he/she is responsible of the aircraft. An outdated philosophy since one day the First Officer becomes a Captain without any practice taxing.

Coming back to the cases in which the First Officer is NOT allowed to fly:

  • Takeoffs below 400m runway visual range (RVR).
  • CAT 2/3. when the weather is below CAT1 which means in most cases an RVR of less than 550m with a decision height of 200m.

To sum it up: Everytime it gets more challenging it the Captains task to fly , because he/she is trained to operate in low visibilty (LOVIS) and usually has more expierence.

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Money

The topic that everyone is most curious about. Moneywise there is a big difference in the salary of a Captain and a First Officer. To have the entire responsibility for a multi-million Euro jet, the lives of the passengers and the rest of the crew, a Captain gets paid extra. A safe flight depends on the ultimate judgement and decision making of the Captain. As a general rule you can say that a Captain makes about 50% more than a First officer. So if a First Officer makes about 60,000€ a captain makes at least 90,000 €. It can be also more than double or even more than that if company affliliation is a longer or when a Captain has additional tasks and responsibilites (eg. instructor).

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Safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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KLM Business Class review

KLM Business Class Review: Mit dem Dreamliner nach Rio

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Dear Aviator,

my last vacation took me to a destination which has been on my bucket list for a long time: Rio de Janeiro. Originally I had planned to go there February, but then my Captain Upgrade got in the way so I had to postpone it. This blog post will not deal with Rio, but about the flight that took me there. In my KLM Business Class review, I will share my flight experience on board of a Dreamliner. What can you expect? Additionally, you will be able to win a special souvenir of the flight.

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The Dreamliner

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How I book my flights

"You are a pilot you fly for free", "You have access to standby tickets", "ID-90 flying is great". Those are comments I have great below my postings on Instagram. I'm sorry, but all statements are not correct. All my flights are firmly booked and paid full price. I never had the opportunity to fly intercontinental for a fraction of the normal ticket price.

How do I manage to fly Business Class?

Whenever I can I book Business Class tickets on flights which last more than 6 hours. I either pay full price or I have enough miles to go on a reward flight. The price-quality ratio has to be acceptable. When tickets are overpriced in Business Class I book a travel class below (Premium Economy or Economy) and then I try to upgrade with miles or cash. Like I did on my flight to Miami in Eurowings "Biz Class".

I was lucky when I booked the flight to Rio. I knew I have a vacation for 12 days, so I opened up the world map of Google flight search. Selected the time period and my favored travel class. I was browsing through numerous destinations until Rio de Janeiro popped up with 1,800 € round trip for one person in Business Class. I immediately booked the flight. Normally you pay double this price, so it was a really good deal.

 

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Three flight highlights

First highlight: So far I only knew KLM from short range flights, so it was the first time for me to fly with them long-range. Second highlight: I was excited to fly with a Boeing 787, also called Dreamliner, for the first time. Third Highlight: I flew in the new World Business Class, which has an interesting cabin layout.

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Berlin - Rio de Janeiro

KL 1822 Boeing B737-700

09:05 Berlin (TXL)

10:35 Amsterdam (AMS)

 

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KL 0705 Boeing B787-900

12:45 Amsterdsm (AMS)

19:35 Rio de Janerio (GIG)

total travel time: 15:35 hours

 

 

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Crown Lounge at Schipol Airport

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Champagne above the clouds

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The lounge

KLM recently opened up a new lounge called "Crown lounge 52" in the international departure area of Schipol airport. The lounge is huge and not yet fully opened. I had a hard time finding it. Navigation signs at the airport were not clear and a lounge briefing of the airline was missing.

The lounge expands over two floors with different areas, it even features an outside terrace, a cinema, and several outlets. In case you find the catering not tasty enough (like I did) you can visit the a la carte restaurant within the lounge (not complimentary).

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This is aviation porn

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lie flat seat

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The seat

The seat surprised me the most on this flight! When I had a look at some photos of the seat, it seemed to be quite narrow. The entire Business Class is in the font section of the B787-9 and comprises only 30 seats in total.

Oh wow! That was my first impression after boarding the aircraft. The color selection, the arrangement, and the design were well chosen. Everything is there where you needed it and the designers took special care of every detail. For example, you have a mirror in your small cabinet.

You kind of have to slide into your seat, but once seated it feels more spacious than I thought.  The seats are angled to the flight direction and surrounded by a cube, which makes every seat private. Especially the window seats are fantastic since you don't have to move your head to look out of the window. On top, the seat transforms into a fully flat bed. I am 1,85 cm and it was really comfortable

Highlights:

  • all seats have direct aisle access
  • a lot of privacy as a seat and bed
  • comfortable sleeping position
  • all buttons and controls are easily accessible
  • the armrest can be lowered to increase the sleeping surface
  • wide footrest for the bed function
  • big personal TV which can be stowed 

 

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Watch the full Business Class review on YouTube

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The catering

KLM would not win any prizes for its catering departing Schipol airport. On the 11 hours, flight lunch was served after takeoff. In between light snacks were offered and prior to landing, you could have a small dinner. The desserts were the best part of the catering: refreshing ice cream and a chocolate muffin with liquid chocolate inside.

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Healthy starter

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I did not want to show the nasty main dish too clearly

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Specials of the Dreamliner

The B787 was not always a Dreamliner, it moreover started as a nightmare. Boeing had to fix several problems after the aircraft has started its line operation in 2011. It is one of the most advanced and modern airliners in the world. It not only generates less noise overall, but CO2 emission is reduced by 20-25% and fuel consumption by 20% as well. The aircraft leaves a smaller environmental footprint without lowering passenger comfort. Quite the contrary is the fact. Passengers windows are bigger, the cabin altitude is reduced and the cabin humidity is increased, which makes you feel better when you arrive.

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Mood lighting on board of the B787

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Fails on the flight

Nothing too tremendous, but still not acceptable when paying a lot of money for a ticket.

  • Wifi on board was broken. The airline blamed the satellite.
  • The espresso machine was broken and the coffee was nasty
  • Corners of the seats were not spotless

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Nap time!

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Give away!

At the end of the flight, every passenger in the Business Class receives a souvenir. It is a miniature Delft house, which is famous in the Netherlands. I received so many messages from my Aviators, who want one of those houses since it is impossible to buy them. So I decided to give away one house, an amenity kit and a personal note to TWO Aviators

To join the giveaway

  1. Like this post (heart symbol)
  2. Leave me a comment below this article mentioning “I would like to fly to (destination) inspired by www.pilotpatrick.com"
  3. REPEAT the previous step on my YouTube video!

I will randomly choose two winners on the 23rd of June 2019. Good luck!

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process of becoming a flight a captain

Auf die linke Seite wechseln – Beförderung zum Kapitän Teil III

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Dear Aviator,

welcome on board of a new chapter. This is now your Captain speaking! After three months of training, the Upgrade to Commander course is completed. It was an intense time with lots of studying, challenging simulator sessions and first flights in the left seat. In the last two parts of my blog series, I already gave you insights into the process of becoming a flight Captain. In this last part, I will share with you the ultimate steps which were necessary to receive 4 stripes. In the end, you have the chance to win a pilot shirt with my 3 stripes. 

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What has happened so far?

Make sure to read the other two parts of this blog series to fully understand the process of becoming a captain.

Part 1: Written application and simulator assessment

Part 2: Upgrade to Commander ground course and simulator training

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Line training

After completing the simulator flight on the left seat, the next step was the line training also called supervision. This training takes place on board the real Airbus A300 during the regular line operation. Instead of flying with a First Officer, a training Captain was there to supervise me. The initial phase was to get familiar with the new position, which means the training captain guided, corrected and led me where necessary. He did all his First Officer tasks automatically and supported me in my tasks as well. But after a few flights, the leadership phase was due to strengthening my non-technical skills. All decisions were made by myself and he expected me to treat him like a "normal" First Officer. I had to lead the crew, give orders and to delegate tasks.

Main objectives during this phase:

  • Building up the confidence to fly from the left seat
  • Familiarise with the tasks of a Captain
  • Discussing the duties of the commander
  • Reviewing technical knowledge and operational procedures
  • Simulating CAT III (low visibility) approaches
  • Building up non-technical competency (leadership and decision making)

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last days wearing 3 stripes

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Paris Le Bourget airport

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Struggles on the first flight

Not everything flew smoothly at the beginning: I definitely had my struggles during my first flights. Now I smirk about it but when I was a trainee I was a little bit frustrated. The picture outside of the cockpit, especially during the approach and landing phase is different from the left seat. That's why I had difficulties finding the centerline of the runway. So I was unintentionally a little offset of the centerline. But the aim is to land exactly on the centerline, so to have enough margin left and right in case of gusts or failures pushing you to one side.  After four landings I finally found the centerline again :-)

In general, it feels different to fly from the left seat. Now all the buttons are on the other side. I had the impression I was seated now in a completely new cockpit. For takeoffs and landings, you use your left hand to steer (yoke) and your right hand to control the thrust. As First Officer, it was 8 years vice versa. The first few landings were a little bit harder and bouncy, but I was able to familiarize myself quickly and to get the right feeling again.

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First flights from the left seat

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Final check

The line training consisted of 25 flights in total. Even though it was a checking environment and I had to overcome some hurdles, I enjoyed it a lot. The training Captains passed on a lot of tips and prepared me well to fly soon with a First Officer.

The entire Upgrade to Commander Course ended with an evaluation flight, to check if I am ready for my initial line check as a Captain.

On the 25th of April 2019, the time has come for the last check to prove my knowledge, skills, and Captaincy on two flights. The specialty here: It was the first time flying with a First Officer. The check Captain was seated on the jumpseat in the cockpit to observe us. Everything flew smoothly and I was asked some theoretical questions during the flight. About fuel management and policies for example. After landing, the check captain, who is the Chief flight instructor of the airline, congratulated me for passing the check flight. He said it was a really good performance. I was the happiest person on earth.

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What will change now?

I will still fly the same routes and land at the same destinations but now I am the boss on board. One of my fellow Captain colleagues described the job quite well:

You are now like the diector of an orchestra. You are delegating and setting the tone.

Besides leading the crew, you have to manage all processes that happen with the aircraft including the communication with the ground crews. You have to keep the time insight to guarantee an on-time departure. You have to look like an eagle on top of the aircraft to observe and to assess the current situation. The so-called situational awareness. The decisions I have to make shall guarantee a safe, economical and efficient flight. It shall also be the best decision for the company as well. As you can see a lot of responsibility but I am looking forward to this new chapter on the left seat.

I am happy about one aspect particularly; and it is not the increase in salary :-) Moreover, I am looking forward to passing on my knowledge and experience to new First Officers. Additionally, I will be in charge of the atmosphere in the cockpit. You know which vibes that will be!

 

 

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Captain giveaway

So many of you joined my first give away to win my epaulets. That's why I decided to give away a second set of 3 stripes to one of my Aviators. Additionally this time, I will include a pilot shirt (I will buy it in your size) and a personal note.

To join the giveaway

  1. Like this post (heart symbol)
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I will randomly choose a winner 12th of May 2019. Good luck!

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should you become a pilot

Solltest Du ein Pilot werden und ist die Zeit günstig dafür?

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Dear Aviator,

first of all thanks for following my request to send me your questions. It was difficult to make an appropriate selection out of thousands of questions for my FAQ video on YouTube. One question, in particular, was asked several times: Should I become a pilot and is it a good time for it? I thought I give you a more extensive answer to help you in the process of finding the right decision for your future. Be prepared for unadorned truth. 

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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 from today, is still in its initial phase when considering that the desire to fly freely has always excited. Thanks to great legends and pioneers who made aviation to what it is today. We can feel quite fortunate that live in a time, in which the job as a pilot exists.

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The aviation is a moving, but also a really volatile industry with lots of ups and downs. As quick as aviation develops and changes over the years, the pilot job as 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 which does not seem so free anymore. I would not say that the job lost its glamor over the years, but it is a different glamor 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 brings long also negative aspects. It can be indeed tough, unglamorous and hard work. But in the end, it counts that all negative aspects fade behind all the positive sides of the job. More about the pros and cons here.

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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 like when you complete your training. Within two years of 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. If I were you I would try to get into a cadet program of an airline, so you do not put yourself into 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. Those are probably aspects why you would like to become a pilot. But the opposite applies. As I mentioned before the pilot job 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 that you spend one week of a layover in the Caribbean are also over. In case you have a layover than it is the minimum time required at the destination before your next flights. Especially low coast airlines always return to the home base to save money. For me, the pilot job is linked to traveling 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 to fly discounted or even for free. As the high number of bankruptcies of airlines in the European market has shown, job security is not given

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Is it a good time to become a pilot?

How can I say it is still a dream job after listing all the negative aspects, which make this job less appealing. I did not want to discourage you, but rather tell you the truth about the current situation. Fact is that it more and more depends on the airline you are flying for! The working conditions vary tremendously. There are still fantastic cockpit positions out there, may it be with a business jet company or a big airline. The demand for pilots is extremely high at the moment. According to Boeing, there is a requirement of 790,000 pilots in the next 20 years. In case we are not facing a crisis in the world of aviation the shortage of pilots will grow. The reason for this shortage is the job has become less appealing to new candidates. But a shortage is also a good sign because then the aviation industry has to act and airlines have to improve their working conditions to attract new pilots. It is utterly important to stop the ideational and material depreciation of the pilot job because this can in return infringe flight safety.

 

Outlook

International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that the air traffic will have doubled with the next years. The long term trend of 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.

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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 being a pilot. Downsides exist in every branch. 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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should I visit incredible India

Mein Tag auf der weltweit führenden Messe für Tourismus (ITB) in Berlin

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Dear Aviator!

How do you decide on which destinations are on your bucket list? Where do you get your inspiration from when planning your travels? I am sure you retrieve it online, from travel blogs, maybe even from my channels and most probably from friends, who report about their trips.

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Welcome to the ITB at the Messe Berlin

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Singapore Airlines double bed in Business Class

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The ITB, the world's leading travel trade show, in Berlin is the offline hotspot for all travel enthusiasts like me. I was invited by Incredible India to explore the trade show and to visit their exhibition, which was, in fact, an entire hall. They provided me with some giveaways, which you will be able to win at the end of this article.

Through my job as a pilot, I get to fly to many fantastic destinations. At the moment the flight operation requires me to overnight in cities primarily in Europe. Sometimes I even stay up to three days at one destination which allows me enough free time to explore. But it is not the same as traveling privately. It is your job and you are traveling with colleagues and not with your friends and family. That is the reason why I go on so many journeys even besides my pilot travels. I like either to discover new destinations, I haven't been to or I return to places I have enjoyed as a pilot before.

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I am a ship captain as well ;-)

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Indian Aviators :-)

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The ITB

As I mentioned before the ITB (International Tourismus Börse) is the world's leading tourism trade show. The companies represented at the fair include hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, system providers, airlines and car rental companies. Over 10,000 exhibitors from over 180 countries.

I not only use the ITB to inform myself about news in the travel industry but I also use the visit to connect with people from the travel industry. Primarily I try to get in contact with tourism boards of countries I would like to visit in the future. I think personal contact is extremely beneficial in regards to potential collaboration.

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Indian bride show

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Photo shooting with Incredible India

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Incredible India

On a daily basis, I get asked on my Instagram channel, if I have been to this or that country and when I am visiting a specific country. In case I haven't been there my answer is that I will try to visit as soon as possible. I made it my life goal to travel to as many countries as possible.

This includes India for sure. At the ITB and the dinner night before, I already got a glimpse of India's culture and their travel offers. Incredible India filled an entire hall. You not only could get in touch with representatives of the tourism office, hotels and tour operators but could also experience a little bit of the Indian culture. The women were dressed in their traditional clothing, a real wedding took place and you could participate in a Bollywood workshop.

In the end, I received a Henna tattoo on my hand so that my memories will last a little bit longer.

Why would I travel to India?

One reason why I would travel to India is to taste genuine Indian food ;-) I really like Indian cuisine, but not too spicy, please. I am always open to exploring new things, places and countries. India would appeal to me as a destination is that it is so different than everything else I have experienced so far. What I have learned from the exhibition is that India has more to offer than good food and the Taj Mahal. In my opinion, the country is underestimated in terms of traveling. Check their Instagram page for travel inspirations in India.

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Getting a Henna tattoo with my logo

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Free henna tattoos with Incredible India

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Good news for passengers

Another reason why I like to visit the ITB is that I am keen to learn about new cabin products of all the major airlines. Qatar Airways always surprises with new innovations in comfort for the passenger. For Business Class passenger they implemented the Q-suite, which offers a lot of space in an enclosed suite. Every seat has direct aisle access and the middle seats convert into a fully flat double bed.

New recline system

For economy class passenger they presented a new seat at the ITB. In their mock-up cabin, I took a seat and I could experience their innovations right away. The new recline system surprised me the most. You probably know how bothersome it can be when your fellow passenger reclines his seat in front of you. Now with Qatar Airways innovation, the seat slides forward to recline without infringing the comfort. Moreover, this allows for more clearance for your knees and chin.

 

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Qatar Airways new Economy Class

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Qatar Airways at the ITB

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The new recline systemm

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The ITB Berlin takes place annually in March at the Messe Berlin. So in case you missed it this year, I will see you there next year.

I had a fun day at the ITB and there is so much to discover. It is impossible to see everything in one day, so make sure you arrive once the doors open. I was exhausted after one day, but the impressions I could take from my visit were definitely worth it.

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Giveaway!

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Give away

Incredible India gave me a present with fancy Indian accessories (see photo below) and I would like to pass them to one of you my Aviator. I will include a personal note as well.

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I will randomly choose a winner 31st of March 2019. Good luck!

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Giveaway of Incredible India!

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how to become a captain

Auf die linke Seite wechseln – Beförderung zum Kapitän Teil II

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Dear Aviator,

I am able to share some good, but also some bad news with you! The good news is that I passed another important step in becoming a captain, but the bad news is that I don't know when my next flight will be! How can that be? In this second part of how I become a captain, I inform you about all the steps it requires and I give you insights about my training. At the end of this article, I have a little, but special give away for you. 

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What has happened so far

  1. In September 2018 I applied as captain with my airline
  2. My application was reviewed and accepted
  3. In November 2018 I passed the assessment in the simulator

Depending on the demand and if I am expandable from the flight operation,  my training to become a captain would start. In the meantime, I continued flying as First Officer on the A300. The last flight on the right side came earlier than expected. Already on the 31st of January 2019, it was my last flight, which took me to sunny Tel Aviv. I recapped my time as First Officer which were 8 years in total and I could not believe that a new era would start soon. Check out part one if you want to find out more about the requirements and the selection process.

 

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Upgrade to Commander course

Beginning of February the UTC (upgrade to commander) training started. The first part was a ground course which lasted one week. From this point onwards I was not allowed to fly as First Officer anymore by regulation.

This ground course took place with six other colleagues who were also in the process of becoming a captain. I thought I would be one of the youngest among them, but two other colleagues of mine were even younger than me.

Topics which were covered in the ground course:

  • Laws and regulations
  • Responsibility
  • Performance
  • CRM
  • Low visibility procedures

As a commander, I will be responsible for the aircraft, the crew, the passengers and the cargo on board. When operating the aircraft I have to consider all laws, regulations, and procedures. CRM (Crew resource management) plays also an important role in the safe operation. CRM is a set of training procedures for use in environments where human error can have devastating effects such it is the fact in aviation. It is used primarily for improving air safety, CRM focuses on interpersonal communicationleadership, and decision making in the cockpit. Human error is still the greatest factor for accidents in aviation.

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Not the A300 simulator but a A320 in Berlin

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One of my biggest goals is to become a captain at the age of 30 and as it looks right now it will most probably happen

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Simulator Training

After a free weekend, the training continued in the simulator. I prepared my self as good as possible because I wanted to show my training captain and myself that I am the right candidate for the left seat.

The simulator sessions took place in Berlin which was convenient for me since I could stay at home. The training consisted of six missions and a final check. Each session focused on a different subject. One session was primarily to train the procedures for engine fires and failures. Another session was to practice the low visibility procedures and flight control malfunctions. All had in common to improve the non-technical skills from the left seat. Non-technical means: the flight management, prioritizing tasks, decision making and the communication with the crew. In the beginning, I had to get used to fly the aircraft from the left seat. This was a little awkward because buttons and levers were now on the other side. It was a little bit like driving the car from the right seat.

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Studying hard

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A lot of flight maneuvers and SOPs (standard operating procedures) were new to me on the Captain's seat. Like the rejected take off and the engine fire with evacuation on the ground.

Up to the speed of V1, the captain decides with the call "STOP" to aboard the takeoff. After this speed, the takeoff has to be continued because with a higher ground speed the runway would not be long enough to brake the aircraft anymore.

In case of an engine fire on the ground, two checklists have to be read in a structured and coordinated way. In the end, it is the captain's decision to evacuate the aircraft or not.

One duty session lasts six hours in total. One hour briefing before, four hours flying and one-hour debriefing. The simulator was intense with all the emergencies and abnormals, but it was still a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it.

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QRH (Quick reference handbook) Engine Fire and Evacuation checklist

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Check flight and ATPL skill test

End of February I had my simulator check flight which was combined with an ATPL skill test. As a commander, you need the ATPL license (Airline Transport Pilot license). To hold this license you need a CPL (Commercial Pilot License) with ATPL theory credit and a minimum of 1500 flight hours.

During my check flight in the simulator, it was the first time that I flew with a First officer, who was new on the fleet. This was the first time I really could demonstrate my role as commander because the simulator sessions before were flown with a captain aspirant with a lot of experience.

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Simulator check passed

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What's next?

Waiting time is next. Currently, I am waiting on my new license the ATPL, which will be issued by the authority. Once I receive it I will continue flying, but then as Captain. Not yet with four stripes, since the training continues on board of the real aircraft. The first 25 sectors/flights will be under the supervision of line training captain, who is seated on the right.

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Special giveaway

Soon I do not need my three stripes anymore. That is why I will pass the epaulets on to one of my Aviators with a personal note. They accompanied me for a long time, but now it is time for them to follow someone else journey. Maybe you are becoming a pilot and need them or you just want them as a lucky charm.

To join the giveaway

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I will randomly choose a winner 24th of March 2019. Good luck!

Stay tuned for part three!

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Giving away my 3 stripes!

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how to become a captain

Auf die linke Seite wechseln - Beförderung zum Kapitän Teil 1

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Lieber Aviator,

ein frohes neues Jahr wünsche ich Dir! Ich wünsche Dir alles Gute und viele glückliche Landungen in 2019. Das neue Jahr startete mit fantastischen Neuigkeiten für mich. Ende letzten Jahres hatte ich Dich bereits darüber informiert, dass ich mich intern auf die Stelle eines Kapitäns auf dem Airbus A300 beworben hatte. Der Bewerbungsprozess dauerte mehrere Monate an und endete erfolgreich mit dem Bestehen des Assessments im Flugsimulator. In diesem Blog Artikel möchte ich Dir ein paar Hintergrundinformationen liefern und Dir Einblicke in den Bewerbungsprozess einer Kapitäns- Stelle geben. 

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Wie wird man ein Kapitän?

Kapitän auf einem kommerziellen Jetflugzeug wird man nicht von einem auf den deren Tag. Es wird nach dem Abschluss der Flugschule mehrere Jahre dauern, bis man auf den linken Sitz wechseln kann. Die Flugerfahrung spielt dabei die wichtigste Rolle. Hinzu kommen unzählige Simulator Checkflüge, Flugzeugmuster Berechtigungen und Fähigkeitstests, die man bestehen muss.

Zusätzlich muss man nicht nur den gesetzlichen Mindestanforderungen genügen, sondern sich auch innerhalb der Firma beweisen. Man benötigt die richtige Einstellung und Persönlichkeit für diese Position.

Ließ meine Blog Artikelserie "Wie ich Pilot geworden bin", um mehr über meinen Werdegang zu erfahren!

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Wie lange dauert es bis man Kapitän werden kann?

Dies kommt zum einen auf die jeweilige Airline an und ist ebenso von einigen persönlichen Faktoren abhängig. Um Kapitän auf einem kommerziellen Flugzeug zu werden benötigt man mindestens 1.500 Flugstunden. Außerdem muss man Inhaber einer Lizenz für Verkehrspiloten sein. Die sogenannte Air Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL). Wie dem auch sei, die meisten Airlines erfordern eine Mindestanzahl von 3.000 Flugstunden, bevor sie überhaupt eine Beförderung in Erwägung ziehen. Als ich die Geschäftsfliegerei verlassen hatte, hatte ich ungefähr 2.400 Flugstunden gesammelt und mein vorheriger Arbeitgeber hatte mich bereits für eine Beförderung zum Kapitän auf einem Privatjet vorgesehen. Damals war ich 27 Jahre alt und dies klang sehr interessant für mich. Dennoch entschied ich mich lieber für eine berufliche Veränderung.

Anforderungen

Als ich vor zwei Jahren bei meinem aktuellen Arbeitgeber angefangen hatte, hätte ich niemals erwartet so schnell befördert zu werden. Zum Zeitpunkt der Stellenausschreibung erfüllte ich genau den Anforderungen für eine Beförderung. (Es fehlten lediglich ein paar wenige Flugstunden, die ich mittlerweile habe). Mein persönliches Ziel war es immer im Alter von 30 Jahren bereits Kapitän zu sein. Als ich den Arbeitgeber gewechselt hatte glaubte ich jedoch nicht mehr, dass dies noch möglich sein würde. Derzeit sieht es jedoch so aus, als könne ich es noch schaffen.

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Stellenausschreibung einer Airline

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Bewerbungsformular

Wie bei einer gewöhnlichen Bewerbung bei einer neuen Firma, musste ich mich auch intern auf die Stelle des Kapitäns bewerben. Zunächst musste ich prüfen, ob ich alle Anforderungen erfülle. Als nächstes musste ich das Bewerbungsformular ausfüllen und begründen warum ich diese Stelle haben möchte und warum ich meine, der geeignete Kandidat dafür zu sein. Meine Antworten darauf findest Du unten. Zusätzlich musste ich meine aktuelle Anzahl an Flugstunden notieren.

Alle Bewerbungen der Ersten Offiziere wurden von der Firma durchgesehen. Trainings Kapitäne und das Management wurden befragt, um festzustellen, ob ich ein geeigneter Kandidat bin.

Ich erhielt eine positive Rückmeldung, sodass der erste Schritt auf dem Weg zum Kapitän bestanden war.

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Das Auswahlverfahren

Der nächste Schritt war ein Auswahlverfahren im Flugsimulator. Während dem einstündigen Flug im Simulator wurde ich mit verschiedensten Fehlfunktionen konfrontiert, die ich meistern musste. Zwei Kapitäne (Fluglehrer) nahmen die Prüfung ab. Einer saß in der Funktion des Ersten Offiziers neben mir und der Zweite saß im Hintergrund und steuerte den Simulator. Dieser Test war diente nicht dazu meine fliegerischen Fähigkeiten auszuwerten, sondern viel mehr wurde geprüft, wie ich mich bei gewissen Problemen verhalte und welche Entscheidungen ich treffe. Während des gesamten Flugs war ich der fliegende Pilot (Pilot flying [PF]) und saß auf dem rechten Sitz, während mich der Prüfer vom linken Sitz aus unterstütze, mir jedoch nicht bei den Lösungen der Probleme half.

Ich war sehr nervös und aufgeregt, aber auch sehr glücklich darüber diese großartige Möglichkeit zu haben. Kaum im Simulator angekommen, war ich um einiges entspannter und ich freute mich darauf meine Fähigkeiten und Wissen unter Beweis stellen zu dürfen.

Zusätzlich wurden mir noch einige Fragen zu operativen Prozeduren, sowie technischen Aspekten des Flugzeugs gestellt. Am Ende fuhr ich mit gemischten Gefühlen nach Hause, ohne zu wissen, ob ich die Prüfung gemeistert hatte. Die gute Nachricht erreichte mich im neuen Jahr!

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Was wird sich ändern?

Ich werde das Flugzeug so wie vorher auch fliegen. Allerdings vom linken Sitz aus mit vier goldenen Streifen. Als Kapitän werde ich für einen reibungslosen Ablauf sorgen und für die Sicherheit der Besatzung, Passagiere und Fracht an Board verantwortlich sein. Das gilt sobald ich das Flugzeug betrete, bis ich es wieder verlasse. Dies bedeutet, auch wenn einer meiner Kollegen etwas falsch macht, werde ich dafür einstehen. Fliegen bedeutet zusammen zu arbeiten und gemeinsam Lösungen zu finden. Am Ende jedoch trifft der Kapitän die endgültige Entscheidung.

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Die nächsten Schritte

Die Bewerbung und den Eignungstest im Simulator bestanden zu haben bedeutet nicht, dass ich meinen nächsten Dienst gleich als Kapitän starten kann. Der schwierige Teil liegt jetzt erst noch vor mir. Das Training zum Kapitän wird voraussichtlich in einigen Wochen starten. Das Training wird eine Schulung im "Klassenzimmer" beinhalten, Flüge im Simulator, Flüge im echten Flugzeug und einige Tests. Ich werde Dich auf dem laufenden halten!

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breitling takes flying to the next level

Breitling bringt das Fliegen auf das nächste Level

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Werbung- Kooperation

Hallo mein Aviator,

bist Du bereit für einen Adrenalinschub? Einen Airbus A300 zu fliegen ist bereits eine schöne Sache, aber ein Kunstflug ist noch Mal viel aufregender! Breitling bringt das Fliegen auf das nächste Level. Ihr Jet Team hatte mich zu ihrer Heimatbasis nach Dijon in Frankreich eingeladen. Ich musste mich selbst zwicken, da ich nicht glauben konnte, die Chance zu haben mit ihnen fliegen zu dürfen! Flugtickets bekommt man nur auf  persönliche Einladung. Deswegen lade ich Dich ein diese einmalige Erfahrung mit mir zusammen auf meinem Blog zu erleben!

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Transfer nach Dijon

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Malerische Landschaften auf dem Weg von Genf nach Dijon

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Das Breitling Jet Team

Das Breitling Jet Team lud mich in ihre Heimatbasis nach Dijon ein, um mit ihnen gemeinsam zu fliegen! Es ist das weltweit größte zivile JETFLUGAKROBATIK-TEAM. Um genau zu sein fliegen sie ein Trainingsflugzeug für Kampfjet Piloten, den L39 Albatros. Dieser kann auch jeweils einen Passagier fassen. Das Team nahm mich mit auf ein Formations- und Akrobatikflug. Dieses einzigartige Team verkörpert die geschätzten Markenwerte von Breitling: Leistung, Präzision, ästhetische Vollendung und Innovation.

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Die 85 Jahre alte Bücker

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Leider gab es keine Direktflüge von Berlin nach Dijon. Deswegen mussten wir einen Umweg über Genf in der Schweiz machen. Von dort aus fuhr ich mit Nils, einem Freund und Kameramann, mit einem privaten Fahrdienst nach Dijon in Frankreich. Die Fahrt dauerte ungefähr 2,5 Stunden. Es ist eine wunderschöne Autobahnstrecke, die einen über hohe Brücken durch malerische Täler und Landschaften führt. Es sah wie ein perfekter Tag zum fliegen aus. Der Himmel war klar und die Sonne schien mit Temperaturen um die 22 Grand. Was wir bald erleben sollten lag jenseits unseres Vorstellungsvermögens!

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Check-in

Bevor wir zum Flughafen aufbrachen, checkten wir in unser Hotel in Dijon ein. Da wir noch etwas Zeit hatten machten wir uns auf die Stadt zu erkunden. Unsere Abflugzeit war erst am Nachmittag.

Dijon ist ungefähr drei Stunden im Südosten von Paris gelegen und ist nicht nur durch fantastische Weine, sondern auch seinen berühmten Senf bekannt. Unser fünf Sterne "Luxushotel" (Absolut nicht zu empfehlen) befand sich direkt in der Stadtmitte. Es ist eine wirklich goldige und schöne Stadt. Neben Fachwerkhäusern kann man ebenso atemberaubende Gebäude finden. Lass mich Dich im ersten Teil meines Videos auf meinem YouTube Kanal PilotPatrick überzeugen.

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Hotelbett test! (Das Hotel ist nicht zu empfehlen!)

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Es ist Zeit für Breitling

Anfang diesen Jahres (Februar 2018) startete ich meine Kooperation mit Breitling und ich fühle mich geehrt mit einer solch exklusiven Marke zusammen arbeiten zu dürfen. Die Einladung von ihrem Jet Team hat jedoch noch einmal alles übertroffen! Ich hätte niemals gedacht jemals mit ihnen fliegen zu dürfen.

Das Breitling Jet Team ist das grösste zivile Jetflugakrobatik-Team der Welt. Die Flugzeugstaffel besteht aus acht tschechischen Aero L-39 Albatros Jets. Dies sind Trainingsflugzeuge für Kampfpiloten, die ebenfalls als Passagierflugzeuge verwendet werden können. Damit das Team ihre Leidenschaft für Akrobatikflüge mit einem größtmöglichen Spektrum an Zuschauern teilen kann, nehmen sie über das Jahr hinweg an zahlreichen Veranstaltungen teil. UND jetzt nahmen sie mich auf einen ihrer Flüge mit!

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Mirage Kampfjet im Hangar in Dijon

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Fliegen mit der Bücker

Neben den Jets beinhaltet die Flotte noch eine 85 Jahre alte Bücker, die in Berlin gefertigt wurde. Es ist eine wunderschönes, sehr gut gewartetes Doppeldecker Flugzeug mit zwei Sitzen. Ursprünglich wurde dieses historische Flugzeug dazu genutzt Kampfpiloten der Wehrmacht für die Luftwaffe auszubilden. Sie diente als Vorbereitung auf den Einsatz in der Messerschmitt Bf 109. Guillaume mein Pilot erklärte mir, dass dieses Flugzeug sehr berühmt unter Piloten ist, da es sich besonders gut reagiert und sanft fliegt. Es hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht ohne Dach, die wunderschöne Landschaft zu genießen und das ganze auch noch mit akrobatischen Einlagen. Ich war sehr beeindruckt von den schnellen Manövern, die diese alte Dame vollbringen kann.

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Lasst uns den Jet fliegen

Performance, Präzision, ästhetische Vollendung und Innovation. Das ist es wofür das Breitling Jet Team steht.

Nachdem wir mit Fluganzug und Helm ausgestattet wurden, wurden wir einer Sicherheitseinweisung unterzogen. Diese war nicht die Übliche, die Du womöglich aus einem Verkehrsflugzeug kennst, da ein zusätzlicher Punkt erläutert werden musste: Der Schleudersitz. Im Fall, dass der Pilot sagt: "eject eject eject".  Sollte man die roten Hebel zwischen seinen Beinen ziehen, um die Evakuierung einzuleiten. Die Haube würde sich dann lösen und man würde mit den Sitz hinaus geschleudert werden. Anschließend landet man mit einem Fallschirm sicher am Boden.

Ob ich nervös war? Keineswegs, ich war eher gespannt! 

Fertig zum Abflug! Wir flogen in einer Formation von vier Flugzeugen. Mein Pilot hieß "Doukey", er fliegt seit 2003 im Breitling Team und war vorher Kampfjet Pilot bei der französischen Luftwaffe. Zusammen flogen wir im Jet Nummer Drei.

Das Abheben vom Boden führt bei mir immer noch zur Gänsehaut wenn ich darüber nachdenke. Nach dem Start begaben wir uns augenblicklich in die Formation. Unsere Position war die hintere. Wenn man das erste Mal in seinem Leben so nah an andere Flugzeuge heran fliegt ist das zunächst etwas schockierend. Wenn man jedoch realisiert, wie präzise diese Piloten fliegen und das sie das täglich machen fühlt man sich in sicheren Händen.

Der Flug war wie ein Ballet mit dem Team Leader in der Front. Manchmal flogen wir mit einer Geschwindigkeit von über 700 km/h und einer Distanz von gerade Mal drei Metern zueinander. Eine schnelle Abfloge von verschiedenen Flugmanövern stand auf unserem Programm. Fassrollen, Loopings und Kopfüber fliegen verschlug mir den Atem (in positivem Sinne).

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Zeit zum Einstieg!

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Dein Steuer

Wir verließen die Formation für eine Weile und Doukey sagte mir, dass ich jetzt die Kontrolle habe! "Bist Du sicher?" fragte ich. Ja so war es! Ich hatte die Kontrolle über den Kampfjet. Ich flog zwei Fassrollen und schloss mich der Formation wieder an. Im Landeanflug überließ er mir erneut das Steuer und ich flog eine Platzrunde mit einer Geschwindigkeit von 250 km/h. Ich verließ mich auf meine Fähigkeiten als Pilot und wendete diese auf die Situation an. Im Vergleich zu einem großen Airbus A300 fühlte es sich an, als ob man einen Sportwagen fährt. Kurz vor der Landung übernahm Doukey das Steuer wieder.

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Squad on a Mission: Das Breitling Jet Tem. Kannst Du mich erkennen?

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Schau Dir den zweiten Teil meines Videos auf YouTube an!

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Für mich war es als wäre ein Flugtraum wahr geworden. Nils fühlte sich allerdings nicht mehr so wohl nach dem Flug. Er sah etwas blass aus. Ich jedoch konnte gar nicht mehr aufhören zu lächeln. Es war eine großartige Erfahrung, die hohen G- Kräfte, schnellen Beschleunigungen und Abbremsungen während der Manöver zu fühlen. Ein großes Dankeschön an Breitling, dass sie ihre Passion an diesem Tag mit uns geteilt haben. Es war eine unvergessliche Erfahrung (auch für Nils.)

Hattest Du schon Mal die Möglichkeit an einem Akrobatikflug teilzunehmen?

Sichere Reisen und glückliche Landungen!

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Was ist in meinem Piloten Reisekoffer? Meine ultimativen Packtipps

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Kooperation/ Anzeige

Hello mein Aviator,

durch meinen Beruf als Pilot bin ich nicht nur ein professioneller reisender, sondern auch ein Experte fürs Koffer Packen geworden. Ich bin definitiv kein gutes Beispiel, wenn es darum geht mit leichtem Gepäck zu verreisen. Was mein Gepäck so schwer macht? Das werde ich in diesem Artikel erklären. Den Koffer für eine längere Reise zu packen kann Zeit intensiv und frustrierend sein, wenn man am Ende etwas wichtiges vergessen hat. Ich werde Dir ein paar gute Packtipps geben, um Dein nächstes Koffer Packen viel entspannter zu gestalten.

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From my first pilot salary I didn't buy a pilot watch, but a set of suitcases

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Choose the right size of a suitcase for your trip!

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Home is where my bags are

I am travelling for about half of the month. Sometimes I am gone from home for one week during my travels as a pilot. My luggage becomes my loyal travel buddy. That is why I need to rely on it. Each piece needs to be the correct size and of good quality. The design of the luggage is also very important. My current checked luggage is out of polycarbonate material and with four wheels to handle it more easily. The volume of 89l and the unique shape are ideal for longer journeys. Besides my checked luggage, I take my business trolley/pilot case.

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What makes my checked luggage so heavy?

Travelling light is no longer an option for me. I try to save weight wherever I can, but my blogger activities require a lot of electronics and other equipment.

I also take a good variety of clothing for photo shootings. A suit and a minimum of two pair of shoes are always on board. Besides my clothing, I pack:

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My blogger essentials

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Small speaker for good sound in the hotel room

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10 ultimate packing tips

  1. Pack for the right weather and use the right size of a suitcase
  2. Put your clothing and items e.g. on a bed to get an overview
  3. Pack clothing which can be easily combined to create different outfits
  4. Always put your clothing in the same spot in the suitcase so you find it more easily
  5. Take a first aid kit for emergency cases
  6. Use dead space in shoes or between the telescopic handle for clothing
  7. Roll your clothing to occupy minimum space
  8. Packing cubes can be helpful to organize your clothing
  9. After finishing go through your checklist with the most important items
  10. Never put valuables in your checked luggage and use a TSA lock

In my video on YouTube channel: PilotPatrick, I wrapped it all together.

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Put everything on the bed to get an overview

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All travellers should pack a first aid kit

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Three items I always pack

  • Sleeping masks: to able to sleep in darkness also during the day
  • [amazon_textlink asin='B000TGKMZS|B00HCNHXV2|B01N8STO25' text='Earplugs*' template='ProductLink' store='wwwpilotpatri-21|wwwpilotpat00-21|pilotpatrick-20' marketplace='DE|UK|US' link_id='fd298bb3-ca21-11e8-8ecc-bb0dce99ba0a']: to have a silent and relaxing sleep
  • Swim shorts: the beach or pool can only be one flight away

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My before leaving home checklist not to forget anything important

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I hope you enjoyed my packing tips and find them helpful when packing next time!

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Safe travels and happy landings!

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