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10 Most Asked Questions Regarding My Hair Transplantation

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Hey my dear Aviator,

I did it and I am so happy I have done it! I was flirting with the idea of having a hair transplant for a very long time but I did not really feel the urge to do it. But then I looked at some older photos and I saw my old beautiful hairline. I imagined how it would be to have dense hair again and all the nice hairstyles I could do again. Your reaction and interest was amazing so I decided to answer your 10 most asked questions regarding my hair transplant.

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faq hair transplantation

Hairline before the treatment. You can clearly see the receding hairline.

FAQ Hair Transplantation

1. Why did I do it? 💇🏼‍♂️

In my mid-twenties, I noticed that I was starting to lose hair, primarily on my forehead, meaning that my hairline began to recede. I was so shocked because I love my fluffy curly hair and I did not want to lose it so early. To slow down the process I altered my hair care routine. I started using organic shampoos which are sensitive to hair and I tried to pamper my scalp.  A healthy head skin creates the right environment so the hair root stays in place. I did get the impression that it helped a lot but the lost hair did not grow back! So I decided to have a hair transplant.

TIP: Use organic hair care products, no hot hair drying, less styling products, do not wash your hair daily, no rubbing with the towel, and take vitamins for your hair like this product.

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Consultation with the doctor of NOVOHAIR before the treatment.

2. Where did I do it? 📍

I had my hair transplant here in my home base of Berlin. NOVOHAIR is located at the famous Kurfürstendamm in a beautiful typical Berlin building. They work with experienced doctors who are helping people to realise their hair dreams. 

TIP: Novorhair specialises in all kinds of hair treatments. For personalised advice and treatment, just make an appointment for a non-binding consultation!

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faq hair transplantation

I was not really nervous only excited!

3. Where was the hair transplant done? 🙇🏼

You might be wondering where the hair transplant was done since my hair looks totally “normal” right now. In some cases, the entire head needs to get shaved. Luckily, not in my case.  Only the donor area (aft head) and a little bit of my forehead had to get shaved. So I could keep my long curly hair to cover my hair transplantation area in the front of my head. 

TIP: Sometimes it is not necessary to shave the entire head. Be sure to discuss the intricacies of this with your doctor. In general, I would recommend having the transplant when you are less busy and during the cold season when you spend more time at home. 

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faq hair transplantation

Marking my new hairline!

4. What does FUE treatment mean? 👩🏼‍⚕️

FUE stands for Follicular Unit Extraction and is currently the most modern and gentle treatment against hair loss.

In an FUE hair transplant, hair follicles are harvested one at a time from areas of high and dense hair growth – most commonly at the back or sides of the head – and then transplanted to the desired area for the hair growth.

A special motorized FUE instrument is used at NOVOHAIR. The use of this device has decisive advantages: the probability of successful transplantation is far higher and the comfort of the patient is significantly improved. The hair can be removed much faster and more precisely so that the treatment time is shortened enormously. In addition, the healing process is much faster and the treatment leaves only microscopic scars that are not visible.

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Extraction of the hair follicle at the aft head

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My 2000 grafts ready to be transplanted

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5. What is the hardest? 🤯

It has been over 4 weeks since the hair transplantation. At first, I thought the lengthy treatment was the hardest, then it was the upright sleeping position and then it was not doing any sports for 3 weeks. But now I find it really hard to wait for the final result of the transplant. You can see the hair growing already a little bit but it will take some more months for my new hairline to appear completely. 

TIP: Have patience and follow the guidelines of your doctor precisely for the best possible result.

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I listened to music and I felt comfortable. In the end, I got uneasy because of the length.

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Hair transplantation is done after five hours!

6. Was it painful? 🤕

The entire transplant took about five hours, which can be even longer when more hair needs to be transplanted. In my case, it was around 2000 grafts. The injections for the anaesthesia are a little bit painful but afterwards, you feel almost nothing. Even after the effect of anaesthesia was gone I did not feel any strong pain. In the event that the pain is unbearable, mild painkillers can be taken during the first couple of days. I would say after a week the healing of the transplant and donor area was so advanced that the unpleasant pressure on the head and the swelling was gone. 

TIP: During the treatment, I enjoyed noise cancelling headphones so I only could hear music playing. 

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How my hair looks like after fours days!

7. When can I do sports again? 💪🏼

You are not allowed to do any sports for three weeks, and also not participate in any activity which might increase your heart rate. I also refrained from drinking any caffeine beverages. This promotes the healing process. 

TIP: Strictly follow the aftercare guidelines by the doctor for the best possible result


8. How long does it take for the result? ⏲

The growth of the graft is gradual. A rest phase begins immediately after the treatment. During this time, the transplanted hair roots grow onto the scalp. After about a month the natural hair growth begins. After about a year you have a full, dense and natural-looking hair structure.

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Luckily I can cover the transplant area with my curls.

9. How long does it last? 💀

Hair transplants are a one-time procedure with long-term results. The hair transplant lasts a lifetime as long as you follow a healthy hair care routine. 

10. What are the costs? 💵

The costs for a hair transplant varies from person to person due to the size of the transplant area and the number of grafts. In my case, my treatment cost 4000€

TIP: Novorhair is specialised for all kinds of hair treatments. If you have a hair dream, just make an appointment for a non-binding consultation!

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The healing process takes a few weeks now. The full result almost a year.

So I hope my blog post “10 Most Asked Questions Regarding My Hair Transplant” helped making yourself a clearer picture of the treatment. Please let me know if you have any further questions in a comment below and do not forget to like the post!

Your PilotPatrick

hornbach adventure world

HORNBACH Where You Get Anything To Build Whatever You Want

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Dear Aviator,

One of the talents you might not know is that I am technically skilled.  I love to create, build and repair things. I definitely do not have two left hands. That is what you say in Germany when you are not good at craftsmanship at all. The place to get everything you need for your creativity is HORNBACH, which is more than a hardware store. It is an adventure world and I got to spend an entire night there.

Yes, you heard it right! After they closed the store and all customers left, I arrived at the HORNBACH. I could do anything I wanted to do in the hardware store for an entire night. Isn’t that a dream come true?

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Hornbach in Bohnsdorf, Berlin

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How do you like this uniform?

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The Adventure World HORNBACH

At first, I was overwhelmed. I did not know where to get started because the HORNBACH in Bohnsdorf near Berlin is enormous and huge in this case is understated. It is gigantic! It is the second biggest HORNBACH with a 12000 square meter shopping area. Whatever you need they have it and one of the coolest features is the outdoor DRIVE IN – Not to get a happy meal but to get building material. This makes you happy because you can pull up directly with your vehicle next to the stuff you need. Isn’t that an adventure itself and especially in times of Corona, very convenient. I have used it myself to get wood for my fireplace and I found it ultra-convenient.

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What’s the way to the DRIVE-IN?

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The crew of the night!

A Mini Vacation 

Speaking of an adventure. There is so much to discover at HORNBACH. You can see your visit rather as a mini-vacation between tropical flowers and little fish in the garden centre or between jacuzzis in the bathroom section. Or you may prefer to spend time viewing new kitchens or in the colour department with 16 million different colours to upgrade your home? The experience is totally up to you. Just make sure to plan enough time for your staycation.


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hornbach adventure world

Why Hawaii when you can spend time at Hornbach?!

My Night In The Hardware Store 

Yes, I was overwhelmed – In a very positive way! The night took off with a tour through the entire store. Our Tour Guide was the one and only Uwe,  probably the most fun store manager in the entire world. Immediately, you could feel that he had an enthusiasm for HORNBACH. #YippieJaJaYippieYippieYeah I love meeting people who are so passionate about their jobs. 

I changed into some appropriate clothing for the location and then I was ready to spend the night there with other bloggers, Instagrammers and TikTokers like Julez. I think I do not need to describe much about my adventures since the photos say more than a thousand words.

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hornbach adventure world
hornbach adventure world

Flying with the forklift 😉

Fazit HORNBACH Adventure World

Since travelling is still quite restrictive due to Corona, why not plan a staycation at HORNBACH?! Use the money you would normally spend on your travels to create something and to upgrade your home to make it more beautiful and cosy. There is always something to do #ErlebenSieHORNBACH #EsGibtImmerWasZuTun

What’s your next DIY project. Please leave a comment below and do not forget to like the blog post: HORNBACH adventure world!

Happy landings and happy building!

Your PilotPatrick

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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.

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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.

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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.

ultimative outlet shopping experience
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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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.

How to become a successful trader


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 

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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! 

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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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My Favorite Aviation Movies You Have To Watch

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Dear Aviators, 

I have to admit that I have never watched so many movies and series before like in 2019. The pandemic with its lockdowns (now the 2nd one in Germany) made it possible. The free time you would normally spend with friends, going to a restaurant or working out in the gym you spend now at home. What to do in the evening when there is nothing else to do? Turn on the TV and watch my favorite aviation movies. 

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I present to you my favorite aviation movies you have to watch as well. Airplanes: They’re a useful mode of transportation, reliable subject matter for hacky stand-up comics, and a linchpin for some of the most memorable movies ever made.

Ironically, many of my choices would never play on an actual airplane: They would be too upsetting for most passengers on board. The thrill and terror of flying is the perfect dramatic device to create chills, scares, and big laughs.

Which streaming provider should you use?

The perfect streaming which provides all movies for a monthly flat rate does not exist yet. I use a combination of providers to have the best flexibility and the best selection. 

The streaming providers I am using:


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My Favorite Aviation Movies  

(sorted by year of publication)



A legendary aviation movie. During my private jet I flew once Meg Ryan. After my duty I arrived at the hotel and turned on the TV. The channel which came up was broadcasting Top Gun. Such a funny coincidence. 

Plot: The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When hotshot fighter pilot Maverick (Tom Cruise) is sent to the school, his reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with the other pilots, especially the cool and collected Iceman (Val Kilmer). But Maverick isn’t only competing to be the top fighter pilot, he’s also fighting for the attention of his beautiful flight instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis).



I do not know how often I have watched this movie as a teenager. I was fascinated how the stealth bomber docks underneath a Boeing B747 mid-flight.

Plot: When terrorists hijack a plane traveling from Greece to Washington, D.C., U.S. Army specialist David Grant (Kurt Russell) and Lt. Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal) join forces to bring the plane to safety. While terrorists on board the plane claim they hijacked the plane to force the U.S. government to release their leader, who was captured by military forces, David and Austin discover that the plane is carrying a bomb full of nerve gas to be released on Washington, D.C.



The movie is worth watching just because you can find out how the Air Force One looks inside!

Plot: After making a speech in Moscow vowing to never negotiate with terrorists, President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) boards Air Force One with his family (Wendy Crewson, Liesel Matthews) and advisers. When a group of terrorists led by Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman) hijacks the flight, the President’s principles are put to the test. Feigning escape, ex-soldier Marshall stows away in the aircraft and must race against time to rescue his family and everyone else on board.


 2002 Crime / Drama IMDB 8,5

One of my favorite movie scenes: Leonardo DiCaprio walks as pilot with his good looking crew through the airport terminal. 

Plot: Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline — all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger, whose skill gave him his first real claim to fame: At the age of 17, Frank Abagnale, Jr. became the most successful bank robber in the history of the U.S. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) makes it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him.


2004 Drama / Epic IMDB 7,5

You cannot get more aviation in a movie. This is why it is one of my favorite aviation movies. It shows that bravery and passion is needed to shape and develop aviation. 

Plot: Billionaire and aviation tycoon Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a successful public figure: a director of big-budget Hollywood films such as “Hell’s Angels,” a passionate lover of Hollywood leading ladies Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) and Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale), and an aviation pioneer who helps build TWA into a major airline. But in private, Hughes remains tormented, suffering from paralyzing phobias and depression. The higher he rises, the further has to fall.



Did you know? In commercial aviation, a red-eye flight is a flight scheduled to depart at night and arrive the next morning. The term “red-eye” derives from the symptom of having red eyes, which can be caused by fatigue.

Plot: In the wake of her grandmother’s funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it’s lucky that they’re seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official’s room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa’s father (Brian Cox).



For an avgeek it is always hard to watch a movie in which “fake” airplanes are used. In this one it is a better looking A380. 

Plot: Airplane engineer Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) is heading home from Germany to New York on a double-decker Elgin 474 to bury her husband. But three hours into the flight, she awakens to find her young daughter missing — and the entire flight crew, including Capt. Rich (Sean Bean) and Air Marshal Gene Carson (Peter Sarsgaard), claims that the child was never on board. Determined to find her daughter, Kyle searches the limited space of the plane, all the while trying to maintain her sanity.


2012 Drama / Thriller IMDB 7,3

The movie tackles the very real issues that some pilots have had with drugs and alcohol. Pilots are regular people, and in my opinion they are more susceptible to addiction given the irregular schedules, sleep loss, loneliness, and temptation faced when living out of a suitcase on multi day trips.

Plot: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he’s managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in only six lives lost. Shaken to the core, Whip vows to get sober — but when the crash investigation exposes his addiction, he finds himself in an even worse situation.



This is one of my favorite aviation movies. Thrilling, exciting and makes you think Less aviation but more space travel.

Plot: In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.



Plot: Alcoholic and world-weary, U.S. Air Marshal Bill Marks (Liam Neeson) lost his passion for his work long ago. Even though lives are potentially at stake during every flight, he sees the assignment as just a desk job. However, his “ordinary day at the office” becomes a high-stakes crisis during a flight to London. Marks receives a series of text messages demanding that he instruct the airline to transfer $150 million into an offshore account, or a passenger will die every 20 minutes.


2016 DRAMA IMDB 7,4

Pilot Sully, our aviation hero. It is shocking to see which legal processes he had to go through even though he saved all lives. 

Plot: On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.


2019 Thriller / Drama IMDB 6,3

The movie was entirely shot from inside the cockpit. Sounds boring. Not really. It had some really exciting but also illogical parts. Find out yourself. 

Plot: Tobias Ellis starts his shift as a co-pilot and everything seems normal, but things quickly take a turn when terrorists storm the cockpit of his Airbus A319, and hijack the plane.



Plot: In 1862 headstrong scientist James Glaisher and wealthy young widow Amelia Wren mounted a balloon expedition to fly higher than anyone in history. As their perilous ascent reduces their chances of survival, the unlikely duo soon discover things about themselves — and each other — that help both of them find their place in the world.


2019 Science Fiction / Drama IMDB 6,5 

Not a movie about aviation rather about space travel. I really enjoyed how the filmmakers visualized the future traveling to the moon and mars. 

Plot: Thirty years ago, Clifford McBride led a voyage into deep space, but the ship and crew were never heard from again. Now his son — a fearless astronaut — must embark on a daring mission to Neptune to uncover the truth about his missing father and a mysterious power surge that threatens the stability of the universe.

Enjoy watching my favorite aviation movies. Make sure you like my blog post and let me know about which one is your favorite!

I wish you a merry Christmas my Aviator! Stay safe and healthy!

Your PilotPatrick

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7 Presents For Aviation Fans

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Dear Aviator,

Like every year, the question arises, what am I giving away? If you are planning to make a present to one of your beloved ones and you still need some inspiration then I have a couple of gift ideas for you. In this article you will find presents for Aviation fans. To gift it to yourself is an option as well. There is something for every budget.

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Presents For Aviation Fans

Wood airplane model

Low Budget

I am sure that every avgeek has at least one model plane at home. Usually they are made out of plastic which makes them look cheap. I used to have several models sitting on a shelf but I never really liked the look of them. They ended up retiring in a box in the basement.

Through my Crazy Aviator Squad I got to know the brand The “Wooden Model Company” which produces airplane models out of wood. You can personalize them with an engraving. I have now an A380 out of mahogany wood which looks very classy.

presents for aviation fans
presents for aviation fans

The First Aviation Watch

High Budget

I was extremely surprised when I recently found out that one of my favorite brands Cartier built the first aviation wristwatch in history. The story behind the watch “Santos de Cartier” is iconic. In 1904, Louis Cartier granted the wish of famous Brazilian pilot Alberto Santos Dumont: to be able to tell time while in the air. Thus, one of the first wristwatches was created. The rounded angles of the dial, the seamless curve of the horns, and the exposed screws made for an iconic watch that would inspire countless reinterpretations for both men and women. I am very happy to add this watch to my collection. Its minimalist style and the extraordinary shape make an elegant timepiece everyone would be happy to receive. 

presents for aviation fans
presents for aviation fans
presents for aviation fans

Aviator Shades 

Medium budget

A must for all Aviators: Aviator shades! The most popular ones are from RayBan which come in all different colors. But different brands now offer their interpretation of pilot sunglasses; for example the Chanel “Pilot sunglasses” with a dark blue and gold frame and blue lenses. Cartier also has a model called “C de Cartier” which fits into the “aviator sunglasses” category.

presents for aviation fans
presents for aviation fans
presents for aviation fans

Custom Made Oil Painting 

Medium budget

The company “Artminded” creates paintings tailored to your wishes. You can decide on the motive, style, color and size. The artists will create a unique art piece which will upgrade your interior design. I sent one of my favorite Uniform Instagram posts as reference to Artminded – this amazing painting came out of it. This definitely works as a present as well and I am sure you will blow the recipient’s mind with it. Keep in mind that it takes several weeks to have the oil painting produced for you.

presents for aviation fans
presents for aviation fans
presents for aviation fans

The Book: “My glamorously unglamorous life as a jet-set pilot”

Low budget

The book is about my turbulent journey as a pilot and how much effort and pain it took me to be where I am today. I’m not only sharing glamorous and unbelievable aviation stories I experienced but I‘m also talking about grievances in the aviation industry like the lack of diversity and the existence of discrimination. Order it here in English or German!

  • A biography of my aviation career
  • A mentor for young pilots and travelers
  • A revelation about grievances in aviation
  • A selection of my greatest anecdotes of the rich and famous on board
  • And a secret that until now has always flown below radar.

presents for aviation fans
presents for aviation fans

Overnight in the cockpit 

Medium Budget

A must for every aviation fan: A overnight stay in the most extraordinary hotel built inside the most legendary airplane in the world. “Jumbostay” at Stockholm airport makes this possible. I had the chance to visit this retired Boeing 747 two times during a day stop. I have not had the chance to sleep on board it but I was able to get a tour through the entire airplane. They offer different room categories. You can even stay in the engines but the highlight is the suite inside the former cockpit. It is a dream come true. A gift card for an overnight stay in the Jumbo Hotel would definitely make your aviation buddy very happy.

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Airline Seat Belt 

Low Budget

I am sure you will make everyone happy with this present even though it is the least expensive one in this listing. The belt is made out of an original airplane seat belt buckle. This way your friend, the aviation fan, will be able to wear an original airplane part. I can assure you that he/she will be happy. 

presents for aviation fans

Just a brief note: I have chosen those products because of my conviction and not because I got paid to promote it. I hope my listing will inspire your presents for aviation fans. Make sure you like my blog post and let me know about which present you would be the most happy. 

To give away and to get presents is joyful but thing we learnt from 2021 is to enjoy the little things in life and that our health has top priority.

I wish you a merry Christmas my Aviator! Stay safe and healthy!

Your PilotPatrick

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Top secret project revealed: I wrote a book for you


Dear Aviator,

you won’t believe how excited I was to share with you the big news. I really had a hard time keeping this project secret for a very long time. Now I am a little bit relieved that I can finally tell you. You were excited to find out about this secret and I was curious to see your reaction. I still cannot believe it but I wrote a PilotPatrick book.

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Why did I write a book?

About two years ago I came up with the idea to write a book. I am used to writing blog posts which comprise about 1000 words but writing a whole book would definitely be on a different level. How would I get started? Where would I sell it? How to structure it? I had so many questions and ideas in my head that I was a little bit overwhelmed by it. It was not a matter of writing material and stories I had to tell, I was concerned where I would find thee time to write my book.

Even though I am “only” 32 years old I already experienced a lot in the aviation world. I wanted to talk about it in more than just a caption on Instagram or an article on my blog. Serious topics which should reach more than “just” my Aviators. The dream and desire to have a book emerged but I had to put it on hold when my Captains upgrade kept me busy. My plan was to keep working on it once I feel comfortable on the left seat of the cockpit.

I guess the publisher Riva knew somehow about my intention when they reached out to me and asked don’t you want to write a book with us?”

How long did it take?

Due to Covid-19 lockdown, I was able to use the time productively for my book. It took about one year from launching the project with the publisher Riva until holding the first printed version in my hands. It might seem like a long time but considering what it takes to write a book it is not really that long. It was an interesting journey until now and I learnt a lot about books in that time. 


What is it about?

My glamorously unglamorous life as a jet-set pilot“. I take you on board of my turbulent aviation career with tricky maneuvers and curious passengers. Besides stories you will not believe actually happened, I tell you how I became a pilot and why I became one in the first place. You will get insights into the glamorous world of the rich and famous I have flown around the world  but aviation has also an unglamorous side. Grievances plague an industry which seems to be so glittery. There is also a secret about myself which I have kept below radar and the time has come to talk about it.

pilotpatrick book


When will it be available?

You can already order it on Amazon. The official sales launch is the 13th of October. Book shops like Thalia and Hugendube feature my book as well.


In which languages will it be?

The book is available in English and German!


Where can I order it?

It is available on Amazon. In case the link does not work in your country, just search for “Pilot Patrick Book” Hugendubel and Thalia have it also available in their online shops and bookstores in Germany. 


Will it be available worldwide?

Almost. You can get it in every country which offers Amazon. In case it is not available in your specific country and you desperately want to have it then please send me an email to book@pilotpatrick.com and I will forward it to my publisher.

My project of the heart is revealed and I hope you like the fact that I released a book for you! Trust me the biggest secret is not yet revealed. Order my book now!

Leave me a comment below once you have ordered your piece and do not forget to like the blog post! 🙂

Safe and healthy travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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What does the SPF of sun protection really mean?


„SPF50+ no wonder that you don’t get tainted“ I have heard this statement numerous times. It seems like that there is a lot of unclarity about the SPF among you my Aviators 😉 Welcome aboard my blog! In this article I explain you what the SPF means. I tried an outdoor activity I have not done before and I was surprised how much it actually has to do with aviation. 

Outdoors in the sun

It is summer in Europe and the sunlight is really aggressive and can harm your health easily. Also in Germany! That’s why it is absolutely mandatory to use suncare to protect yourself from the damaging UV-A and UV-B and the high-energy visible (HEVIS) light. A big mistake: Don’t underestimate the intensity of the sunlight. You should not only protect yourself when outdoors in the sunny but also when you spend time in the shade. I was p

Playing golf for the very first time

I am always open to try new activities. When Eucerin and the magazine Golf’n’Style asked me if I wanted to play golf I was not really sure if I would enjoy it that much. There are definitely other activities I would prefer to try out but I am not the person who judges quickly. I thought I would give it a try since I liked to play mini-golf as a teenager. So without any expectations I drove to the Fleesensee which is a 2 hours drive north of Berlin.  The golf course is located on the Mecklenburgische Seenplatte which is a famous region in Germany to spend your free time and holidays.

The weather on that day was on point. Sunny with a light breeze. 100% suncare weather. Last time I had a club in my hand is years ago. So I was a little bit nervous because I wanted to show a good performance to you and my golf coach. I twas not just any golf coach, it was Sven Strüver, a campion and famous in the golf circuit. This fact and that I recorded a YouTube video of my day at Golf Fleesensee did not really help me.

My first hole on a golf course

Before going on the golf course to play the first hole, we started practising on the driving range. I placed the first golf ball on the tee. Sven corrected my posture, told me where to look at and how to swing the club. Without thinking too much I gave it a try. I hit the golf ball and it took off the ground and it flew for a while until it landed back in the green grass. Beginners luck! After some more time on the driving range Sven said you are ready for your first hole. He seemed to be quite impressed by my performance.

Check out my YouTube video to watch me playing my first ever hole.

What does the SPF really mean?

The comments below one of my recent posts about sun protection on my Instagram channel shocked me. I had to read a lot of false statements about the Sun Protection Factor (SPF). Ready for the simple answer?

It tells you how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to redden your skin when using the product versus the amount of time without any suncare. So ideally, with SPF 50 it would take you 50 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. Contrary to some assumptions the SPF rather states the length of the protection and not the intensity. It’s important to apply the product thoroughly (be careful not to miss any bits) and to reapply it generously every two hours.

Eucerin Sun protection is available in three different levels of protection: high (30 to 50) and very high (50+).

The sunlight is not always our best friend. I am proud to be a sun protection ambassador to reduce the sun-induced skin damages of my Aviators!

The new revolutionary suncare

As you know I am a big fan of the Eucerin Oil Control Sun Face Gel-creme because of the anti-shine effect and the ultra light texture. So far the Oil Control was only available for the face, now Eucerin launched this product for the body as well. Eucerin revolutionizes the market with the Eucerin Oil Control Sun Dry Touch Body Gel-Cream .

Key properties: ultra light texture, absorbs quickly, non-greasy, non sticky, 0% residue, extra water-resistant, sweat-resistant, anti-sand, lightly-fragranced

Sun Gel-Cream Dry Touch Sensitive Protect

The days are over that the sunscreen leaves residues and you look like a white ghost after applying it. As pleasant to use as it is effective, this ultra-light gel cream sunscreen absorbs quickly leaving 0% residue and an immediate dry touch finish. It offers superior protection for all skin types.

Eucerin’s Advanced Spectral Technology offers high UVA/UVB protection and HEVIS light defense. The sunscreen also supports skin’s own DNA repair mechanism and its Oil Control Technology, with mattifying pigments, leaves an immediate dry touch finish on skin. It’s clinically and dermatologically proven to be suitable for all skin types including sensitive, oily and acne-prone skin.

What does anti-sand mean?

Anti-sand means that sand is less likely to stick to your skin when using this product. In consumer research, 95% of respondents agreed that sand did not stick to their skin after application. This is because Eucerin Sun Gel-Cream Dry Touch Sensitive Protect SPF 50+ is an ultra-light formula which absorbs quickly and is non-sticky and non-greasy.

How is aviation connected to golf?

My gold coach Sven Strüver noted that it was perfect weather to play golf. He said it is sailing weather thus the golf ball will fly forever. It not only depends on how hard and fast you hit the golf ball with the club but the weather conditions play an important role on the performance as well. Like in aviation, the flight path is dependent on air density, air pressure and humidity. Hotter air means less air density and drier air means less humidity which means the golf ball is exposed to less resistance during the flight. The same applies to the flight performance of a plane. You also have to take into account the wind speed and direct when you plan to reach the flag. A lead angle is required into the wind which is identical to flying a plane to a specific point.

What was your worse sunburn you ever had? Let me know your painful story in a comment below and don’t forget to like my blog post: “What does the SPF of sun protection really mean? To avoid a sunburn in the future: Make sure to apply enough sun protection. Think of the size of a golf ball. This is the quantity you need to cover your entire body.

Safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick