first time flying aerobatics

My First Time Flying Aerobatics

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Hello my Aviator,

as you now Sunday is a fun day. Last weekend I attended my first Red Bull Air Race in Lausitz, Germany. On top, I was also invited to go on my very first aerobatic flight with an Air Race pilot. I spent two exciting and action-packed days. In this blog post, I will share the fun with you. You also have the chance to win a bag back with a lot of useful goodies. 

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Cozy room at the Vienna QF Hotel in Dresden

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Arrival

I arrived late in Dresden because I had an evening flight from Bergamo back to Germany. After I landed in Leipzig I took a rental car on 1,5 hours drive to Dresden. At 1 am in the morning I checked in the Vienna QF Hotel, which is located right in the city center. The next morning I already had to get up at 7 am. The cozy hotel room helped me to have a good, but short rest. After a tasty omelet and smoked salmon for a breakfast, a shuttle picked me up to take me to the venue of the Red Bull Air Race.

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Hangar tour

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VIP passes with access to the hangars

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Racing in the air

Hamilton watches (The Swatch Group Germany GmbH) invited me to the 7th RedBull Air Race World Championship in Lausitz. It is the only air race in Germany and Hamilton watches is the official timekeeper of this championship. It is a great match because Hamilton is linked to the time keeping in aviation since 1918. Back in the days, pilots had to rely on the precision of their watches for navigation. First of all, we were equipped with VIP passes which granted us access to the Sky Lounge. The Hamilton crew consisted of Percy (luxify), Jens (atomlabor), Sebastian (Männer Style) and Basti (Basti_go_pro).

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Lausitz Speedway in Germany

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Hangar tour

Our schedule for the day was filled with a lot of activities. The first item on the agenda was the hangar tour. I had the chance to see the racing aircraft up close and I met the pilot Nicolas Ivanoff, who is the brand ambassador of Hamilton watches. We took a photo in front of his aircraft, Zivko Edge 540 and I wished him happy landings for the upcoming race!

Technical specification of the Edge 540

  • Roll rate: 450°/s
  • Max Takeoff weight: 750 kg
  • Vne: 220 kts (never exceed speed)
  • Wingspan: 7,43 m
  • Lenght 6,30
  • Max G-forces: +/- 12 g

 

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Meeting air race pilot Nicolas Ivanoff  / photo: René Gaens

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Racing aircraft Edge 540

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Sky Lounge

The weather was perfect. The sun was up and the winds were calm. Ideal conditions for the pilots and the spectators. We enjoyed refreshing drinks in the sky lounge, which granted us the best view of the race track. The runway was situated right in front of the terrace, so the aircraft were taking off and landing up close. The area was exclusively for VIP guests. I almost forgot to enjoy the catering because of the action on the race track and the fun in the lounge.

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Sky Lounge at the Red Bull Air Race

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Official timekeeper Hamilton watches

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Smoke on!

The first flight battle was between Nicolas Ivanoff and Martin Sonka. It was the first time for me to watch an air race live. Even as a pilot I was impressed by the speed and the maneuvers the air race pilot flew. It is a combination of skills, precision, and speed to succeed in this competition. One round consist of two laps through the course of pylons. Nicolas controlled his aircraft flawlessly through the tight race track. But unfortunately, his competitor Sonka was a little bit faster.

Up to 10 g and 370 km/h

The pilots pull unbelievingly up to 10 g and fly speeds up to 370 km/h in the race track. In a thrilling roller coaster, you might experience around 4 g. 10 g means 10 times your body weight. Amazing what the structure of the aircraft and their pilots have to withstand. I was wondering what the feeling was like to be on board of such a flight. Luckily I was going to find out the next day.

 

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Happy racing and happy landings

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Hello my Aviators: Going live on Instagram

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My first time flying aerobatics

The next day Nicolas Ivanoff and Hamilton invited me on an aerobatic flight in an Extra 330 LX at the aircraft Schwarzweide-Schipkau. Ivanoff is the leading French aerobatic pilot and an expert in creativity when it comes to his flying skills and techniques. During my flight training, I flew step turns of 60° bank angle. This was the most aerobatic maneuver I have flown. Many of my Aviators asked me before the flight if I am nervous or scared to go on this flight. Anything but that. I was super excited to discover a new way of flying.

It is like drawing in the sky

The flight

I told Ivanoff that he can fly the full program with me and that I am not scared a single bit. He really did and it was amazing. I could not stop smiling. It was really a thrilling flight. All roller coasters are boring compared to this flight. Ivanoff flew countless barrel rolls, loopings, spins, vertical flight maneuvers. He pulled 8 g followed by the maximum roll rate of 400° a second. Once I blacked out for a very short time. In the end, I took over the controls and I flew to barrel rolls myself. It was an exceptional feeling. Watch the video. It says more than 1000 words.

 

https://youtu.be/stTulSaczm4

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Just in case with a parachute

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Ready for the departure for my first aerobatic flight

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Technical Specifications Extra 33 LX

  • Roll rate: 400°/s
  • Max Takeoff weight: 950 kg
  • Vne: 220 kts
  • Wingspan: 8,0 m
  • Lenth: 7,2 m
  • Max G-forces: +/- 10 g (1 person) +/- 8 g (2 persons)

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Happy pilots after a thrilling flight

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Insider tip and giveaway

When you think about cities in Germany you won't necessarily think about Dresden. But it is definitely a highlight you should not miss out. Especially the city center, which was completely destroyed after the second world war, was beautifully restored.

Giveaway

I am giving a Hamilton bag back with a lot of useful goodies, like sunglasses, mini speaker, a hat, keychain and an umbrella. Additionally, you will get a personal note. To have the chance to win, follow these steps:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with your email below
  • Would you dare to go on an aerobatic flight? Answer in a comment below

Winner of the A380 model giveaway of the blog post about aviation myths is Maurice.

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Giveaway

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Good luck and happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

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first time flying aerobatics

Mein erster Kunstflug

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Kooperation- Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

wie Du weißt ist Sunday mein fun day. Letztes Wochenende habe ich zum ersten Mal das Red Bull Air Race in Lausitz, Deutschland besucht. Obendrein wurde ich eingeladen zum allerersten Mal in meinem Leben mit einem Air Race Piloten an einem Kunstflug teilzunehmen. Ich habe zwei spannende und actiongeladene Tage verbracht. In diesem Artikel möchte ich Dich wie immer daran teilhaben lassen. Außerdem hast Du die Chance einen Rucksack voll mit nützlichen Inhalten zu gewinnen!

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Cozy room at the Vienna QF Hotel in Dresden

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Arrival

I arrived late in Dresden because I had an evening flight from Bergamo back to Germany. After I landed in Leipzig I took a rental car on 1,5 hours drive to Dresden. At 1 am in the morning I checked in the Vienna QF Hotel, which is located right in the city center. The next morning I already had to get up at 7 am. The cozy hotel room helped me to have a good, but short rest. After a tasty omelet and smoked salmon for a breakfast, a shuttle picked me up to take me to the venue of the Red Bull Air Race.

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Hangar tour

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VIP passes with access to the hangars

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Racing in the air

Hamilton watches (The Swatch Group Germany GmbH) invited me to the 7th RedBull Air Race World Championship in Lausitz. It is the only air race in Germany and Hamilton watches is the official timekeeper of this championship. It is a great match because Hamilton is linked to the time keeping in aviation since 1918. Back in the days, pilots had to rely on the precision of their watches for navigation. First of all, we were equipped with VIP passes which granted us access to the Sky Lounge. The Hamilton crew consisted of Percy (luxify), Jens (atomlabor), Sebastian (Männer Style) and Basti (Basti_go_pro).

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Lausitz Speedway in Germany

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Hangar tour

Our schedule for the day was filled with a lot of activities. The first item on the agenda was the hangar tour. I had the chance to see the racing aircraft up close and I met the pilot Nicolas Ivanoff, who is the brand ambassador of Hamilton watches. We took a photo in front of his aircraft, Zivko Edge 540 and I wished him happy landings for the upcoming race!

Technical specification of the Edge 540

  • Roll rate: 450°/s
  • Max Takeoff weight: 750 kg
  • Vne: 220 kts (never exceed speed)
  • Wingspan: 7,43 m
  • Lenght 6,30
  • Max G-forces: +/- 12 g

 

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Meeting air race pilot Nicolas Ivanoff  / photo: René Gaens

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Racing aircraft Edge 540

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Sky Lounge

The weather was perfect. The sun was up and the winds were calm. Ideal conditions for the pilots and the spectators. We enjoyed refreshing drinks in the sky lounge, which granted us the best view of the race track. The runway was situated right in front of the terrace, so the aircraft were taking off and landing up close. The area was exclusively for VIP guests. I almost forgot to enjoy the catering because of the action on the race track and the fun in the lounge.

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Sky Lounge at the Red Bull Air Race

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Official timekeeper Hamilton watches

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Smoke on!

The first flight battle was between Nicolas Ivanoff and Martin Sonka. It was the first time for me to watch an air race live. Even as a pilot I was impressed by the speed and the maneuvers the air race pilot flew. It is a combination of skills, precision, and speed to succeed in this competition. One round consist of two laps through the course of pylons. Nicolas controlled his aircraft flawlessly through the tight race track. But unfortunately, his competitor Sonka was a little bit faster.

Up to 10 g and 370 km/h

The pilots pull unbelievingly up to 10 g and fly speeds up to 370 km/h in the race track. In a thrilling roller coaster, you might experience around 4 g. 10 g means 10 times your body weight. Amazing what the structure of the aircraft and their pilots have to withstand. I was wondering what the feeling was like to be on board of such a flight. Luckily I was going to find out the next day.

 

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Happy racing and happy landings

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Hello my Aviators: Going live on Instagram

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My first time flying aerobatics

The next day Nicolas Ivanoff and Hamilton invited me on an aerobatic flight in an Extra 330 LX at the aircraft Schwarzweide-Schipkau. Ivanoff is the leading French aerobatic pilot and an expert in creativity when it comes to his flying skills and techniques. During my flight training, I flew step turns of 60° bank angle. This was the most aerobatic maneuver I have flown. Many of my Aviators asked me before the flight if I am nervous or scared to go on this flight. Anything but that. I was super excited to discover a new way of flying.

It is like drawing in the sky

The flight

I told Ivanoff that he can fly the full program with me and that I am not scared a single bit. He really did and it was amazing. I could not stop smiling. It was really a thrilling flight. All roller coasters are boring compared to this flight. Ivanoff flew countless barrel rolls, loopings, spins, vertical flight maneuvers. He pulled 8 g followed by the maximum roll rate of 400° a second. Once I blacked out for a very short time. In the end, I took over the controls and I flew to barrel rolls myself. It was an exceptional feeling. Watch the video. It says more than 1000 words.

 

https://youtu.be/stTulSaczm4

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Just in case with a parachute

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Ready for the departure for my first aerobatic flight

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Technical Specifications Extra 33 LX

  • Roll rate: 400°/s
  • Max Takeoff weight: 950 kg
  • Vne: 220 kts
  • Wingspan: 8,0 m
  • Lenth: 7,2 m
  • Max G-forces: +/- 10 g (1 person) +/- 8 g (2 persons)

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Happy pilots after a thrilling flight

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Insider tip and giveaway

When you think about cities in Germany you won't necessarily think about Dresden. But it is definitely a highlight you should not miss out. Especially the city center, which was completely destroyed after the second world war, was beautifully restored.

Giveaway

I am giving a Hamilton bag back with a lot of useful goodies, like sunglasses, mini speaker, a hat, keychain and an umbrella. Additionally, you will get a personal note. To have the chance to win, follow these steps:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with your email below
  • Would you dare to go on an aerobatic flight? Answer in a comment below

Winner of the A380 model giveaway of the blog post about aviation myths is Maurice.

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Giveaway

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Good luck and happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

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XLETIX sports challenge with myown crew

Xletix Hindernislauf mit meiner eigenen Crew

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(Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch Produktplatzierung)

Hallo mein Aviator! In meinem heutigen Artikel möchte ich noch einmal das gelungene Event von Arla® Protein und Xletix Revue passieren lassen. Arla® Protein hatte Anfang diesen Jahres drei Blogger dazu eingeladen mit jeweils vier ihrer Fans an dem Hindernislauf Xletix in München teilzunehmen. Dabei kämpften die drei Teams gegeneinander. Ich hatte Euch via Facebook, Instagram und meinem Blog dazu aufgerufen Teil meiner Crew der "Arla® Protein Alphatiere" zu werden. Parallel dazu wurde mein Aufruf zusätzlich in zwei Printausgaben des Business Punk veröffentlicht. Lese bis zum Schluss um zu erfahren, wer gewonnen hat und gewinne einen Gutschein für Sportartikel im Wert von 100€!

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Zwischenmahlzeit am Flughafen Frankfurt am Main

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Meine Crew

Als ich von Arla gefragt wurde, ob ich bei dieser Challenge teilnehmen möchte, war ich sofort Feuer und Flamme. Wie Ihr wisst, versuche ich so oft wie möglich Treffen mit meinen Aviatorn zu organisieren. Dies war erneut ein guter Anlass einige von Euch persönlich kennen lernen zu dürfen.

Am 23. Juni war es dann endlich soweit. Ein Tag vor der Veranstaltung trafen sich alle Teammitglieder im Design Hotel Ruby Lilly in München. Nach dem Einchecken in die stilvoll eingerichteten Zimmer, versammelten wir uns in der Lobby. Dort lernten wir uns bei einem gemeinsamen Getränk besser kennen.

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LOVELY ROOM im Hotel Ruby | LILLY in München

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Leider musste ich an dem Tag erfahren, dass eines meiner "Crew Member" aus familiären Gründen spontan absagen musste. Zum Glück konnte ich Fabian, einen guten Freund von mir, spontan als Ersatz organisieren. Weitere Teilnehmer waren Timo, Dominik und Oliver, die an der Verlosung teilgenommen hatten und von Arla ausgewählt wurden.

Nicht nur, dass unsere Crew menschlich perfekt harmonierte, es waren zudem auch alle fünf in guter körperlicher Verfassung und somit in Topform und hoch motiviert! Auch wenn klar war, dass die Veranstaltung vor allem Spaß machen sollte, hatten wir den eindeutigen Willen zum Sieg!

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Die perfekte Crew "Arla® Protein Alphatiere"

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Der Tag der Entscheidung

Am nächsten Morgen trafen sich alle Teams, um gemeinsam ein reichhaltiges Arla® Protein Frühstück einzunehmen. Dabei kam unter anderem das gesamte Sortiment an Shakes, Quarks usw. zum Einsatz. Nach dem Frühstück zogen alle Teams ihre Sportkleidung und Team- Shirts an und es wurden Gruppenfotos aufgenommen.

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Reichhaltiges Arla® Protein Frühstück

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Die anderen beiden Teams wurden zum einen von dem Fitness- Blogger Florian „Arla® Protein Spielmacher“ und dem Food- Blogger Per "Arla® Protein Steakhelden" angeführt. Frisch gestärkt fuhren die drei Teams im Anschluss zum Veranstaltungsort, wo es nach weiteren Photo Shoots gegen 13.30 Uhr an den Start ging. Bevor es jedoch los ging wurde sich kollektiv aufgewärmt. Eines meiner Crew Member hatte zufällig an dem Tag Geburtstag und bekam von einer riesigen Menge ein Ständchen gesungen.

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Alle drei Teams vor der Challenge!

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Aufwärmen vor dem Lauf

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Die Challenge

Beim Xletix Hindernislauf gab es insgesamt drei Schwierigkeitsgrade. Bei unserer Arla® Protein Challenge mussten alle Teams die mittlere Distanz "M" absolvieren. Auf einer Strecke von ca. 14 km galt es 25 zum Teil sehr anspruchsvolle Hindernisse zu überwinden. Die Hindernisse durften nicht umgangen werden. Falls ein Teilnehmer ein Hindernis aus welchen Gründen auch immer nicht erklimmen konnte, musste er zur Strafe 15 Burpees ausführen. Einmal haben wir diese Regel genutzt um eine riesige Schlange vor dem Hindernis zu umgehen.

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Unsere Strategie

Gleich zu Beginn konnte sich unsere hochmotivierte Crew der "Arla® Protein Alphatiere" von den beiden anderen Teams absetzen und einen ordentlichen Vorsprung aufbauen.  Die Hindernisse wurden dabei zunehmend schwieriger und konnten oftmals nur im Team gemeistert werden.

Wir mussten unter Stacheldrahtzaun durch Schlamm robben, über Hindernisse klettern, durch Eiswasser tauchen und wie Tarzan an einem Seil schwingen.

Teamarbeit ist auch beim reibungslosen Flugablauf unerlässlich und daher kein Fremdwort für mich! Wir hatten vorab ausgemacht, dass wir immer zusammen bleiben und uns gegenseitig unterstützen.

Ein Team ist immer nur so stark wie sein schwächstes Glied!

Gemeinsam konnten wir alle Hürden meistern und unseren Vorsprung immer weiter ausbauen.

Siehe hier mein Video, welches live auf Facebook während des Laufs aufgezeichnet wurde. Mehr Videos gibt es auf meiner YouTube Seite PilotPatrick:

https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/1467105820021676/

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Kurz vor der Landung im Ziel

Natürlich wurden wir zunehmend müder und einige im Team hatten mit sich zu kämpfen. Als Teamleader war es aber meine Aufgabe, alle bestmöglichst zu motivieren. Lange Ausdauerstrecken gepaart mit kraftraubenden Hindernissen hatten Erschöpfung und bei einem unserer Team Mitglieder Krämpfe zur Folge. Bei zwei Hindernissen musste wir ein Teammitglied tragen. Wie haben dafür natürlich den Schwächsten gewählt, damit er sich ausruhen konnte.

Nach ca 2:30 Stunden sind wir als erstes der drei Teams im Ziel "gelandet". Die Stimmung war ausgelassen und alle waren super glücklich, dass wir es geschafft hatten und sich niemand bei den zum Teil gefährlichen Hindernissen verletzt hatte.

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Wir sind die Gewinner!

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Es war ein sehr aufregender, erschöpfender aber auch ein wirklich toller Tag. Danke noch mal an meine Crew für diese tolle Leistung. Als Gewinn gab es für jeden Sieger einen Gutschein für Sportartikel in Höhe von 100€. Diesen möchte ich gerne an einen von Euch weiter schenken! Dafür abonniere meinen Newsletter und hinterlasse unten ein Kommentar mit Deiner Lieblingssportart. Der Gewinner wird aus den Newsletter Abonnenten und Kommentatoren ermittelt!

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Happy landings!

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XLETIX sports challenge with myown crew

XLETIX sports challenge with my own crew

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(Sponsored by product placement)

Hello, my Aviator! I am excited to share with you the successful event with Arla® Protein and Xletix. Arla® Protein invited three blogger to participate with four of their fans at the Xletix obstacle run in Munich. All three teams competed against each other. Via my Instagram, Facebook and blog I called to become my member of the crew "Arla® Protein Alpha leaders". Additionally, my call up was published two times in the magazine Business Punk. Read until the end of the article to find out which team won and have the chance to win a gift voucher for sports apparel worth 100€.

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Snack at Frankfurt am Main airport

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My crew

When Arla asked me if I want to participate in this challenge I was full of enthusiasm to get started. As you know I am doing my best to organize events to meet my Aviators. This was a great occasion to meet some of you in person again.

On the day of the event (23rd of June) all team member met up at the design hotel Ruby Lilly in Munich. After the check-in to the stylishly furnished rooms, we gathered in the lobby. While having a drink we got to know each other better.

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LOVELY ROOM at hotel Ruby | LILLY in Munich

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Unfortunately, I had to find out that one "crew member" could not attend the challenge due family reasons. Luckily Fabian, who is a good friend of mine, had time to join the challenge spontaneously. My other team members were Timo, Dominik, and Oliver who joined the lottery to win a boarding ticket into my team and got selected by Arla.

The crew did not only humanly harmonize, but we all were physically in a good shape. That is why we were really motivated. We knew that this event was supposed to be a lot of fun, but our will was to win.

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The perfect crew "Arla® Protein Alphatiere"

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Decision day

Next morning all teams came together to have a breakfast with Arla® Protein products. We could choose from a great variety of products like shakes and quarks. After we finished the breakfast each team member received his sports outfit and photos of each team were taken.

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Arla® Protein breakfast

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The team leaders of the two other teams were Florian a Fitness- Blogger "Arla® Protein Gamemaker" and Food-Blogger Per "Arla® Protein Steakheros". Feeling reinvigorated we drove to the venue in Munich, where the run started around 2:30 pm. Before we got started we took some more photos of the teams and we did a warm up for the run. One crew member of mine had his birthday so a huge group of people was singing for him!

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All three teams before the challenge!

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Warming up before the run

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The challenge

Xletix offers you to choose between three degrees of difficulty. We had to master the medium distance "M". The route was over 14 km long and included about 25 challenging obstacles. It was not allowed to skip obstacles and in case you were not able to overcome it, you had to do 15 burpees as some kind of punishment. One time we used this rule to skip one obstacle because the queue was so long that we would have lost a lot of time.

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Our strategy

Right at the beginning our motivated crew "Arla® Protein Alpha leaders" managed to be the first one of all three teams and we were able to build a good lead. The obstacles got harder and harder. Most of the time they were only possible to accomplish in a team.

We had to crawl underneath barb wire fence through mud, climb over obstacles, dive through ice cold water and swing like Tarzan on a robe. It was still so much fun.

Working in a team is important to guarantee a smooth execution of flight as well. Before the run, we decided that we will stay together the whole time and support each other as much as we can.

Watch the video which was taken live during the run.  You will find more videos on my Youtube Page PilotPatrick:

https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/1467105820021676/

 

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Shortly prior our landing

Naturally, the run was tiring after a while. Two of my crew struggled a little bit so I had to motivate them again. The combination of cardio and strength is not easy to handle that is why two of us started to have cramps. At two obstacle stations, the task was to carry one crew member. So we picked the weakest one so he could relax and tank up some energy.

After about 2 hours and 30 minutes, we "landed" in the finish as the first team! The atmosphere was really good and we were all quite happy that we did so well and that we landed safely without any injuries.

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We are the champions!

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It was an exciting, exhausting and fun day. Thanks again to my powerful crew members. We all were rewarded with a gift voucher for sports apparel worth 100€. I want to give away this one to you. All you need to do to have the chance to win is: Subscribe to my newsletter and leave me a comment with your favorite type of sport. The winner will be picked out of the subscribers and commentators.

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Happy landings!

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berlin fashion week

Von der Landebahn zum Laufsteg- Berlin Fashion Week

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Hallo mein Aviator, meine letzten freien Tage zu Hause waren sehr spannend. Es war Fashion Week in Berlin und ich war präsent um zu beweisen, dass ein Pilot auch ohne seine Uniform stylisch sein kann. Ich war noch nie auf so vielen Shows und Veranstaltungen eingeladen wie dieses Mal. Glücklicherweise konnte ich viele interessante Menschen aus der Modewelt kennen lernen und mich mit berühmten Personen unterhalten. Bisher habe ich Menschen, die auf solchen Veranstaltungen eingeladen waren immer ein klein wenig beneidet, doch dieses Mal war ich selbst auf der Gästeliste. Man besonderer Dank geht dabei an die Agentur REICHERT +, die mich auf die meisten Veranstaltungen eingeladen hat. In meinem ersten Artikel über Fashion geht es um meine Beziehung zur Mode, mich als Model und die Veranstaltungen an denen ich teilgenommen habe. Außerdem hast Du die Möglichkeit eine von zwei tollen Goodie Bags zu gewinnen!

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Berlin Mitte / shot by Tobias Herrmann / Shirt von The Kooples

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Wie wichtig ist Mode für mich?

Fashion hat schon immer eine große Rolle in meinem Leben gespielt. Schon als kleiner Junge war ich sehr wählerisch und suchte mir meine Kleidung meist selbst aus. Ich mag es Kleidung in Boutiquen kaufen zu gehen, doch seit dem meine freie Zeit sehr begrenzt ist, bestelle ich auch verstärkt im Internet. Ich würde mein Stil als minimalistisch und schick bezeichnen. Es macht mir große Freude Basic Kleidung mit ausgefallenen Accessoires oder sehr speziellen Kleidungsstücken zu kombinieren. Armbänder oder Uhren aus Metall sind großartige männliche Accessoires.

Ich folge zwar nicht jedem Modetrend, aber ich erwäge bei neuen Trends, ob diese zu mir passen. Über die Jahre bin ich ein bewusster Konsument geworden. Ich unterstütze lokale Marken und versuche ausschließlich Produkte zu kaufen, die in Europa hergestellt wurden. Damit möchte ich sicherstellen, dass ich keine Kinderarbeit oder schreckliche Arbeitsbedingungen in Entwicklungsländern unterstütze. Qualität ist mir sehr wichtig, damit mir meine Lieblingsteile lange Zeit erhalten bleiben.

Während der Arbeit muss ich eine Uniform tragen. Auf der einen Seite macht es das Leben viel leichter, da ich nicht lange überlegen muss was ich täglich zur Arbeit anziehe. Auf der anderen Seite kann dies manchmal etwas langweilig bzw. eintönig sein. Das ist der Grund warum ich mich zu besonderen Anlässen gern schick mache und meinem persönlichen Stil ausdruck verleihe. Die Fashion Week war ein großartiger Anlass dazu!

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Fashion week outfit / Jacket  Versace / Shoes Diesel Black Gold 

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Bist du ein Model?

Diese Frage wurde mir auf meinen sozialen Kanälen wie Instagram oder Facebook schon sehr häufig gestellt. Die Antwort ist nein: Ich bin ein Pilot! Aber ich habe bereits ein wenig Erfahrung beim Modeln sammeln können. Nachdem ich meine Pilotenausbildung 2009 abgeschlossen hatte überbrückte ich die Wartezeit auf ein Cockpit Arbeitsplatz an der DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung). Zusätzlich arbeitete ich nebenbei bei der ersten deutschen Hollister Filiale in Frankfurt am Main. Hollister verkaufte diesen Job als eine Art von Modeljob, aber am Ende war es eine reguläre Verkäufertätigkeit mit lauter Musik in dunklen Verkaufsräumen.

2010 bin ich nach Berlin gezogen, um meine erste Anstellung im Cockpit anzutreten. Zu diesem Zeitpunkt hatte ich mich ebenfalls bei ein paar Modelagenturen beworben.  Letztendlich bekam ich meine erste Sedcard und wurde zu einem ersten Casting für eine Kaffee Marke eingeladen. Das größte Hindernis in dieser Branche Fuß zu fassen war jedoch das Zeitmanagement. Problem war, dass ich zwar oft bei den Castings genommen worden wäre, ich jedoch nicht zusagen konnte, da sich entweder das Fitting oder das Shooting mit meinem Dienstplan überschnitt. Als ein Pilot ist es fast unmöglich sich an allen Termin frei zunehmen, zumal die Dienstpläne meist sechs Wochen im Voraus geplant werden und die Modelaufträge eher spontan reinkommen. Dies hatte zur Folge, dass ich nur direkte Buchungen (ohne vorheriges Casting und Fitting) annehmen konnte. So bin ich auf dem Laufsteg gelaufen, hatte ein Shooting mit Vladimir Klitschko und war Model für den Onlineshop von Michalsky.

In den letzten fünf Jahren war ich das Fitting- Model für Michalsky, weil ich die perfekten Maße für die Größe M habe. Die meisten meiner Jobs haben sehr viel Spaß gemacht. Ich habe aber auch erleben müssen, dass Auftraggeber sehr unfreundlich waren und die Models wie Objekte behandelten. Es ist hart so etwas nicht persönlich zu nehmen und professionell zu bleiben. Deshalb ist es für mich unvorstellbar hauptberuflich als Model zu arbeiten. Allerdings hoffe ich, dass mir meine Blogger- Tätigkeit in Zukunft weitere Gelegenheiten gibt als Model zu arbeiten.

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Letzter Tag der Fashion Week / Outfit by Hugo

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Veranstaltungen während der Fashion Week

VIP Beauty and Fashion Lounge

Dieses Event fand Tagsüber im Marriott Hotel in Berlin statt. Geladene Gäste konnten mit verschiedenen Vertretern diverser Marken in Kontakt treten. Im "Gentlemen’s Corner" habe ich ein kostenloses Hairstyling erhalten und neue Pflegeprodukte ausgetestet.

Guido Maria Kretschmer Fashion Show

Guido Maria Kretschmer ist einer der bekanntesten Modedesigner in Deutschland. Dies ist auch der Grund warum seine Fashion Show eine der populärsten der gesamten Fashion Week in Berlin ist. Es waren eine Menge VIPs eingeladen und ich habe sogar Goldie Hawn gesehen. Das ganze fand im Tempodrom statt und allein die Show dauerte fast eine Stunde. Die Musik und Lichtinstallation waren spektakulär. Sieh Dir mein live Video von der Show an!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk5PuXNYW-U&feature=youtu.be

GQ Mension Party

GQ Germany feierte seinen 20igsten Geburtstag mit einer Party in der Austernbank in Berlin Mitte. Die Party war sehr lustig! Gute Musik, leckere Getränke und coole Menschen. Ich bin ein großer Fan des GQ Magazins und während meiner Zeit als Privatjet Pilot kaufte ich diese Zeitschrift immer für meine VIP Passagiere.

Leck mich am Hashtag

Dieses Event war hauptsächlich dazu gedacht Blogger bzw. Markenbotschafter und verschiedene Marken untereinander bekannt zu machen. Wieder bekam ich ein kostenloses Hairstyling und ein kostenloses Smartphone geschenkt, welches ich in nächster Zeit für Euch testen werde. Während des leckeren Brunches konnte ich mich mit anderen Bloggern unterhalten und traf sogar eine alte Freundin aus der Schulzeit wieder.

Michalsky Style Nite

Michalsky ist ein weit bekannter Designer für Mode und mittlerweile auch für Lifeytle Produkte. Seine Stylinite ist eine der bedeutenden und größten Shows und beenden gleichzeitig die Fashion Week am Freitag Abend. Ich kenne ihn schon vielen Jahre, seitdem ich seine neuen Kollektion fitte.

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Ich traf das deutsche Top Model Lena Gercke im Soho House in Berlin

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Goodie Bag

Während der Fashion Week habe ich einige Goodie Bags mit jeder Menge cooler Sachen bekommen. Diese Taschen werden den geladenen Gästen am Ende der Veranstaltung als Dankeschön für ihr kommen mitgegeben. Ich kann nicht alle Produke selbst benutzen, vorallem die für Frauen. Deswegen möchte ich diese an Euch weitergeben. Ich habe eine Tasche für Männer und eine Frauen fertig gepackt. Der Wert der Taschen liegt jeweils bei über 50€.

UM ZU GEWINNEN: Hinterlasse mir einfach ein Kommentar mit Deiner lieblings Modemarke und abboniere meinen Newsletter. (Weiter unten)

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Giveaway meiner Goodie Bags/ um zu gewinnen Kommentiere weiter unten welches Deine liebste Modemarke ist und abboniere mein Newsletter.

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Happy landings!

Dein Pilot Patrick

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meet and greet at tempelhof airport

Meet and Greet at Tempelhof airport

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Hello my Aviator, it was nice meeting you in person! After receiving numerous requests for a meet and greet I finally was able to realize such an event. It was not easy to find the perfect location, because I wanted to meet you at a special place which relates to aviation. In the end we meet at Tempelhof airport to do a guided tour together. In this blog post I am summing up the Funday in some photos, live video and interesting facts about the historic airport.

 

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I am coming my Aviators / Departure hall of Tempelhof airport

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Meet and Greet

On my Facebook page "PilotPatrick" I invited everyone to join me for this special guided tour. Unfortunately, space was limited, so I could only accept the first 25 people who signed up for the tour. The guest list filled up quickly after launching the event. On that day I was a little bit worried that a lot of people would cancel last minute, but in the end, everyone came who signed up for it. It made me really happy to see that I can count on you.

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Rosinen Bomber in the hangar

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Guided tour

Meeting point for the Meet and Greet was the former General Aviation Terminal. That is where private pilots and VIPs used to depart from. After a warm welcome, I handed out the tickets to everyone. Lars our tour guide started right away. He showed us the highlights of the impressive building. Especially the inside of the airport is worth seeing. During the tour, he explained us interesting history and facts of the Tempelhof airport. I am really sad about the decision to close the airport for flight operations in 2008. The location and the short ways would still be ideal for private pilots and VIP flights. I do understand the noise aspect, but through night flying restriction and special operating procedures, like in London city airport, Tempelhof airport could have been integrated into the city well.

After almost two exciting hours we returned back at the GAT. Now we finally had some time to chat and take photos. I was more than happy to answer questions and get to know everyone. Thanks for coming and realizing this event.

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Visiting the roof top Tempelhof airport

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Facts about Tempelhof airport

How big is the entire airport area? The size of the former airfield along with the building is 355 ha. Out of this, the Tempelhof field occupies 300 ha and the airport building with its concrete apron and outer areas 55 ha.
How large is the airport building? The airport building is approximately 1.2 km long. It has a gross floor area of 300,000 m², of which approximately 200,000m² is usable. One of the biggest buildings of the world.
When was an airport established here? As early as the beginning of the 20th century famous aviation pioneers carried out their first flight attempts here. In 1923 the location was established as “Airport Tempelhof”. The first airport building on the eastern Tempelhof field was constructed in 1926. This was soon no longer sufficient. The construction of the current airport building began in 1936.
How is the airport building used now? The airport building accommodates more than 100 tenants from the most diverse branches right from Chief of Police to a dance school. Around a third of the building is still unrenovated and will be gradually developed in the next few years.
How is the Tempelhof field used? Since its opening in May 2010, the Tempelhof field is intensively used for recreational activities. Here you can skate, grill, jog, fly a kite, take a dog on a walk etc.

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Livestream

To enable that everyone worldwide can join the tour I went live on Facebook and Instagram. We went live when reaching the rooftop which gives you a spectacular view over the Tempelhof field. The plan was to have a chat on the roof but then it started to rain really bad. Unfortunately, the live stream stopped once we approached the bomb shelters at the lower floors. Watch some highlights during the live video:

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We went on a time journey and discovered the impressive inside of the Tempelhof airport. The best for me was to meet some of my Aviators on that day. I hope that I will have the chance to do such an event soon again. Maybe in a different city and even bigger so, I can invite more people!

Thanks again to Tempelhof airport for realizing this tour for us. If you are interested in a guided tour please visit the official tour website.

In which city should I plan my next meet and greet event? Please comment below.

Your Pilot Patrick

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