top 10 instagrammable spots in New York City

TOP 10 instagrammable Spots in New York City

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Dear Aviator, 

it has been a while since my trip to the city that never sleeps. Instead of a straight forward travel blog post, I share with you my "TOP 10 Instagrammable spots in New York City". At a destinations I am constantly chasing for spots to create enganging content for you. This definitely looks a lot easier than it really is. Stick to my TOP 10 and you will get automatically a great overivew of the city and some nice shots for you feed. Pack your camera (not only your phone) and some good walking shoes, because I walked over 40 km in six days. 

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Times Square, a must-see in NYC at night, but very crowded

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Spectacular street canyons, but extremely busy and hard to take Insta shots

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1- The Vessel

New in town. The Vessel, an architectural artwork, which is unique and extravagant. Built to plans by the British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the elaborate honeycomb-like structure rises 16 stories (45 m) and consists of 154 flights of stairs and 2,500 steps. The Vessel is the main feature of the 5-acre (2.0 ha) Hudson Yards Public Square, which comprosmises a mall with lots of shoppping opportunities. It's worth a visit since the entrance is for free (check the website prior) and you can take some etravagent photos.

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The Vessel

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2- The Envue Hotel

Not quite in New York City, but only a 10 min ferry ride across the Hudson river. The Envue Hotel, which belongs to the Autography Collection of Marriott, offers unobstructed views of the New York City skyline. I stayed in one of their spacious and contemporary executive suites with a spectacular balcony (Instagram spot deluxe). You not necessarily have to stay at this 5-star hotel, to enjoy the view. As non hotel guest, you could have dinner at the at the NoHu restaurant or enjoy views from their rooftop terrace.

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Envue hotel lobby and bar

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Relaxing in the Envue Hotel

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Envue Hotel with ferry station in front

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3- Intrepid Air Museum

A must for every avgeek, is a visit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The museum showcases the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the cruise missile submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. (just to mention some highlights of the exhibition). I visited the museum by night for the TPG awards hosted by The Points Guy. It is an award show which honors excellence in travel, loyalty programs and credit cards. Make sure to get a shot with the Concorde or on top of the aircraft carrier.

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The Intrepid Air Museum

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At the TPG Awards 2019

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On the red carpet at thr TPG Awards

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4- Neigborhood SoHo

Strolling around the SoHo neighborhood feels like you are straight in a smovie set of one of your favorite blockbusters. You can go shopping in boutiques, have a coffe, healthy food and take lots of typical "Newyork-style" photos with escape latters on the brick fasades.

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SoHo neighborhood

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Check out my YouTube channel PilotPatrick for more exciting videos about my trips around the world!

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5- The Oculus

Finally! Like the new Berlin airport (still not open) it took a bit longer and costed more money until the Oculus opened. The $4 billion Oculus station house, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, consists of white ribs that interlock high above the ground. Inside you find the transportation hub and a mall. The building has been praised for its design and its "instagramability". From the outside it los like that the construction has wings.

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The Oculus gave me wings

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The 9/11 memorial next to the Oculus

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6- Helicopter flight

Not an inexpensive experience, but worth if you want to see New York City from high above. Once in the air you can really spot the massive size of the city. I departed from the heliport in Lower Manhatten and went on a scenic flight for about 20 mins with Heli NY. In case this is not thrilling enough, you can go on a flight with the passengers open and you can lean out of the helicopter during the flight (only departing from New Jersey. That's definitely the Instagram photo of NYC.

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7- The Lexington

Stay where the stars have stayed! The Lexington Hotel was built in 1929 and is showcasing the design, architecture and style of that iconic period. Once home for many famous people like Marilyn Monroe, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and PilotPatrick ;).  I stayed in the Arthur Godfried Suite, he used to be a well-known TV and radio braodcaster. He was an Aviator as well. So this suite was a perfect match. You don't necessarily have to sleep at the Lexington, you book one of their theme suites for an event as well.

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The Lexington Hotel in Midtown

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8- Central Park

The world famous park. In the winter is it not that beautiful, but nevertheless it is worth to take a stroll through the park or go ice skating. It is a nice Instagram spot, since you can take photos away from the crowds. In the middel of  the souther end of the park is an elevation formed by rocks. This location makes a nice scenery since high tall buildings rise in the background.

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Southern End of Central Park

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9- cloudM rooftop

You don't need to spend a fortune to get access to a rooftop in Manhattan. Just by coincidence, I discovered the the cloudM rooftop in Soho. It is not a skyscraper, but you still have an unobstructed of lower Manhatten and Midtown Manhatten from an outside and inside area. Alternatively, you can now visit the Observatory at the One World Center, the Rockefeller Center or the Empire State Building. Either way, you spend a minimum of  35 $ per entrance.

 

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cloudM rooftop bar

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View from the cloudM rooftop bar

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Manhatten Bridge View Point

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10- Brooklyn and Manhatten Birdge

Probably the most Instagrammed location in entire New York City. Take a walk via the bridge starting from Lower Manhatten all the way to the other side to Brooklyn. The photo motives are endless and you definitely will see other who do it for the "Gram". My destination after the Brooklyn Bridge was the Manhatten Bridge Point of View. I have seen this location so many times on Instagram, but I was quite disappointed since it was really crowded. People were really rude and did not want to move out of your frame. So I walked to the Main Street Park granting a view of the Brooklyn bridge and the skyline in the back. Please always respect others when they are taking shots like you would expect it from others.

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Manhatten Bridge View Point

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Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn

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What would have been your favorite location in NYC? Let me know in a comment below and don’t forget to like my blog about the "TOP 10 Instagrammable spots in New York City"

Safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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should I visit incredible India

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

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Dear Aviator!

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

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Welcome to the ITB at the Messe Berlin

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Singapore Airlines double bed in Business Class

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

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

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I am a ship captain as well ;-)

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Indian Aviators :-)

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The ITB

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

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

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Indian bride show

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Photo shooting with Incredible India

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Incredible India

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

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

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

Why would I travel to India?

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

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Getting a Henna tattoo with my logo

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Free henna tattoos with Incredible India

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Good news for passengers

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

New recline system

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

 

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Qatar Airways new Economy Class

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Qatar Airways at the ITB

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The new recline systemm

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

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

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Giveaway!

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Give away

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

To join the giveaway

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

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Giveaway of Incredible India!

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breitling takes flying to the next level

Breitling bringt das Fliegen auf das nächste Level

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Werbung- Kooperation

Hallo mein Aviator,

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

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Transfer nach Dijon

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Malerische Landschaften auf dem Weg von Genf nach Dijon

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Das Breitling Jet Team

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

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Die 85 Jahre alte Bücker

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

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Check-in

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

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

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

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Es ist Zeit für Breitling

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

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

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Mirage Kampfjet im Hangar in Dijon

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Fliegen mit der Bücker

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

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Lasst uns den Jet fliegen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zeit zum Einstieg!

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Dein Steuer

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

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

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Schau Dir den zweiten Teil meines Videos auf YouTube an!

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

Hattest Du schon Mal die Möglichkeit an einem Akrobatikflug teilzunehmen?

Sichere Reisen und glückliche Landungen!

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business aviation exhibition

Luxuriöse Jets auf der Business Aviation Messe in Genf

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Hello my Aviator, 

welcome on board of the most exclusive branch of aviation: the business aviation. I take you to Geneva in Switzerland to the EBACE, which is an exhibition solely for private jets. Normally only aircrews and their VIP passengers have excess to the cabin of those luxurious jets. But this event grants me to give you an insight view of the business aviation. Are you ready for departure? 

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Cabin of the Cessna Citation Longitude

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Business aviation exhibition

I started my career as First Officer on a private jet. I used to fly the Cessna Citation XLS+, which is a medium size jet for up to 9 passengers. The operation and the daily pilot life is a lot different compared to any airline operation. The flights are tailored to the passenger needs in regard to departure time, catering and even crew composition. Most airports have an own stand-alone terminal which is dedicated for private jet passengers only. So if you do not work either for a handling agent at the airport or as aircrew you will not get any access those business jet.

Except you are the passenger or when the EBACE opens its doors in Geneva. You have the chance to have look inside the cabin and cockpit of all kind of different jets.  If you want to find out more about the Business aviation check my corresponding blog post.

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EBACE static display

I was most excited to visit the static display, but the exhibition also offered a huge hall with all different companies which are connected to the business aviation like handlings, fuel supplier, air charter companies and supplier for technology.

One of my favorite transport manufacturers is Bombardier. You may know this company from the commercial aircraft C-, CRJ- and Q-Series and their trains. But they also build luxury business jets

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static display /source: EBACE

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Cessna Citation Latitude (first Cessna with flat cabin floor)

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Geneva airport exhibit hall / source: EBACE

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Bombardier

When most people think about private jet they come up with the name Learjet. This originates that Learjet was one of the first companies to manufacture a private and luxury aircraft in the 1960‘s. The first jets were built in Switzerland but the production was moved quickly to Kansas in Wichita (USA). The first business jet was born and a whole new era of air travel begun. In the 90‘s Bombardier took over its production.

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Luxury cabin of the Global 6000

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Bombardier Global 6000

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Their portfolio of aircraft ranges from medium size to large jets. I was really excited to visit one of their flagships, the Global 6000. A beautiful jet from the inside and outside. State of the art flight deck and a luxury cabin which feels like a 5-star suite. Up to 17 passengers can fly 6000 NM which is for example from Berlin non-stop to Singapore. At the EBACE they also presented the Global 7500 which is the world's largest and longest-range business jet.

It is really a hard decision if you rather want to be the pilot or the passenger of this jet. Luxury and quality have their price tags. Find it out in my YouTube Vlog and take a look inside.

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The new flagship of Bombardier G7500 / source: EBACE 

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How I became a private jet pilot?

It was definitely not a conventional way how I got my first pilot job. Since I got frustrated writing many applications and not receiving a feedback, I took my application to a personal level. In my new Vlog about the Ebace, I also explain how I become a private jet pilot. You may also find a series of blog posts about "how I became a pilot".

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innovative cockpit with sidestick, head up display and touchscreens

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large business jet / source: EBACE

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The size of jet I used to fly

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Do I miss the business aviation?

Yes and no! The exhibition was some kind of flashback to my time as a private jet pilot. There are a lot of aspects I really miss, like the luxury crew lounges, catering and a diverse flight schedule. But there also many aspects, which I really do not miss like endless waiting times for VIP passengers or cleaning the cabin after a long duty day. One side I have a crying end, but all in all, I feel much more comfortable with an airline. My flight roster is much more stable and I can plan much better in advance and I have more time for my Aviators.

What do you think suits me better the airline operation or the business aviation?

Safe travels and happy landings

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leading aerospace exhibition and airshow

Die große Luftfahrtausstellung in Berlin

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Hallo mein Aviator,

seit meiner frühen Jugend bin ich von der Luftfahrt fasziniert. Es ist eine Industrie der Passion, Träume und großen Erfolge. Der Traum vom Fliegen ist so alt wie die Menschheit selbst, aber die Luftfahrt wie wir sie heute kennen ist noch immer recht jung! Obwohl ich mich beinahe jeden Tag mit der Luftfahrt beschäftige ist meine Faszination ungebrochen. Deshalb habe ich die ILA in Berlin besucht, welche eine der  größten Ausstellung für Raum- und Luftfahrt auf der Welt ist. Lerne in diesem Blog und Vlog verschiedene Flugzeugtypen mit mir gemeinsam kennen.

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Die ausgestellten Flugzeuge der ILA 2018

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Turbulentes Wetter im Außenbereich

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I 've never known an industry that can get into people's blood the way aviation does.

— Robert Six, founder of Continental Airlines.

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Airbus A350 cockpit

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Cabin of the A350

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The ILA Berlin focuses on aerospace innovations in five categories: Aviation, Space, Defense & Security, Supplier and Special Features. Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the show on one day and the weather was quite turbulent. It was sunny, rainy and stormy at the same time. That is why I concentrate on the static display with over 200 aircraft and the airshow.

I had the great chance to visit the new Airbus A350 from inside and I even could talk to the test pilot in the cockpit. Last time I visited the ILA many years ago, the A350 was still a project of Airbus and has not been in the air yet. I remember sitting in a cabin mock-up and I was surprised how wide the cabin was. That is why the aircraft is called A350 XWB standing for extra wide body. Now it was great to see the final product.

WATCH MY VLOG ON YOUTUBE ABOUT MY VISIT OF THE ILA

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Additionally, I visited the A380 of Emirates. It was actually the first time for me to be on board of an Emirates aircraft. I was truly impressed about the luxurious cabin and I really liked the bar and lounge area for Business and Frist Class passengers. I hope I will soon have the chance to experience the amenities during a flight.

Next to the A380 was an A340 experimental aircraft. The outer wing sections are designed for highly smooth airflow over their surfaces. Known as natural laminar flow, such smoothed passage of air creates less drag than the airflow on traditional wings, potentially reducing fuel burn by as much as 4.6 percent on an 800-nautical mile trip. (source: Airbus)

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First time in First Class in Emirates

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Bar on the upper deck of the A380 of Emirates

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The Wright Brothers created the single greatest cultural force since the invention of writing. The airplane became the first World Wide Web, bringing people, languages, ideas, and values together.

— Bill Gates, CEO, Microsoft Corporation.

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Additionally, I visited the A380 of Emirates. It was actually the first time to be on board of an Emirates aircraft. I was truly impressed about the luxurious cabin and what I like the most was the bar and lounge area for Business and Frist Class passengers. I hope I will soon have the chance to experience the amenities during a flight.

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inside the A310 of the German airforce (medical aircraft)

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Experimental aircraft of Airbus

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Find your employer of tomorrow

There is the potential to get a job at an air show. It happened to me eight years ago. Back then I went to the "Aero" in Friedrichshafen, Germany, which is an exhibition of the General Aviation. Just by coincidence I met the CEO of the first company I flew for. After a short conversation I was invited to a job interview and already a couple of weeks later I went to the type rating in the UK.

The ILA even offered a CareerCenter, where you can talk to your potential employer and get to know companies better. You also had the chance to meet different flight schools during the public days.

 

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inside of the A340 experimental aircraft

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines of the A350

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Since I work in the aviation industry, I am around aircraft on a daily basis. Never the less my fascination has not ceased. It is impressive to see how fast paced this industry is and which great innovations engineers come up with. Not every day you have the chance to walk up close the engine and landing gear of the new A350 or visit the entire cabin of the A380 of Emirates or walk into the cargo deck of the Antonov 225, the world biggest cargo airplane. Due to the stormy weather, some flight displays had to be canceled. That's aviation. Everything depends on numerous factors.

Have you been to an airshow?

Safe travels and happy landings

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Ideen, die es wert sind verbreitet zu werden - TEDxFrankfurt

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Werbung- Kooperation

Hallo mein Aviator,

"Time is now"! Wir alle haben die gleiche Zeit zur Verfügung - 24 Stunden am Tag und die meisten haben den Eindruck, dass die Zeit verfliegt. Besonders für die Dinge im Leben, die wir besonders gern machen haben wir oftmals nicht genügend Zeit zur Verfügung. Aber ist es nicht an der Zeit uns selbst herauszufordern und etwas zu verändern? Letzten Sonntag nahm ich an der TEDxFrankfurt im Frankfurt Marriott Hotel teil. Dort hatte ich die Möglichkeit zu erfahren was die Redner mit ihrer Zeit anfangen und was sie anders machen. In diesem Artikel möchte ich meine Erfahrungen des inspirierenden Wochenendes teilen.

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Über Frankfurt

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TED - Ideen, die es wert sind verbreitet zu werden

Eventuell hast Du bereits zuvor von der TED gehört? TED ist eine Non-Profit- Organisation, die sich Ideen widmet, die es wert sind mitgeteilt zu werden. Zum ersten mal wurde sie 1984 in einer viertägigen Konferenz abgehalten. Es wurden Leute aus den Themenfeldern Technology, Entertainment und Design zusammen gebracht. TED ist entstanden, um Welt verändernde Ideen durch vielfältige Initiativen, wie des TEDx Programms, zu unterstützen. Bei der TED werden die führenden Denker und Macher der Welt gebeten in 18 Minuten über ihr Leben zu berichten.

Schau Dir das Video an, welches an dem Wochenende von einem professionellen Kamerateam aufgenommen wurde:

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Die Zeit ist jetzt - Sprecher!

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TEDxFrankfurt

Mit dem Ziel wertvolle Ideen bekannt machen zu wollen hat TED ein Programm mit dem Namen TEDx entwickelt. Dies sind lokal selbst organisierte Veranstaltungen, die Menschen zusammenbringen.  Die Idee dahinter ist es neue Ansätze zu teilen und zu diskutieren, die das Potential haben unser Leben und unsere Welt zu verändern. Es war großartig ein Teil der TEDxFrankfurt Veranstaltung gewesen zu sein, auf der Redner ihre Leidenschaft teilten. Ähnlich wie in der Welt der Luftfahrt, in der wir alle die gleiche Leidenschaft teilen. Über 550 Personen haben an der Veranstaltung teilgenommen, die in den Räumlichkeiten des Frankfurt Marriott Hotel stattfand.

Während den Pausen zwischen den Vorträgen der Redner hatte man die Möglichkeit neue Leute kennen zu lernen, etwas am Buffet zu essen und lustige Aktivitäten auszuprobieren. Ich habe eine Bierzapfmaschine ausprobiert, die ich allein mit meinen Gedanken steuern musste. Ich war nicht sehr gut in dieser Übung, vielleicht lag es daran, dass es um Bier ging. Für mich wäre es wahrscheinlich besser gewesen, wenn es um Kokosnusswasser gegangen wäre.

Während der Pause bin ich auf meinem Facebook Profil live gegangen. Du kannst Dir das Video hier ansehen, um eine Idee von der Veranstaltung und der Atmosphäre zu bekommen.

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Blick auf den Horizont von Frankfurt von meiner Suite aus

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Speaker Dinner TEDxFrankfurt

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Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

Die gesamte Veranstaltung wurde im Frankfurt Marriott Hotel durchgeführt. Dadurch war es sehr praktisch ein Hotelzimmer in deren Gebäude zu haben. Die Veranstaltung war somit lediglich eine Aufzugfahrt entfernt. In meiner Zeit als Privatjet Pilot war ich häufiger Gast im Frankfurt Marriott Hotel. Die Lage ist komfortabel, da man sowohl schnell im Zentrum der Stadt ist, als auch am Flughafen. Vorallem wenn man eine Messe besucht, die sich genau gegenüber der Straße befindet.

Upgrade!

Wie Du weißt bin ich Mister Upgrade. Durch meinen Marriott Rewards Gold Status, habe ich ein Upgrade auf eine Suite in der 33. Etage erhalten. Das geräumige Zimmer bietet neben einer Sitzecke und einer kleinen Küche mit Espresso Maschine, eine fantastische Sicht auf den Horizont von Frankfurt. Eines der besten Features von Marriott Hotels ist jedoch das komfortable Bett. Wenn Du einmal in einem solchen Bett geschlafen hast, dann weißt Du wovon ich rede.

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Meine Suite im Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

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Executive Lounge

Mein Status ermöglicht mir ebenfalls Zugang zur Executive Lounge im 43. Stockwerk des Hochhauses. Es ist ein guter Platz, um sich zu unterhalten und ein paar Kleinigkeiten in exklusiver Atmosphäre zu essen und zu trinken. Am Morgen kannst Du Dort außerdem mit einer fantastischen Aussicht über Frankfurt frühstücken.

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Executive Lounge Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

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Die Sprecher

Bisher habe ich mir bereits viele Reden online auf  TED.com angesehen. Es ist jedoch definitiv ein ganz anderes Level, diese live anzusehen und die Atmosphäre vor Ort mitzuerleben. Ich hatte die Chance die inspirierenden Vorträge von deutschen und internationalen Sprechern aus dem Bereich Technologie, Entertainment und Design anzuhören.

Sprecherin Amelie

Zum Beispiel die Sprecherin Amelie. Ich traf sie zuvor im Hotel Aufzug und wir hatten eine kurze Unterhaltung. Auf ihren Vortrag war ich ganz besonders gespannt, weil ich bereits im Vorfeld an ihrem Thema interessiert war: "Finde eine Wohnung in Berlin".  Derzeit arbeitet sie als verantwortliche des Marketings bei cabin spacey, einem Start-up, dass leerstehende Dachgeschosse in Berlin mit smarten Kabinen ausstattet und an urbane Nomaden vermietet. Eine großartige Idee, um die Wohnungsnot in Berlin zu bekämpfen.

Sprecher Dinner

Am Abend vor der Konferenz war ich eingeladen am Sprecher Dinner im Frankfurt Marriott Hotel teilzunehmen. Es war eine nette Gelegenheit die Sprecher vorher kennen zu lernen und sich auszutauschen. Ich empfand es als sehr abwechslungsreich auch einmal mit Menschen zusammen zu sein, die nichts mit Luftfahrt zutun haben und deren Geschichten anzuhören. Heutzutage findet die Kommunikation größtenteils im Internet statt, aber der persönliche Kontakt und das Teilen von Ideen und Konzepten sollte nicht unterschätzt werden.

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Meet and Greet mit meinen Aviators in Frankfurt

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Überraschung auf dem Rückweg

Für meinen kurzen Aufenthalt reiste ich mit dem Flugzeug zwischen Berlin und Frankfurt am Main. Auf dem Rückweg war ich gerade dabei einzusteigen, als das Bodenpersonal meinen Namen ausrief. Zunächst war ich etwas verwundert und ich dachte sie hätten eine schlechte Nachricht für mich. Am Ende war es jedoch ein neues Ticket für meinen Rückflug. Einer meiner Aviator, welche für den Flughafen arbeitet organisierte mir ein Upgrade in die Business Class. Ich hatte einen wirklich angenehmen Flug und konnte ein leckeres Abendessen an Board genießen. Sie hat meinen Tag wirklich versüßt! Vielen Dank!

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Airbus A320 Flügel mit "sharklets"

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Business Class Essen auf dem kurzen Flug

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Cheers! Danke für das Upgrade

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Die Zeit ist jetzt

"Die Zeit ist jetzt" war das Motto der diesjährigen TEDxFrankfurt Veranstaltung. Für mich bedeutet es, dass wir eine Lösung für die dringendsten Probleme und Herausforderungen finden müssen. Wir sollten Probleme wie den Klimawandel, Armut, Masseneinwanderung, Gewalt, Gleichberechtigung, wirtschaftliche Probleme, usw. lösen - jetzt!

Wie interpretierst Du "Die Zeit ist jetzt" für Dich?

Bitte hinterlasse mir Deine Antwort weiter unten und schreibe Dich in meinen Newsletter ein!

Happy landings!

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berlin fashion week

From the runway to the catwalk - Berlin fashion week

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Hello my Aviator, my last off days at home were really exciting. It was fashion week in Berlin and I was there to prove that a pilot can be stylish without wearing his uniform. I have never been invited to so many shows and events before then this time. I got to know many interesting people from the fashion world and hat a chat with many famous people. The past fashion weeks I always envied those people who were invited to such events and this time I was on the guest list myself. Thanks to the agency Reichert Plus. Read about my connection to fashion, modeling and the events I went to in this first fashion blog post. You also have the chance to win a goodie bag.

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Berlin Mitte / shot by Tobias Herrmann / shirt by The Kooples

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How important is fashion for me?

Fashion has always played a big role in my life. Already as a small boy, I was picky about my clothes and I chose myself what I was wearing. Sometimes I like to go shopping but since my time has become limiting I order a lot of clothes online. I would describe my look as clean chic street style. It is a lot of fun to combine basic clothing with fancy accessories or extraordinary piece of clothing. Metallic bracelets and a watch are great manly accessories.

I am not following every fashion trend, but I do consider a new trend and check if it fits me. Over the years I have become a more and more conscious shopper. I support local brands and I try to buy only products which are made in Europe. This way I want to make sure that I do not bolster child labor or horrible working conditions in third world countries. Quality is really important so that I can enjoy the piece of clothing for a long time.

For work, I have to wear my uniform. On one hand it is easy because I do not waste time thinking about what to wear to work today, but on the other hand, it can become boring sometimes. This is why I love to dress up for a special occasion with my own personal taste. The fashion week was a great occasion to do so.

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Fashion week outfit / Jacket  Versace / Shoes Diesel Black Gold 

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Are you a model?

I have been asked this question many times before on my Instagram. The answer is no: I am a pilot ;-) But I actually have a little bit of modeling experience modeling. After I finished flight training in 2009 I bridged the waiting time for a cockpit job at the DFS (German air traffic control). Additionally, I was working part-time at the very first Hollister store in Frankfurt. They presented the job position as some kind of model job, but in the end, it was a regular sales position with loud music in the darkness.

In 2010 I moved to Berlin, to begin with, my first job in the cockpit. Back then I applied at some model agencies in Germany. I eventually got my first sedcard and was invited to my first casting for a coffee brand. The big problem of getting a model job was the timing. I had off during the casting but once accepted for a job I had to have off for the fitting and the shooting as well. This is not possible with a pilot job. That is why I only could accept direct bookings. I have walked on a catwalk, had a shooting with Vladimir Klitschko and I was on an online shop for a fashion label.

The past five years I also have been the fitting model of Michalsky, because I have the perfect measurements for a size M. Most of the jobs were a lot of fun but I also got to know rude people who treated models like objects. It is difficult not to take this personal. That is why I could not imagine working solely as a model, but I hope that my social media will open new possibilities to model in the future.

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Last day of fashion week / outfit by Hugo

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Events during fashion week

VIP Beauty and Fashion Lounge

This event took place at the Marriott Hotel in Berlin. Invited guests could get to know different brands while enjoying finger food. In the Gentlemen’s Corner, I received a free hairstyling and tested some new products for men.

Guido Maria Kretschmer fashion show

Guido Maria Kretschmer is one of the most famous fashion designers in Germany. That is why his fashion show is one of the most popular once during the Berlin fashion week. A lot of VIPs were invited and I even saw Goldie Hawn. The fashion show and after show party event took place in the Tempodrom. The sound and light installation were spectacular and had an awesome evening. Watch my live video of the show.

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

GQ Mension Party

GQ Germany celebrated its 20th birthday with a party in the Austernbank  in Berlin Mitte. It was a fun event. Good music, tasty drinks, and cool people. I am a big fan of the GQ magazine and during my time as private jet pilot, I always bought the GQ for my VIP passengers.

Leck mich am Hashtag

This was mainly an event to connect blogger and brand ambassadors with different labels. I received again a free hairstyling and even got a free smartphone, which I will be testing for you soon. While having a delicious brunch, I had a chat with other bloggers and I even met an old friend from high school.

Michalsky Style Nite

Michalsky is a well-known designer for fashion and nowadays also for lifestyle products. His Stylenite is one of the most popular and biggest once of fashion week. I know him for many years since I am fitting his new collections.

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I met the german top model Lena Gercke at the Soho House

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Goodie bag

During the fashion week, I received a lot of goodie bags with a lot of cool stuff in it. Those bags are given to the guests at the end of a show or event to thank them for coming. I cannot use all the products by myself especially the once for women. Therefore I will give them away to you. I prepared one bag for men and one for women. The value of each is more than 50€.

TO WIN: Just leave me a comment below with your favorite fashion label and subscribe to my newsletter. (see below)

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Giveaway of my goodie bags / to win comment below with your favorite fashion label and subscribe my newsletter

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Happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

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meet and greet at tempelhof airport

Meet and Greet im Tempelhofer Flughafen

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Hallo mein Aviator, es hat mich gefreut Dich persönlich kennen gelernt zu haben. Nachdem ich zahlreiche Anfragen für ein Meet and Greet bekommen hatte, war ich endlich in der Lage ein solches Event zu realisieren. Es war nicht einfach eine geeignete Örtlichkeit zu finden, da ich Dich an einem speziellen Ort treffen wollte, der mit Luftfahrt zutun hat. Schlussendlich trafen wir uns am ehemaligen Flughafen Tempelhof, um an einer Führung teilzunehmen. In diesem Artikel fasse ich das schönene Event zusammen und zeige ein paar Bilder, live Video und interessante Fakten über den historischen Flughafen.

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I am coming my Aviators / Departure hall of Tempelhof airport

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Meet and Greet

Auf meiner Facebook Seite "PilotPatrick" hatte ich alle eingeladen mich auf dieser speziellen Führung zu begleiten. Leider waren die Anzahl der Teilnehmer aufgrund von Sicherheitsauflagen auf 30 Personen begrenzt. Die ersten 25 Personen, die sich für die Führung angemeldet hatten, konnten mich begleiten. Die Gästeliste war innerhalb kürzester Zeit voll, nach dem ich das Event veröffentlicht hatte. Anfangs hatte ich die Befürchtung, dass einige Leute nicht kommen würden. Am Ende kamen nicht nur alle die sich angemeldet hatten, sondern sogar einige von der Warteliste, sodass wir genau 30 Teilnehmer waren. Es macht mich sehr glücklich, dass ich auf Euch zählen kann!

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Rosinen Bomber in the hangar

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Führung

Treffpunkt für das Meet and Greet war das ehemalige Terminal der General Aviation. Das ist das Terminal von dem früher die Privatjet Piloten und VIP's gestartet waren. Nach der Begrüßung meiner Aviator verteilte ich die Tickets. Lars unser Gruppenführer startete bald darauf mit der Tour. Er zeigte uns die wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten dieses imposanten Gebäudes. Besonders von innen ist der ehemalige Flughafen sehenswert. Während der Führung zeigt er uns die interessante Historie und Fakten des ehemaligen Flughafen Tempelhof. Ich bin nach wie vor sehr traurig über die Entscheidung aus dem Jahr 2008 den Flughafen für den Flugbetrieb zu schließen. Die Örtlichkeit und die kurzen Wege innerhalb des Flughafens wären noch heute Ideal für Privatjets und VIP Flüge. Zwar kann ich die Bedenken wegen des Lärms verstehen, doch mit Hilfe von Nachtflugverbot und besonderen Flugverfahren, wie beim London city airport, hätte der Flughafen Tempelhof gut in die Stadt integriert werden können.

Nach fast zwei spannenden Stunden kamen wir zurück zum ehemaligen GAT. Jetzt hatten wir Zeit uns auszutauschen und Bilder zu machen. Ich war sehr glücklich die zahlreichen Fragen zu beantworten und fast jeden persönlich kennen gelernt zu haben. Danke fürs kommen und ermöglichen dieser Veranstaltung.

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Visiting the roof top Tempelhof airport

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Fakten über den Flughafen Tempelhof

Wie groß ist das gesamte Flughafengelände? Die Größe des ehemaligen Flugfeldes mit dem Gebäude beträgt 355 ha. Das Tempelhofer Feld nimmt davon 300 ha ein und das Flughafengebäude mit seinem betonierten Vorfeld und den Außenflächen 55 ha.
Wie groß ist das Flughafengebäude? Das Flughafengebäude ist ca. 1,2 km lang. Es besitzt eine Bruttogeschossfläche von 300.000 m², wovon ca. 200.000 m² Nettogeschossfläche nutzbar sind.
Seit wann gibt es hier einen Flughafen? Bereits Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts führten bekannte Flugpioniere hier erste Flugversuche durch. 1923 eröffnete der Standort als "Flughafen Tempelhof". Das erste Flughafengebäude auf dem östlichen Tempelhofer Feld wurde ab 1926 errichtet. Dieses war schon bald nicht mehr ausreichend. 1936 ist Baubeginn für das heutige Flughafengebäude. Weitere Infos
Wie wird das Flughafengebäude aktuell genutzt? Das Flughafengebäude beherbergt über 100 Mieter aus unterschiedlichsten Branchen, vom Polizeipräsidenten bis zur Tanzschule. Einige der Hangars werden zudem temporär als Flüchtlingsnotunterkunft genutzt. Ca. ein Drittel des Gebäudes ist unsaniert und wird in den kommenden Jahren nach und nach entwickelt.
Wie wird das Tempelhofer Feld genutzt? Seit seiner Öffnung im Mai 2010 wird das Tempelhofer Feld intensiv zur Freizeitgestaltung genutzt. Hier kann man Inlineskaten, Grillen, Joggen, Drachen steigen lassen, Hunde ausführen usw. Weitere Infos

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Livestream

Um sicherzustellen, dass jeder meiner Aviator Weltweit an der Führung teilnehmen können ging ich auf Facebook and Instagram live. Wir starteten mit dem live Video, als wir bereits auf dem Dach des Gebäudes waren, was Dir eine spektakuläre Aussicht über das Tempelhofer Feld ermöglicht. Der Plan sah eigentlich vor sich auf dem Dach zu unterhalten, doch leider fing es an zu regnen. Unglücklicherweise brach das live Video ab, als wir die ehemaligen Luftschutzräume in den unteren Etagen erreichten. Viel Spaß beim Ansehen der anderen Höhepunkte der Tour:

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https://www.facebook.com/pilotpatrick/videos/vb.373722572693345/1400436556688603/?type=3&theater

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Wir gingen auf eine Zeitreise und entdeckten das impressive Innere des Flughafen Tempelhof. Das Beste an dem Event war für mich einen kleinen Teil meiner Aviator an diesem Tag getroffen zu haben. Ich hoffe, dass ich bald die Möglichkeit bekomme solch eine Veranstaltung wiederholen zu können. Vielleicht in einer anderen Stadt und etwas größer, damit ich mehr Aviator einladen kann!

Bedanken möchte ich mich auch noch mal beim Flughafen Tempelhof, der diese Veranstaltung ermöglicht hat. Wenn Du auch an einer Führung interessiert bist besuche die Offizielle Seite. Eine Führung lohnt sich außerordentlich!

In welcher Stadt sollte ich mein nächstes Meet and Greet planen? Bitte hinterlasse mir weiter unten ein Kommentar.

Dein PilotPatrick

 

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