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Dear Aviator,

on my last city trip to beautiful Vienna in Austria, I took a new travel companion with me:  my new pair of earphones. After I showed them for the first time in my Instagram story, I received a lot of comments and message requesting to share more information about them. In this blog post, I will review one of the most sophisticated earphones of Bang & Olufsen and let you know if you should get them as well. 

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Recently my in-ear headphones of BOSE broke. I had them for many years and to be honest I was happy that they stopped working because I was not satisfied with them anymore. So this was the perfect reason to get a new pair. In the end, they were not up to date anymore and their use became unpractical. Especially since Apple removed the connection and extra adapted was necessary to listen to music from the smartphone. The cord and the small battery pack became bothersome.

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A must-have for all travelers

Whether you are traveling by plane, train or bus headphones of high quality is a must. You are your own DJ and you decided on the content you want to listen to whenever and wherever you are. I could not imagine leaving the house with earphones anymore. Especially when I have to fly as a passenger they are an essential travel companion. I really enjoyed the noise-canceling function of my previous earphones. They could make you forget about the noisy world around you. Not only the sound experience was improved, but you could also relax much better since the ambient noise was reduced. Noise causes stress. In my blog post about the fear of flying, I stated that noise-canceling headphones can be a helpful tool to fly more relaxed.

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Why I chose the Beoplay E8?

My list of requirements for my new earphones was long. But the three most important characteristics were the size, the cord-free design, and a noise-canceling function. In the end, I decided on the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8*, which is probably the most sophisticated earphones currently on the market.

CASE

The E8 comes with a genuine leather charging case. The small size lets you easily take them with you and charge them on the go. The battery lasts for 4 hours playtime and the case charges them another 8 hours. But the risk of losing them is quite high due to their size.

SOUND & FIT

The E8 enables high-quality listing which includes a good bass delivery. You can choose from five ear tips to ensure a precise fit in the ear canal for an optimal listening experience. They are really comfortable to wear and do not bother at all.

CONTROL

The control of the earphones is through intuitive touch control. In the beginning, it is a little bit tricky, but you will get used to it quickly. You can you change/pause tracks, take calls and activate voice commands, all without taking your smartphone out of your pocket.

TRANSPARENCY MODE

With this feature, you can tune in your surroundings. For example, you are out in the city or you are talking to a person. For longer conversation, I recommend to take the earphones out since the transparency mode does not natural.

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PLUS POINTS

  • state of the art design
  • comfortable to wear
  • cord-free, truly wireless
  • impressive sound
  • intuitive touch-based control

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NEGATIVE POINTS

  • high price
  • easy to lose
  • not suitable for sports
  • only 4 hours playtime

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Conclusion

The high-quality materials, the extraordinary design, and the sophisticated functions have a high price tag. They are a little bit more expensive than the "Apple AirPods" but the Beoplay E8* are definitely the better earphones. Even though they do not come with active noise-canceling function, the reduction of ambient noise is remarkable.  In my opinion, the value for money is appropriate. I see it as an investment that improves my everyday travel life.

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Auf die linke Seite wechseln - Beförderung zum Kapitän Teil 1

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Lieber Aviator,

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

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Wie wird man ein Kapitän?

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

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

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

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Wie lange dauert es bis man Kapitän werden kann?

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

Anforderungen

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

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Stellenausschreibung einer Airline

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Bewerbungsformular

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

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

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

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Das Auswahlverfahren

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

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

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

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Was wird sich ändern?

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

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Die nächsten Schritte

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

Bitte halte die Daumen für mich gedrückt, dass alles glatt laufen wird.

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Weihnachtsgrüße, Rückblick auf 2018 und mein Ausblick für 2019

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Lieber Aviator,

schöne Weihnachtsgrüße von Deinem PilotPatrick. Ich wünsche Dir freudige Feiertage und ein schönes neues Jahr! Ich hoffe Du kannst Die Zeit mit Deinen geliebten Menschen (oder auch Tieren) verbringen. Dieses Jahr habe ich das Glück Weihnachten mit meiner Familie feiern zu können. Mein Weihnachtsblog ist in den letzten zwei Jahren zu einer kleinen Tradition geworden. Wie immer werde ich das Jahr 2018 zusammenfassen und Dir einen Ausblick in das Jahr 2019 geben.

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"The bad news times flies, the good news you are the pilot"

2018 what a year, but it flew by just too quickly. It was exciting, thrilling and intense. My occupational career and my social media kept me always busy. Maybe sometimes too busy, that I did not have enough time for friends, family and most important for myself. The year had its ups and downs, but in the end, 2018 was a very successful year.

Maybe soon as Captain

I am still flying the old lady, the A300. I applied as Captain this year, my application was accepted and I had the chance to attend an assessment in the simulator for the upgrade.  Besides my first long-range flight of six hours from Milan to Bahrain, the Captain upgrade is the biggest highlight of my aviation career this year. I am excited to take you on this exciting journey with me. Most possibly I will launch a blog series about my way to the left side.

The growing Aviator family

I am still really satisfied with my current job and it was the absolute right decision to switch airlines two years ago. One reason is that I have enough time for my second passion: my social media channels! It is still a lot of work and it does not get less, it only gets more :-) Especially now with my YouTube channel, which I launched this year. But all the effort and time I am investing pays off. All channels combined my Aviator family counts now over 550.000!!! It means the world to me that I am able to share with you my pilot life and give you insights you would normally never get. It is both for you entraining and informative. The money I make with collaborations plays only a little role for me. Yet it is still mandatory to finance my channels. I am more proud and grateful for everything I can experiencing through my blogging.

Check out my Christmas Video on my YouTube, in which I am talking more about my upgrade, my projects, the collaborations and I am explaining why everything is now labeled with Anzeige.

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Meeting you

Back in 2017 I managed to meet you in different cities around the world. Berlin, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Munich and Frankfurt. I hoped that I will be able to do more events in 2018, but unfortunately I only managed to do two Meet and Greets. One in Berlin and one in Tel Aviv. The one in Berlin was a very exciting one since we meet in a wind tunnel to go flying/skydiving. Additionally, a camera team joined me on that day to shoot a documentary about my blogger life. It is always a great pleasure getting to know you in person and to have a chat.

The next event I am planning is a 500k Instagram party. So far I only know that I would like to celebrate this. Stay tuned on my Facebook event section, so you will not miss it.

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Meet and Greet at Windobona

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My projects for 2019

My biggest goal for 2019 is to become a Captain. The upgrade training will be tough and will require a lot of studying. As I always stated clearly, my profession and flying have always the priority. With good time management, I try to keep everything at a high level, but sometimes I need to slow down my activity online. I count on your understanding!

Never the less I set out the following projects:

  • My Aviator bracelet: Currently sold out, but I am working on a new design for 2019. With my profits, I want to support one individual in the process of becoming a pilot. It would be fantastic to be able to pay for the entire flight training. More information here.
  • The PilotPatrick collection: I want to design more than just an Aviator bracelet. Any thoughts and wishes?! Let me know in a comment.
  • The PilotPatrick book. I do not want to reveal too much on this project, but I want to write a book

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My personal goals

Both my passions consume a lot of time and time is one of the few things you cannot buy. In 2019 I have to take more care of myself. I want to do more sports and I want to have more time not for myself, but also for my people around me! My YouTube team is already a great help, but also the photographers I am working with. Thanks for your great support! In 2019 I need to optimize processes and may get some extra support. Maybe you want to be my assistant? ;-)

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Most viewed YouTube video

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Thanks my Aviator

Thanks, my Aviator, for being so engaging. I appreciate every like, comment and all your advice. It makes me really happy to hear that I am an inspiration for some of you. You are also my inspiration for my stories, photos and my content on this blog. You are like a jet engine which propels me to goals, which I would never have imagined to achieve. Like me, you are probably noticing hate and bad vibes on a daily basis offline and online. But why? Life is already tough and each of us has problems and struggles, so be more kind to each other and spread good vibes!

Merry Christmas and happy landings in 2019!

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A380 emirtes business class

Erstmalig an Board eines Fluges mit einer A380

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Werbung/ Kooperation

Hello my Aviator,

welcome on board of my first flight with an Airbus A380, the king of the skies. Yes, I am being sincere. Even though I am traveling so much and I am an aviation lover, I have never had the chance to fly with the A380 so far. To make my first flight an experience, Emirates welcomed me on board their flagship for a flight to Mauritius. In fact, it was also my first flight with Emirates. In this blog, I am sharing those two premieres with you.  

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Finally! I was excited like a little boy to go on my first flight the king of the skies. During the aerospace exhibition in Berlin this year, the ILA, I already took a glance inside the A380 of Emirates, which was displayed on the apron. At this point, I thought I will take forever until I will take a flight on board of the biggest passenger airline. But in the end, it took only 6 months to find me drinking a champagne in Emirates Busines Class on the way to Mauritius.

Check out my Vlog about the ILA and do not forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel: PilotPatrick

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The king of the skies

I am flying the A300, which was the first model ever built by Airbus. Its first flight was in 1972. About 20 years later in June 1994, Airbus announced its plan to develop a very large airliner, designated as A3XX to be a competitor to the B747. In 2005 the A380 had its first flight. The A300 is already a huge aircraft with 54 m length, 45 m wingspan and a maximum take of weight of 170 tons. Compared to the A380 this is small and light. The length is 72 m, the wingspan 79 m and the maximum take-off with is 575 tons. Impressive figures!

More economical than a car: The A380 consumes only 4,05L fuel per 100km per passenger.

Passengers: it seats a maximum of 853 passengers (typical 575)

Biggest aircraft? No there is one more airplane called Antonov An-225, it is larger than A380.

Wiring: If all the wiring in the A380 is laid end to end, it will stretch from Edinburgh to London – 320 miles.

Paint: More than 3600 liters of paint is required to paint the exterior of the aircraft.

Runway: Only 20 runways in the world are now fully capable of handling A380 aircraft. Others are not long or wide enough or not technically equipped for A380.

Flight hours: The Airbus A380 is designed to fly for 140,000 hours – meaning it could fly around the world more than 2,000 times in its lifetime.

Orders: as of September 2018, Airbus had received 331 firm orders and delivered 230 aircraft; Emirates is the biggest A380 customer with 162 ordered of which 105 have been delivered.

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Upper deck rear section of the Business Class

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Emirates

Emirates was only founded in 1985. Today the Gulf carrier, based in Dubai operates 3,600 flights a week to 140 cities in 80 countries around the world. Emirates only uses two kinds of airplanes, the Airbus A380 as well as the Boeing 777. Itis is the worlds largest operator of both airplane types. In total Emirates flies 234 planes.

Here are some more interesting facts about Emirates

International crew:  Cabin Crew from over 150 different countries. you will find at least 12 different nationalities of cabin crew. In total Emirates has over 60,000 employees.

First Flight from Dubai to Karachi was in 1985 on a Boeing B727 for the Royal Family.

Longest Flight takes 17 hours and 25 minutes from Auckland, New Zealand to Dubai on an A380.

Dubai Airport is the 3rd busiest on Earth after Atlanta Jacksonville and Beijing Capital Airport. 58 million passengers fly with Emirates in a year. (Source)

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Business class seat in row 23

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Business Class of the A380

Upperdeck! Flying in Business Class is truly a privilege and a luxurious experience. The entire upper deck of the A380 comprises the Business Class and First Class. The layout of the Business Class offers all seats direct aisle access. Especially the direct window and the middle seats (more for couples) grant extra privacy and storage. On all three A380 flights, I chose a seat in the rear cabin at the window. The seat right behind the bulkhead (row 23)  is great since there is no other passenger right in front of you. I enjoyed a tasty menu of regionally inspired gourmet dishes and drinks from an endless beverage menu. A specialty on Mauritius you could choose coconut water as a welcome drink. The seat also seamlessly reclines into a fully flat bed with a soft, comfy mattress and a cozy blanket.

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fully lie-flat bed

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The "Fly better" experience starts already before the flight. Since there is no flight from Berlin (unfortunately) I had to drive to Frankfurt Airport to catch my connection from there. The Business Class ticket includes either a free First Class Deutsche Bahn round-trip ticket (Rail & Fly) or the Chauffeur-drive. At Frankfurt Airport I arrived extra early so I could visit the Airport Lounge of Emirates. A picture/video is worth 1000 words. So check out my Vlog about my first time flying A380 with Emirates.

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Highlights of the A380

It is already a highlight itself to fly with the A380. The aircraft is extremely quiet inside the cabin. I was impressed that I could not really hear the take-off thrust on departure.

An onboard lounge: Let's have fancy a drink in 36,000 feet in the onboard lounge located in the rear section of the upper deck. A great way to get in contact with other passengers and to have a light snack in between meals. On the flight to Mauritius, the cabin supervisor invited me to have lunch at the dining table in the lounge. It felt like I was flying on a private jet.

Let's have a shower: Normally only First Class passengers are allowed to use the Shower Spa, but the for me the purser made a great exception. He knew how much you love seeing me taking a shower. ;-)

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Onboard lounge

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Shower Spa for First Class passengers

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Stop over in Dubai

On the way to Mauritius, I decided to do a short stopover in Dubai. It was only for 30 hours, but enough time to go shopping, to have a tasty dinner and enjoy some glamours vibes of the city of superlatives. I totally can recommend doing a stopover but plan for a couple of days so you can experience more. I stayed in the Le Meridien Airport Hotel. It is only a 10 minutes drive from the airport and 15 minutes to the downtown area of Dubai. Check out my Dubai Vlog from my vacation in April, If you want to find out about activities you can do.

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Le Meridien Dubai Aiport Hotel

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Thanks to the flight crew of Emirates for making my first A380 experience remarkable. I hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did.

Have you flown on board of an A380 before? Leave it in a comment below and subscribe to my newsletter with your email!

As always safe travels and happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick

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breitling takes flying to the next level

Breitling bringt das Fliegen auf das nächste Level

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Werbung- Kooperation

Hallo mein Aviator,

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

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Transfer nach Dijon

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Malerische Landschaften auf dem Weg von Genf nach Dijon

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Das Breitling Jet Team

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

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Die 85 Jahre alte Bücker

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

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Check-in

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

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

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

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Es ist Zeit für Breitling

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

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

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Mirage Kampfjet im Hangar in Dijon

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Fliegen mit der Bücker

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

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Lasst uns den Jet fliegen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Zeit zum Einstieg!

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Dein Steuer

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

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

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Schau Dir den zweiten Teil meines Videos auf YouTube an!

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

Hattest Du schon Mal die Möglichkeit an einem Akrobatikflug teilzunehmen?

Sichere Reisen und glückliche Landungen!

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Was ist in meinem Piloten Reisekoffer? Meine ultimativen Packtipps

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Kooperation/ Anzeige

Hello mein Aviator,

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

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

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Choose the right size of a suitcase for your trip!

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Home is where my bags are

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

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What makes my checked luggage so heavy?

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

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

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My blogger essentials

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Small speaker for good sound in the hotel room

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10 ultimate packing tips

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

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

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Put everything on the bed to get an overview

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All travellers should pack a first aid kit

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Three items I always pack

  • Sleeping masks: to able to sleep in darkness also during the day
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  • Swim shorts: the beach or pool can only be one flight away

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My before leaving home checklist not to forget anything important

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

What are the three items you always take on a journey? Please let me know in a comment below and subscribe to my newsletter with your email.

Safe travels and happy landings!

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barcelona insider travel tips

Plätze die man in Barcelona gesehen haben muss und meine Insider Tipps

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Kooperation/ Anzeige

Hallo mein Aviator,

nach einem Jahr der Abwesenheit habe ich es schlussendlich geschafft zu einer meiner liebsten Städte nach Barcelona zurück zu kehren! Ich habe diese Stadt wirklich sehr vermisst, da sie sich wie eine zweite Heimat für mich anfühlt. Leider hat es mein Dienstplan nicht hergegeben länger als drei Nächte dort zu verbringen. In diesem Artikel werde ich Dir meine persönlichen Highlights von Barcelona zeigen und meine Insider Tipps mit Dir teilen. Damit Du für Deinen nächsten Trip nach Barcelona gewappnet bist!

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Skyline of Barcelona from Bunkers del Carmel

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Barcelona my happy place

Barcelona is a great city to do sightseeing. Around every corner, you can discover a new spectacular place. I recommend renting a scooter for your stay. This time I was cruising through the city with a Vespa of ViaVespa. A scooter gives you so much freedom to go to different places in a minimum amount of time.

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Scooter rental with ViaVespa

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Check out my Vlog about Barcelona on my YouTube channel PilotPatrick!

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Where to sleep?

Two years ago I lived for three months in Barcelona, I stayed in a shared apartment in the historic Gotico. It was a great experience to live right in the center of this vibrant city. For this mini-vacation, I decided to stay at the 5 star Arts Hotel Barcelona close to the beach. Its unique building characterizes the skyline of Barcelona and was first opened during the Olympics in 1992. The views it grants from the rooms, club lounge and the spa are exceptional.

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One bedroom suite in the Arts Hotel Barcelona

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Stay protected at the pool

The hotel recently opened a newly designed outside area with an infinity pool. Now you can overlook the beach and ocean while taking a swim. I love to cool down in the water and to relax in the sun. But not without the correct sun protection. At this stage, I want to remind you how important it is to use sunscreen to protect yourself from sunlight.

First of all not to get a painful sunburn. Secondly to lower the chances of getting skin cancer. Solely in Germany, 200.000 people became diagnosed with skin cancer for the first time in 2016. Additionally, the sun is the reason for skin aging and hyperpigmentation. About 90% of the visible skin aging is caused by UV- Light and HEV- light (high-energy visible light) Read one of my latest blog post to find out more about this vital topic.

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The new infinity pool at the Arts Hotel Barcelona

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Relaxing in a cabana with Eucerin sun protection

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Eucerin offers a wide range of sunscreen products for any age, skin type and occasion. Two of my favorite products is the “SUN OIL CONTROL FACE GEL-CREME” for the face and the “SENSITIVE PROTECT TRANSPARENT SUN SPRAY“. My face gets shiny really fast and is really sensitive. The “Sun oil control face gel-creme” is made for such skin types and is light and dries really fast. The transparent sun spray for the body has an ultra-light texture and is not sticky. Two great products for a day by the pool.

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Eucerin Sun Transparent and Oil Control

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What to do?

Bunkers el Carmel: A must visit if you want to enjoy one of the best views of Barcelona and the sea.  Turó del Carmel is a hill with a bunker on top. Best time is during sunset and sunrise. Take something to drink and don't think you will be alone ;-) The entrance is still free.

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highlight: La Sagrada Familia

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Cathedral in the gothic quarter

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Casa Batlló: Barcelona is the city of Gaudi. His architecture is world famous. One of the highlights is the Casa Batlló. I have walked by this townhouse many times before because it is centrally located on the Passeig de Gracia. If you like the outside of the building you should dare look inside. It is really impressive to discover the passion Gaudí has put into this building. I literally was overwhelmed by the beauty that I got glossy eyes. Each guest receives a smart phone as a tour guide and that way you can explore the building also in the virtual reality.

Insider tip: For most famous sights, you can buy tickets online. This way you can skip long lines at the entrance.

 

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Casa Battló on Passeig de Gracia

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Boat trip: One of my highlights was a boat trip with Barcelona desde el Mar. I have seen Barcelona many times from the cockpit but to discover this amazing city from the sea was a unique experience. It gave me a whole new perspective of Barcelona. My little cruise lasted around 2 hours and I enjoyed a beautiful sunset from the sea.

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My first boat trip in Barcelona / Instagram: @barcelonadesdeelmar

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Sunset cruise in Barcelona / photo by Andrés

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Where to eat?

Barcelona offers diverse dining options. There is much more than tapas. Catalans eat late. Either be early or make a reservation. Here are my all time favorite places to go:

Väcka: Vegan restaurant and Cafe. Try their vegan classic burger and have a raw treat. Gracia

Teresa’s Carles: Vegetarian food and juices (only indoor/more for dinner) El Raval

Flax and Kale: Healthy restaurant offering a diverse menu (all day) Make a reservation and request a table on their outdoor rooftop garden. Don't miss the brunch on the weekend. El Raval

Surf House: Restaurant right by the beach. The menu offers healthy food but also tasty burger for a cheat day. Try their waffles! Barceloneta

Vinitus: In my opinion one of the best tapas restaurant in Barcelona. After 8 pm it gets really busy. You can choose your fresh fish from the display at the bar. Eixample

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healthy eating at Teresa's

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Teresa's Carles in el Born

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Petit Brot: completely raw café, daily menus, and juices (breakfast and lunch) El Raval

Casa Gispert: Dried fruits, nuts and so much more. Best dried mangos I ever had. El Born

BeBo cold pressed: Tasty healthy juices, raw snacks (more for to go) Eixample

Barraca: seafood and paella overlooking the beach of Barceloneta (lunch and dinner)

Cafè Jaime Beriestain: high-class food in a concept restaurant (more for dinner) Eixample

Nubafancy restaurant with live DJ, nice interior and outside seating (more for dinner)

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Nuba Restaurant

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Magic fountain show

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Which season is best to visit Barcelona?

Barcelona is great all year around. If you want to enjoy the hot weather at the beach then you need to visit during the summer months. But if you come to do sightseeing and to discover the city, then I recommend avoiding the high season. That way touristic places are less crowded and waiting times are less.

Insider tip: Visit Barcelona in the spring or late summer. My favorite months was October. Of course, the weather is not that stable, but the city is less crowded and you have the chance to go wave surfing.

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Fantastic weather, interesting sights, cultural events, the beach and of course friendly people make Barcelona a perfect vacation spot. You can choose from a great variety of restaurants and hotels. The prices for food are decent, but the hotel prices can be expensive during high season. My dream is still to live in my two favorite cities Berlin and Barcelona!

 

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Enjoying the beach of Barcelona

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In which city could you imagine to live as well? Please comment below and do not forget to subscribe to my newsletter with your email below.

Safe travels and happy landings!

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fear of flying no reason to panic

Flugangst - Meine 10 Tipps für entspannteres Fliegen

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Hello my Aviator, it makes me really sad to hear that many of you are anxious to fly and cannot enjoy traveling by plane! That is why I want to give you an update on my fear of flying blog post. I actually could write a whole book about this subject. I am passionate to help you to feel more comfortable on board. Hopefully, my 10 tips to manage this anxiety will help you so I see you much more relaxed up in the sky. 

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Fear of flying

In fact, a survey suggests that 43 percent of people have at least some fear of flying and around 9 percent are so afraid that they would not go on a flight. Now I understand why I receive so many comments and messages asking me what they can do against their fear of flying. In this article, I want to help you as much as possible to get over that fear which is also known as aviophobia. I hope that my personal words as a pilot are more persuasive than of a third person who is not involved in the aviation industry as much as I am.

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Clouds are an indication for an area of turbulence

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There is no reason to panic!

During my research for this blog post, I found out that the most common reason for the fear of flying is the fear to crash. But the probability for that is vanishing low. Let me mention them again to get an idea of how safe flying really is.

It is the safest means of transportation but also the most dangerous one at the same time.

Flying through the air with over 800 km/h with tons of ignitable fuel. In the first place, this does not sound really comforting. And because of that, we took all measures to make it to the safest way of travel.

The probability of your plane going down is around one in 5.4 million. (according to The Economist) It is more likely to be attacked by a shark or even killed by the flu. Traveling in a car is 100 times more deadly than flying in a plane. Despite the high profile plane crashes in the past, it has never been safer to fly. So are you also afraid when driving in the car?

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Flying: the safest means of transportation!

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Anxiety originates from ignorance!

I think the anxiety can originate from ignorance not understanding the complex system of aviation. This might trigger "what if?" catastrophic thoughts.

This starts with the ignorance of the systems of the airplane. Certain noises and normal flight maneuvers can already cause unease. For example noise of the brakes, landing gear, the flaps, and the engines. Especially during takeoff, you experience a lot of different ones. The engines run at a high thrust setting, the runway might a little bumpy and the landing gear retracts with a loud "bang". Trust me all those noises are normal. Most of you are scared of turbulences and think that they are dangerous. Please trust me they belong to the normal path of flight. Aircraft are built to withstand turbulence with ease.

Pilots always try to avoid turbulence and in case we encounter them we try to find a different level to escape the area of turbulence. This causes a spool up or down of the engines and a climb or descent to a different level.

The regulations in aviation are really strict. The authority requires that the aircraft are maintained at fixed intervals. Airlines could not afford to operate a badly maintained aircraft, which could cause them to lose their operator certificate (AOC) and of course their reputation.

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Aircraft are made to be flying and not sitting on the ground!

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Redundancy in all aspects of aviation!

Even when there happens to be a malfunction of a system, that does not mean it will end in a disaster. The aircraft are built to be flying in the air and constructed to be redundant. That means if one system fails, the airplane will still be safe to fly and a different system will take over it. For example, if one engine fails, the second one will keep the airplane in the sky and a safe landing will be possible. This is trained on regular simulator flights many times.

Maybe you have heard about the swiss cheese model before. This model of accident causation illustrates that, although many layers of defense lie between hazards and accidents. Only if there is a flaw in each layer, if aligned, can allow the accident to occur. A single mistake in one layer will not lead to an accident!

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Let's enjoy the beauty of flying together

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My 10 tips against the fear of flying

  1.  Choose an airline you feel save with or you know they have a good reputation, do not book just because the ticket is cheap
  2. Arrive at the airport with enough time, so you do not get stressed additionally. Minimum 2 hours prior departure.
  3. Book a seat with more space, e.g. at the emergency exit
  4. Try not to drink alcohol and caffeine this might intense your anxiety
  5. When boarding let the cabin crew know that you are a little bit nervous, a short chat with them can help
  6. Recall that you are safe and probability is on your side
  7. Control your breathing inhale deeply and exhale slowly: Relaaaaax!
  8. Use noise-canceling headphones, recall that flying and systems produce loud noises, listen to relaxing music and do things that distract you (food, beverages, books, music, sleeping mask)
  9. You are not alone! Millions of people travel by plane at the same time
  10. Keep in mind that the airplane is built to travel through air, turbulence is a normal path of flying,

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Flying in Busines Class can help as ;-)

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Am I going down?

I found an app “Am I Going Down?”, which claims to calculate the odds of a disaster on a particular flight. You put in three variables: the departure and arrival airports, the airline, and the type of plane used. For example, a flight from San Francisco to London Heathrow has a probability of 1 to 3.646.151 to go down. You would have to take this flight every day for 9.989 years before it crashes. Knowing the probability, which is not even worth mentioning for your particular flight, may help with your fear of flying.

I hope you will be more relaxed on your next flight, so you can enjoy the beauty of flying. Recall my 10 tips when flying next time. You might even save them on your mobile device. Now sit back, relax and enjoy your flight!

What causes you unease on a flight?

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social life of a pilot

Familie, Freunde und Sex - Das Sozialleben eines Piloten

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Hallo mein Aviator, 

kürzlich habe ich in meinen Instagram Stories gefragt, über was ich als nächstes auf meinem Blog schreiben soll. Die Anzahl der Rückmeldungen war beeindruckend. Ein Thema wurde dabei besonders häufig angesprochen: Das Sozialleben eines Piloten. In diesem Artikel werde ich Deine Fragen zum Thema Sozialleben eines Piloten beantworten. Kann ein Pilot Freundschaften pflegen, Familie haben und hat man Sex auf seien ständigen Reisen?

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Check out also my new Video on my YouTube channel.

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Pilot life vs. social life

You have been wondering how I manage to have a social/private life as a pilot when traveling so much and being absent from home a lot. Especially those of you who strive to become a pilot in the future asked me this question and informed me about their concerns. Everything is still possible but only a little bit more complicated.

Which challenges do pilots face balancing a long lasting relationship vs. work?

First off all a relationship is possible, but definitely not easy. In my case, I am gone from home about 15 days a month. Imagine the other partner also has to travel for work. This requires good planning to have enough time together to keep the relationship running. Another challenge couples could face are the base (the location from where crews start their duty) It happens that you need to relocate for a new cockpit job, but the partner is unable to move with you. Aviation requires flexibility in many ways.

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With friends in Dubai

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Mile high club

In case it counts when I saw a couple having fun, then I joined the mile high club already ;-) The story behind it: I was flying as a private first officer when a woman had her head between the lap of a man. There was no door between the cockpit and the cabin in this aircraft only a curtain. I had a look behind to check if everything is okay, and I had to find out that they were having a good time on board.

Sex life and affairs with stewardesses

Yes, pilots do have a sex life as everyone else. Since the beginning of my career, I have been running quite well not to f*** the company. Relationship and affairs within the same company only cause problems. Especially in smaller companies. In the private jet company, I used to fly for I got to know a flight attended how had sex with a captain, then moved on to the head of flight operations and in the end, she was in the relationship with a First Officer. You can imagine that this was not easy for everyone involved.

One reason why there is so much "love" in the air in aviation is that crews are sometimes stuck together for days and that they are forced to work together in a small environment

Nude flying!

I have never heard of this! the only thing we take off is the airplane and the tie when it is too hot outside.

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Private jet crew

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Does it depend on the airline how your social life looks like

The flight operation in the Business Aviation required me to overnight at those locations wherever the last flight of the day took me. Whereas the flights of many low-cost airlines end at their home base, which equals basically to a 9 to 5 job. The current operation once in while allows me to spend a night at home or it happens that a rotation is only of 2-3 days. But I could imagine that an operation, which allows you to sleep at home every night, can be a big advantage once you want to build a family.

As you can see it really depends on the type of operation and airline how many days a month you can spend at home. A minimum of 8 days are granted by the aviation authority. But Only 8 days at home this would be not enough for me to have enough time for family, friends and hobbies. 

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8 years in Berlin

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Do you miss out on anything in your private life?

I have arranged myself with the absence from home quite well. I have a social life with friends and private activities like everyone else. Unfortunately, I can not attend all events (like birthdays, concerts, parties and family events) but due to good organization skills I get the best of my free time and I never have a big feeling that I miss out on something.

The benefits of a pilot life?

The greatest benefit of a pilot is that I get paid for traveling. When I finish my duty I leave work behind in the airplane and so I can use my off time to the fullest. Then I have minimum 4 days off in a row guaranteed without taking leave.

Watch my video on my YouTube channel to find out what I do during my off days in Berlin.

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Please be aware that those are my impressions and feelings. There probably pilots who would tell you something else.

Could you imagine to have a travel job and which problems do you face in your job?

Safe travels and happy landings!

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healthy diet while traveling

Wie ich es schaffe eine gesunde Ernährung während meiner Reisen aufrechtzuerhalten

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Unbezahlte Kooperation- Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

meine Freunde und Kollegen nennen mich manchmal kompliziert wenn es ums Essen geht. Manche denken auch ich währe verrückt, weil ich neben meinem Pilotenkoffer und Reisekoffer immer eine extra Tasche für mein Essen mit mir dabei habe. Meiner Meinung nach ist dies jedoch sehr klever. Unser Körper ist unser kostbarster Besitz und deswegen achte ich gut auf ihn. Meine Tasche voll mit Essen, garantiert mir eine gesunde Ernährung auf meinen Reisen.

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Smoothie cookies by Ultrafrisch

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The difficulty of this job

My career has a pilot just turn eight and already at an early stage of my aviation career, I noticed that it is difficult to maintain a healthy diet as a pilot. All my cockpit jobs required me to spend layovers at different destinations. In a month I am gone from home somewhere between 10-16 days. When traveling non-stop, you have to rely on the food of hotels, restaurants, airline catering and outlets at the airport.

Here another example. Currently, I am in Madrid and the hotel is located close to the airport. It is more than 30 minutes from the city center. There are restaurants close by, but they do not meet my eating habits. Additionally, I waste a lot of time when going to a restaurant.

To stay healthy I fuel my body with the best possible food. I take particular care about the ingredients and the organic quality. My food bag makes me a little bit more independent. So I can enjoy a healthy rice dish out of my food bag tonight.

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Four simple guidelines

I follow four simple guidelines when choosing my food:

  • NO raffinated sugars
  • NO dairy products
  • NO white flour
  • NO saturated fats

Are you vegan?

No. I eat fish and eggs almost on a daily basis. I eat meat, but only once a week. I try to avoid meat during my pilot travels because I can not be sure about the quality. Lately, I tried to be vegan for one week of flying. In my YouTube video, you can see how I managed and find out why veganism is not an option for me.

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What's in my food bag?

I used to carry my food in my suitcase up to the day when a almond milk spilled and ruined my clothes. For years now I am traveling with this cool bag with insulation inside. This way I can bridge the time between refrigerators for perishable food.

Almond milk: only of almonds and water, dairy free, sugar-free version

Cereal: sugar-free and vegan with dried fruits, my favorite Chia Cacao Crunch

Porridge: gluten-free vegan porridge of quinoa flaxseeds, for the super porridge you only need hot water to prepare it

Rice cups: rice dish with vegetables, the product of Davert is ideal for traveling, you only need hot water to prepare it, unfortunately it contains sugar but only about 1g in 100g.

Smoothie cookies: liquid is heavy and smoothies need cooling, smoothie cookies of Ultrafrisch are crunchy and contain only fruits and vegetables

More food: peanut mush (only of nuts), whole wheat crispbread, raw bars of nuts and dried fruits, dates, tea bags, fruit (mostly organic bananas), nuts (unsalted and not roasted), raw chocolate

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Selection of my food I am traveling with

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My daily dose of superfoods

Lemon tea: Rich in natural Vitamin C. The juice is antibacterial, antiphlogistic and digestive. Curcuma water

Curcuma (curcuma longa): contains curcumin and is one of the most significant medical plant. Especially in China and India, it is well known for its antiphlogistic effects.

Spirulina: is an alga which was already consumed by Aztecs. The concentration of vitamins and minerals is the highest which has been found yet.

Check out my superfoods article if you want to find out more about their positive side effects

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More about my superfoods here in my article

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Do you know raw chocolate?

As much as possible I try to avoid food that contains raffinated sugar. Sugar is toxic for your body and fuels cancer cells. A great and natural alternative is XUCKER and coconut sugar. Of course, all sources of natural sugar like from fruits are acceptable. I am not the guy who loves sweet stuff, but once in a while, I have a craving for chocolate. I have discovered raw chocolate for me. Raw chocolate itself is really bitter, but in addition to dried fruits and nuts, it tastes sweet.

 

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Sweet treat: raw chocolate

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Raw bars: 100% natural and only of nuts and dried fruits

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... and besides my food bag?

It sounds like that I am only eating out of my food bag. That is not the case. In the morning I go to breakfast in the hotel. WIth my food bag, I can pimp my breakfast. I am honestly shocked by the bad selection of good and healthy food. Especially during my vegan week, I missed a declaration of the ingredients on the buffet.

To find healthy restaurants, coffee places or supermarkets, I can recommend using the App „Happy Cow“ This app has already led me to many nice places in numerous cities around the whole world.

 

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Pimp my crew meal in London

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On board: sugar free vegan cereal

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I never have the impression that I miss out on any food because there is always a healthy option available which tastes equally good or even better.

Is the whole effort worth it?

Yes, I am convinced that it is worth it. I carry a lot of extra weight, but this way I can eat well even when being busy traveling.  No idea if my body stays healthy for a long time, but If does not I cannot blame myself that I fueled it incorrect.

What's your favorite healthy snack?

Safe travels and happy landings!

Your foodie PilotPatrick

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