My First Time Flying Aerobatics

My First Time Flying Aerobatics
24/09/2017 pilotpatrick
first time flying aerobatics

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Hello my Aviator,

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

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Cozy room at the Vienna QF Hotel in Dresden

Arrival

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

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Hangar tour

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VIP passes with access to the hangars

Racing in the air

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

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Lausitz Speedway in Germany

Hangar tour

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

Technical specification of the Edge 540

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

 

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Meeting air race pilot Nicolas Ivanoff  / photo: René Gaens

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Racing aircraft Edge 540

Sky Lounge

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

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Sky Lounge at the Red Bull Air Race

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Official timekeeper Hamilton watches

Smoke on!

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

Up to 10 g and 370 km/h

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

 

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Happy racing and happy landings

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My first time flying aerobatics

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

It is like drawing in the sky

The flight

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

 

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Just in case with a parachute

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Ready for the departure for my first aerobatic flight

 

Technical Specifications Extra 33 LX

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

Insider tip and giveaway

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

Giveaway

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

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

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

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Giveaway

Good luck and happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

74 Comments

  1. Sandra 3 months ago

    Hallo Patrick! Aus deiner Erzählung kann man lesen, dass es ein einzigartiges und einmaliges Erlebnis für dich war. Ich sehe mir sowas gerne an, aber ich hätte nicht den Mut dazu und würde mich nicht trauen, in so einen Flieger einzusteigen und mitzufliegen.
    Positive mind and happy landings
    Liebe Grüße Sandra

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hallo Sandra, danke für Dein Kommentar. Es war wirklich wahnsinnig tolles Erlebnis. Ich denke im Moment daran eine Kunstfluglizenz zu machen dann gibt es bald noch mehr solche Videos 😉 Happy landings!
      Patrick

  2. Amy Kurdi 3 months ago

    Would I dare to go on an aerobatic flight ? YES, I have always been a dare devil so I would and I I’m sure I would enjoy it too

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Awesome! Thanks for your comment. It is an amazing experience Always happy landings!

  3. Rajemah Rajali 3 months ago

    Would i dare to go for aerobatic sport…absolutely YES….i will challege myself…

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      You would not regret it! Thanks for your comment. Always happy landings! Patrick

  4. Brandon 3 months ago

    Would I ever go on an acrobatic flight? I would definitely say yes but I would perhaps be nervous but excited at the same time. Maybe I would be nervous about blacking out like you did for a few seconds but I would also probably have a smile on my face the entire time. I’m sure it was a thrilling ride!!

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Brandon. Thanks for your comment! You would definitely enjoy it. Happy landings! Patrick

  5. Adrian 3 months ago

    Would I dare to go on an aerobatic flight? Yes, because I love discovering new things and do everything what is very extreme.

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Adrian! Thanks for your comment. Like me 🙂 Happy landings Patrick

  6. Renate 3 months ago

    My answer is YES… I have always enjoyed flying.❤❤❤

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Like me! 🙂 Thanks for your comment. Always happy landings!

  7. Luca Rotondaro 3 months ago

    Yesss Patrick
    You don’t have to ask me one more time !!! I would love to take a flight with that “bird”!!
    Oh !! The video is freakin’ cool!! It looks amazing and adrenaline!!
    Happy sundayfunday my Captain

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Luca. It was amazing! Yes it was amazing. Better than rollercoaster. Always happy landings! Patrick

  8. Petros 3 months ago

    Hello Pilot Patrick i hope you are having a good day!! Yes ofcourse I would like to go on a aerobatic flight ! Its a great experience i am sure ! I saw you enjoying it ! And as a ATPL student i would like to see the aviation wild side ! Thank you for your posts ! We are waiting for more !

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Petros! Thanks for your comment. I also was curious to experience that wild side of aviation. All the best for your training. Always happy landings Patrick

  9. Tauan Costa 3 months ago

    OMG!!! It was so amazing, I could feel the experience even though I wasn’t there! So, if I dare? FOR SURE!!!

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      🙂 Hello Tauan Thanks for your comment. Makes me happy to hear. Happy landings Patrick

  10. UMI NADHIRA 3 months ago

    Hello Pilot Patrick. I like this article. I like a challenge. I think now woman n man have no different for having many experience. If I have a chance to do aerobatic flight, I think I dare to try it. Although I never fly before, at least I dont need to swim, haha. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Umi! Thanks a lot for your comment. You would enjoy it! Happy landings! Patrick

  11. Panos ps_style_ 3 months ago

    Hello Patrick from Greece!I would like to have an aerobatic flight but i’m very tall (1,92cms)and perhaps this is a problem.That ”bird”is very small.I’m jealous of you!Your blog and your posts are great! I follow on instagram,your page is awesome.We are waiting for more posts!!!

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Panos,
      thanks for your comment. I think your hight is not a problem. I am 1,86 m I I still had plenty of space left. I am looking forward to sharing. Happy landings!
      Patrick

  12. Andrews kwaku 3 months ago

    Yes I would dare to take an Aerobotic flight all because it is Avaition and I love everything that has to do with Avaition .

    And there is always a room to discover new things in the Avaition Industry . ✊‍✈️

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Andrews, thanks for your comment. you are absolutely right! Aviation offer so much!
      Happy landings!
      Patrick

  13. Clerance 3 months ago

    Woah I would love doing that…………Cos the hypnotising scenic beauty from top as well as the blue sky would let me take that risk……I would love doing that……..It is always said to do get the best we have to take the risk…….

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Clerance, nice name by the way! 😉 Well said and thanks for your comment.
      Happy landings!
      Patrick

  14. Osi 3 months ago

    Yes I would like to experience that!
    It’s extraordinary and I think I can see the beautiful scenery from a different angle, not only sit around an commercial airplane and see it trough my window (even though sometimes I don’t get a chance to sit next to the window ☹️).

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Osi, thanks for your comment. It was an amazing experience and totally different than a flight on a big aircraft! I hope you have the chance someday.
      Happy landings!
      Patrick

  15. Katharina 3 months ago

    I would LOVE to go on an aerobatic flight since I belong in the air. There is no better feeling than being on an aircraft and I can’t think of anything that makes me happier than flying. I’d love to be a pilot like u one day. Wish you a nice and relaxing Sunday ✈️

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Katharina! Awesome thanks for your comment. All the best for your career. Same too you and always happy landings Patrick

  16. Joren 3 months ago

    Gutentag Patrick, hello from Belgium! I would really love to go on an areobatic flight with a powered airplane, I’ve done a few areobatic flights with gliders a year ago. Even during my Glider Pilot License exam: we did 4 loopings in a row 😉 ! I subscribed and Keep up the nice content! Cheers!
    – Joren

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Joren. That’s awesome. It is an exceptional feeling to fly aerobatics! Awesome thanks so much. Happy landings Patrick

  17. Angela 3 months ago

    Oh yes id dare. Im daring and love doing new things meeting new people and gaining more skills and amazing experiences

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Angela! Great. Thanks for participating. Happy landings Patrick

  18. Rini 3 months ago

    Hi patrick , yep i would love to have such an amazing experience atleast once .It s scary but still wanna try it and have fun.wow you got VIP passes Awesome.You had such an awesome Experience wow next time if you get Vip passes pls take me also .Enjoy and have fun Always

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Rini, thanks for your comment! All the best and happy landings! Patrick

  19. Beth Luckman 3 months ago

    Hi Patrick, what an awesome experience! Yes absolutely I would dare – I want to feel that adrenaline buzz! I’m pretty new to the world of aviation so I’m very happy to have found your IG account and now your blog; I’m learning a lot of cool stuff from you! Best regards, Beth (UK)

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Beth, thanks for your comment. It was an adrenaline ride and better than any rollercoaster. That’s awesome. Makes ne happy to hear! Happy landings Patrick

  20. Aleksi 3 months ago

    Without hesitation I would dare to go on an aerobatic flight!

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Aleksi, thanks for your comment. You would definitely enjoy it!
      Happy landings!
      Patrick

  21. Thulele 3 months ago

    Hello Patrick. I would love that. It seems like such fun. Definitely something worth doing! Thulele

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Thlele, a on in a life time experience. Happy landings Patrick

  22. Yer 3 months ago

    It will be my first time and I will probably be screaming alot, but it will be wonder and alot of fun! First time up in the sky!!!!!

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Yer,
      thanks for your comment. It was a lot of fun and a different way of flying.
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  23. Vincent 3 months ago

    HELL YEAH !! What parking stand is the aerobatic plane on and where is my boarding pass?! Once you have tasted flying, you can’t live without !!
    Safe flight and many happy kiss landings 😉

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Vincent. Nice quote. I think I should get a aerobatic licence and then I can take you on a flight 😉 Happy landings!
      Patrick

      • Vincent 2 months ago

        We should do it together! And to be honest, i am looking to get an Accelerated Free Fall license!
        Have you been skydiving before?! You should do it as well, especially after your acro flight!

  24. Noa de Metter 3 months ago

    Hey,

    You’re a great pilot (At least it looks like that). What’s really great to see, is that you can really see how lucky you are in an airplane. I have 1 question for you: Were die you get educated? And do you recommend it? If so, why?

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Noa, thanks for your comment. Please check my blog post series of how I became a pilot. You will find all the information you need. Happy landings Patrick

  25. Ana 3 months ago

    Hi 🙂

    The answer to the question is yes, but the older i get the more i realize that i get sick from spinning around the way you did haha, sometimes i get sick from attractions and i think it has come with age haha so i’m sure i would feel sick haha

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hey Ana, it was so much fun so you would have enjoyed it. thanks for your comment happy landings!
      Patrick

  26. Ryan Wiggins 3 months ago

    Absolutely would.

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Ryan!
      good answer! always happy landings
      Patrick

  27. Caroline 3 months ago

    I’d probably say YES! ‘Cause you only live once. Try to do something exciting or something that you have ever wanted to do but you still haven’t to do yet. Although those experiences and memories will just become a part of your past, you will never forget them because they are valuable. Live your life without regrets. 🙂

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Caroline, good answer! Well said. you are so right!
      Always happy landings
      Patrick

  28. Jacob 3 months ago

    Hello! I don’t know if I would dare, I think so. One question, were you nervous before the flight?

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hey Jacob, you should try it out if you have the chance. I think you did not read the article well. I was not nervous at all 😉
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  29. Hocine 3 months ago

    Good evening pilot patrick ! I follow you from the beginning especially on instagram and I will do for eternity, thank you for all you do I love aeronautics since my childhood, mission and adventures , I will do an aerobatic flight with pleasure at all times ✈

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Hocine, great you are an Aviator! That makes me happy to hear. you should try it out if you have the chance.
      Always happy landings!
      Patrick

  30. Annie 3 months ago

    Hello, Patrick!
    Ooh it’s harder to breathe after this video
    Thanks a lot for the story, sure it was really amazing experience! But to be honest I don’t know how to ask for the question about aerobatic flight. On the one side – I’m addicted to sky and planes, on the other side – I’m panically afraid of high
    But…don’t know…suppose, if I have possibility to try the same aerobatic flight I couldn’t to say “no” The life is too short and we MUST afford us to make some crazy things nd enjoy it

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Annie,
      It was indeed a thrilling flight! If you have the chance I would definitely try it out! Yes you are right!
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  31. PATRICK ALERTA 3 months ago

    Would you dare to go on an aerobatic flight?
    If I have given a chance ABSOLUTELY YESSS!! Since it’s my dream to become a Pilot but I never had the chance to become one like you but at least at some point of my life I can experience this aerobatic flight together with this amazing pilot patrick. ❤

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Patrick 🙂 Good answer!! hehe thanks!
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  32. Jody 3 months ago

    Yes I would board the stunt plane with my trusty pilot. The parachute would give me extra support but I know the views of the earth and skies from different vantages would be more than enough to make any nerves worth it. Blues and greens flying by and quickened pulse and breath would surely make anyone feel more alive. It would be a lot to take in and I’m sure my knees would shake but I’m ready to go! Glad you fulfilled another dream. You may one day have your own aerobatic plane on which you can take people up for thrills!

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Jody, it was really an amazing experience and I thought about getting an aerobatic license now and then I can take Aviators on a flight 🙂
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  33. Corné 3 months ago

    Yeahhh! I like it!

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Corné,
      awesome!! you would enjoy it.
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  34. Eric 3 months ago

    Would I dare to go on an aerobatic flight? Yes!!!

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Eric, good answer. Do it if you have the chance!
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  35. Maks 3 months ago

    YES! I have never been afraid of flying and recently I found out that aviation is kind of my passion.

    So Thank you, Patrick, for sharing your sky world with us 😉

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      pilotpatrick 3 months ago

      Hello Maks,
      thanks for your comment! It is a passion! Thanks for being an Aviator!
      Happy landings
      Patrick

  36. Caroline 2 months ago

    Hallo, Yes, absolutely in a heartbeat I would dare to go! No fear. Already on list of goals.
    The video was wunderbar! Well done! Thank you for you posting. I noticed that Nicholas Ivanoff had a helmet on prior to departure, is this a requirement for anyone on board an aerobatic flight? And yes, agree Dresden’s restoration is quite extraordinary and a must see.

    Hope it’s OK to add an unrelated comment here. Once again, the recorded online talk was marvelous to view. Happy it was recorded for those of us who couldn’t make it at 1300. Oh, my goodness, you always seem to have the patience of Job in answering so many questions and comments!

    Thank you ever so much for taking the time to clarify the automation of the Airbus A300, and the amount of recommended coconut flakes in the 1 L almond milk recipe, two questions I posted ahead. Apologies that I sent in such a long list, didn’t expect them to be answered for the sake of time and other questions. Was simply curious. Have included 2 below if you have time to comment on:

    1) When you have a layover time enough for sight seeing, do you prefer to use an intuitive approach to tour a city or do you rely upon a particular sight seeing guidebook?

    2) What words of wisdom can you offer to a recent female flight school graduate who is excited to have accepted a job offer with a major European airline and scheduled to begin the company’s training soon? I can hardly wait, but am determined to be prepared for further intensive study and hopefully a smooth transition.

    Unfortunately, I am not permitted to be included in the giveaway.

    Danke sehr,

    bavariaflyer

  37. Caroline 2 months ago

    Hallo again, I forgot to ask how it felt when you blacked out for those few seconds? What do you remember?

    Danke and Happy Tag der Deutschen Einheit

  38. Caroline 2 months ago

    Hallo once again. The question if the helmet is safety regulation in aerobatic flying, that would be no problem as in the parachute, but a girl has to be prepared hairstyle wise. When I have the aerobatic opportunity, between the big helmet and possible 8 g, a french braid may suit best during flight! Just kidding of course, but trying to add a bit a humor to segue to a serious comment.

    I’m sorry to tell you but there is a Twitter profile using at least 12 of your photos under the name of Mark Grandbell. It is unsettling. Please research. This same person has asked for money to be wired into a Malaysian bank account under what appears to be a medical expense ruse.

    Danke sehr

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