What To Do In 24 Hours In Lisbon - My Highlights

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Dear Aviator,

Are you planning a city trip in Europe? Then you should definitely consider Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. It is one of my most favorite cities in Europe. I like it there so much that I  would even consider living there. One of the reasons is the warm climate and around 300 sunny days in the year. My job as pilot and many vacations took me to Lisbon many times; so I know places you must visit during your trip. You will find all my recommendations in this article: “What To Do In 24 hours in Lisbon – My Highlights”. Enjoy the best Lisbon city guide! 😉

Wake up in an apartment 🏠

08:00

For the most authentic Lisbon experience, you should live like a local in an apartment and not in a hotel. At 08:00 you open your window blinds with a fresh cup of coffee and let the sunshine in. I would recommend staying in the centre of Lisbon so you can reach the main attractions on foot. Every district has its own charm but if I had to choose I would prefer the Alfama or Santa Katalina district. Don’t wake up too late. You are in Lisbon and there is so much to discover. You can sleep when you are back at home. 

Tip: Airbnb is a good place to book your apartment. Make sure to read the reviews before booking. Unfortunately, I had some bad experiences in the past as well.

Viewpoint Santa Catalina 🏙️

09:00 – 09:30

Lisbon is the city of viewpoints!  Due to the compact size of the city, you can comfortably discover Lisbon by foot. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be ready for many ups and downs on your way, as the landscape is hilly. The viewpoint Santa Catalina gives you are a very nice first impression of Lisbon.

Breakfast in Santa Catalina 🍳

09:30 – 10:30

For me, this is the most important meal of the day. That’s why I love to have a healthy take-off into a new day. I have two places for you I totally recommend for breakfast. Both offer delicious meals and they look very fancy. 

Avocado House

Fauna & Flora

Tip: Especially on weekends, breakfast locations are very busy. I would recommend reserving a table if it is possible.

Ponte 25 de Abril & Cristo Rei 🌉

11:00 – 12:00 

You have not been to Lisbon when you have not driven over the eye-catching bridge, called Ponte 25 de Abril. Critics would say they copied the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco –  which they actually did. One could think that Portugal is a copycat 😉 The Cristo Rei statue situated next to the bridge is a copy of the one in Rio de Janeiro. You can take an inexpensive Uber ride to the other side of the river Tejo and enjoy the scenic ride of the bridge. Make a stop at the Cristo Rei, take the elevator up the statue for a one of a kind view of Lisbon. It really gives you a very good overview of the city. 

Tip: Uber and Freenow work but sometimes there is a long wait. Local taxis are inexpensive as well and they mostly accept credit cards.

Torre de Belém & Padrão dos Descobrimentos 🏛️

12:30 – 13:30

Two spectacular monuments are situated close by in the neighbourhood of Belem. 

The Torre de Belém is a 16th-century fortification located in Lisbon that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.  

The monument of the Discoveries is a monument on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary, in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon. Located along the river where ships departed to explore and trade with India and the Orient, the monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery (or Age of Exploration) during the 15th and 16th centuries.

Tip: It is within walking distance to get from one monument to the other.

Pasteis de Belém 🥧

14:00 – 14:30

Sightseeing always makes me hungry! Make a stop at the famous café in Lisbon for the most famous sweet dish of Portugal – Pasteis de Nata. Definitely go inside for the full experience. You can even have a glimpse inside the bakery. Do not try asking how they make those tasty Pasteis de Belém – the recipe is a secret and lies in a vault. Only a few people know the exact amount of ingredients. 

Tip: Take a seat inside instead of queuing at the takeaway counter. Inside it is huge and you can rest your feet while having a snack and a Galão (milk coffee).

Electric scooter along river Tejo 🛴

14:30 – 15:00

Take an electric scooter (LINK). You can rent them throughout the city from different providers. The ride along the river in the direction of the old town is very beautiful. Just follow the bike road. On the way, you pass by the impressive building of the MAAT museum (a must-visit when you have more time) and the Ponte do 25 Abril.   

Praça do Comércio & Elevador de Santa Justa🗽

17:00 – 18:30

Stop with your electric scooter at the Praça do Comércio, a breathtaking square on the riverside. From this point, you can start your stroll through the centre of Lisbon. You can explore numerous architectural highlights like the Elevador de Santa Justa and the Praça do Rossio.

Tip:  If you are ready for a snack again – Stop by Feel Rio, a café that offers tasty Brazilian food like Açai bowls, traditional Coxinha and delicious Pão de queijo.

Alfama & Miradouro de Santa Luzia 🌸

17:00 – 18:30

The neighbourhood of Alfama with its steep narrow picture-perfect streets is absolutely worth visiting. Your destination should be the viewpoint of Miradouro de Santa Luzia in Alfama. You can walk your way up or if your feet are getting tired, take the iconic tram 28 up the hill. It is a vintage adventure and the ride is very picturesque. The tram is still fitted with original parts from 1930. 

São Jorge Castle 🌇

18:30 – 20:00

Now it is time for another highlight! The São Jorge Castle is a must-see place. Human occupation of the castle hill dates back to at least the 8th century BC while the first fortifications built date from the 1st century BC. Since the 12th century, the castle has served as a royal palace, a military barracks and now as a national monument and museum. The view you get from the ancient castle walls is the best you can possibly imagine. You see the river Tejo, the Cristo Rei, the bridge and the entire city. Get a drink and sit down and watch the sunset. At this moment I am getting goosebumps because it is so beautiful.  

20:30 – 22:30

Seen Restaurant 🐟

It is time for dinner! Get dressed in a fancy outfit and enjoy your evening at the Seen Restaurant. It is located on the rooftop of the Tivoli hotel. Not only the location is upscale but also the price. BUT it is worth every cent. The food, the ambience and again the views were perfect. Do remember to book this place beforehand.

Go out 🎉

22:30 – open end

You definitely would miss out on something if you went to bed now. Socializing has a very high priority in Lisbon. In the evening people gather in the narrow streets, meet in bars and party all night long. Especially on the weekend, the Bairro Alto district is crowded with young people. The famous Pink Street (the street is painted in pink) with numerous bars which are always busy. If you prefer it more relaxed, you can go back to the Alfama district to listen to the famous Portuguese music Fado.

Plan a visit in the Spring or Autumn. During the summer months, it can get extremely hot and therefore, unpleasant. My recent stay was in November, and we just had sunny weather with approximately 20 degrees – Just perfect for sightseeing. I would recommend staying at least 4 full days in Lisbon. 

I wish you a great trip to Lisbon. Till then, have a safe trip my Aviators

Happy landings

Your PilotPatrick


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HORNBACH Where You Get Anything To Build Whatever You Want

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Dear Aviator,

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

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

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Hornbach in Bohnsdorf, Berlin

hornbach adventure world

How do you like this uniform?

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The Adventure World HORNBACH

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

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What’s the way to the DRIVE-IN?

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The crew of the night!

A Mini Vacation 

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

 

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hornbach adventure world

Why Hawaii when you can spend time at Hornbach?!

My Night In The Hardware Store 

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

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

hornbach adventure world
hornbach adventure world
hornbach adventure world

Flying with the forklift 😉

Fazit HORNBACH Adventure World

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

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

Happy landings and happy building!

Your PilotPatrick


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Sleep Like An Aeronaut In The Hotel Charles Lindbergh At The Phantasialand

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Dear Aviator,

Pack your suitcases for a unique aviation experience! The well-known German amusement park Phantasialand opened up a new theme world called Rookburgh, in which you can sleep like an aeronaut in the Hotel Charles Lindbergh. Instead of an ordinary hotel room, you get to stay in an aircraft cabin, and that’s not all. Whenever you want to fulfil your dream of flying you board the rollercoaster F.L.Y. for a thrilling ride, I mean flight. In this blog post, I am sharing with you my two-day experience at Phantasialand which is a must for all avgeeks.

 

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

Become A Pioneer of Aviation Oneself

Welcome to your private aviation cabin! At the Hotel Charles Lindbergh you don’t just get a room – here you stay in the cabin of a real airman. When Rookburgh’s seasoned pilots are travelling, you will stay in their private quarters. And as small as their cabins are, they are also great space miracles. Full of warm wood and leather, fine brass and metal and everything you need for a peaceful night out: Two single beds, a private bathroom, a practical wardrobe and much more. Ltd. Meyerhopper, Flight Engineer Festerzieher, Skipper Pilot Durburry – they own the cabins and their traces can be found everywhere. Between all the venerable documents and photos, one becomes a pioneer of aviation.

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

The New Theme World Rookburgh

In 2020 Phantasialand was ready for boarding their passengers to the new theme world Rookburgh where they can become aeronauts. The last time I visited Phantasialand, the theme park in  Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was over 10 years ago. Since then they have opened up new thrilling and exciting attractions. The park attracts approximately 2 million visitors annually and was opened in 1967 by Gottlieb Löffelhardt and Richard Schmidt.Originally starting as a family-oriented park, Phantasialand has also added thrill rides, especially during recent years. 

Phantasialand is known for its high attention to detail in its theming and introduces new attractions more often, compared to other theme parks, possibly to compensate for its small area and is regularly voted one of the best parks in the world.

Among the park’s thrill rides is Taron (the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster), Black Mamba (a Bolliger & Mabillard inverted coaster) and a themed Mine Train roller coaster called Colorado Adventure, which speeds around some mountains in the park’s Wild West section and was opened by Michael Jackson.

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

Sleeping like an Aeronaut

The Hotel Charles Lindbergh is a dream come true. I was able to experience a worldwide unique aviation experience. Once you board the hotel you are entering a different world. A world in which you become an Aeronaut and sleep in your own vintage aeroplane cabin. Every little detail fits the world of aviation, honouring the pioneers of it. The hotel completely merges with Rookburgh and the Flying Launch Coaster F.L.Y. which flies next to your aeroplane cabin. This can become quite noisy over the day but busy airports are never quiet. As a hotel guest, you can enjoy Rookburgh by day and night. That’s the benefit of belonging to the Explorers’ Society.  As a hotel guest you are welcomed into this special society.

sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

Included In The Aviation Experience

  1. The following exclusive experiences are included in your package:
  2. Exclusive access to the Hotel Charles Lindbergh
  3. Spending the night in an aeronaut cabin
  4. Boarding Pass Phantasialand: per Explorer at least two days theme parking experience
  5. Charles Lindbergh Ticket: Once a day faster access to F.L.Y.
  6. A delicious 3-course menu at the Restaurant Uhrwerk
  7. A delicious breakfast at the Restaurant Uhrwerk
  8. Private access to the theme park directly from the hotel
  9. Exclusive access to the Bar 1919

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

My Recommendation

Staying at the Hotel Charles Lindbergh and visiting the Phantasialand is an exciting experience. The cabins are really not the biggest and are probably the smallest hotel room I ever slept in. Considering this and the compact size of the Phantasialand I am recommending a 2-day adventure. Arrive as early as possible on the day of arrival so you have as much time as possible in the park. Once it is check-in time (approx. 3 pm) move into your cabin, relax a bit and go for more fun in the Phantasialand.

I really liked the short ways. In minutes you could access the park from the hotel through a dedicated hotel entrance and only as a hotel guest you received quick boarding passes to ride the roller coaster F.L.Y. This way you could skip the queue which can be very long on busy days.

After you had dinner try some drinks at the bar 1919 in the evening. Prices per night start at around 400€ per night for 2 persons. This sounds quite expensive but when you consider that all benefits listed above are included (also park entrance and food) I think it is reasonable!

USE this link to book your unique aviation experience.

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sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut
sleep like an aeronaut

I hope you enjoyed the hotel review: “Sleep Like An Aeronaut”. Do not forget to like the blog post and leave a comment below. Do you know about another hotel that has an aviation theme? Let me know. 

Always happy and healthy landings!

Your PilotPatrick


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Why Should You Not Become A Pilot?

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Dear Aviator,

Being a pilot is a dream job and will always be one. Unfortunately, Covid-19 not only turned our lives upside down but also many branches. The aviation and travel industry has been suffering tremendously from travel restrictions and quarantine safety measures worldwide. Consequently, there are now more pilots than jobs on the market.  Corona has not diminished the dream of becoming a pilot for so many. Should you aim to become a pilot and why should you not become a pilot? Is it a good time to pursue your dream despite the current situation? Here I give you a more extensive answer to help you in the process of finding the right decision for your future. Be prepared for the cold truth.

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Photography by Manu (Professional photographer & plane spotter)

The Dream Of Flying

The dream of flying is as old as mankind itself. But the possibility for everyone on earth to fly like an eagle through the skies is only a few decades old. Aviation, as we know it, is still in its initial phase when considering that the desire to fly freely has always existed. Thanks to great legends and pioneers who helped make aviation what it is today, we can feel quite fortunate that we live in a time where the job as a pilot exists.

A Fast-Paced Industry

Aviation is a moving, but also a really volatile industry, with lots of ups and downs, as Corona has proven. As fast as aviation develops and changes over the years, the job of a pilot has altered as well. We still fly aircraft, but nowadays with a high level of automation, under economic pressure, an increasing number of regulations and a sky that does not seem so free anymore. I would not say that the job lost its glamour over the years, but it is a different glamour and not all jobs have it.

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Would I Become A Pilot Again?

Yes! Yes and Yes!

In a recent Instagram post, I stated that you should choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. For me, it is still the best job in the world and it does not feel like work for me (most of the time). Of course, the job also has negative aspects. It can indeed be tough, unglamorous and hard work. But in the end, the negative aspects fade behind all the positive sides of the job.

More about the pros and cons here

What Would I Have Done Differently?

I definitely chose the harder way to become a pilot. The entire flight training (about 70,000€) was self-funded and it did not have any guarantee after finishing my training, to get a position in the cockpit. This was quite risky because you never know how the demand for pilots will look when you complete your training; it can happen a lot in the aviation industry. In my case, I was lucky to start flying as a First Officer on a private jet, but I know about other graduates who did not find a job right away. My advice is to get into a cadet program of an airline, so you do not put yourself at financial risk.

 

Have A Plan B

I would advise that you go to college to further your education and possibly gain a degree. This would enable you to seek further employment, even in the airline industry. Especially in aviation, a plan B is essential since you depend on your license.

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Why You Should NOT Become A Pilot?

Good salary, layovers, free flights, job security – these are probably aspects of why you may like to become a pilot. But the opposite applies. As I mentioned before, the job of a pilot has changed and the conditions in the airline industry have deteriorated tremendously. In the competition with low-cost airlines, major carriers had to reduce costs in all departments including the salary of aircrews. But the requirements and the complexity of the job has not decreased.

The days where you spent one week of a layover in the Caribbean, are also over. In the case of you having a layover, it is now the minimum time required at the destination before your next flight. Low-cost airlines always return to the home base to save money. For me, the pilot job is linked to travelling and layovers. That is why I could not imagine sleeping every night at home. Even though I work in the aviation industry I do not have the privilege or benefit of discounted or free flights. As the high number of bankruptcies of airlines in the European market has shown, job security is not a given.

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No Air Travel Like Before Corona 

At the moment it is very difficult to assess how the aviation industry will look in the future. But I am very sure that the general demand for flights will not reach the same level as before the pandemic started. Firstly, lots of people are suffering from the crisis which means they will simply not have the means to go on a vacation. Secondly, the whole business trips scenario will change or has already changed.

Companies will think twice and decide if the budget for the business trip makes sense, or if the meeting can be done online instead. In general, most companies have been weakened throughout the crisis, which means they will have a reduced budget for travel in general. The business traveller who books expensive business class tickets will fly less, which will seriously impact the airline’s revenue.

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My Honest Advice

Do not enter flight training right now!

If you are leaving high school and you want to become a pilot:

I recommend those who are leaving high school at this time, to get experience in another profession or a degree. Once completed you can reconsider your plans of becoming a pilot. This way you postpone your start date to a time where there will be a  much clearer picture of the aviation industry. Additionally, some pilots will be leaving because of retirement or a new profession. This will guarantee you a full back-up plan, in case you do not manage to get employment as a pilot.

If you have started your flight training already:

I think in this situation it makes sense to finish your course with the pilot school in order to receive your license and use every possible resource to find a job and be open to relocating.

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Post Corona

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that air traffic will have doubled within the next few years. The long term trend for the demand for aircrews exists. We as passengers, customers, and staff of the aviation industry have the power to change and shape it for the future.

Become a pilot if you have the passion and fascination for aviation. It is important to know about the negative as well as the positives, when considering becoming a pilot. Downsides exist in all industries – but with one huge difference – you become part of a world full of energy and enthusiasm, which is hard to find in any other jobs.

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I hope you enjoyed my honest blog post: “Why should you not become a pilot?” Do not forget to like it and leave me a comment below.

Happy and healthy landings

Your PilotPatrick


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How To Become A Private Pilot (fast)

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The dream of flying is as old as mankind itself. I fulfilled my dream of flying airplanes as a pilot and it seems that you have the same desire. In this blog post, I will tell you what it takes to obtain a private pilot license and share with you the steps necessary. How long does it take? How much does it cost and how to become a private pilot FAST? It definitely ain’t rocket science and if you have the same excitement for flying as me you will easily fulfil our dream. (All requirements and regulations are based on the European aviation authority)

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Flying The Small Birds

In my latest question and answer videos on my Instagram page, I noticed that so many of you had questions on how to become a private pilot to fly small planes just for fun. I am currently operating piston-engine aeroplanes regularly since I completed my flight training to become a flight instructor. My flight students train VFR flying to obtain the PPL (private pilot license), the LAPL (light airplane pilot license) and the ATPL (airline transport pilot license). You probably have heard of the PPL but the LAPL might sound new to you. It is a way to fly light airplanes faster. I will share more information about this license later in this article.

Check out this blog post in case you are interested in How To Become A Flight Instructor”.

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how to become a flight instructor

The Private Pilot License

The license of PPL(A) (EASA-FCL), which stands for Private Pilot’s License European Aviation Safety Agency Flight Crew Licensing. I am glad that we have so many abbreviations in the aviation language. This license allows you to fly two  and four-seater aircraft (such as our Cessnas C-172) in Germany as well as abroad, whereby it is valid only for one-engine aircraft which have a maximum permissible gross of two tons. The license can later be expanded by further licenses or class ratings. (like Instrument flying or multi-engine ratings.)

 

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Requirements

  • Sec. 23 para. 2 Air Traffic Licensing Order (LuftVZO): minimum age to start training is 16 (license qualification with age of 17)
  • Aviation medical class 2
  • Declaration of pending criminal proceedings (Sec. 24 para. 3 no. 3 and 4 Air Traffic Licensing Order)
  • Extract of German Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Drivers (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) (Sec. 30 para. 8 of Road Traffic Act (StVG))

The following documents are needed in the course of the training:

  • Radio Telephony Certificate (BZF) – (is being acquired in parallel to the flight training)
  • Security background check

My insider tip: Before searching for a flight school in your preferred location, I would do the medical examination first so you know that you are fit to become a pilot.

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Find A Suitable Flight School

Finding the right flight school is probably the most difficult task on the way to becoming a pilot. The quality of your training highly depends on the flight school and their instructors. Let Google do the job for you to find flight schools at your preferred location.

My insider tips:  

  • Talk to former flight students and ask them for their opinion on the flight school
  • Visit them personally before signing a contract. Maybe they have an “open day”  to get to know the flight school.
  • Check the size and state of the fleet of aeroplanes. A small fleet could cause your flight missions to be cancelled more often because of technical issues.
  • Take your first flight lesson as a test to see if you like it and feel comfortable with the school.

Pricing for a private pilot license (flight school around Berlin):

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how to become a private pilot

Theoretical training

The theoretical part of the training contains 6 training subjects. In addition, there will be the theory for the Radio Telephony Certificate.

  • Technics (aerodynamics, aircraft knowledge)
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Air Law
  • Human Performance
  • behaviour in exceptional situations
  • Radio Telephony Certificate (BZF) theory

Practical training

The practical part of the training contains 45 flight lessons, 10 lesson hours of which have to be flown without a flight instructor (solo), whereby again at least 5 lesson hours of which need to be cross country flights. One of these cross country flights need to have a minimum flight route of 270 km containing two stops at foreign airports. Furthermore, controlled airports have to be approached as part of the training. On top of that, the training contains instructions in instrument rating and radio navigation. You also practice different airwork flight patterns to get to know the behaviour of the aeroplane in critical flight conditions.

Examinations

The training will be completed by a theoretical and a practical examination. For logical reasons, the theoretical examination will be taken after the student pilot’s first solo-flight, whereby all subjects of the theoretical training will be examined by means of multiple choice. The practical examination will be taken at the end of the training when you will fly together with an examiner for about 60 minutes.

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How To Become A Private Pilot (fast)

There are a few ways to become a private pilot a little bit quicker. In general, it takes a minimum of two months for flight training. Once you have passed your examinations you have to apply for the license and your aviation authority in charge. This can take another few weeks. It took the German LBA over 6 months to issue my flight instructor license.  This is definitely not acceptable in our faced-paced aviation world.

  1. Easing of training restrictions

If you have a license for gliding, it is possible to reduce the flying time by 10 %, whereby a maximum of 10 flight hours can be accepted.

  1. Pick the right time of the year

Your VFR flight training highly depends on the weather. If the weather is below VFR minimums, you will not be able to fly so the flight mission needs to be cancelled. So pick a time of the year for your location in which you have the best flying weather. In case you are in doubt, ask the flight school for the best starting time.

  1. Have all your papers and documents ready

Before you start with your flight training, make sure that you have all the papers on board and requirements fulfilled.

  1. Light aeroplane pilot license

The LAPL allows you to become a pilot quicker. The downside is that you will not be able to add class ratings like IFR or multi-engine. Additionally, you are only allowed to fly within the European Union with a maximum of 3 passengers on board in aeroplanes that weigh below two tons. The advantage is that you only need 30 flight hours in total and the costs are reduced by about 25%, so a total of 8,000€ approximately.

My insider tip: GO for the full Private pilot license which allows you to fly globally.

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I hope you find my blog post on “How To Become A Private Pilot (fast)” helpful and could clarify some uncertainties. Make sure to like the post and share it with others who might be interested in this topic.

Drop me an e-mail to flightstudent@pilotpatrick.com, in case you are searching for a flight school in Berlin. I am happy to help you out and maybe I will even be your flight instructor.

Always happy landings!

Your PilotPatrick


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How To Become A Flight Instructor

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Dear Aviator,

Welcome back on board my blog. It has been a while since the last time I posted here. I have a viable excuse for this. For the last two months, I have been busy with the training to become a flight instructor. The 10 most frequent questions regarding the training will be answered in this blog post. So buckle up, sit back, relax and enjoy my insights into the flight instructor rating. 

how to become a flight instructor
how to become a flight instructor

1. Why did I become a flight instructor?

You never forget your education and skills when working in the aviation business. Obtaining the pilot license sets the foundation for different ratings. Whether it is a type, examiner or in my case, the instructor rating. There are many ways to upgrade your pilot license and your personal proficiency. Becoming a captain was my biggest goal once I started flying as a First Officer. Once this was accomplished, I quickly noticed that I enjoyed passing on my experience and knowledge to my younger colleagues on the ride side. Before getting the 4th stripe on my uniform I was seated in their position and I expected from my superior that he/she would guide and teach me so that I could become a captain one day. 

To be in the position of a flight instructor on a regular flight, which I enjoyed very much, led me to become a flight instructor.

It must be a great feeling to pass on my passion and knowledge and to be able to teach people how to fly!

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2. Which does the flight instructor rating grant?

ATPL(A), Airline transport pilot license: that is the pilot license I am currently possessing. This permits me to fly commercially in a two-man cockpit both as a First Officer or Commander.

The flight instructor for fixed-wing aeroplanes (FI(A)) gives me the qualification to instruct future pilots (flight students) on single piston aircraft to fly VFR (visual flight rules). Basically, when you decide as a pedestrian (that is how aviators call people who do not fly) to get a private pilot license (PPL) I could be your instructor. A PPL as the name suggests permits you to fly private so non-commercially. I am not only entitled to train up in the air but also on the ground during theory courses.

If a flight instructor is licensed according to EASA-FCL, his license will be titled FI(RP) during his first 100 hours of training. This abbreviation means “Restricted Privileges” – one restriction is, for instance, that a FI(RP) is not allowed to declare a flight student to be permitted to perform his/her first solo flight.

 

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3. How long does the training last?

In the aviation business, you always need to be ready for last-minute changes and amendments, which may lengthen the training significantly. Especially when you need VFR flight conditions in Germany during spring, it may take a little bit longer. All in all, it took me 7 weeks to have the entire training including the examination completed.

4. What are the costs of the training?

This depends immensely on the location and the flight school. The cost for a flight instructor course is around 12,000€ in Germany.  Flying is not inexpensive.

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DA20 and C152 for the practical training

5. What are the minimum requirements?

1. Minimum age of 18
2. Valid PPL(A) EASA Part FCL, CPL(A) or ATPL(A) license
3. Valid aviation medical of at least class 2
4. At least 200 flight lessons, including:

  • holding of ATPL(A) or
  • holding of PPL(A) at least 150 hours in command + CPL(A) theory course (e.g. Distance Learning + Classroom instruction) und theoretic CPL(A) test at the Luftfahrt-Bundesamt or another authority
  • at least 30 flight hours on an one-engine aircraft with a piston engine, at least 5 flight hours of which must have been passed within the last six months prior to pre-examination, which is performed by the flight training school
  • at least 10 flight hours of instrument flight training (IR or CVFR), maximum 5 hours of which may be passed on the ground using a simulator or FNPT II
  • at least 20 hours cross country flights being the pilot in command, including one flight, whose flight route is at least 540 km long and which includes at least two landings on airports that differ from the start airport

5. Evidence of CPL(A) knowledge according to EASA Part FCL.915.FI b) (2) i)
(this may be provided by a passed theoretical exam at CPL(A) or ATPL(A))

6. Pre-examination: has to be passed within six months and at the latest one week prior to the start of the training examined by a FI(A) who has been licensed according to EASA Part FCL.905.FI i), based on the proficiency check according to appendix 9.

how to become a flight instructor
how to become a flight instructor

Outfitted with accessories of Porsche Design by Brics

6. How is the training to become a flight instructor structured?

The training is decided in a theoretical and a practical part.

Theoretical training

125 lesson hours of classroom instruction of the subjects:

  • the learning discourse
  • the process of a lesson
  • basics of training
  • applied learning methods on theory and practise
  • evaluation and examination of flight students
  • development of training program
  • human performance with respect to flight training
  • dangers simulating breakdowns during flight training
  • night rating
  • administrative task during the training

Practical training

30 flight lessons on an one-engine aircraft, 25 hours of which have to be flown together with an apprenticeable FI instructor, including 5 exceptional flight conditions on an aerobatic aircraft. 5 flight lessons being part of a team with another applicant for FI(A). The applicant is flying the aircraft sitting on the right-hand side, the FI-I is simulating the student pilot.

how to become a flight instructor
how to become a flight instructor

Closed Tegel airport TXL

7. Which ratings can you add to the flight instructor license?

FI(A) IR Flight instructor aims to teach instrument flying rules (flying without visual references)

FI(A) ME Flight instructor aims to teach on multi-engine aeroplanes.

IRI (A) – Instrument Rating Instructor aims to qualify you as an instructor for training in instrument flight.

CRI SE SPA – class rating instructor single engine single-pilot aircraft has the aim to qualify you as an instructor for single-engine airplane training.

CRI ME SPA – class rating instructor multi engine single-pilot aircraft has the aim to qualify you as an instructor for multi-engine aeroplane training.

MCC Instructor – Multi-Crew Cooperation training is to improve the cockpit coordination between the crew members. The MCC training course is the bridge between the ATPL course and the future workplace within the cockpit environment.

Just to mention a few options on how you can upgrade your pilot license. The foundation sets the flight instructor rating.

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8. When are you going to instructor your first flight student?

TBA announced on my social media channels. In particular on my Instagram channel @pilotpatrick. So make sure to follow me and have the notifications turned on.

9. Which aeroplanes do you fly during the training?

It was back to basics. Instead of flying big birds, it was those little birds we trained on. Flying is costly so the training primarily takes place on two-seater piston engine aircraft like the Diamond DA20 and the Cessna C152. This does not only keep the costs down but the environmental footprint as well. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the aircraft the higher the fuel consumption.

10. How does the examination look like?

Once the theoretical and practical training was done, I was ready for the examination. The examination consisted of three parts. In my case, it took approximately 5 hours to complete. 

  1. Check flight: An examiner checks your flying skills, knowledge about the aeroplane and the regulations. Overall he checks your capability to operate a single-piston aircraft from the right seat and your competency as an instructor. The examiner simulates engine failures, aborted take offs, navigation through landmarks, simulated emergency landing in a field, airwork like steep turns and stalls. Even though it was a check flight, I saw those flights also as training, and there is always something another experienced pilot can pass on to you.
  2. PPL theory: The examiner checks if you are familiar with the entire knowledge a private pilot should possess. He/She may ask you questions about aerodynamics, navigation, meteorology and so on.
  3. Theory class: The examiner checks if you are capable of holding a theory class in front of flight students. He/she basically wants to see that you have the ability to convey knowledge comprehensively.

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Overall I am very happy that I followed my excitement of becoming a flight instructor and I can absolutely recommend getting this rating as well. I could upgrade my airmanship and my proficiency in flying small aeroplanes a lot. I hope you enjoyed my article on how to become a flight instructor. Please do not forget to like the blog post.

It would be fantastic when one of you will be my flight student in the future.

Happy and healthy landings!

Your PilotPatrick


sky dive dubai

Skydive - Should You Dare To Jump Out Of An Airplane?

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Dear Aviators,

It is one of those experiences you have to do once in your lifetime. But it is also one of those things you need to have a lot of courage for. Most of all, you will need a lot of strength to overcome multiple fears to do it. I am talking about SKYDIVING! I already did it twice and I want you to dare to do it as well.

+ Full video of my jump in this blog post +

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sky dive dubai

This time I don’t fly the plane

Normally I am sitting behind the controls of an airplane – to jump out of an airplane is not something I do everyday. You know that I am a thrill seeker and my last trip to Dubai satisfied my desire for adrenaline. It was one of my most thrilling vacations I ever had. But you don’t need to fly to Dubai to go skydiving. I am sure that a provider is close to your location as well. 2021 will be a difficult year to go traveling due to restrictions and quarantine regulations, so I think we will mostly concentrate on discovering our home country, trying new activities and spending a lot of time in nature.

Might interest you as well: The City Of Superlatives – The Most Thrilling Activities in Dubai

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STAY CALM and JUMP OUT OF A PLANE!

Aren’t those moments we experience intense emotions, the moments we feel most alive?! The emotions I felt during the moment I jumped out of the plane, the free fall through the air followed by the flight with the parachute blew my mind. It ranged from adrenaline rushes and excitement to nervousness and anxiety. Especially those feelings which make you worry and automatically ask  “what if” questions come into your mind and prevent us from trying out new things especially when it involves something which looks frightening at first.

the moment the airplane door opened at 12,000 ft I questioned myself what I was doing here.

Those what if questions?!

I was really looking forward to skydiving, but the moment the airplane door opened at 12,000 ft I questioned myself “what I was doing here. Am I that stupid?” The good thing is you don’t have any option other than to jump. I said to myself – in case I die it will be rather quick and it was during something I love to do: flying! The moment we left the plane all my worries were left behind in the airplane. I just felt pure joy!  After touching down I was sad that the last 4 minutes passed by so quickly and I wanted to jump again straight away.

How dangerous is it really? 

Of course nothing is 100% risk free in life. You need to trust in your professional tandem jumper and the equipment. You must follow the guidelines and listen carefully during the safety briefing to make the jump as safe as possible but in the end you need to trust the provider, the safety procedures, the professional tandem jumper and the equipment. If this does not calm you in any way, then the following numbers might.

The average probability to have an accident during skydiving is 0,026%. To die from it lies at 0,0013%. But this in perspective. The probability to die on a ride with a car is about 0,01%. This means the journey by car to the skydive experience is much more deadly than the jump itself.

The experience has a price tag

The price for a tandem jump highly depends on the location, the jump elevation and the provider. 

The first time I did skydiving was in South Africa in 2018. One of the most iconic skydiving locations is over The Palm in Dubai. The price is three times higher (approx. 340 €) than the  jump in Cape Town but the jump elevation was a lot higher and the view a lot more spectacular. The jump is priceless and the memories will last a lifetime! 

sky dive dubai
sky dive dubai

Are you ready now for your first jump or have you done skydiving before? Let me know in a comment below and don’t forget to like the blog post. Happy landings and jumps! Happy landing!

Your PilotPatrick


XLETIX sports challenge with myown crew

XLETIX sports challenge with my own crew

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(Sponsored by product placement)

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

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Snack at Frankfurt am Main airport

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My crew

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

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

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LOVELY ROOM at hotel Ruby | LILLY in Munich

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

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

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The perfect crew "Arla® Protein Alphatiere"

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Decision day

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

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Arla® Protein breakfast

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

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All three teams before the challenge!

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Warming up before the run

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The challenge

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

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Our strategy

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Shortly prior our landing

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

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

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We are the champions!

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

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Happy landings!

Your Pilot Patrick

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