Felix Gottwald in front of Lufthansa Cargo MD-11

New FAQ page

I recently receive questions from you on many aspects of my life. Therefore I have started collecting them in order to give you the possibility to get an instant answer to the most frequently asked questions – on my new FAQ page! You can already find out what my favourite destination is and which aircraft I have flown so far or what photo equipment I use, but I am looking forward to receive many more questions from you?

What interest you? What do you want to know? How can I help?

Trying to use the KISS principle (keep it simple and stupid) as much as I can, all question on the FAQ page are answered in brief and avoiding too much detail. Yet, sometimes there is simply more to a story than just a few sentences and I will be answering those complicated question in full detail in my blog in the future!

So go ahead and ask me! Simply drop your questions right below in the comments section!

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9 Responses to New FAQ page

  1. Lenny January 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    The MD11 is getting rare – many pilots regard it as unsafe, hard to fly and it has a certain history of accidents. What do you think about that plane? What are you going to do when the MD11 is dismissed by Lufthansa?

  2. Sascha January 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

    It is nice to see you posting Videos or other Stuff about Planes and all the things regarding your Job as a Pilot. Is it possible to choose the Pilot for the next flight like choosing our Doctor? 😛

  3. Martin January 13, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Hey! Love your pictures! I was wondering how pilots remember all these commands in short amount of time?

    When I listen to ATC, lets say JFK, the ATC sometimes just “come at you” with dozens of orders at once. Many times on the other end, I hear pilots replying to ATC right away with the correct read backs as if they knew the orders in the head before and are just reading all of it out.

  4. Kai Kruse January 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm #

    Hi Felix,

    how do you handle any (serious) accident which happen and you can find in the news and do you try to get any “helping” info from it?


    what was your most serious “incident” in your career so far!

    Thx upfront and carry on with your great page!!


  5. Robert January 13, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    you are right …… i mean , i dont know , if its hard to fly, more than other Commercial Jetliner today,….. but when i hear “MD 11 ” i remember still today the tragedy of
    Swissair 111 , they had a undetected fire not visible over the cockpit ceiling almost one hour after take off from JFK …

  6. Matías Demirdjian January 13, 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    Dear Felix,

    First of all, thank you for sharing your pilot experiences, it is an inspiration. I would like to ask you wich is your most memorable flight.

    Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina

  7. Lenny January 14, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    well I’ve read an article some time ago that it is much harder to control the MD11 when landing because it has a much heavier tail because of the third engine, that’s why it seems to be pretty unpopular. Like to hear a pro’s opinion

  8. Bill Spieler January 16, 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi Felix,
    Thank you for your photos and videos. They are all great and fun to look at! My question … I have heard of loads shifting on cargo planes, causing serious problems. How do you, as pilots, insure that whatever is loaded on your jet is properly loaded and fastened down? Do you inspect the freight and how it is loaded or do you simply leave it up to the cargo handlers? Are the people who load the freight in foreign countries LH employees? I remember an incident a few years ago where a 747 loaded with military equipment (possibly vehicles) crashed upon take off because the cargo was not properly positioned and it shifted at takeoff.

  9. Andre Ran April 2, 2021 at 1:37 pm #

    I am looking for a night cockpitphoto MD-11 lined up and wait before take off. can you help me with a photo?

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