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Lufthansa Boeing 737-300 D-ABEC in Frankfurt 04

Bye-Bye Bobby!

As many of you already know, Lufthansa was the launch customer and most important client of the Boeing 737. Had the German airline not stuck to the project (taking 22 of the 30 -100s built), the most successful airliner of all time might not have made through its first year… Therefore it was very sad to see the era of 737 operation coming to an end after nearly 49 years of continued service. When I became a pilot I had the chance to join the ranks of 737 pilots, but never did as I decided for the A320. Yet, many of my training course colleagues became 737-skippers and I had … Continue reading

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The skyline of Frankfurt with most of Germany's skyscrapers

The world at night – new image gallery online!

It has taken me a while, actually way too long, to start updating my website. I had been planning to put image galleries online for months, but there was always something else that needed to be done. With only 10-12 days at home per month, it is hard to please everyone – the family needs you, tasks around the house/flat/garden/car… have to be managed, the calendar sale needed to be organized and my work for the various pilots associations had to be carried out. In between you are supposed to relax and recharge the batteries again! I now have a whole off week after working endlessly at the beginning of the month, as … Continue reading

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Landing the MD-11 HD Video

Landing the MD-11 HD VIDEO!

Have you already seen my latest video? If not, it is definitly time for you to stop by my youtube account. Thousands of people visit it every month and I have recently uploaded a number of videos. My last addition is a compilation of landings at various airports worldwide. It starts off with a landing at Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport, before giving you a scenic view on the approach path at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport. I naturally had to include my home airport at Frankfurt, before giving you the chance to join me on a flight to Tokyo Narita at night. At the end of the video you will … Continue reading

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Cockpit over the North Atlantic

10 day live feed – “An American journey” – Day 10

Home at last! After ten days I was finally back home after visiting many different places in the USA and Latin America. It has been a great, but also tiring experience. Here is what happened on the last days of “An American journey” Day 10 of “An American journey” On the way from out hotel in Addison (Northern Dallas) to DFW Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport I got to know our crew bus driver a bit better – a great guy that has been inspired by Lufthansa Cargo pilots to start flying! Within three years he made it from taking his first flying lesson to being an instructor and getting an … Continue reading

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Lufthansa Cargo MD-11 freighter cockpit

10 day live feed – “An American journey” – Day 9

This morning I slept till about 10 am. After two days with very little sleep, I really needed to recharge the batteries again and I kept it slow today. Day 9 of my American journey So far there isn’t much to report. I went to have one more real American burger at the Hopdoddy Burger Bar (“hop” because of beer and “doddy” being a cow breed in Scotland) and it was a great treat. They serve fries covered with Parmesan and a truffle aioli and these are simply amazing! They have a couple of branches in Texas, as well as Scottsdale, AZ and Denver, Colorado and my recommendation for today … Continue reading

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American Airlines IFE A319 Bogota-Dallas

10 day live feed – “An American journey” – Day 8

Yesterday wasn’t really the best day I have ever had, although it started out quite good. The flying part was nice, but my short stay in Bogotá was not – which was mostly due to my bad hotel experience. Anyway, I could not avoid my overnight flight to Dallas, so four (!) hours before the flight I showed up in the lobby again. After a short drive we arrived at the airport, were I waited a couple of minutes for check-in to start. Day 8 of my American journey I was proceeding dead-head as a crew member, but as a passenger on a different airline and in civil clothes. That … Continue reading

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10 day live feed – “An American journey” – Day 7

I just want to sleep, but that trumpet band outside my window just keeps on playing and playing and playing… I know that it is exactly midday, but why do they have to torture me? Early start My “day” already started before mid-night and I did not really have a night before that – can you sleep at any time of the day, just because the schedule tells you to? I can’t, at least not always. After a 12 hour shift I feel like I should sleep now, but yet again it doesn’t work at that time of the day and the behaviour of everyone else… Yet, I am too … Continue reading

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Nova Lox Bagel

10 day live feed – “An American journey” – Day 5 and 6

Here I am having breakfast at 9 am at Einstein Bros in one of the best metropolitan cities in America that I know. It got the greatness of New York, but it is more relaxed, more quiet and its location at the shore of Lake Michigan ensures a steady supply of fresh air. Yes, I am talking about Chicago, but you already know that I am here, because you have read yesterday’s blog post! Day 5 of “An American journey” It’s been a typical “cargo day”. I got up in the morning, showered and was just about to leave to for breakfast and shopping in order to make it back … Continue reading

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