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The short answer
Yes & Yes! It is important to have a basic understanding of physics and math. You have to know how to calculate quickly, precisely and by heart. Flying an airplane is all about Mathematics and Physics. Just think about it for a second, how is an airplane able to take off with all that weight? How does lift and drag work and how do you calculate the top of descent or distance an airplane needs to fly in order to maintain a 3 degree glide path to the runway?

 

Flight training
During flight training you have to pass exams on 14 theoretical subjects. Some of those require a basic understanding of math and physics because you have to deal with formulas and calculations. Principles of Flight, Mass and Balance, General Navigation and Flight Planning & Monitoring are a few subjects which are all about calculations.

If you never had to do something similar you will have a disadvantage during your flight training. The training is intense and there is simply no time to learn about math or physics when you are in the middle of it. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t need to be incredibly good in mathematics in order to become a pilot. However, you need to convert and understand different formulas and graphs quickly, so a basic understanding of math and physics is required. Ohm’s Law, Turn Radius, Law of Moments, Point of Equal Time, Point of No Return, Departure formula and the Lift formula are just some examples of what you will face during the training.

Airline selection process
Airlines have different mathematics and physics tests in order to select & assess people quickly during their selections. You are often expected to calculate different mathematical questions in a limited amount of time with just a piece of paper and a pen. There is no way you can pass a selection process like this if you haven’t practiced beforehand.

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Being an airline pilot
As an airline pilot you face specific calculations on a daily basis. Calculating fuel, Top of Descent, crosswind, tailwind, endurance, time or simply checking the loadsheet is part of the job. Most of these calculations are done by heart since grabbing a calculator is usually not efficient.

There is hope!
If you read this article thinking, wow, I am not able to do that yet, then there is no need to worry. Math and physics are easy to practice. Still in high school? Make sure you add these courses to your curriculum! Left high school years ago? Don’t despair, you are never too old to learn and there are plenty of institutes that offer courses for adults, make sure they come with certificates though. That way you can prove you actually completed these courses since most airlines and flight schools list these courses as a requirement.

Specifically for future Dutch pilots
For all Dutch readers: When you enter the 4th class of high school you have to choose a study program (curriculum). I chose Nature & Technique with Math B (Wiskunde B). Math B because it focuses more on exact sciences. If you are a Havo student you need to go for Math B, as Math A is not enough. Physics is always required, regardless of the level. Don’t forget the English language, you need to cover that as well 😉

That’s it! The only thing standing in your way is the selection process, the medical check and taking care of the financial aspects. No money to pay for the pilot training? This article might help you further! After dealing with everything, you deserve a vacation! Really serious about becoming a pilot? Check out my eBook, it contains everything from you need to know (from A to Z) and be aware of.

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/math-and-physics/feed/ 1 2616 Palawan – The Bucket List Island in the Philippines /palawan/ /palawan/#comments Mon, 14 May 2018 14:01:04 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=1900 Some time ago I wrote about my trip to Bohol, if you haven’t read it yet you can read it here. Bohol was amazing but it’s beauty is nothing in comparison to Palawan. Palawan, the final frontier of the Philippines, has been awarded many titles and is considered to be amongst the nicest islands in the world. Once you goContinue reading

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Some time ago I wrote about my trip to Bohol, if you haven’t read it yet you can read it here. Bohol was amazing but it’s beauty is nothing in comparison to Palawan. Palawan, the final frontier of the Philippines, has been awarded many titles and is considered to be amongst the nicest islands in the world. Once you go there it is easy to see why. You will be amazed by its astonishing beauty and seemingly unlimited amount of surrounding smaller islands.


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While seated in row 16 we could see a wall of rain through the small window. The ground got closer and palm trees started to emerge. Shortly after we heard the engines of the Cebu Pacific airbus spooling up and felt the force of acceleration, the pilots just initiated a go around while on short final for runway 27 of Puerto Princesa airport, the capital of Palawan. After holding for about half an hour and another turbulent approach we touched down safely and were picked up by our hotel guide.

The first 2 nights we stayed in Puerto Princesa, from there we had an excursion to the famous Underground River. If you are into that sort of stuff you need to visit this place. However, if you don’t like bats you should stick with Honda Bay or just relax in the hotel 😉


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Puerto Princesa is also known for some of the best restaurants in the Philippines. Be sure to visit Kalui and Captain Ribs! In the article about the Ivywall hotel there is more info about Puerto Princesa and the mentioned restaurants. If you plan on visiting Puerto Princesa, be sure to read it!

From Puerto Princesa we drove north towards El Nido. If you are like me and browse for vacation pictures on a rainy Sunday than you have probably seen pictures of this amazing place. The Bacuit Bay, which is surrounding El Nido, is out of this world. Impressive limestone cliffs rise from the ocean, there are bancas (Philippine boats) and secluded beaches everywhere.


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In El Nido it is easy to arrange tours that take you through the Bacuit Archipelago. In total there are 4 tours available. B & C are known to be the most exciting! We stayed in Lio, an area that’s booming! It will surely be the place to stay at in the near future. The area has a modern and luxury feel to it… You won’t find that in El Nido. It’s close to the airport as well and about a 30 minute drive to Nacpan beach.


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Palawan and El Nido is magical but it can get even better… Book a stay at one of the Island resorts to truly experience something mind blowing. Words can not describe the feeling you get while staying at these luxury resorts. I can recommend Matinloc resort in the Bacuit Archipelago and Apulit near Taytay.


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Things to see in Palawan: Puerto Princesa, the Underground River, El Nido, Port Barton, Nacpan beach, Bacuit & the Honda Bay.

Wan’t to see more? Check out my other travel articles about places in Europe and Southeast Asia! I upload travel pictures on a regular basis on my Instagram account as well. Do you have any tips of your own regarding Palawan? Please comment below and help out fellow travelers… Same goes if you have any questions about traveling to the Philippines, I am happy to assist!


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What It Is Like To Be A Female Pilot /female-pilot/ /female-pilot/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:39:40 +0000 /?p=2819 Am I being treated differently because I am a female pilot? Or did I ever had to prove myself because I am a girl in a men’s world? As a female airline pilot, I will share my thoughts and experience regarding this subject. For all the girls out there, keep reading! What I did before I became a female pilotContinue reading

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Am I being treated differently because I am a female pilot? Or did I ever had to prove myself because I am a girl in a men’s world? As a female airline pilot, I will share my thoughts and experience regarding this subject. For all the girls out there, keep reading!

What I did before I became a female pilot

At the age of 16 I entered the fourth year of high school. During that year you have to choose a career path. For some it’s easy and clear, for me, it wasn’t. I had absolutely no clue what I wanted to do when I grew up so I decided to go for the safest option, not the easiest. In the Netherlands they call this curriculum “Nature & Technique”.  Science, Physics & Mathematics are just some of the subjects within this “package”. I was also taught the English language, you should too! Here’s why.

Why I didn’t consider a pilot job

Boys are more likely to spend their afternoon watching airplanes while girls prefer to go shopping with their mom’s… At least I did. I guess girls are just less likely to get exposed to aviation. I never thought about becoming a pilot for example. When I was 15 years old, I did not think outside the box and only considered professions which were safe and generally accepted by the society. I know way better now haha…

What makes me so special?

Why on earth would I be able to become an airline pilot? There are so many guys out there that basically grew up at airports. Spending their free time reading aviation magazines. Soaring through the skies in a glider on Sundays. What chance do I have compared to them? I never even considered to become a female pilot. I had no background knowledge and no relative or friend that could tell me more about the profession. So, I had to do my own research and this is actually how I became interested in aviation.

My passion for flying began right at that moment. I visited flight schools and simply knew that this was going to be it, this was going to be my thing…  and I was right! 😉 Luckily, my parents always supported me, they were happy to see I finally found something which I was enthusiastic about. The excitement from their side decreased, a bit, when I told them about the expenses, the required loan and the risks… You can read more about the costs of a flight school here.

Oh look, a flight attendant!

I have never had a negative experience with passengers. Most of the time they are surprised (in a positive way) when they see that I am sitting in the front. Passengers regularly ask me how old I am, if their daughters can come to view the cockpit and I even had one flight during which our passengers were cheering my name after the landing. I guess that happened because I am a girl haha.

While walking through the airport in uniform, I hear people say ‘Oh look another flight attendant’, while others whisper ‘look a female pilot!’. In Europe female pilots are becoming more common, it’s very normal for women to fly. However, I am aware that in some parts of the world it is less common, unfortunately. Don’t let that stop you though!

Shouldn’t you be cleaning the house?

Can you actually fly an airplane? Can you land an airplane? Do you work as an airline pilot?! I had to prove myself a couple of times in the past, especially towards people outside the aviation industry. I also received comments like, so tell me about your job as a flight attendant or shouldn’t you be cleaning the house? Nothing I couldn’t handle or felt bad about. I just feel it is worth mentioning that not everyone is as open minded as you would expect nowadays. It shows that being a female pilot is still a bit special.

Working in a men’s world

Working with my male colleagues is absolutely amazing. The captains I fly with are all incredibly kind and most of them I actually consider to be my friends. Of course there are dirty jokes now and then, chats about women, beer and all that. I am definitely not afraid to laugh about it and sometimes I even make it worse 🙂 By flying with men I developed myself further. I think women and men can learn from each other in the way they communicate.

Everything is possible, as long as you are willing to work for it!

Through my Youtube Channel, Instagram account and website I try to show the world that women can do and achieve whatever they want to achieve. You don’t need to look or act like a guy in order to become an airline pilot. Definitely don’t listen to people that tell you there’s a small chance that you will achieve your goal, no one needs that negativity in their lives. I want to stress that men & women have equal chances in a modern society. I am grateful everyday for being able to sit in that right seat. Something you can accomplish as well. Start by finding yourself a good flight school, good luck!

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How to pass the flight school selection process? – This is how you do it! /flight-school-selection-process/ /flight-school-selection-process/#comments Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:05:08 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=2403 The flight school selection process and how to ace it! Most flight schools require you to pass their selection process before starting the training. This is actually a good thing because the schools try to determine early on if the candidate is actually capable of completing the training. They also look for desired competences since they want to train aContinue reading

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The flight school selection process and how to ace it! Most flight schools require you to pass their selection process before starting the training. This is actually a good thing because the schools try to determine early on if the candidate is actually capable of completing the training. They also look for desired competences since they want to train a potential Captain rather than just a First Officer. The selection process can be really tough, especially when you apply for a prestigious school. In some cases 75% of all applicants fail these selections.

However, theres no need to worry just yet. Schools expect you to train for the selection process, this way they can determine your motivation and perseverance. And I am going to prepare you to the best of my abilities! So, these are the stages you can expect during the flight school selection process, not necessarily in this order though:

The Interview
The interview is often the first part of a flight school selection process. The aim is to get to know you and to check whether you have the right competences and character traits to complete the pilot training successfully. You will definitely face questions like: Tell me something about yourself, why this school and why should we take you? They also asked me about the theoretical subjects and if I was aware of the training program (flight training in America etc.).

It is like applying for a job,  but instead you are applying for a school. Make sure that you are highly motivated, decisive, stress resistent, a team player and last but not least, show that you are able to take responsibility and that you can handle leadership. Remember, on that day you are the perfect candidate! If you are struggling with any of the competences above, make sure you train those competences well in advance.

 

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IQ – test
Math-, physics- and IQ tests while the timer runs. This part of the flight school selection process is usually the hardest. So how to pass? Practice makes perfect! Browse the internet for IQ practice tests and go at it day by day.  Multitasking, orientation, situational awareness and English tests are also invited to the party. But don’t despair, start practicing weeks in advance, an hour a day and you should be fine. Your score will depend on your preparation. It doesn’t matter how talented you are, without practicing you will never beat someone that is prepared and not that talented. Preparation is key!

In case your desired flight school uses the Adapt test, make sure to read this article. It contains detailed information about the test itself. Good websites to practice: 123test.comlatestpilotjobs.com

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Simulator
Expect a simulator phase as well. It is used to check whether you have a talent for flying and if you are able to learn quickly. While operating the controls you need to answer math questions and simple IQ tests. Your progression will be monitored. Sometimes you have to fly in an actual simulator while other schools literally have you sit behind a computer with a joystick and rudder pedals which look like they just bought them at the local supermarket. Whatever happens, stay calm and fly the airplane! Ways to practice: go for a flight lesson in a single engine piston aircraft or simulator.


Personality test

What kind of person are you? Are you able to take control? Do you fit in a cockpit environment where decisions have to be made within seconds? Can you handle stress and do you prefer to work on your own or in a team? Are you someone who takes initiative and are you having troubles with public speaking? There will probably be some kind of personality test included in the selection process. The aim is to find out whether you fit in a cockpit. These tests are tricky, they say there are ”no wrong answers” since it is your personality. Please, don’t fall for this. Your answers can be a reason to decline you.

Medical certificate
The last phase is the medical. Once you complete the previous stages successfully you will have to undergo a medical exam. This is a complete body check, they test your eyes, illness history, blood, urine, ECG, hearing and more. Most candidates have no problem in obtaining a Class 1 Medical. More info about the medical? Google “Class 1 medical”

When an applicant successfully passed all the stages it is time to get a loan in order to pay the tuition. In case you want to know more about the actual costs, check out this article. No money to pay the pilot training? Read this article!

Conclusion
As you probably realized by now, the outcome will, in most cases, depend on your preparation. In aviation they use the quote ‘Failure to Prepare, means prepare to fail’ and as you can see it starts with the flight school selection process! The competition is fierce. Make sure you are prepared.

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How to pay the pilot training when you don’t have any money? /pay-pilot-training/ /pay-pilot-training/#comments Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:48:20 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=2511 Becoming a pilot is super expensive, it really is. Depending on your location, flight training costs between € 50.000,- and € 150.000,-. So where do you get all that money from? How to pay the pilot training? I receive all kinds of questions related to this subject on a daily basis. I am even being asked if I am willingContinue reading

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Becoming a pilot is super expensive, it really is. Depending on your location, flight training costs between € 50.000,- and € 150.000,-. So where do you get all that money from? How to pay the pilot training? I receive all kinds of questions related to this subject on a daily basis. I am even being asked if I am willing to sponsor individuals so they can become a pilot themselves. Most people that follow me are aware of the fact that I still have a huge loan myself. You can read more about the costs and my story here.

Anyway, I hope it is clear I can’t sponsor anyone since I am happy if I can live debt free by the age of 45. There is something I can do though. I will shed some light on this subject and give you my advice on how to pay the pilot training while you have no money in the bank.

Option 1: Get a loan
Look for the best possible flight school that has a good reputation and solid connections with a bank. It will require you to do your research and to invest quite some time but it will all be worth it in the end! I visited almost every flight school in the Netherlands and finally chose the one which had good connections with European airlines. It also came with an option to cover the tuition through a loan from a well known Dutch bank. Without it I would never have become Dutch Pilot Girl. I am the only one responsible for my loan so whatever happens, I will never drag my parents into a bad financial situation. The majority of pilots out there nowadays basically followed the same path.

Option 2: Make your own money
This is a bit harder but I’ve seen people do it: start a business and sell it later on, use that money for flight training. If you are not able to get a loan, you are automatically forced into a different path. One of the things you could do is to start your own business. There are many ways to make money, but you have to be motivated and willing make it all work. Don’t forget to start early though! In general schools don’t accept students at the age of 31 and above.

If you just want to get a PPL it is a different story since it won’t cost you that much. If you are able to save some money with your day job you can take lessons every now and then. Even before getting your drivers license 😉

Option 3: Move
Temporarily move to another country where conditions are better. It all depends on your priorities, how far are you willing to go? Perhaps it is impossible to get a loan in your own country or the training might be way too expensive. In that case you can consider moving to another country. The tuition fees in the Netherlands are amongst the highest in the world, around €150.000,-  while the same education costs about €50.000,- in the Czech Republic. In the end it’s the same license.

Option 4: Sponsorship
Get a sugah mommy, just kidding 😉 The last option is to get sponsored in some way, whether it’s by your parents or someone else. If you are one of the lucky ones to be sponsored, it will probably be done by your parents. A disadvantage is that there is no guarantee that you will and can complete the flight training successfully. If you fail a couple of subjects, you are out immediately which results in your parents money being lost. Personally, I would not go for this option as it is a huge risk for the one sponsoring you.

In rare occasions airlines offer sponsorships as well. Keep an eye on the airlines vacancies and look for sponsored programs. The selections are known to be extremely tough though so make sure you are well prepared! Good luck!

 

 

In short, how to pay the pilot training: Get a loan – Make your own money before applying at a pilot school – Apply at a school in another country where prices are lower – Try to get into a sponsorship.

How did you pay for your flight training? How much did it cost to become a pilot in your case? Are you aware of any current sponsorships? Together we can come up with more ways how to pay the pilot training. Please leave a comment below and help fellow aviators. Lets make their dreams a reality!

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Pilot Logbook – This is the one you should get! /pilot-logbook/ /pilot-logbook/#comments Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:08:55 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=2448 A pilot logbook, one of the most important accessories for a pilot. But which one should you get? Finding the correct logbook is not that easy as there are so many of them on the market. When I started my training I received a logbook from my flight school and I still use it today. However, I honestly regret theContinue reading

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A pilot logbook, one of the most important accessories for a pilot. But which one should you get? Finding the correct logbook is not that easy as there are so many of them on the market. When I started my training I received a logbook from my flight school and I still use it today. However, I honestly regret the fact that I did not buy another one in the beginning of my flying career, simply because it is waaay too big.

A lot of people asked me which pilot logbook I have and my thoughts on other logbooks. Here’s my opinion and guide to not making the same mistakes as I did.

The basics

I think the perfect paper logbook should be small and easy to bring along. I also suggest that, at least until you unfreeze your ATPL, you should keep track of your flight hours in a paper logbook. That doesn’t mean you can’t use an app or program to log your flight hours but it might be best to do so as a back up. The reason for advising against an app at the beginning of a professional pilot career is because you need to add a lot of signatures to flights while in flight training and PICUS programs. Adding those to a digital logbook can be inconvenient and if it crashes you lose all the important data. Besides you need to prove you fulfill all the requirements in order to unfreeze the ATPL at some point.

The licensing authority and/or examiner needs to verify the accumulated experience so you would have to print all of those pages anyway. Still want to use a digital logbook? Take a look at LogTen Pro or mccPILOTLOG.


One of the most used pilot logbooks is this one: The Jeppesen Professional Pilot Master Logbook in black or brown. A very strong and durable logbook. Adding flights is easy and convenient, for flight training but also for your professional career later on. I see many colleagues walking around with this logbook and they all seem happy with the size. Talking about sizes… 12 x 9 x 1 inches is what you can expect.


The best one, the one I wish I bought a couple of years ago, is this pilot logbook: The Standard Pilot Logbook in blue or black. This logbook is super small, thin and surprisingly light. Exactly the thing you need when traveling around a lot, especially on charter flights or in business aviation. It is also one of the cheapest on the market. The size:  4.5” x 0.5” x 7.8”.


Only interested in a private pilot license? Sure you don’t want to make it your profession? Really? In that case investing in a relative expensive book is not necessary at all. Go for an easy and small logbook to write your hours in. The Jeppesen PPL Pilot Logbook would be perfect for flying in small airplanes or in this case it’s even worth considering to start with a digital logbook straightaway. Size: 8″ x 5 1/4”.


So in short: Just flying for recreational purposes? Get yourself a cheap logbook or a digital one. In all other cases, use a paper pilot logbook at least until you unfreeze the ATPL. Use a digital logbook as a back up, that way you can also easily make a transition to only logging flight hours digitally once you have unfrozen your ATPL. Buy a small and convenient logbook instead of a bulky one. My logbook is really way to big at it’s quite annoying sometimes. I even made a video in which I address this, check it out here.

So you probably have an idea about logbooks now. Lets not forget about the aviation headset, sunglasses and books shall we? Let me now if you have anything to add in the comments below 🙂

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My New Summer Base – Verona, Italy /verona-italy/ /verona-italy/#comments Wed, 25 Oct 2017 13:26:46 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=2465 As some of you might have noticed, I changed companies a few months ago. Whuuuut? Yes, it’s true! I am not based in Brussels anymore but in beautiful Verona, Italy! This means that I will fly from Verona most of the time. When I first joined the company I was so surprised about almost everything. The relationship with the cabin crew, theContinue reading

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As some of you might have noticed, I changed companies a few months ago. Whuuuut? Yes, it’s true! I am not based in Brussels anymore but in beautiful Verona, Italy! This means that I will fly from Verona most of the time. When I first joined the company I was so surprised about almost everything. The relationship with the cabin crew, the operation, the Captains, the amazing destinations and the airplanes. Instead of flying from A to B, back to A, I fly from A to B, C, D, E back to A. The A stands for Verona in this case! 😉


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Verona

Verona is such a romantic and beautiful city! Walking through the streets makes you feel like going back in time. I also noticed a lot of Dutch people visit this city and that it is full of tourists and mosquito’s during the summer. There are plenty of nice places to visit once you find yourself in Verona. Lake Garda, Venice or Milan are just “around the corner”. Also don’t forget the Adigeo mall, the Wild West restaurant there serves the best spare ribs in Verona (I love spare ribs).


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My colleagues

I stay in a hotel near the airport together with 2 other guys, one Dutch Captain and a First Officer from the Faroe Islands. We get along really well and actually we don’t really have a choice. We see each other almost every day when we are off or on standby. At dinner after a flying day or at breakfast we quickly tell each other about our days. It is never boring and aviation humor is always present!


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DB Verona Airport & Congress

As my Verona base is only a summer base, I stay in hotels all the time. It just isn’t worth the effort to find an apartment for only a few summer months. When I am flying I basically live in the DB Verona Hotel which is very good. The staff is really friendly and always willing to help. It’s also close to the airport and a reservation includes a free shuttle service at any time of the day which is super convenient since I need to travel back and forth to the airport quite often.



Flying

As this is a very small company, I fly a lot with the same people. Luckily all these people are truly amazing and lovely to work with. I have never done so many raw data approaches and manual flying in my life as I do right now. It makes me think back of one of my first videos I made, but instead of a Piper Archer, now in a Boeing 737. I have flown to many interesting destinations and islands, no day is the same. Marsa Alam, Helsinki, Tel Aviv and Samos are a few examples.


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Thats it for Verona! On my Instagram account I share a lot of pictures that I took while staying here. My career brought me a lot of joy and hope it will continue to do so. So far I’ve stayed in Barcelona, Brussels and Verona… who knows which city I will be staying at next. Do you have anything to add to the article above? Perhaps you have some tips about Verona? Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Bohol – The Philippines – Why you should go there! /bohol-philippines/ /bohol-philippines/#comments Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:02:17 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=1892 Bohol, a wonderful island in the Philippines and an addition to your bucket list! Even though we stayed here for 6 days we didn’t manage to see it all.. It’s quite big and has so much to offer! It has magnificent beaches and a rich history. You can still find some churches that were built by the Spanish while theyContinue reading

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Bohol, a wonderful island in the Philippines and an addition to your bucket list!

Even though we stayed here for 6 days we didn’t manage to see it all.. It’s quite big and has so much to offer! It has magnificent beaches and a rich history. You can still find some churches that were built by the Spanish while they were ruling the Philippines. Unfortunately, some of those churches are falling apart due to a catastrophic earthquake in 2013 followed by a typhoon. The island is still recovering from those events…

The roads on Bohol are generally in good condition and perfectly suitable for having some trips on a motorbike/scooter. Hire one and drive towards the Chocolate Hills by yourself instead of taking an organized tour! If you stay in Panglao it takes you about 2 hours to get there. A bit more if you make some stops on the way. It might seem a bit much and the hotels will advice against it (probably because they want to sell organized trips) but it was hands down one of the nicest things we did in the Philippines.


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We saw beautiful landscapes, villages, churches, roosters and some chickens. The people in Bohol are amongst the kindest in the world. We stopped at a square for just about a second and were immediately approached by a local, pointing us in the direction of the Chocolate Hills. While we continued our journey we were met by continuous honking. Kids were waving from the back of a pickup (honestly, I never saw so many people on the back of a pickup before).

On our way back from the Chocolate Hills the streets started to fill with smoke from the numerous bonfires and bbq’s. The island became majestic while we drove towards our hotel in Pangloa.


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Things to see

The Chocolate Hills, you see them everywhere! On posters, pictures and other means of advertisement. It is something else when you actually see them yourself. Hills that turn brown during the summer for as far as you can see. More than a thousand in total. Go there!

Tarsier sanctuary

Cute little primates that are threatened with extinction. Not bigger than a fist. Basically they are forced to sit at the same spot during the day because they can’t see in daylight. They are very sensitive and get stressed easily. If stressed too much they even commit suicide. After sunset they become predators that can jump over 5 meters.


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Zipline

Although we didn’t do it ourselves, Bohol is known to have some great ziplines close to the Man Made Forrest. While driving to the Chocolate Hills you pass by one of these ziplines.

Man Made Forrest

Also on the way to the Chocolate Hills is the Man Made Forrest. This small forrest surrounds a winding road. Tourists stop along the road to snap some pictures while posing on the middle of the road. I couldn’t resist 😉


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Surrounding islands

There are a couple of islands that surround Bohol. They are great for diving and while staying in Pangloa it is impossible to miss the advertisement. Trips are easily booked and the tours typically start quite early in the morning. Islands in close proximity: Pamilacan Island, Balicasag Island and Siquijor Island. 

Massages

I absolutely love massages! There is nothing better than to relax under a palm tree while smelling the aromatic massage oils. There are plenty of women offering massages along the beach and it’s very cheap.


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Hennan

We stayed at the Hennan in Pangloa at Alona Beach. A massive 5 star Resort with 3 swimming pools (of which two were open till midnight), pool bars, a gym, 3 restaurants and different sorts of rooms. We had a normal but comfortable room on the quiet side of the resort. The only downside was the smell of another resort that stored their garbage nearby and the very limited supply of warm water. For some reason we had access to the vip a la carte breakfast restaurant which was great (the other restaurants were buffet form and very crowded). Check out the Buzz Cafe at Alona Beach and try their splendid ice cream from the Bohol Bee Farm… wow!


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Bohol is an island for the adventurist. There are plenty of things to do but if you are more into exploring hidden and secluded beaches than I recommend going to Palawan and the area of El Nido in particular. I visited two beautiful resorts there. They are called Matinloc and Apulit. Another place with a rich history and plenty of stuff to do is Kanchanaburi in Thailand. Asia is great and I absolutely love spending time there! If you have any tips or recommendations please feel free to leave a comment.

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Packing a suitcase, discussing a go-around and more about my first solo! /first-solo/ /first-solo/#respond Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:57:47 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=2449 After a period of radio silence I am back at it. I published 3 new videos lately and I wanted to share those with you. Join me while I pack my suitcase or listen in on Pilot Amireh and me while we discuss the go-around phase and the differences between our aircrafts. People like you ask me questions on aContinue reading

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After a period of radio silence I am back at it. I published 3 new videos lately and I wanted to share those with you. Join me while I pack my suitcase or listen in on Pilot Amireh and me while we discuss the go-around phase and the differences between our aircrafts. People like you ask me questions on a regular and continues basis. I answered some of those questions in my latest video. Last but not least, I talk about my first solo flight and why I left Ryanair.





You might notice some differences in audio quality. That’s because I started using a Rode Video Mic Pro. I still didn’t manage to find the correct settings and for some reason there is a high pitch sound in the 2 upper videos. In case you have an idea of how to remove that please help me out by leaving a comment below. Much appreciated 🙂

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Still in for more? I recorded my first solo, you can watch it right here.

Stay tuned for an exciting collaboration with another YouTuber! I going to keep his/her name a secret for a little bit longer.

 

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Engine failure on a twin engine aircraft, what is it like? Q & A – Part 4 /questions-answers-part-4/ /questions-answers-part-4/#comments Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:16:53 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=2225 Questions & Answers – Part 4… it’s here! Have I ever had a turnaround time of less than 25 minutes? What is it like to fly a twin engine plane after an engine failure? Can planes land automatically?  And do you need to have experience with an airport before flying there? I received these questions per email and Instagram and today IContinue reading

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Questions & Answers – Part 4… it’s here! Have I ever had a turnaround time of less than 25 minutes? What is it like to fly a twin engine plane after an engine failure? Can planes land automatically?  And do you need to have experience with an airport before flying there? I received these questions per email and Instagram and today I will answer them. Do you have a question of your own? Please use the contact form on my website and perhaps your question is answered in Questions & Articles – Part 5!

 Alexander – Have you had a turnaround time of less than 25 minutes?

I definitely did! However, a turnaround time of less than 25 minutes is a challenge with a B737. It usually takes a lot of time to disembark and board all of those passengers. Don’t forget about the refueling either.. A Boeing 737-800 can take a lot of fuel. Sometimes it happens that refueling isn’t necessary, passengers are on time, the flight is not fully booked and the ground staff is doing an excellent job. In those cases you might be able to have a shorter turnaround time. My record is between 15 and 20 minutes. Some aircrafts can turnaround in a matter of minutes (a private jet for example).


 Dan – What is it like to fly a twin engine plane with just one working engine?  

Luckily engine failures are not that common.  However, if an engine failure occurs, proper and immediate action is required by the flight crew. That is why every pilot is trained extensively to deal with an engine failure.  Training starts during the theoretical phase, you learn about the differences of all engines and how they perform. During flight training you learn how to fly a multi engine piston aircraft. The instructor will take you through the basics and he or she will demonstrate how the aircraft behaves when one of the engines runs at a lower speed than the other (the aircraft begins to yaw and bank). A demonstration of an idling or shutdown engine usually follows.

It’s a weird sensation when experiencing it the first time. You definitely feel more comfortable when the propellors are turning like they are supposed to 😉 After some training you realize that it’s really not hard to deal with a failure. You just need to be properly trained. That’s also one of the reason why every commercial pilot needs to go to a simulator every 6 months. On a side note: it’s a lot harder to fly a propellor driven aircraft with an engine failure than a jet engine aircraft. 


  @avardy12 – Can planes land automatically? (picture)

Yes they can! Not all of them though… and even if the aircraft is able to land automatically the airport also needs to have equipement to enable an aircraft to land by itself. Besides the aircraft and the equipment on the ground the weather needs to be within certain limitations as well. Most autopilot systems are not able to perform an automatic landing in severe crosswind conditions. Basically pilots only use the auto land feature in bad visibility conditions or if the company they work for demands that most landings are done by the auto pilot.  


⇒  Alexander – Do you need to have experience with an airport before flying there? 

In general, no. But there are exceptions… Pilots are responsible to brief themselves about airports, especially if they have never been there. There are also some airports that are off limits to pilots that haven’t completed special training. This is the case for some airports in the alps since weather conditions can change rapidly and there is high terrain everywhere. Samedan is one of those airports that requires commercial pilots to complete special training before going there. Special training can be completed by electronic briefings, exams and simulator training.


Thats it for now. Stay tuned for more!

Comments? Please don’t hesitate to leave one below… And if you have a question of your own, use the contact form and perhaps it will be your question that is answered in the next Questions & Answers article 😉 Be sure to read up on Q&A – Part 1 , Q&A – Part 2 & Q&A – Part 3

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