Dutch Pilot Girl https://dutchpilotgirl.com Sun, 19 Jan 2020 18:51:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://i1.wp.com/dutchpilotgirl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/1-e1474386734241.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Dutch Pilot Girl https://dutchpilotgirl.com 32 32 117918697 Gifts for Pilots & Aviation Enthusiasts – 2020 /gifts-for-pilots/ /gifts-for-pilots/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2020 19:54:49 +0000 /?p=10593 You might be wondering, what sort of gifts pilots like or appreciate? With Christmas approaching I figured it is the right time to offer some advice! Coming up with gifts for people can be time consuming and difficult. Especially if you are dealing with a pilot you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle. Pilots often have aContinue reading

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A pilot cannot live without them. Get your loved one a decent pair of sunglasses and they will be extremely grateful. My recommendation? Go for a Serengeti or RayBan. They are known for their quality. Make sure it’s not polarized though! For more information, I’ve written an article about sunglasses a while ago, you can read it here.


Aviation Headset

Another essential piece of equipment for any pilot; an aviation headset. Are you looking to get one as a gift? Go for the best option out there, he/she will absolutely love the Bose A20 or Bose ProFlight Series 2 aviation headset. Not sure which one to buy? Check out my videos below about the A20 and the ProFlight Series 2, first. Or read my article about aviation headsets for pilots. They are worth every penny, a long term investment and you can’t go wrong with either of these.



Bose currently has a holiday season promotion; If you purchase a Bose A20 or ProFlight Series 2 aviation headset at an official dealer you receive a free QuietComfort 20 for Android or iPhone! This promotion lasts until the 5th of January 2020.


My eBook

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The perfect gift for any aviation enthusiast that wants to pursue his/her dream to become an airline pilot. This also makes a great gift for pilots that obtained a Private Pilot License and want to take their aviation career to the next level. The eBook contains everything you need to be aware of in case you want to become an airline pilot. Become An Airline Pilot, Explained from Alpha to Zulu, in a clear and comprehensible way. Purchase it here.


Gifts for pilotsFlashlight

A pilot always loves a good flashlight. A necessity during flight training (night flights) and a gadget for the professional. Fits in every pilot bag and will always come in handy. Definitely something your favorite pilot will appreciate! Convinced? Get one here.


Aircraft ModelPilot Gifts

Age doesn’t matter. If he or she doesn’t have an aircraft model of the aircraft they currently fly, you should get them one now! Pilots should always have at least one aircraft model, preferably one that represents the airline they work for or dream of working for. Get them on Amazon!


Luxury Watch

presents for pilotsIWC Spitfire - DutchPilotGirlIf your budget has absolutely “no limit”, perhaps a luxury watch is a good option. There are many pilot watches available nowadays. You might be familiar with some of the high end brands for pilot watches already. IWC and Breitling for example. They are known for their precision and automatic movements. A bit too expensive? Don’t despair, there are plenty of great cheaper alternatives like Citizen or Hamilton.


waterman pen gift for pilotsPersonalized Pen

Another great gift for your loved one! An engraved pen is always a meaningful gift. It doesn’t need to be a Mont Blanc, a regular one will do just fine. It’s the message from you which makes it a generous gift. Combine it with a special moment during the pilots career, like an upgrade, the first solo or the first commercial job and you have got something really special. Get one here.


I truly hope this article gave you some ideas. These gifts for pilots will most likely be loved by many. Do you have some gift ideas as well? Leave them in the comments so other readers can benefit as well 🙂 Much appreciated! Stay tuned for more content and YouTube videos. It won’t be long until I publish the next one! All the best and happy holidays! – Michelle

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/gifts-for-pilots/feed/ 1 10593 Become An Airline Pilot eBook – Bestseller /become-an-airline-pilot-ebook-bestseller/ /become-an-airline-pilot-ebook-bestseller/#respond Sun, 05 Jan 2020 13:27:53 +0000 /?p=10791 On the 18th of June 2018 I published my Become An Airline Pilot eBook. During the last 18 months it became apparent that it’s loved by many! We received awesome feedback and thought an article about the eBook was long over due. So, are you dreaming of becoming an airline pilot but don’t know how to achieve that goal? IContinue reading

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On the 18th of June 2018 I published my Become An Airline Pilot eBook. During the last 18 months it became apparent that it’s loved by many! We received awesome feedback and thought an article about the eBook was long over due. So, are you dreaming of becoming an airline pilot but don’t know how to achieve that goal? I can help you! Allow me to be your guide and together we can make it happen.

My eBook contains everything you need to know and be aware of to prepare yourself for takeoff. I am going to show you how to become an airline pilot, even when you think you are the last person on earth who can achieve that goal. Teaching you simply everything I struggled with, wasted time on and had questions about during my journey to become an airline pilot. Become an airline pilot. Explained from Alpha to Zulu in a clear and comprehensible way.


Inside this eBook:

How you can become an airline pilot
Chapters divided into 3 clear and comprehensible sections
  My tips and tricks
A true guide from Alpha to Zulu
Assessment preparation
And more! See below whats included…

Buy it now, delivered in seconds.


What others say about the eBook

I am reading your e-book now and must say it is quite fabulous. Congratulations on writing such a fine,
quality resource – David

I read the ‘before pilot training’ section as fast as I could before I went to sleep and I have to say this is exactly what the aspiring pilot needs, and I’m not just saying that I genuinely mean it. There is a lot of advice out there but this has much more clarity and definitely worth the purchase! – Adam

I honestly had no idea of what I would find in your book, but I have to say I was not prepared for something so extraordinary. I know many people compliment you on your beauty, but you have a truly sharp, brilliant mind. You have completely changed my understanding of what it takes to be a very good pilot. – Gilles

Your advice really helps and your E-book is AMAZING! – Igor

I purchased your ebook and it was amazing. I got so much knowledge from your experiences. Also, I can prepare myself for my interview because I already get the point from your book, so I have much confidence now. Thank you so much for sharing that experiences. Hope you will make another ebook soon. – Angelo

I have recently purchased your E-book, and i loved it. – Pocholo

Bought your ebook and it was fantastic, it really helped me a lot in my process. – Miguel

I am looking to forward to becoming a pilot and since I had many questions about becoming one, I bought your book which I found brilliant and extremely helpful!  – Rafael


Included in this eBook:

Airline pilot personality
Age requirements
The required pre-education
English & LPE
Math & Physics
Medical Certificate & Requirements
Integrated & modular course
The costs involved
Differences per country
Find a flight school
The selection process
The training phases

Licenses & Ratings
How to ace the flight training
ATPL Question Database
How to prepare for an Assessment
The ADAPT Test
The Airline Assessment Interview
Tips & Tricks
CV & Cover letter
CV Example
Over 100 HR & Technical Questions
Math & Physics Formulas
Checklist
Q&A’s

Become an airline pilot ebook


About the Author

My name is Michelle Gooris. I am a Dutch airline pilot living in Amsterdam. At the age of 19 I started my training at CAE Aviation Academy Amsterdam and completed the Airline Pilot Training in 2013. Two years later I obtained my first job as a commercial pilot.

In 2014 I started a YouTube Channel and called it DutchPilotGirl. I decided to use my channel in order to shed some light on the aviation industry. By sharing my experiences I hope to motivate and inspire people to make their dreams of becoming a pilot a reality.

After spending a couple of years in the aviation industry, I learned that taking responsibility, motivation and perseverance are key factors when it comes to achieving goals. With the right mindset, you can achieve anything in life, really! The road towards it will make you a stronger person.

I decided to write this eBook to offer specific guidance to those who wish to become an airline pilot. So, whether you don’t know where to start or preparing for your first assessment, I’ve got you covered. This eBook is full of my best tips and practical advice.


Become An Airline Pilot eBook

The Become An Airline Pilot eBook contains 57 pages of practical information. Explained from Alpha to Zulu in a clear and comprehensible way. Allow me to be your guide towards the right seat, I will not disappoint.

A High Quality PDF File
Read on a phone, tablet and computer
The eBook is optimized for all devices
Instant download of the eBook after purchase
The eBook can be printed as well
Free updates when the ebook is updated
  21.5 MB PDF file


Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an eBook?
An ebook is a digital book that you can open on your phone, computer and tablet.

Can I read this guide on my e-reader?
No, due to the images the eBook can’t be displayed in an e-reader.

How large is the PDF file?
The PDF file is 21.5 MB

 Is there a download-limit?
You can download this eBook 15 times on as many devices you like. Your download-link expires after 3 days.

Can I order a paperback version of this guide?
Not at this moment but you can print it if you prefer a printed version.

Does the eBook contain information that’s not on your website or YouTube Channel?
Yes! We’ve created all the content specifically for this eBook.

How can I pay?
Our shop system offers you direct download after a secure payment by creditcard or through PayPal.

I can’t find my question
Please email us at sales@dutchpilotgirl.com or use this contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Not convinced? Check out my eBook page here or the video below for more information.


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Aviation Headsets for Pilots – 2020 Review /aviation-headsets-2017-review/ /aviation-headsets-2017-review/#comments Sun, 05 Jan 2020 12:30:31 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=1856 Aviation headsets, another essential piece of equipment for any pilot. Unfortunately, aviation headsets for pilots are quite expensive and since you will most likely use them on a daily basis it is important to review your options. You don’t want to waste your money, do you? Hence, this article! I will be your guide and explain the basics and whatContinue reading

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Aviation headsets, another essential piece of equipment for any pilot. Unfortunately, aviation headsets for pilots are quite expensive and since you will most likely use them on a daily basis it is important to review your options. You don’t want to waste your money, do you? Hence, this article! I will be your guide and explain the basics and what you should keep in mind. I will also tell you all about my favorite aviation headset. Aviation headsets for pilots can last a lifetime, if you buy the right one ;)!

Flying Singe Engine Aircraft

Are you flying a small aircraft? In that case you will probably not spend more than 4 hours per day in a tiny space called a cockpit. Most likely you will not fly on a daily basis either. That is why, in my opinion, it doesn’t make sense to invest in an expensive headset in this case. The price difference between a basic and expensive aviation headset is astonishing and you need to ask yourself; Do I need a noise cancelling headset? One that fits your head as if you aren’t wearing any? Does it need to have fancy options like being able to listen to music? During my flight training in Arizona, I used a cheap and very basic headset. You don’t see many pilots flying Cessna’s with a Bose headset, unless they are instructors.

Flying Jet Aircraft

Spending more than 8 hours in a cockpit? Better cover your ears properly! Continuous exposure to a lot of background noise will contribute to tiredness, stress and in the long run you will lose the ability to hear certain frequencies. When you fly commercially it is definitely wise to invest in a proper aviation headset. Noise cancellation, certain features like Bluetooth connectivity and definitely comfort are desired by most airline pilots. “Expensive” aviation headsets usually have a better fit. Hence, your ears won’t hurt after a 4 legs duty.


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The ASA HS-1 is the aviation headset I used during my flight training. This relatively cheap headset will do just fine while flying small aircraft. Probably the reason why many flight schools promote this one. Comfortable, good quality and for a reasonable price. So in case you don’t want to spend loads of money and are in flight training or fly single engine aircraft for fun, look no further!


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This super soft and double foam headset is a perfect aviation headset for pilots that want a little bit of everything. The David Clark H10-13.4 is a very comfortable headset with gel and undercut ear seals to protect your ears from noise. The low-profile volume control knob with detent settings is great when flying in different aircraft with varying noise levels. A little bit more expensive than the ASA HS-1 Aviation Headset but also a lot better to be honest. Even some airline pilots use this headset. There is also an advanced noise-cancelling microphone available for this headset. This aviation headset is most commonly seen in the general aviation scene. 


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Interested in the best aviation headset? Definitely go for the Bose A20. Almost every airline pilot has this one due to clear audio with active equalization, less clamping force and greater active noise reduction than the conventional aviation headsets. The customizable audio prioritization control lets you mute an audio signal when receiving an incoming transmission, or mix the two together. Bluetooth or no Bluetooth, you can customize this headset just the way you want. The only downside of this headset is the price. However, this one is a real once in a lifetime expense, if you maintain it properly.


I hope the above helped you in forming an idea and gave you a clue about what to keep in mind while purchasing aviation headsets. My favorite is the Bose A20! If you liked this article you might be interested in my reviews about Pilot Sunglasses and Pilot Bags as well.

Which aviation headset do you currently use? What features do you look for in an aviation headset? I am eager to learn about your experiences!

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Medical For Pilots – The Requirements /medical-for-pilots-requirements/ /medical-for-pilots-requirements/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2019 14:53:21 +0000 /?p=10088 Medical for pilots and the requirements. Height requirements, weight requirements, wearing glasses, being color blind or having diabetes. In this article, I discuss what a Class 1 medical consists of and cover all of the medical requirements to become a commercial (airline) pilot. This article is based on the EASA and FAA regulations. Keep in mind that any flight schoolContinue reading

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Medical for pilots and the requirements. Height requirements, weight requirements, wearing glasses, being color blind or having diabetes. In this article, I discuss what a Class 1 medical consists of and cover all of the medical requirements to become a commercial (airline) pilot.

This article is based on the EASA and FAA regulations. Keep in mind that any flight school or company has the right to restrict these regulations further. Therefore, I highly suggest you call or send an e-mail to an aviation medical centre or the flight school you have in mind, in case of any doubts about the requirements. On a side note, if you are still looking for the perfect flight school, you might find my eBook “Become An Airline Pilot” useful.

Why do pilots have to pass a medical?

In order to legally operate an aircraft, all pilots have to hold a current medical certificate. This certificate is obtained by going through a medical examination. The medical examination is necessary in order to make sure that the holder of a pilot license is (still) in a sufficient state of health to properly operate an aircraft.

There are 3 classes and they are categorized as follows:

  • Class 1 medical – Commercial pilots (CPL (A), ATPL (A))
  • Class 2 medical – Private Pilots (PPL),  Sailplane Pilots (SPL) or Balloonists (BPL)
  • Class 3 medical – Air Traffic Controllers

Class 1 Medical

The Class 1 medical certificate is required for all pilots that use their CPL, MPL or ATPL license in a commercial way.

The annual medical check is a complete body check that consists of the following items. Make sure you go through them and check whether you are aware of something that might stop you from becoming a pilot. If that is the case, it is wise to do a medical check at an aviation medical center before applying at a flight school. In all other cases, a medical check usually takes place after you passed the flight school selection process.

Blood Test

A bit of blood is taken to determine the hemoglobin level in your blood. The total cholesterol is determined at the initial examination and at the age of 40.

Urine Test

During each examination your urine, that you produce on site, is examined for glucose, blood and proteins.

Vision Test

Of course, your eyesight is of vital importance. As an airline pilot, you will have to deal with factors that can influence vision and your interpretation. Examples are reduced oxygen at high altitudes, night flights and fatigue.

At each inspection, your eyesight is tested in the vision screener at 30-50 cm, 1 meter and 5 meters. If you wear glasses, the doctor or nurse will first measure without and then with your corrective glasses/contact lenses. For the medical certificate, your visual acuity should be 0.7 (6/9) or better in each eye. The visual acuity of both eyes should be 1.0 (6/6) or better.

Wearing glasses doesn’t mean you are unable to pass the examination. A lot of pilots wear them so don’t worry.

Color Vision Test

Can you become a pilot if you are bit color blind? Yes! Actually, many people are color blind without being aware that they are. There are specific tests to check the amount of color blindness, but the most common one is the Ishihara test. The Ishihara test with 24 different pictures is considered passed if the first 15 pictures, presented in a random order, are identified correctly.

You might ask yourself, why is it important to see colors? It’s because everything in aviation is color coded and being able to discriminate between colors results in a better depth perception. For example, a PAPI or Precision Approach Path Indicator, consists of a set of lights that can either be seen as white or red. The color is determined by the angle at which they are looked at and they serve as an indicator for the pilots to determine their approach path. Two red and two white lights mean the approach path is correct. More red lights? The aircraft is below the approach path. More white lights? The aircraft is above the approach path. So what happens if you can’t see the difference between white and red? I guess you get the point.

 

Class 1 medical for pilots

Physical Examination

You will be physically examined on the basis of your medical certificate. In addition to the mobility, coordination, balance of your body, your eyes, ears, heart and lungs are also examined for possible defects.

Additional Research

Additional research is necessary at certain intervals. These intervals depend on your age and whether you have a medical indication. Examples are an ECG and audiometry.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

The purpose of the ECG is to obtain information about the functioning of your heart muscle. This is achieved by placing electrodes on your chest, wrists and ankles. The ECG is taken at your initial medical examination and then every 5 years until the age of 30. After that every 2 years up to the age of 40 and annually up to the age of 50.

Lung Function Examination (Spirometry)

During the lung function examination, the doctor will assess the function and content of your lungs. In most cases you are asked to insert a mouthpiece between your lips after which you breathe in and exhale as fast as you can.

Hearing Test (Audiometry)

Your hearing will be tested by pure tone audiometry during the first examination. You will hear sounds through headphones at different frequencies and intensities. The hearing loss shouldn’t be in excess of 35 dB at any of the following frequencies 500, 100 or 2000 Hz or more than 50 dB at 3000 Hz in each ear. This test is carried out up to the age of 40 every 5 years and every 2 years thereafter. The hearing test is taken in a soundproof cabin.

Eyeball Pressure Measurement (Tonometry)

The pressure in your eyeball will be measured by a sudden puff of air. The research is done during your initial inspection and on indication that something is not as it should be.

Height

In the Class 1 medical there is no limitation regarding height. Of course you have to be able to fly an airplane without any troubles caused by your length. That is why most flight schools and companies take a minimum length requirement of 157.5 cm and a maximum length of 203 cm. This is due to the space in the cockpit and the possible seat and/or rudder pedal adjustments.

Weight

The only limitation regarding body weight is the Body Mass Index when it is equal or greater than 35. When passing a BMI of 35, extra risk assessments need to be done regarding the cardiovascular system and other systems which might be at greater risk due to the high BMI.

Diabetes Mellitus

Unfortunately, commercial pilots in the Netherlands with diabetes mellitus requiring insulin are examined as unfit and therefore not able to fly. Pilots with diabetes mellitus not requiring insulin are also examined as unfit unless it can be demonstrated that blood sugar control has been achieved and they are stable without any hypoglycemic episodes.

Pilots with diabetes mellitus who do not require medication, may be assessed as fit to fly when the use of anti diabetic medications are not likely to cause hypoglycemia. In Ireland, England and Canada, it is possible to fly when insulin is required, but only under very strict conditions. Regarding the FAA regulations ,whenever there is no glycosuria and the pilot has a normal HbA1c, the license can be issued normally. However, in most cases regarding diabetes mellitus a personal FAA decision needs to be made in order to check whether the pilot is fit or unfit to fly. More info about Diabetes can be found here (thediabetescouncil.com).

There are other health conditions which might lead to being examined as unfit. Not all are mentioned above as regulations per country , medical institute, company or flight school can change at any time. In case you are still in doubt about your health and whether it will affect the outcome of a medical examination, it is always wise to contact an aviation medical centre or check out these (Guide for Aviation Medical ExaminersGuidance for medical certification of EASA pilots by condition) sources before a selection process.

I hope this article gave you more insight in the medical requirements for a class 1 medical. The class 1 medical is the most restrictive class. If you are considered unfit for a class 1 medical you can still apply for a less restrictive class 2 medical and still fly privately.

Please comment below if you think something should be added to this list! For everyone who is taking steps to become a pilot, you can take a look at my app for pilots called ‘Preflight by DutchPilotGirl’. Have a great day guys and I hope to see you soon!

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How a Pilot Packs For A Weekend Trip – Travel Tips! /weekend-trip/ /weekend-trip/#comments Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:11:08 +0000 /?p=9757 Packing and unpacking my suitcase on a daily basis goes hand in hand with my life as an airline pilot. Most layovers take 2 or 3 days and can be compared with a weekend trip. In this blog post I will tell you how I pack for a weekend trip and provide you with some tips and tricks as well.Continue reading

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Packing and unpacking my suitcase on a daily basis goes hand in hand with my life as an airline pilot. Most layovers take 2 or 3 days and can be compared with a weekend trip. In this blog post I will tell you how I pack for a weekend trip and provide you with some tips and tricks as well.

If you travel often, you probably realize it’s beneficial to reduce the overall weight of your luggage. You will face a lot less hassle if you do. For example, you won’t be charged with any last moment overweight fees during check-in. So how can you reduce the weight? Start with the suitcase itself since it’s the biggest factor when traveling light and efficient is your goal.

So which suitcase should you go for? There are a couple of things to take into consideration. I usually make sure all my items fit in one cabin size suitcase. That way, I make sure my uniform and personal items arrive at the same destination as I do. So go for a suitcase that’s big, but not too big to carry on board. Usually the airlines use the following size for their economy class allowed luggage: 55 x 40 x 23 cm / 21,7 x 15,8 x 9,1 inch. I am using the Baggallini Getaway Travel System!


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When you fly with low cost airlines it is very likely that the airport ground staff counts the trolleys. When the airplane has been fully booked, a maximum amount of trolleys is allowed on board. Once this cap has been reached, the remaining trolleys have to be loaded in the hold. In order to reduce the chances of your luggage ending up in the hold, you either have to book priority/speedy boarding, carry a backpack/bag or use a 2 wheel under seat carry-on. Still required to store your hand luggage in the hold? Take out your valuables, any device containing a battery and don’t forget your keys and passport.

Have you ever heard of packing cubes? I learned about those a couple of years ago and they are a true life saver. Packing my suitcase became so much easier and a lot less time consuming. Packing cubes come in loads of different shapes and sizes. They enable you to keep everything neat and organized while at the same time using the least amount of space possible. I am currently using these. In case you don’t yet own a couple of packing cubes, try rolling up your clothes instead of stacking them in order to save some space.


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If I have to operate a flight myself followed by a layover, I wear my uniform and easily store all other required items in my carry-on. Whenever I am proceeding somewhere as a passenger with another airline, I make sure I wear multiple layers of clothing. That way I can easily take everything along.

So why not just check in a suitcase instead? The thing is, my suitcase got lost once already and if you travel frequently it becomes so much easier when you don’t need to wait for your luggage to arrive at the baggage belt after each flight. That is why I try to fit everything in just one cabin size suitcase.

Consider leaving items at home which can be bought easily or which are more of a luxury. Face masks, lotions, high heels in different colors and accessories can take up a lot of space and in my opinion are items you can easily live without for a couple of days. Forget about the non essentials 😉

So by now you are probably wondering which items I always carry with me, no matter where I am going. Well these are the things I consider mandatory and they always fit in my awesome carry-on:

  • Laptop
  • Chargers
  • Camera
  • A jacket
  • Adjustable bag
  • Toiletries
  • 1 pair uniform shoes
  • 1 pair regular shoes
  • Flipflops
  • Uniform
  • 2 Jeans
  • 1 sweater
  • 2 tops
  • 1 t-shirt
  • 4 pairs of underwear
  • 4 socks
  • Swimwear
  • Powerbank


  • Storing your socks in your shoes works as well! Make sure your external battery pack is not fixed to your carry-on since that’s no longer allowed.


    Weekend Trip


    So how do you pack your suitcase for a weekend trip? Is there anything you think I should add to this list? Want to know more about my favorite travel destinations? Check out these blog posts! More into aviation related articles? I’ve got you covered! Check out my eBook about how to become an airline pilot if you need something to read while traveling 🙂 That’s all for now, stay tuned for more videos, pictures and blog posts! All the best, Michelle

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    Top 10 Airline Pilot Travel Hacks and Tips /travel-hacks/ /travel-hacks/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:00:49 +0000 /?p=9226 Airline pilots travel all over the world and they know all the in’s and out’s regarding travelling, packing suitcases and airports. Today I share my top 10 airline pilot travel hacks with you. 1.     It all starts with the right suitcases and bags. Travelling light and efficient is one of the quickest ways to make your life super easy whileContinue reading

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    Airline pilots travel all over the world and they know all the in’s and out’s regarding travelling, packing suitcases and airports. Today I share my top 10 airline pilot travel hacks with you.

    1.     It all starts with the right suitcases and bags. Travelling light and efficient is one of the quickest ways to make your life super easy while on the go. This requires bags and suitcases which are comfortable but at the same have enough space to carry whatever you need.

    When talking about hand luggage I suggest to buy a bag which can be used as hand luggage. Efficiency is key, so find a bag which is ideal for the beach and city trips as well. I use the Anywhere Large Hobo bag from Baggallini. It’s a great bag for those activities and does exactly what it needs to, in any condition, wherever I am on the planet.


    Travel Hacks


    2.     Do stand in the que before boarding! When you are flying low cost, usually the ground staff only accepts a certain number of trolleys. After that cap has been reached, all remaining trolleys need to be stored in the hold. This means that in case you just had one single trolley with you, now all your device and valuables have to be stored in the cabin since electronic devices shouldn’t be stored in the cargo hold. Apart from that you will also need to wait at the luggage belt to pick up your luggage.

    There are basically two ways to efficiently deal with this:

    –       Stand in the que for half an hour in order to make sure your trolley will be accepted in the cabin
    –       Don’t wait in the que and take a handbag or a bag without wheels. Usually they’ll let you take any kind of hand luggage as long as it is not a suitcase/trolley.

    Again, this depends on the kind of suitcase you are taking with you. My handbag is the perfect carry-on bag.


    3.     Get yourself a couple of packing cubes in order to save space and to keep your clean clothes separated from the dirty ones. The large compression cube is see through to help you find essentials with just a glance and mesh fabric helps to keep things fresh and ventilated. I always travel with a couple of these in my suitcase or bag. My uniform and my clothes have to stay neat, clean and well ironed.

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    4.     Toiletry Kits. Make sure to bring a small toothbrush with toothpaste, Facial refreshing towels, hand cream, a hairbrush in combination with a mirror. Nothing is worse than the feeling of being dirty after spending hours in the same seat. You can organize and identify the items easily by using a transparent bag.

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    5.     I don’t think I need to mention to bring chargers and travel adapters. What I do think is important to mention, is to make sure you don’t buy any suitcase with a built-in charger. Airport Securities don’t accept these kind of built-in non-removable batteries in the cabin as they can catch fire. A suitcase which contains a charger plug/battery which can be removed from the charger is perfect though.

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    6.     Be prepared for another ice age. This means you should take a sweater and warm socks with you in case the temperature is not the desired one. I am mainly talking about the temperature in the airplane. I made a video about this subject: Why is it always so cold or hot in an aircraft?


    7.     Avoid gaseous drinks and food as this increases the likability of having pains in the stomach. On a short flight you will be ok, but on a 12 hour flight it is best to simply avoid those kind of beverages. The same goes for food. Usually the airplane food is not the healthiest food on the planet. Make sure you eat well beforehand and to take some fruit with you.


    8.    Stow your passport and important items in a specific divider in your bag. In this case you never lose it. Also, scan your passport & credit card and email them to yourself. This provides an extra copy of each in the event of loss or theft. In order to easily access these documents you can save them on your phone. That way you also have access to them in case you have no internet connection.

    In case you use RFID credit and debit cards, protect them! Apparently it’s easy to skim them if they are in an unprotected wallet. That’s why I use the Take Two Crossbody by Baggallini to store my cards while I am travelling. It has a RFID protected interior with 5 card slots.


    9.    Sign up for the frequent flyer programs, even if you are not a frequent flyer. After just a couple of long haul flights you will have enough points to upgrade your seat or a discount on your next flight.


    10.  Is tax free, really tax free? No, at some airports it isn’t. So don’t get scammed and check local prices and currencies against the prices at home. Most international airports do offer tax free shopping. Since I am sure none of you will ever run late, you should have a couple of minutes to browse a bit.


    That’s it, some of my travel hacks! Do you have travel hacks which aren’t mentioned in the article? Be sure to comment below so we can all benefit from each other’s knowledge! In case your travel plans bring you to Amsterdam you should definitely check out this article. Wondering what it’s like to be a female pilot? I wrote about that too! All the best, Michelle

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    Pilot Salary – How Much Do Airline Pilots Earn? /pilot-salary/ /pilot-salary/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2019 15:27:38 +0000 /?p=9085 How much does an airline pilot earn? Is it worth it to take an expensive pilot loan in order to become an airline pilot? These are some of the most asked questions I receive. In this article I will answer these questions and tell you everything about the real pilot salary of an airline pilot. I would like to startContinue reading

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    How much does an airline pilot earn? Is it worth it to take an expensive pilot loan in order to become an airline pilot? These are some of the most asked questions I receive. In this article I will answer these questions and tell you everything about the real pilot salary of an airline pilot.

    I would like to start by mentioning that the salary you earn or will be earning is important, but not THAT important. It goes without saying that the airline pilot salary has no relation with happiness or personal wellbeing/health.

    As an airline pilot you could be earning no money at all, a little bit of money or a lot of money. There is simply no standard regarding salary since it is affected by numerous factors and conditions. Think about the location, operation, supply and demand of pilots, function, seniority, age, experience etcetera. As an airline pilot you have to ask yourself what kind of person you are and which industry fits best with your dream life and expectations. It makes no sense to earn a lot of money while at the same time you are unhappy with the current state of affairs.

    Pay To Fly

    Could you be earning nothing at all as an airline pilot? For sure that can be the case. Imagine a fully qualified pilot graduate with a pilot loan of €150.000,-. There are no airline jobs since the market is fully saturated. Only one airline starts to hire and literally thousands of pilots apply for that specific position. In the meantime pilots have to pay back their loans and the situation slowly deteriorates. This means that at some point, pilots will do anything to obtain a position as an airline pilot which results in some airlines taking advantage of the situation. This happened not too long ago, some airlines decided to hire people who would go that far to even pay for their own line training without receiving any salary. Think between €40.000,-  and €50.000,-.

    In times of the economic crisis, there were even some companies who let their pilots pay for their line training. So the pilot was actually paying to work. This is called Pay To Fly and luckily, as far as I know, it’s a thing of the past.

    Europe

    In general, airline pilot salaries of First Officers in Europe lie between €1800,- and €6000,- net, per month. For captains this lies between €6000,- net and €12000 net (and up). I know this sounds like a lot but you can’t compare airlines by net salaries. It is also important to look at the contract, the expenses, the secondary benefits, pension, roster etcetera. Also, don’t forget about the enormous costs to become a pilot in the first place.

    Expenses:

    In my previous company I had a self-employment contract. I had to pay taxes myself and had no basic salary. In the meantime, during my line training, I earned an extremely low salary while at the same time I was sent out of base, paying for hotels every day as well as all my transfers and food.

    A quick calculation: out of base to Palma de Mallorca during the holiday season and having to book a hotel for 5 days costs at least €600,-. I guess you understand that at the end of the month my salary was spent entirely on expenses. This was the situation during my line training, after the line training you are considered more experienced and as such my salary increased.

    Contract:

    Of course the kind of contract also has a big influence on the pilot salary. A contract with a fixed salary every month is great when you fly just a bit but not when you make 95 hours every month. A contract which has a basic fixed salary and significant net additions when you pass the monthly minimum hours can get you a way higher salary at the end of the month compared to any fixed contract. The latter means you will make less money during low season (winter) in most cases.

    Economy:

    The current economical situation also affects the pilot salary. In times of high demand and low supply, pilots can sometimes negotiate with companies in order to obtain better contracts with better conditions. Airlines are known to increase the salaries and benefits as well during periods of high demand.

    Seniority List:

    All major airlines have seniority lists, which means you start at the bottom with a specific level when you enter and according that level your salary is calculated. The first couple of years pilots don’t earn that much but after a while this salary level increases way beyond any other salary in another company without a seniority list. The time you spend with the company matters.

    Age and Experience:

    Your age as well as your experience also affect the salary. This is the same as in any other industry, the more experience you have the more valuable you become.

    Location:

    The location matters as well, countries that are known to have higher living costs also come with higher salaries. Take Switzerland for example, the cost of living are (much) higher than in any of the surrounding countries. Thus, so are the salaries. You can’t really compare a pilot salary in South America with a pilot salary in Europe for example and you should take this into consideration.

    The Middle East and China

    The big bucks can be made when working for companies in the Middle East and China. Earning on average $10K net a month as a First Officer or $20K net a month as a commuting Captain. Many European pilots want get rid of their pilot loan as soon as possible. Hence, quite a bunch of them made the decision to spend a couple of years in the China or the Middle East. In Europe, paying back a pilot loan is not that easy as the average starting salaries are lower and the taxes are higher.

    Business Aviation

    Flying business jets is a whole other story. Salaries can be incredibly high when working for a company or an owner but they can also be extremely low. Business jet pilots are often away from home for extended periods of time and most of them receive per diems while on duty. These per diems are tax free. Besides, a business jet pilot can receive tips on a regular basis (depending on the kind of operation) and even though this is not calculated in the net salary, it does increase your income, sometimes substantially.

    In the business aviation the biggest factor to influence the pilot salary is the size of the aircraft. A pilot flying a Bombardier Global 7500 easily makes 4 times as much as a pilot flying a Cessna Citation… Crazy.

    So is it worth to take an expensive pilot loan in order to become an airline pilot? Yes, it’s the best job in the world!

    I hope you now have a general idea of the Airline Pilot salary. Remember, whether you have a high or low salary, you can’t buy happiness 😉 In case you have any questions about this subject, be sure to leave a comment below! Interested to learn more about the profession? Check out how you can pay the pilot training or view some of the other articles about aviation here. Not so much into reading? I create videos as well which can be found on my YouTube channel.

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    Amsterdam – The Best Things To See & Do In My City /amsterdam/ /amsterdam/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2019 11:31:01 +0000 /?p=4039 I live in the city center of Amsterdam, in an area called Jordaan which is located near the canals and bridges. Only 5 minutes away from dam square and Leidseplein. Let me tell you my secret places of Amsterdam in order for you to experience the real Amsterdam life! Whenever I am at home, you could actually find me in one of the places.

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    I live in the city center of Amsterdam. About 5 minutes from Dam square and Leidseplein, in an area called the Jordaan. You can find lots of restaurants, small boutiques, canals, bridges and cute houses. Heard of Anne Frank? Her house is also located in the Jordaan next to the famous Westerkerk. You are about to find out the best kept secrets, things to see and do when you visit Amsterdam! Whenever I am at home, you could actually find me in one of these places.

    By bike or foot
    Let’s start with the beginning. Are you a person who loves to walk or go by bike? Personally, I do almost everything on foot but when you have a limited amount of time to spend in Amsterdam, it is more efficient to go by bike! You can easily rent a bicycle and hostels as well as hotels are known to provide their guests with bicycles during a stay. Keep this in mind though, there are more bicycles than human beings in Amsterdam. People grow up riding bicycles and it’s considered normal to not wear helmets. Practice a bit before actually taking a bicycle for a spin and avoid busy shopping streets.


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    Coffee & Tea
    Interested in the skyline? There are multiple rooftop bars all around the city. My favorite place is located near Amsterdam Central Station. It is the Skylounge of the DoubleTree Hilton hotel. You would expect loads of tourists, considering it’s on top of a hotel and all but it’s actually one of the less busier places. Enjoy a quiet drink while enjoying the amazing views this bar has to offer.

    I go there quite often and always order a latte macchiato or green mint tea. It comes with a free “refill” and Dutch people love free things. In case you are hungry: their nachos are the best! Talking about nachos, another great place where you can find me all the time is Van Zuylen, a little cafe on one of the canals. It’s located in the Jordaan near Anne Frank’s house. Some other places I like: Coffee & Coconuts, KoffieSpot, Blue, Bagels & Beans.

    Coffee shops
    Even though I am from Amsterdam,  I have never tried a cigarette or visited a coffee shop in my life. Unfortunately, I have no clue which coffee shops are the best for you to visit. I guess the only thing you need to do is to follow the crowd and the smell. It will automatically lead you to the plants. The same counts for women in the area called the red light district or De Wallen. I can’t tell you more about that either but I am sure there are lots of reviews on the internet.

    De 9 Straatjes / The 9 Streets
    A visit to Amsterdam is incomplete unless you walked though the 9 streets, in Dutch: ‘de 9 Straatjes’. It consists of 9 small streets, separated by canals. There are loads of boutiques, unique coffee places and restaurants. Make sure, make absolutely sure you take a (glutenfree) wrap on the go from The Lebanese Sajeria. The atmosphere is great and you will not find anything like it. Hence, you will see tourists making pictures all the time and I am guilty as well. The view with the boats in the background is always impressive. Nowadays the area is becoming popular but it’s still one of the lesser known secrets of Amsterdam.


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    Food
    It is a crime to stay in Amsterdam and not eat fries with mayonnaise and a Frikandel Speciaal. A Frikandel special is a sort of sausage with curry, mayonnaise and onions. The first thing I do when I arrive back in the Netherlands is to proceed directly to the snack bar and buy that combo. I suggest you do the same and find a place where they sell fries. My favorite places: Snackbar Vleminckx or Mannekepis. Basically, any snack-bar will do. For the hardcore fries lovers, take a bike and cycle to Par Hasard. A place where you can eat some of the best fries in a restaurant environment!

    Mannekepis is located on the Damrak and it’s the only reason to visit this street. It’s touristy and it’s full of souvenir and candy shops. Just around the corner you can find the best Ice cream you ever tasted, it’s called Van der Linde. More into pie? Go for a piece of apple pie at Winkel 43, don’t forget to add some whipped cream though! You can find all sorts of food in Amsterdam, some of my favorite restaurants: Castell, Happy happy joy joy, Rakang, Pazzi.

    Shopping
    For the shoppers amongst us, make sure you visit the Kalverstraat. This is the main shopping street where you can find all the known brands. Weekends are crowded and Monday morning is the best time to shop. There are a couple of department stores as well, like the Bijenkorf or Hudson Bay. Everything is located within walking distance and since you are around anyway, why not take a healthy Juice from Juice House? I always take the Appleberry Lush with extra ginger. I love ginger!

    The Haarlemmerstraat and Utrechtsestraat are lesser known shopping streets but also interesting when you have plenty of time in Amsterdam. Into Markets? Check out the daily Albert Cuyp Market as well as the surrounding neighborhood “De Pijp”.


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    Hotels
    There are plenty of solid options when it comes to lodging! The hotels downtown are of course a tad more expensive but they are worth it. Staying downtown means you get to truly experience Amsterdam. Everything is within walking distance and you get to see all the best spots. More into budget opportunities? Look for a nice  Airbnb or a hotel a bit further from the center.

    Special Events
    Visiting Amsterdam in April? Don’t be surprised if you find yourself amongst loads of people dressed in orange clothing. On the 27th of April we celebrate Kingsday, it’s basically a huge party (nationwide) and great fun! In August another well known event takes place: Pride and the famous canal parade, you don’t see this everyday. In October it’s time to dance during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE). If you happen to be in Amsterdam during one of these events, you are expected to take part!


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    Nature & Relax
    People who love to relax should visit one of the many green parks. I live nearby Vondelpark which is one of the biggest parks in Amsterdam. It is quite busy though, so don’t expect to be the only one! In case you go, visit Albert Heijn to buy some drinks and snacks and take a blanket with you to sit on. You will have a great day! At some parks you can still take a barbecue 🙂

    Rent a boat! 
    Still possible nowadays but that might change at some point. It’s one of the best ways to experience Amsterdam! It’s not that expensive and you don’t need a sailor license/certificate, happy days. Weather forecast looks promising? Make a reservation as soon as possible because loads of other people have the same idea;) There are plenty of nice spots along the channels to go for a bite to eat or just a refreshing drink. Some examples: Hannekes Boom, Waterkant, Loetje aan t ij, Strand Zuid and many more.

    Entertainment
    You probably didn’t fly to Amsterdam to watch a movie. But if you did, there are multiple cinemas in the city. Pathe and the Filmhallen are the most popular ones. We are a small country, so instead of creating voice overs we just add subtitles. Meaning: the movies are displayed in the original language. We also have Escape rooms, Theater, Cabaret, Casinos and a vivid night life scene but I guess you already knew that 😉

    Whenever you have a limited amount of time, skip the museums. Many tourists visit Madame Tussauds, Anne Frank House or Heineken Experience which is great when you have a couple of days. However, these museums come with big queues, starting in the early morning.


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    How to get there
    The easiest way to get to Amsterdam is by airplane. Schiphol is one of the biggest airports in the world and I am sure you will find it easy going, it’s truly well designed and I am not just saying that because I am Dutch 😉 From Schiphol you can take a taxi, bus or train to the center of the city. Renting a car is also an option of course.

    • Taxi: A taxi ride costs between €35,- and €60,- depending on your exact destination.
    • Bus: A bus ride costs around €6,- and it takes you to Museumplein, Rijksmuseum or Leidseplein. From there you can take trams anywhere. When you exit Schiphol Plaza, go for bus 397. Click here for more information about this connection.
    • Train: The fastest way to get to Amsterdam Central Station is by train, it takes 14 to 17 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at Schiphol Plaza. More information here.

    Public Transport
    The public transport in Amsterdam is great. It makes sense, works most of the time and it’s cheap. Get yourself a OV Chipkaart add some credit and you are good to go. It’s used to pay all public transport options in Amsterdam (trams, busses, subway and trains). Buying one at Schiphol Plaza is probably your best option.

    Not that interested in city trips? Check out the Philippines or perhaps Thailand! In case you need to figure out how to get through your ATPL exams before you have time to travel again, check out this article about the ATPL exams. Either way, you should definitely come over at some point. In case you have tips of your own or want to share your experience, please leave a comment below.

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    Math and Physics – Why a pilot needs to understand these subjects! /math-and-physics/ /math-and-physics/#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:10:35 +0000 http://dutchpilotgirl.com/?p=2616 Math & physics and their significance in aviation. Is it important to know how to calculate? Everyone uses a calculator when things need to be calculated, right? And do you actually need to understand physics when you are piloting an aircraft? I received tons of questions about math and physics. It seems there is still a lot of uncertainty about thisContinue reading

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    Math & physics and their significance in aviation. Is it important to know how to calculate? Everyone uses a calculator when things need to be calculated, right? And do you actually need to understand physics when you are piloting an aircraft? I received tons of questions about math and physics. It seems there is still a lot of uncertainty about this subject so allow me to enlighten you.

    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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    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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