Dutch Pilot Girl https://dutchpilotgirl.com Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 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 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.


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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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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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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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