About me

aboutThe dream to fly comes true!

This blog tells my story – from zero flight hours all the way into the cockpit. I don’t aim to sit in an airliner. My goal is to fly small airplanes to remote places. As you can see on the picture aside, I love to go back to the basics of flight. I am an old school guy who likes to read charts and to fly by compass and time. I like to keep it simple.

Every pilot’s career is different. For many an aviation carrier means to pay back money for years and that is not what I want. I take small steps. It will take years to get where I want to be. But along this way I want to be free and mostly out of debt.

Why I want to fly small planes? Many people wonder about that and there is a simple answer. As a little boy, maybe five years old, I decided to become a Beaver pilot to research beavers. Of course I have never been serious about becoming a scientist, but I always wanted to fly those planes.

I would be happy to see comments from time to time. I answer questions as well – feel free to ask!

2014 – 2015
Location: Centennial, Colorado
Worked on: Instrumwnt rating, Commercial
May 2013 – July 2014
Location: Chur, Switzerland
Worked on: Time building, High Performance/Variable Prop

May 2012 – May 2013
Location: Biel, Switzerland
Worked on: Conversion FAA – EASA

October 2011
Location: Davos, Switzerland
Worked on: Validation FAA – EASA

September 2011
Location: Pitt Meadows (CAJ8), Vancouver BC, Canada
Worked on: Seaplane Time, 50hr Course

August 2011
Location: Kenmore Air (S60), Seattle WA, USA
Worked on: Seaplane Rating

June 2011
Location: Paine Field (KPAE), Seattle WA, USA
Worked on: Private Pilot Certificate

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Patrick says:

    Hi Flo!
    Have you considered a blog post summarizing your expenditures for the various courses and modules you did? I’m a fellow Swiss aspiring pilot, and I’m considering going the FAA-then-EASA route as well. It would be interesting to see how much the “finished” licenses cost you all in all. Would love to hear from you.

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    1. Ciao Patrick πŸ™‚
      My PPL in Seattle cost me $7500 and took me two months (while a German guy did it within two weeks but that was just crazy). I will write a blog post about all costs as soon as I’m in Denver. For your information, I am a dual citizen and don’t know a lot about that security stuff… πŸ˜‰ happy landings and thanks for your comment!

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    2. Hey Patrick,
      quick update on the IR costs. I purchased a 10hr block for the simulator for $550. Instructor costs $55/h. Only 10 simulator hours count towards the IR, after that I need 30 hours in the real plane. Unlike with EASA, it is possible to share hours with another student if both are a required crew member. This is the case when one pilot is under the hood. This means I can fly about 20 hours for half price, $60/h. So I suppose my IR will be extremely cheap. I track all my expenses religiously and will tell you when I am finished. Cheers πŸ™‚ PS: Made a quick pessimistic calculation and the total will be around $5500 including everything, even books, ground school and iPad apps.

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  2. Alex says:

    Hi Florian, did you visit Terni LIAA last July on Cessna Skylark? Nice to find you there and… here as well! Cheers, Alex the spotter (Aerodata.it)

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    1. Yes this was me and my family, travelling with the Antique Airplane Association of Switzerland (a-a-a.ch).

      I think it’s great that you are spotting small planes, to me they are much more interesting!

      We finished now our Giro d’Italia. We saw beautiful places like Stromboli, Capri and miles of sand. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your comment! Ciao!

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  3. Alex says:

    I’ll get H-MC on Aerodata shortly and a small box about A-A-A trip on JP4 Italian magazine soon.

    All the best and see you again in our Country

    Alex

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