Thursday, October 20, 2016

Binzento's Coffee Interview Series: An Interview With Aviation Blogger/ Aviation Expert Pilot Patrick

  Binzento's Coffee Interview Series
An Interview With Aviation Blogger Pilot Patrick

The beauty of the blogosphere allows people to share a variety of topics they are knowledgeable about. Try typing in any keyword or hashtag on Google and you are bound to find someone somewhere writing about it.

To be honest, there are tons of shit posts out there. With so many opinions and so many loud noises, one can only take anything on the Internet with a grain of salt.  

My definition of a ‘quality blog’ or ‘blogger’ perhaps is defined by consistency and info validation. Not only they have to have their own voices, but should show they’ve done some research and their opinions are backed with facts. Earlier this fall, I came across an aviation blog – It’s very much different than what I usually read about, but that doesn’t stop me from learning.

For the second Binzento’s Coffee Interview series, I sat down with pilot Patrick B, who also runs a successful aviation blog. The 28-year old pilot is currently living in Barcelona and Berlin and is the First Officer for a private aviation company. Taking passengers and flying them to all over the world has also given him the opportunity to sight see many destinations. Now with his expertise

Patrick’s blog entails his technical knowledge about aircrafts, the aviation business and travel adventures. With his day-to-day documentation and photos, whether it’s at the airport, at the cockpit, or in a destination, we feel like we are flying with him. Though I have almost zero knowledge about aircrafts, I have to say I’ve learned a few things while following.
What makes you decide to become a pilot?

Who did not want to become a pilot when they were young? It was definitely a process over many years, which finally led to the decision of becoming a pilot. It is more than just a profession; it is a passion for me. I could not imagine something cooler than an office which takes to beautiful places. Additionally you get to meet interesting people and you need sunglasses all year around!

For a more detailed answer check out my corresponding blog post.

What do you like most about flying?

Aviation is fascinating me over and over again! Great technologies have been initiated in the former decades and great inventions to come. Flying means for me that I connect places and people in a minimum amount of time. This feels like freedom.

You must have flown to many destinations in your career, which are your most favorites, where do you want to travel next?

So far I have been flying within Europe, Russia and to some countries in North Africa.  One of my most favorite destinations is Lisbon. It is an amazing city with so many good vibes. Lately I had a flight to Iceland for the very first time. This was exciting since I have not flown this northern route before. Unfortunately we did not stay overnight. But now it is on my travel list. Next city I am traveling to is Vienna in Austria.
Tell us about your aviation/travel blog? When did you start it?

I am really proud of having my own blog since this summer. It has been and amazing project and has been a lot of fun but also a lot of work.

What do you hope to achieve in your blog and the kind of message do you want to deliver to your readers and fans?

In the first place I want to thank all my followers for the great support on Instagram with this blog! I noticed that many of my aviators, that is how I call my followers, had a lot of aviation related questions. In my opinion this is the best way to answer their questions and to reach as many as possible to help them eventually with their career.

Additionally I want to give a genuine in sight view of my life as a Private Jet Pilot. The Business Aviation branch is still quite unknown and therefore really interesting. Besides my travel advices I want to show that it is possible to life a healthy lifestyle even when traveling as much as I do.

How would you describe you sense of style?

It is a chic streetwear style. I like to combine basic clothing with stylish accessories. I rather like to wear dark clothes but I here in Barcelona I definitely dress differently. More colors and a style which is related to to the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Do you have a particular fashion designer(s) or label(s) you like most? and why?

Not in particular. I like to buy clothes because I like them and not because it is a certain brand. For me is the quality and the production location really important. Brands that I like are for example. The Kooples. I like their fashion because it is classy and modern at the same time. They pay a lot of attention to details and quality. Diesel Black Gold is also a great brand because they pieces are sometimes really high fashion but I do not like that they start to care less where they produce.

Flying long hours could be energy draining, how do you keep yourself motivated and healthy?

A big motivation is always to have the best office view I can imagine. Even when it is grey on the ground I will see the sun after departure. To stay fit I choose my food wisely and do enough sports. The schedule during summer can be quite tight so I try to get up early for a morning workout. Sometimes I convert my hotel room to gym and use my TRX and do bodyweight exercises. 20 minutes can be enough. During duty I am usually gone from home for a week, so I pack organic and healthy food in my suitcase. I recently published a blogpost about me being a Foodie Pilot.

Want to share with us any upcoming plans, projects or gigs you are working on?

My blog is still really young and I am looking forward to sharing some aviation related posts and also about my private lifestyle. Next Sunday I will have my very first interview with a big newspaper. Something absolutely new to me!

Want to know more, follow Patrick’s adventure via social media

Instagram: @pilotpatric
Facebook: @pilotpatrick
Snapchat: pilot_patrick
xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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