German pilot Patrick Biedenkapp has made a name for himself on social media. Picture: Instagram.
German pilot Patrick Biedenkapp has made a name for himself on social media. Picture: Instagram.

10 questions with Instagram sensation Pilot Patrick

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Sep 17, 2018

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German pilot Patrick Biedenkapp has made a name for himself on social media. The 30-year-old pilot, who flies to remote destinations in the world, has over 400 000 followers on Instagram. Biedenkapp, who flies for a major German airline is known as Pilot Patrick.  Clinton Moodley spoke to Biedenkapp to find out about his profession and his travels.

Patrick, tell us how did you get into this profession? 

It was never a dream to be a pilot. The desire to fly developed when I graduated from high school. As my love for aviation and travel grew, I knew that being a pilot was the job for me.

Can you recall your first flight? 

It was a local flight to Zadar in Croatia around ten years ago.  It was a small propeller aeroplane, and I was with a flight instructor at the time. The take-off gave me goosebumps. Everything happened so fast, but it was an incredible experience.

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Anzeige | Stay cool at the pool 💦 Not traveling anywhere without my swim shorts and @eucerin_de to protect my skin from sun ☀️ What do you always carry in your luggage? 🌎 Read my new blog post on WWW.PILOTPATRICK.COM about Barcelona and the importance of sun protection #pilotpatrick #awareness #eucerinsun . . . #pilotlife #pilotapproved #safecompanion #sicherebegleiter #visitbarcelona #fitmen #sunnymoments #sunscreen #sunprotection

A post shared by Patrick | First Officer(@pilotpatrick) on Sep 15, 2018 at 8:01am PDT

What are the challenges of flying? 

One of the challenges is being able to adapt to changing situations. These include airport layouts, weather conditions or crew compositions.  It can also be challenging being alert and concentrated, especially at 4 am in the morning.

What is your favourite place to visit? 

That’s easy. I would have to say Barcelona. The city has a unique vibe with great beaches.

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Unbezahlte Anzeige. My happy place Barcelona🌴 The mini vacation was too short to visit all my favorite spots 😌 but my sky office is calling again 🛫 Where have you planed to go on vacation next? 🗺 #pilotpatrick #wanderlust . . #visitbarcelona #minivacation #travelers #pilotlife #jetset #summerstyle #menstyle #summeroutfit

A post shared by Patrick | First Officer(@pilotpatrick) on Sep 11, 2018 at 8:14am PDT

Can you describe a day in your life? 

No day is ever the same. If I am not flying, I try to explore as much as I can. I use my layover time to discover new places and its people. It is during this time I try to get as much content as I can for my followers.

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Non-stop jetting ✈️ Always happy on board no matter if I am the pilot or passenger 😄 Which seat do you want...window or aisle? 💺 #pilotpatrick #goodvibes . . #airtravel #free #crew #flying #businessclass #instagramaviation #upgrade #freeflight #catering #germanblogger

A post shared by Patrick | First Officer(@pilotpatrick) on Sep 12, 2018 at 8:06am PDT

What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

Besides getting paid to travel, I have the best office view of the world. Every time I see a sunset or sunrise up in the sky I know why I fly.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

I always struggle to remember my last departure airport. I know, it is hilarious! After being to many destinations, I think it is normal that you cannot recall the last departure airport immediately, however, I still find it embarrassing (laughs).

With all that time flying and exploring exotic destinations, do you ever have spare time? 

Most of my spare moments are used to generate content for social media. My followers love to discover new places and to hear about my travels. I also try to make time for sport or going out for dinner with friends.

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[UNBEZAHLTE ANZEIGE] Airplanes and me: a never ending love story 🛩 Tag a friend who is also an #aviationlover 👍🏼 I am looking forward to sharing my fascination with you live tomorrow 🙌🏼 Check my Instagram story for my Meet & Greet 💁🏼‍♂️ #pilotpatrick • photo by @ni_ls_h • #businessjet #global #luxurylifestyle #pilot #suit #hugoboss #dior #aviationblogger #avporn #avgeek #sundayfunday #aviationlover

A post shared by Patrick | First Officer(@pilotpatrick) on Jul 15, 2018 at 8:17am PDT

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would like to be a captain (He is currently a first officer). I would love to fly a combination of long and short haul flights. Berlin is my hometown at the moment, but I could also imagine to live now and then close to the beach. By then I hope social media is still popular and I can continue to inspire my followers and help aspiring pilots with my tips.

What is your advice for aspiring travellers? 

Planning and preparation is the key to any successful trip.  The journey starts as soon as you board an aircraft.

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