Pilots may have a demanding job but it has not stopped them from sharing their glamorous lifestyles on social media. Seen is Maria Fagerström, a 27 years old pilot. Picture: Instagram.
Pilots may have a demanding job but it has not stopped them from sharing their glamorous lifestyles on social media. Seen is Maria Fagerström, a 27 years old pilot. Picture: Instagram.

Inside the sexy and glamorous world of airline pilots

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Aug 23, 2019

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Meeting the pilot of your flight is usually something that happens very rarely. You may see them boarding the plane and informing passengers of the flight progress from time to time, but the minute you step outside the plane, chances are you would have forgotten them. 

Enter the age of Instagram, a time when pilots are using their good looks and luxury lifestyles to their advantage. 

Pilots are up there with celebrities, fitness models and foodies on the Instagram hierarchy. 

One of them is Raymon Cohen from Amsterdam. 

With over 68K followers, Cohen says that the best engagement he receives is on pictures of himself in his pilot uniform and ones of him in front of the aircraft.

“I started with Instagram when my brother encouraged me to use the app. He said it was Facebook for pictures. It did not strike me as being a place where I could showcase my aviation life, so I posted images of nature. One day, I decided to post a picture of myself in my pilot's uniform. 

“The picture got 100 likes, which surprised me as the usual images I posted received half of that. I slowly started to show my followers more about my life, and it began to gain traction,” he says. 

Posts of him these days usually garner a few thousand likes. 

Other Instagram pilots like Patrick Biedenkapp receives anything from 20k to 50k likes on his posts. 

The 31-year-old German pilot, who flies to remote destinations around the world, has over 676k followers on Instagram. Biedenkapp, who flies for a major German airline is known as Pilot Patrick.

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Look me in the eyes and tell me where I could fly you to 👀 I would love to fly you anywhere even to the moon and back 😜 But unfortunately I’m at home preparing for my first simulator recurrent training as a Captain 👨🏼‍✈️ #pilotpatrick #aviatorfamily . . . (De) Schau mir in die Augen und sag mir wohin ich Dich fliegen soll. Es wäre mir eine Freude Dich überall hin zu fliegen, selbst zum Mond und zurück! Doch leider bin ich zu Hause und bereite mich auf mein erstes Recurrent Training im Simulator als Kapitän vor. . . . #uniform #maninuniform #suit #caree #aviationgoals #berlin #pilot #captain #careergoals #blogger_de #maleblogger #aviator #aviationgoals #suitstyle #mustfollow #airbus #cockpit #aviation #avgeek #viralpost #instagramaviation #piloteyes #aviator #fly #businessman #humpday #menstyle

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When he has spare time, he uses it to generate content for social media. He told IOL Travel last year: “ If I am not flying, I try to explore as much as I can. I use my layover time to discover new places and people. It is during this time I try to get as much content as I can for my followers.

“My followers love to discover new places and to hear about my travels.” 

Biedenkapp usually posts shirtless pictures, some of him in the cockpit and of him exploring different destinations. 

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𝘈𝘯𝘻𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘦 What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas🕺🏼Have you been? I don’t stick to this, I’ll share almost everything with you 😜 The @bellagio is the hotel I associate with this crazy city first 🏨 That’s why I’m excited I can stay in one of their fabulous bath tubs 🛁 #MGMAmbassador @mgmresortsintl #pilotpatrick . . . (De) Was in Vegas passiert, das bleibt auch in Vegas. Warst Du schon mal hier? Dies gilt jedoch nicht für mich! Ich teile beinahe alles mit Dir. Das @bellagio war schon immer das erste Hotel welches ich mit dieser verrückten Stadt in Verbindung bringe. Daher bin ich umso erfreuter einer ihrer Badewannen mit Aussicht genießen zu dürfen. . . . #lv #lasvegas #mgm #bellagio #travelgram #travelblogger #nevada #bathtub #hotel #hotellasvegas #luxuryhotel #beautifulhotel #luxurylife #vacay #urlaub #usa #vacation #jetset #fastlife #malemodel #bloggerstyle #fitman #instagrammer #reisen #instalife #mustfollow

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Maria Fagerström, a 27 years old pilot from Sweden, has 472k followers on Instagram.

Her bio states: "Female pilot in a male-dominated industry giving you insight into the aviation world with a purpose to inspire and empower others." Her page is a mix of aviation, modelling and travelling.

In one of her recent Instagram posts, she revealed her flying schedule.

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Here’s some aviation facts for you! Did you know that airline companies use standard weights for all passengers when calculating the mass and balance? We assume that an adult weighs 84kg (~185lbs), a child 35kg (~77lbs) and your bag is 13kg (28lbs). However, these figures can sometimes be far off from the truth.* ⠀ ⠀ Wouldn’t it be better if there was a scale weighing every passenger before boarding the plane to get more accurate figures? What do you think? 👍 or 👎? ⠀ ⠀ So why do we have to know this? It’s essential to know our mass and balance limits prior to each flight to allow for proper trim setting for take-off. As the distance from the airplane’s tail to the ground when rotating with flaps 1 is only 33cm(‼️), and we wouldn’t want to scrape our beautiful tail with the runway 🛫⚠️

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"Pilots in my company work on a fixed schedule with 5 days of work, and then 4 days off. And of those five working days, some can be “standby days”, which means I can get called into work at any time. It’s mandatory to stay within one hour of the airport on those days. So when I’m out and about (most probably on the beach 😎) I bring my uniform and flight bag with me - just in case I’d get called in for duty 🛫 #ReadyForDuty 😉." (sic).

Eva Claire Marseille, a Hong Kong-based Boeing 747 pilot with 141k followers, also posts images of her exploring, but she uses her page to create awareness around her job. 

Majority of her images is of her wearing her uniform as she shares tidbits about her career. In one post, she reveals: “Some months I really have a ‘suitcase life’ with lots of layovers. I got better at packing over time, for example, I now bring travel adapters with me for every country ;)” (sic). 

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