Born and raised in The Netherlands in 1983, I was drawn to the sky from an early age and decided at the age of 12 that I had to become a pilot.

Starting with glider flying at the age of 14, I obtained my PPL private pilot license even before my drivers license. As an eager beginning aerobatics pilot, I competed with the Dutch National Aerobatics Championship and ended as the first place winner in the beginners class in 2003 at the age of 20. 

I'm currently captain on the Boeing 747 Freighter; the Queen of the skies.

Early start

At the age of 20 I was hired by ACMI-specialist Denimair as a First Officer on the Fokker 50 Turboprop. Flying the wonderful Fokker 50 for almost 2,5 years with operations ranging from European contracts, to flying for local African airlines and military operations and adventures in Afghanistan that have left a deep impression on me ever since.
In 2006 I joined Transavia, flying as a First Officer on the Boeing 737. In that time I was also working as a ferry- & testpilot for Southern Cross International.

Flying the Queen of the Skies

After 4,5 years on the Boeing 737 my dream came true; I was hired as a First Officer on the Boeing 747-400 at the age of 27 as one of the youngest pilots in the world to fly the first 747-8 that entered service that year.
I have been flying the Boeing 747 now for over ten years and have seen a large variety of destinations and landscapes from that flightdeck, leading to the position of captain today.
Presently with close to 9,000 hours in my logbook, including over 5,500 hours on the Boeing 747, I consider myself extremely privileged to fly for a living and being able to document the world from above.


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