Dear followers and fans of SWISS. My name is Florian and I will be your Instagramer of the month in February, giving you insights into my work as a First Officer on the BAe Avro RJ100. I have been flying on our short-haul network for about one-and-a-half years now and will regularly share photographs taken while en route to various European destinations from my home base of Zurich.
We operate to most of the European destinations in our SWISS route network and also handle all scheduled SWISS flights to various destinations from Basel.
Two special airports in our network are City Airport, located not far from the financial center of London in the United Kingdom, and Florence Airport in Tuscany, Italy. Both places have a rather short runway and require extra training in order for us pilots to fly there. The Avro exclusively serves these airports as the Airbus family of aircraft in our fleet are not certified for that. I look forward to taking you along virtually!
I myself wanted to fly for a living all my life. I started flying gliders at the age of 17, single-engine and multi-engine propeller aircraft at the age of 20 and flew on a jet aircraft for the first time at SWISS at the age of 24.
I fondly remember my training in the United States, where general aviation is a lot more integrated into people’s lives and indeed a tool to experiencing freedom. There you are able to fly almost everywhere without much hassle. My most adventurous flight so far was on a multi-engine Cessna 340 from the State of New York all the way to Iceland via Canada and Greenland, together with two more experienced pilots.
Anyway – that’s all about me for now – I hope you enjoy the photographs I get to share with you, follow us @FlySWISS.