Just shortly after Easter i was invited by a Pilot flying for TAP in Lisbon to join him on a trip to São Paulo, which gave me the chance to experience what the work of a pilot looks like by myself.
I flew Transavia from Munich to Lisbon on the day before, which was my first flight with the airline, to get a glimpse of the city before departing to SBGR (São Paulo Guarulhos Airport). The flight was great and especially the crew was very nice to all passengers and offered me the chance to visit the cockpit after landing to take a few photos and have a chat with the captain.
On the following day it was time to go and while boarding CS-TOK through the stairs at the second entry I was heading for the cockpit. After a warm welcome by crew and pilots and after all preparations for takeoff were completed we were ready to start the 10hour flight to São Paulo, where TP089 is supposed to land just before dawn.
The flight was amazing and i was explained everything from the smallest knob on the overhead panel to the workflow of transatlantic flights.
After 40h in the city of Sao Paulo it was time to fly home, after meeting up with two great guys in the city and getting a glimpse of brazil. The new international terminal at the Guarulhos airport was great for some last planespotting before boarding and has also been a good chance to capture some traffic, we don’t see everyday in Europe, like a Passaredo Linhas Aéreas ATR72.
The flight itself was amazing. Especially the sunset and the night were a great opportunity to take photos and were spectacular to watch. We even had a lot of thunderstorm cells to watch while cruising through the night over Brazil and nearing the equator. After a 9h flight we landed in LIS earlier than expected due to the wind over the atlantic ocean, and i have taken over 400 pictures on that single flight!
I`ve also visited the Museu do Ar, which is an aviation museum just west of Lisbon, and defintely worth a visit as they present a lot of very rare aircraft in a good condition, such as a C-47 or a Super Constellation Cockpit. Pictures are included in the gallery below.
Final words: I would like to thank the TAP pilot, who invited me to accompany him on this trip and who explained me a lot about aviation. Also a big thank you to the crew of both flights, who were very professional and very nice! Despite those i want to mention the director of the museum who gave us access to the beautiful aircrafts on display and also a thank you to the crew of my Transavia flights to Lisbon and back to Munich for the great flights and the chance to take a glimpse into the cockpit.