15 August 2018

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Feature: Benjamin Sanders from Germany

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Feature: Benjamin Sanders from Germany


We had the chance to interview 43-year-old Benjamin Sander who lives in Höltinghausen near Cloppenburg, Germany with wife Christine and kids, Emma and Piet. Benjamin is a technical manager for a company that provides onsite machining and 3D measurement services all over the world. He loves to fly whenever he can, whether it's to get to another place for business, or just flying during his free time.

What do you love most about flying?

The love for flying is a little bit different for me since I fly privately and also for my business.
I love private flying as my hobby, flying with my family, enjoying the freedom and possibilities, relaxing, watching beautiful landscapes and also as a little challenge (straight-line, procedures, new airport/areas.)

For business flying, it's having the advantage of quick jumps to our sites or for a meeting. I drive around about 50.000 km per year in my car and I try to replace the time on the street with airtime as often as possible.

What is your favorite aircraft?

I own a quarter of a Cessna 172RG from 1980 - since the ninth month, we're on a first-name basis. Before I flew a Cessna 172SP and Piper PA28, it was a conversion from them to the RG-model.

What's your favorite destination so far?

I like flying to Norderney (EDWY) - it's just a short trip, and we can walk to the beach, have a good day with my family and comeback shortly before sunset.

For business trips, the airports in Leipzig (EDDP), Hamburg (EDDH), and Finow-Eberswalde (EDAV) are my favorites.

What is your dream travel destination?

I've dreamed about flying in the area of Cape Town, South Africa. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to make it during my last visit.

How did you come across Air Navigation Pro?

I've tested many software products and using Air Navigation Pro, is the best for my requirements. Also, the price is good for the service that you provide.

What are the 5 best things that you like about our app?

- Planning a route is quite easy - you can optimize the route with one finger (insert additional waypoints to fly round ED-R). Changing of the planned height in the profile (elevation with airspaces) is a good feature.
- Restoring of saved routes for recurrent trips
- FVK - I can see just in time the position where I am to transfer to FIS ... Perhaps that button can increase a little bit.
- Quick availability of charts (also for other countries)
- Zoom-function for the elevation and airspace window
- Can connect to simulators

Have you tried other navigating apps? And how do you find these apps in comparison?

Yes, I have - just last week, I used MobileFlightDeck and the month before, I used ForeFlight. Both software was deleted from my devices after a few tests. Many features are not available or they're hidden in the apps, also the apps are not suitable for my use.

SkyMap is a software that two of my C172RG alliance use, I like the trip kit feature, my favorite on that software, but using it during the flight (perhaps in a not-quite-air) is not pleasant. I actually send my route to a guy who uses SkyMap and they prepare the trip kit for me... not the best way, but possible.

Can you please tell us a story of the best times you have had with our app?

Sorry, I don't have a specific story because I am happy with your software all the time.

If you could talk to non-users about our product, what would you tell them?

Easy-to-use, intuitive and great usability during flight.

What do you when you're not flying?

Family! I'm also a founder of a technical club for kids from 6 to 11 years to teach them technical issues outside of school (started 5 years ago).

What do you see yourself doing three years from now?

I'm always looking for new challenges in occupational and private things. My dream is to work in the management of a company with reference to aviation, e.g. airports, aircraft producer or maintenance.

What is your favorite flying memory?

I flew to Helgoland while I was in flight school and there was nothing around us, just a small little point on the horizon. The FI told me that we should land there. At first, I couldn't believe that it was possible, but I made it possible without problems and without the help of the FI. It was the most beautiful day of flight school.

Last year I flew to Croatia, right at the coastline - that was very pretty. The controller sent us to a height of 500 ft above the sea level because of incoming traffic to Pula. After 15 mins, I asked is I could increase the height, and he only asked if I couldn't swim. At the end of the discussion, he told me, "enjoy the beauty of my country!"

What would you tell non-pilots about the joy of flying?

It is the best hobby you can choose! And it isn't more dangerous than other hobbies if you just follow all the procedures correctly.

Most people in aviation are pleasant guys with the same target: enjoying their hobby!

We must be thankful for the chance to do this hobby - many people can't do it because of health or because flying is expensive.

Do you have an Instagram/Facebook/Twitter account?

Yes, I have Instagram and Facebook, but I am not very active in these things (remember, I have two kids).

You can check out Benjamin on Facebook and Instagram.

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Blue Skies, 
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