21 January 2019

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Feature: Christofer Rossi from Sweden

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Feature: Christopher Rossi from Sweden

Christofer Rossi is a 26-year-old helicopter pilot from Sandviken, Sweden. Before he started flying, he used to compete in cross country skiing and biathlon. Now, he works for Arctic Air and spends his free time going on sightseeing flights usually in a Swedish ski resort. He and his dad shared the same passion for flying.

What do you love most about flying?

There are a lot of things I love about flying, but the best part for me is all the magical moments you get to experience. To be able to land pretty much anywhere you want and see places that would be difficult to reach on the ground is just incredible. Sometimes I have to pinch myself while flying just to see if I am dreaming or if it's real.

What is your favorite aircraft?

It's hard to say because it usually depends on its purpose. For the type of flying that I've been doing so far, I just love the Bell 206 Jet and Long Ranger that we have in our fleet. It's really impressive because somehow it still flies like a dream even though those aircraft are almost 40 years old (thanks to the awesome maintenance guys who keep it that way). 

Aside from that, I'm also a huge fan of the Cherry Red Bell 429 WLG with the white/red MAG interior Bell that has displays around the world, despite the fact that I'd rather be a bush pilot than flying VIP. It's such a gorgeous aircraft!

The Airbus H130 is a true favorite as well. I've never flown any of them though, so who knows if I would feel the same if I got the chance.

What is your favorite destination so far?

Since I just started my flying career, I haven't gotten the chance to see many places yet but so far my favorite (without a doubt) is Vuoggatjalme in the northern parts of Sweden where I spent more than two months this past summer. With only 8 permanent residents and about 100 km to the closest urban area, it's not for everyone, but the surroundings are just wow. 

What is your dream travel destination?

There are so many places that I dream about that I can't possibly choose just one. To name a few; flying safari lights and transfers in Botswana, scenic flights in South Africa, air tours in the Grand Canyon, USA and heli-skiing in BC, Canada.

How did you come across Air Navigation Pro?

I came across Air Navigation Pro when I was in flight school. When I was a student, we were taught how to use regular paper charts but sometimes our teachers let us use the app for training purposes.

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

- A user-friendly interface that is well made and easy to understand, and lots of simple but very handy tools like the 2,5,10 min marks on the heading line.
- The possibility to share your flights so your family can keep track of you and follow your journey.
- Being able to see other Air Navigation Pro users on the map when they're flying, which increases your situational awareness.
- A good selection of aeronautical charts and databases.
- The automatic logbook and flight recorder.

Have you tried other navigating apps?

I have taken a look at Sky Demon which seems to have some handy features as well but I didn't like their layout and charts, so the decision to stick with Air Navigation Pro was an easy one. It has a much cleaner look and its easier to understand, together with better features overall.

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

The best one yet has to be me and my friend's trip from Sweden to the Czech Republic in a MD500 last November 2017. My friend is a flight instructor and I joined him in his flight, I was in-charge of  the navigation and radio communication.

Unfortunately, due to some bad weather, our trip was delayed and it lasted longer than planned although it was still worth it.

Prior to that trip, I only had one day to plan for it and I was really happy that I have my Air Navigation Pro app available. With it, I could try out different routes in an instant and save the best ones as separate legs. While flying, it also gave me all the information I needed and made my task a lot easier.

This was also the first time I got to try out the flights sharing feature. On our way back I shared our flight with my mother and uncle, so they could keep track of us all the way from the Czech Republic to Sweden, via Germany and Denmark.

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

I would tell them about Air Navigation Pro's clean look and user friendly interface, all the great features that it has, and also give them a quick demonstration on my iPad. It makes flight planning a breeze and increases your situational awareness in the sky. Go give it a try!

What do you do when you're not flying?

At the moment, I only fly during summer. If I'm not in the sky, I rent out skis, I work as a customer support agent for an airline and a caretaker/janitor. In my spare time I like to go skiing/snowboarding, snowmobiling during the winter, riding my mountain bike during the summer, and photograph all year-round.

What do you see yourself doing three years from now?

Staying healthy and flying full time somewhere in the  world, whether it be here in Sweden or in another country.

What is your favorite flying memory?

One I will always remember is when I got the chance to follow a reindeer herding in the Norwegian side of the border. Our helicopter had a 50-hour inspection and we took off at 17:40 from home base. The herding was estimated to take 3-5 hours, but due to warm temperatures it took us the whole night and we eventually shut the helicopter down at 08:41 in the morning, clocking 14:8 hours on the engine. I was awake and on the ground all night and only flew when we had to get more fuel, but with blue skies and a sun that never really set, I couldn't complain.

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

Flying is something everyone should try at least once if they have the chance to do it. I've been dreaming about it since I was young and my dad, who also had a dream of becoming a helicopter pilot, took me with him on a few sightseeing flights.

I always thought that it would be fun to be able to fly myself, but at the same time it felt so out of reach for me that maybe I didn't have what it takes to do it.

Fast forward 10-15 years and look at me now. Still have a massive amount of things to learn and experience to gain, but with enough will and determination, it's definitely possible. Being up in the air is such a liberating feeling, you get to see places you probably wouldn't otherwise and there will always be something new to learn.

You also get to meet amazing people along the way! So keep on dreaming, never doubt yourself and fly safe out there! It's the best office in the world!

Find out more about Christofer's journey on Instagram.

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