Some words about
I was born in Peine (Lower
Saxony) in October 1961. Since then so much has happened
that I don't want to bother you with details here. Instead
I'd like to present a short CV on the next page (basically
kind of a "The Story so far...") with some
additional remarks here about my personal eccentricities,
ideas and hobbies.
After some jobs in Hamburg,
Osnabrueck, Duesseldorf and Guetersloh I'm now living
in Bavaria since April 2003; to be more precise in the
beautiful "Oberpfalz" region, about 15 miles
north of Regensburg.
I am married with a grown
up son, however I live separated from my family for
I worked in the management
of an American software company until June 2009, primarily
in Business Development, Sales and Special Projects.
From 2009 until March 2012 I was finally able to dedicate
most of my free time to my hobbies, finally after too
many years working too long hours.
long sabbatical and running my own agency for 2 years
I returned to the industry, working as Sales Director
Germany for an internationa company.
In my spare time I enjoy various hobbies but the
most important of all is music. I do not only love to
listen to music, I also compose, record and produce
my own music in my small home studio. Over the last
couple of years I collected several guitars, bass-guitars,
keyboards plus too many other devices to mention them
all here. If you are interested to learn more, please
feel invited to visit my "Music" section.
Other hobbies include reading books (especially SF
and scientific orientated books), photography (Canon
EOS 40D and EOS 350D with various lenses and additional
equipment) , sports (inline skating, jogging and biking),
surely computers and also meeting interesting people
from all over the world...
In summer 2004 I added another hobby to the list
above. I purchased a tiny 50ccm Scooter to enjoy cruising
in fantastic hot weather that year.
was unfortunately that over time my two wheeled vehicles
In March 09 my "infection"
escalated to a brand new BMW R1200RT motorbike.
More pictures of my motorised hobby can be found
in the "News/Photo Album" section. ;o))
Some more info to get a better picture of me??? Well,
here we go...
- I am a vegetarian for some years now and
eat nothing that has to be killed; neither
meat, chicken, fish, snails nor frogs... ;o)))
- I'm living perfectly well without a TV!
- I love 'dry' scientific books and simulation
software, especially the Microsoft Flight
Simulator is a favorite toy now for more than 20 years.
Well, that is now a good introduction to my latest
and at the same time oldest hobby/interest/passion:
Since I was a kid I was captivated by
aviation and astronautics, space exploration and so
on. I used to dream a lot about piloting a plane and
maybe become an astronaut one day... ;-)
After finishing school this dream was by far my greatest
motivation to join the armed foces with just one goal:
to become a pilot and officer.
Well, I achieved
this goal, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and
successfully finished my helicopter training but then
I had to accept in 1985 that I was not compatible with
the army, despite bright prospects and - well - my pilot's
job there. However due to the changes in the political
landscape I could not accept to serve any longer - my
conscience and (even more so) my honour simply forbade
In summer 2010 I decided to give my oldest
passion a new try and signed in to get a private pilot
license. In October 2010 the training began with the
German radio license, in January 2011 the flight theory
training began and ended March 23rd with the exam. In
the meantime I passed the medical and also the security
checks... (strange world we live in!)
2011 I was finally airborne again and on July 27th I
passed my final exam after 39:26h in the air, 219 landings
and 45:14h logged block time (the minimum to get approved
for the exam ist 45 hours).
My JAR-FCL (PPL A) SEP
pilots license was then issued on July 29th and I was
in heaven again as Pilot in Command. YEEEEHHHAAAAA!!!!
...and the madness continues... - I aquired all available
radio licenses in the meantime, earned my night flying
qualification, got rated for complex aircraft with retractable
undercarriage and constant speed propellers and topped
this all when I bought my own airplane in spring 2013,
a 1966 Mooney M20F with 200HP, 360 cubic inch displacement
engine, 4 seats, retractable undercarriage and constant
speed prop... - top speed almost 200 miles per hour,
6:30h endurance and 1100 miles range....
That's more than "living your dreams"...
- I wouldn't even dare to dream about this a few years
That's it for now... - as long as nobody asks for