Introducing Capt. Kreutzer: From a childhood dream of becoming a pilot to a career in medicine and back again… After a lifetime of learning it’s now my turn to be the teacher.
I was born and raised in the South West of Germany in a town near Stuttgart.
When I was child, I always dreamed of becoming a helicopter pilot and if you ask my mum, she would say I always had an interest in flying. However, I never thought it would be possible for me because I wore glasses and I was told that in order to be a pilot I must have perfect eyesight. So I gave up on that idea pretty quickly and began looking at different career paths that I enjoyed.
My path turned to emergency medicine and after working for a couple of years as a paramedic, I went to Medical school, graduating as a medical doctor. I really enjoy the action and the teamwork in emergency medicine.
But funny enough, looking back at this time, I notice that I always got really excited to do the handover with the air ambulance.
After so many years in University I decided that I wanted to expand my cultural horizon, so I took some time off to travel.
I visited the United States first to see some of my friends. When I went to America, I had an idea that I wanted to do a trial lesson – after all it is the country of big dreams! I never even did a trial lesson in a plane because the first lesson I had was in a helicopter and I LOVED IT. For me this trial lesson changed my mind about so many things – especially about my career options.
I didn’t waste any time, once we had landed back from the flight, I checked my bank account and within a few weeks I had sold my apartment, I applied for a student visa and I began my PPL training in a helicopter. After gaining my license I continued hour building and training until I had my instructor license.
Whilst in the USA I was lucky to see the most amazing views of the West Coast from the air. Then working as an instructor in Florida, I was able to see beautiful views such as dolphin swarms and the incredible Blue Golf of Mexico. This was the part I enjoyed, you could never see these kinds of views from the ground.
After 4 amazing years in the US I began missing good old Europe, so I decided that it was time to come home. I didn’t want my flying career to end now, after all I had given up everything and worked so hard. So, I decided to do a conversion and gain my European license.
The helicopters fly the same in Europe as they do in America, but I needed a bit more training to do the conversion and gain my European license. Luckily, I found some great instructors in the UK to help me achieve this and I gained my Flight Instructor License again for the European standards.
Now I am here, and I am so grateful and happy to be working for an amazing team at Elstree Helicopters and I am super excited to meet all the students and help you reach your dreams just like I did!