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This Pilot’s Incredible Instagram Account Shows Earth From The Cockpit

An airline pilot by the name of Christiaan van Heijst is drawing lots of attention for what he does in the cockpit of the large jets he flies.

A self-described traveler, airline pilot, adventurer, photographer and admirer of natural light, the 34-year-old has racked up thousands of Instagram followers for the stunning pictures he takes 38,000 feet above earth.

Currently a senior first officer on the Boeing 747-8 and 747-400 Freighter, Heijst has also logged thousands of hours of flying time and a photo roll that would make astronauts jealous.

According to one of his photos, Heijst says you won’t find a photo of him on his IG account: “I absolutely prefer to stay behind the camera instead of in front of it. My photos should not be about me and my ego, but about the views that that I capture and the moods I try to convey.”

The closest thing to a selfie is a photo of his hand with the caption, “Flying under a blue super moon, we are crossing central Iran and the whole world is illuminated by the major lunar lightbulb that casts her magic all over the world. Ever since I was young I’ve always been in awe of the moon and her special light. On nights like these, where Im am one of the very few privileged people to see the planet from 38.000ft, I let my hand rest on the glare shield in front of me and play with the delicate light and shadows from the moon above.

“I love night flights like these. A private show of the most beautiful light and landscapes I could wish for.”

Just take a look at some of his photos.

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A massive display of St Elmo’s fire on our windscreen during our night flight over the Brazilian Amazon. Caused by the huge buildup of static around the airplane from the clouds around us, it shows a bright purple and pink corona discharge of luminous plasma around the windscreen and other parts of the airplane. Normally quite harmless, but it could potentially indicate an impending lightning strike on the cockpit windows. #stelmosfire #airplane #aircraft #boeing #boeing747 #747 #cockpit #flightdeck #weather #nature #cloud #cloudporn #crewlife #pilotviews #avgeek #aviation #flight #flying #static #storm #lightning #instaweather #instagramweather #instaaviation #instagramaviation #instadaily #instagood #instaphoto #jpcvanheijst #nikon

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Presently with about 8,000 hours in his logbook, including roughly 3,500 hours on the 747, Heijst says he still considers himself privileged to fly for a living and enjoy a life in the sky. You can find out more about him (and see what he looks like!) on his blog.

[h/t Business Insider]

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