Ladies and gentlemen, this is your First Officer speaking! Welcome on board…
Who am I?
Let me introduce myself. My name is Jeroen Schonewille and I am 26 years old from the Netherlands. I am an aviation enthusiast, aviation photographer and airline pilot. AviaView is the name of my personal photography website. On this website I show you my best and most interesting pictures mainly with focused on aviation.
Aviation has always been my passion. When I was a child I always looked at everything that was flying. Smaller aircraft over my house and also the big airliners flying over at high altitudes were always fascinating me. My first flight on an airliner to a holiday destination in Turkey at the end of the 90’s really started the passion for aviation. Sometimes I traveled to a regional airport with my grandparents to watch airplanes landing and taking off.
I have always wanted to become a pilot ever since my first flying experience. During the time of secondary school I already made the right choices for subjects to have the best profile to become a pilot. In the year of 2011 I finished my secondary school and that same year I decided to make my childhood dream come true: to become a pilot. I orientated myself on which flying school I wanted to go by visiting open days of various flight schools. I did a few assessments for different flight schools. I passed the assessments at Martinair Flight Academy in the Netherlands, one of my preferred choices of flight schools. In August 2011, at the age of 18, I started the pilot training as an ATPL Integrated Course at the Martinair Flight Academy. After more than two years of intensive training and flying through the busy airspace of Europe I graduated as a commercial pilot in January 2014 holding a Commercial Pilot Licence. Too badly I finished my pilot training when the job market was very bad because of the financial crisis. Aviation did not recover fast enough, therefore it was a really hard time to find a job. In the meantime I did other aviation related jobs on the ground at KLM and worked as an cabin attendant with the Dutch low cost airline Transavia.
In the beginning of 2018 I finally found myself the job I was looking and hoping for the last years: just over more than four years after finishing the pilot training I finally succeeded to get a position as First Officer within one of the biggest low-cost airlines in the world. I started the type rating for the Boeing 737NG in May 2018. As of the second half of 2018 I am finally about to take take the skies in the best office of the world!
The hobby of making pictures of aircraft started back in the year of 2007. That year I went to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with a small pocket-size digital camera for the very first time to photograph some airplanes. All those aircraft landing and taking off really impressed me that day. They impressed me so much I decided to make this my hobby. Shortly thereafter I decided to buy my own first digital camera. Over the years I also started photographing all kind of things other things of my interest, like the weather and nature. Currently I am taking photos and video with the following equipment.
- Canon EOS 80D DSLR
- Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS Type II
- Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
- GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition
- iPhone XS
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. I try to answer your questions as soon as possible. Please find above my social media channels to get in touch too!