Hans Pallaske

Parachutist pilot and more

Take a few ingredients such as passion for flying, a high degree of technical knowledge, a thirst for adventure, many tools, attention to detail and most of all commitment - and you already have – as Hans did – a two-seater plane yourself. He went on adventurous flights with his "Kitfox", including trips to England, Southern Italy and Spain.

In 2004, Hans Pallaske found his way to the Flying Bulls and primarily worked as a pilot of the Pilatus PC-6 to drop parachute jumpers. However from there, his interest in the old aircraft in the air grew every day. Pallaske is now pilot of the Push Pull, the Cessna Caravan and his gleaming highlight, the B-25 Mitchell.

1. Do you remember your first flight as a pilot?

HP: I was incredibly glad to be finally sitting alone in a plane and not to have anyone telling me what to do. It was one of the best feelings you can have.

2. How many flying hours can you look back on?

HP: About 4,400 flying hours and 9,000 landings.

3. F-22 or Corsair? Airbus 380 or B-25?

HP: B-25, every time. It really demands excellent flying skills. And it’s also great for two people.

4. If you could choose any plane, which would you like to fly, and why?

HP: Seaplanes, for instance the Cessna Caravan. They really give you the ultimate feeling of freedom.

5. Is there a (technical or design) feature on your aeroplane/helicopter which particularly intrigues you?

HP: Radial engines! The sound alone is just amazing.

6. Which (flying) characteristics on which type of aeroplane/helicopter do you find particularly fascinating? And which do you view critically?

HP: Despite their size, B-25s are remarkably agile. But the performance of a 1944 plane is also incredible.

7. Have you never had an uncomfortable feeling when boarding or during a flight because of the age of the machines?

HP: At the Flying Bulls we have the very best engineers – and our training is also not bad.

8. What was the most turbulent flight you’ve ever had?

HP: That was a flight from Aigen in Ennstal, which began totally normally and uneventfully, then half-way through in the mountains the plane suddenly began to buck violently.

9. Which machine should definitely still be added to the Flying Bulls collection?

HP: A really old helicopter, but one which is technically really amazing; I’d really like to see that. And a Mustang of course would also fit fantastically into our fleet.

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