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Parents: be careful where you take your children when they’re young! For Dutchman Daan van der Heijden, it was a day out with his dad to Amsterdam Schipol Airport at the age of five.

“Ever since that moment I have been ‘infected with the aviation virus’ and it has never left me,” said Daan.

Now 25-year-old Daan is on an integrated airline pilot course with EPST in the Netherlands, after having completed an aviation engineering degree.

Daan is also a keen and talented photographer – taking pictures of aircraft is his favourite subject of course.

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One of Daan’s arty aviation photos that is helping pay for his ATPL.


“At the age of fifteen I got my first DSLR camera, a Canon EOS Rebel, from my parents as a birthday present,” explained Daan. “I started making trips to Amsterdam Schiphol more often with friends that I met in high school.

“Since April 2015 I have been the owner of Aviation-Photography.nl, a company that specialises in capturing unique moments in aviation in an artistic manner. I’m also a contributor to AirTeamImages.net, one of the biggest online aviation photo libraries.”

The photography helps pay for Daan ATPL course – which should come to an end in a few months time and he’ll become a commercial pilot.”

Read Daan’s blog here

See his work on AirTeamImages here