King Willem-Alexander, the King of Holland, has revealed that for more than two decades he had been working twice a month as co-pilot.
He took up the part-time job as a hobby alongside his royal duties and recently ended his role as a regular “guest pilot” after 21 years on KLM’s fleet of Fokker 70 planes and before that on Dutch carrier Martinair.
He called the job a “hobby” that lets him leave his royal duties on the ground and fully focus on something else.
He will now retrain to fly Boeing 737s as the Fokkers are being phased out of service.
Nextant Aerospace has launched a cockpit upgrade program for the large-cabin Bombardier Challenger 604 jets.
The company believes that the cockpit design is in need of modernization and that now is the time ahead of 2020 air traffic regulatory changes.
The aircraft will become the third aircraft program to have the Pro Line Fusion aftermarket upgrade as an option and includes three large-format displays, touch-interactive maps, real-time onboard weather radar overlays, obstacles and many more features.
The upgrade price will start at around $600,000 and further developments to the cabin design and experience are expected soon.