Photographer pilot captures otherworldly weather events from inside the cockpit
A spectacular series of photographs has been released that shows some of the unique and incredible sights pilots see from inside the cockpit of a plane mid-flight.
The photographs were captured by senior first officer Christiaan van Heijst, a photographer who has been working as a pilot for over ten years. He runs the company Amazing-Aviation together with his friend Daan Krans, a photographer who works as a dispatcher at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. The company specialises in unique aviation photography, offering a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of cabins, cockpits and other lesser seen areas of aircrafts.
The selection of pictures shows stunning weather occurrences such as a cloud formation lit up during a thunderstorm, lightning streaking across the night sky and the famous Northern Lights in all their glory.
“Ever since I started my first job as a pilot, I felt the need to capture the atmosphere of the unique views that I had from the cockpit. When viewing a big mass of Northern Lights or an active thunderstorm, I feel very small and insignificant compared to the raw energy, beauty and size of what plays out in front of me,” said Christiaan.
Flying large cargo planes all over the world, Christiaan takes photos from the cockpit while his fellow pilots are flying. He captures thunderstorms when they are not severe enough to greatly affect the flow of a flight.
"My colleagues were very supportive, since they can now show their loved ones at home what our job is like from the cockpit. I feel very privileged that I can somehow translate these views with my camera into something that can be shared, viewed and appreciated by anyone," Christiaan said.