“It’s too easy on the ground, let’s find a new challenge and take to the sky,” says transportation & lifestyle photographer PATRICK CURTET. “When a new client comes to hire me and wants to take my style up into the air is when the fun starts. LUFTHANSA wanted to refresh the photo library for its flying school, which has been established in Phoenix (Arizona) for more than 50 years. All Lufthansa pilots operating now for this major airline have flown over the Arizona capital. The photo shoot took place last November, and the temperature was still 44° Celsius at that time of year. After a very precise briefing, the team and I cruised the airspace for hours. I was shooting from a helicopter, and the planes were circulating.”
The Airline Training Center Arizona, Inc. (ATCA) is an apprenticing company of Lufthansa Flight Training GmbH which offers aviation training to aspiring pilots at the airport in Goodyear, a suburb of Phoenix, USA. The large number of sunny days enables visual flight training (VFR training) nearly all year round.