“If you set a crazy, ambitious goal, and miss it, you'll still achieve something remarkable. When you aim for the stars, you may come up short, but still reach the moon.”
Larry Page - Founder of Google
Becoming a pilot has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. It is hard to say what exactly drove me towards aviation, as I did not have any family, friends or relatives working in the industry.
As I was making my way through engineering college, various fullpart-time jobs and military boot camp I never lost sight of what was the purpose of it all, to one day put myself inside a real cockpit.
I will never forget my very first flying lesson at the age of 18, a birthday present from my loving parents. A 1-hour discovery flight in a Cesna 152 flying over the lush landscape of Odense, Denmark. I still remember the sights and feeling of that day.
Commercial aviation was not my first choice. I actually enlisted in the Royal Danish Air Force focused on becoming an air force pilot. Unfortunately, after an extensive assessment and despite passing all the required tests I was not selected for pilot training due to a 2-year long recruitment freeze in the military at the time. I chose not to let this dictate my future and decided to pursue a career in commercial aviation instead.
The first stage of my professional career took me to South Carolina, USA. In 11 months, I obtained my FAA ME CPL-IR and CFI/CFII licenses through a JAA approved flight-training organization. I then went on to take a job as a flight instructor in San Diego, California. Here I build my flying hours, added a Multi-Engine Instructor license to my portfolio and gathered incredible experience as a pilot and as an instructor. This experience laid the foundation for the pilot and instructor I am today. Upon returning to Scandinavia in 2009 I completed the 14 EASA ATPL written exams and MCC training required to convert my FAA licenses, and ultimately obtain my EASA Frozen ATPL license. In 2011 I added an Airbus A320 type rating to my license and since 2012 I have trained pilots at one of the world’s largest MPL flight training organisations.
In 2014, at the age of 30 and after 5 years of research and writing, I published the first printed edition of the Airline Transport Pilot: Complete Note Collection book. I milestone in my career.
And in 2016 I decided to redefine the reading experience for the upcoming 6th edition. For 3 years I worked tirelessly on this new 6th edition. Besides updating and adding to the already extensive collection of notes in the book, I took it upon myself to re-create all 500+ illustrations, graphs and tables. The focus was on creating a new eBook with animations, 3D models and interactive pictures. A brand-new reading experience that I am hoping will help others succeed in the world of aviation. In 2019 this new edition was finally ready to be launched.
“What separates a good pilot from a professional pilot is a never-ending dedication to learning and revising”
Carsten Borgen – Pilot & Author
Now in its 6th edition, The Airline Transport Pilot: Complete Note Collection book is culmination of more than a decade of research and writing. What started out as a personal note collection for my ATPL studies later became a compilation of information benefiting pilots around the world. From ATPL studying and exam preparation to pilot interview preparation.
The book is available in 4 printed versions as well as two eBook versions, compatible with IOS and non-IOS tablets and smartphones.
Whether one acquire this book to remain current or simply to prepare for exams or interviews, this book will remain relevant throughout ones career until retirement.
Going through the book, one will find the book structured to give maximum information using as few words as possible. The book uses key facts and bullet points to refresh knowledge on the subject matter. Pictures, tables, formulas and graphs are used as they contain vast amounts of information. The IOS eBook version includes 3D models, animations, videos and interactive pictures to further enhance the readers understanding. In the printed versions the most important information is highlighted in bold font, allowing for speed-reading with maximum comprehension. The extensive index at the back of the book or the fast search function in the ebooks makes it very easy to find certain words, subjects, definitions etc.
Within a couple of hours a complete subject matter can be covered.
The book is based on EASA ATPL theory and all information is purely factual. As an author and professional pilot, I use a minimum of 3 separate sources to verify and substantiate ANY information provided. All information in this book is an interpretation of the subject matter researched from multiple ATPL publications and combined with personal experience and inputs from aviation professionals. This makes the book ideal for the professional pilot.