About Me

10384930_10152634577767790_5582691651352930259_nSome say we are daredevils. Some say we are dreamers. We give into our passions and follow our fears. We are aviators.

My name is Onno van der Heijden, pilot, instructor and aviation fanatic.  I started flying in 2010 and acquired my PPL a year after.  I have been hooked every since, flying to both big and small airports across all Europe.

I hold a CPL (Commercial Pilot License) with a frozen ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License).  I also hold an IR (Instrument Rating) and class rating for SEP (Single Engine Piston) aircraft.  I am also a FI (flight instructor), with which I get people excited and into general aviation, and enjoying the freedoms of flight.

Through Europe I am often found flying my Piper Saratoga (PA32), visiting airports, talking with aviation enthusiasts, friends and discovering exciting new places.  I particularly enjoy navigating long flights across continental Europe, and the challenge of landing at some of the busiest and largest airports in Europe.


Through SkyRise.aero I share information and insights with the aim of making a positive contribution to flight safety, as well as getting more people excited and into general aviation.

If you are interested in flight instruction, of have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

You can find me on twitter by the name of @SkyRiseAero or drop me an email at onno@skyrise.aero.