This 24-year-old Dutch pilot and Instagram star describes the sensation of flying a Boeing 717

Pilot lindyInstagram/pilot_lindy24-year-old Dutch-born female pilot Lindy Mariëlle Kats has over 80,000 Instagram followers.

Meet 24-year-old Lindy Mariëlle Kats, a first officer for Spanish airline Volotea whose @pilot_lindy Instagram has over 80,000 followers.

When she’s not flying around the world, Amsterdam-born Kats lives a dreamy life in Sicily.

According to her LinkedIn page she flies a Boeing 717, and has racked up 1,200 flying hours.

She told The Sun “Discovering the world, either on the job or in my free time is the best.

“Getting to see the world from the sky, feeling the power of the engines in your hands at take-off, getting to fly a huge aircraft through sometimes challenging weather and touching down smoothly gives you an amazing sensation.”

Here she is with 23-year-old co-pilot Daniel Sorrentino.

She went on: “It’s simply indescribable how it feels to push the throttle forward on take-off and feel the power of the engines in my own hands. I love being up in the air, just staring down at the world and enjoying the view.”

She’s always on the go.

“I always loved flying as a passenger but I thought it would be very difficult and expensive to become a pilot,’ Kats is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

“After doing research and talking with pilots I learned it was not impossible after all. It requires hard work, much studying and a lot of dedication, but it’s definitely worth it.”

Her Instagram account is enough to give you wanderlust.

When she’s not flying jets around the world she’s based in Sicily.

She loves the travel aspect of her job and makes the most of it.

She told The Sun: “I started Instagram to share my updates with friends and family as I lived far away from them. I never expected my account to grow this big and I still can’t believe there are so many people interested in my life.

“It’s amazing if I can inspire people with what I do, but I never post anything to show off.”

“I don’t think my gender has ever been an issue in the job. An occasional joke perhaps, but I’m not that easily offended and like to share a laugh with colleagues when the circumstances permit,” she added.

“Most passengers like to see a female pilot, only some old-fashioned ones like to have a closer look into the cockpit to check if there is at least one male pilot around.

“Anyone can have their opinion and for me that’s alright.”

Here’s a video of her landing a Boeing.

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