Born in Germany in 1978, Andreas started flying gliders at the age of 16 in a local flight club. When he graduated from high school/college (Gymnasium) in 1998, he was thinking about a career as a military pilot at first, but got exempted from the obligation to serve in the military due to some family relief law, and because of the lack of money for civil commercial flight training, he decided to become an aircraft mechanic first. After vocational training he worked at a police helicopter squadron for a few years. In the meantime, Andreas started to take flight lessons for a PPL-A, but switched to helicopter flight training later. After earning his license, he served as a mission helicopter pilot and AME in Indonesia (Borneo and Papua) for three years before returning to Germany. Due to the fact that helicopter mechanics are more in demand than pilots here in Europe, and since he is much more experienced a mechanic than a pilot anyway, he has been working for the German Air Rescue (Deutsche Luftrettung) as a mechanic ever since, even though he wouldn’t refuse if he got a chance to lift off a pilot career again.