It’s my first visit to Austria’s capital and I wish I could have stayed longer, the purpose of the trip is still confidential, but I cannot wait until I finally get to share with you the exciting news of the secret project that I was in Vienna to shoot!

My manager Kirsty flew in from Los Angeles and me from Palermo. The first day we worked a 12 hours+ day, it was non-stop but I had so much fun that it was easy to forget that it was actually a working day and the twelve hours flew by in a flash. Later in the evening the whole team from the shoot had dinner and together we were over twenty people, twenty new friends in my life 🙂

My flight back to Palermo did not leave until later in the afternoon the following day, Kirsty was so sweet and changed her ticket to London from the morning to the afternoon so we could explore Vienna together.

We started the day with breakfast at our hotel, The Guest House @the_guesthouse_vienna – shortly after we indulged, upping our sugar intake by sampling the iconic Sacher Cake, from Cafe Sacher, a classic and a ‘must try’ when visiting Vienna.

I got super excited when Kirsty told me that she had been in contact with The Spanish Riding School (link) in Vienna and they offered to give us a private tour around the stables. We met ‘Kitty’ one of their 72 Lipizzaner Stallions. Did you know that Lipizzaner horses are dark gray at a young age and change to a lighter white coat the older they become. Only one in one hundred remains dark and it is said that those who remain dark in colour bring good luck to the stables. The school in Vienna was founded in 1572 and is the oldest of its kind, the training for the ‘master riders’ takes over 10 years! Thank you, Andrea Kerssenbrock and Markus Nowotny for taking the time to meet us and for showing us around!

I could have spent days in Vienna and still not have seen everything, I appreciate all of the tips which you sent to me about what I absolutely should not miss. Despite the pouring rain we still managed to fit lots in, but the next time I go back I will try to stay longer so that I can explore all that Vienna has to offer.

Charla Carter, @charlactr from the styling team (styling team from the secret mission Kirsty and I were on ;)) and Charlotte Neuwels @charlotteneuwels were so generous to let me borrow some of the outfits we ended up not using for the shoot so I could feel fashionable while strolling the streets of Vienna!

The first outfit is a body from School Rag @school_rag and imitation leather pants from @topshop

The second outfit is an absolute dream skirt from Elie Saab @eliesaabworld together with a white shirt from Caroll and an chic striped overcoat from Zara @zara.

Let me know if you have any questions about anything mentioned in this blog post and please leave a comment on what I should see on my next visit to Vienna!

Maria xo

 

Written by me

Edited by Kirsty Williams, you are the best!!

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I really loved reading all your comments and questions following my first fashion blog from London last month – like any girl, I really do love clothes, its just with so much of my time either spent in my pilots uniform at 36,000ft or my bikini on my days off out on my SUP on the water, I don’t always get to show off my favourite fashion trends and personal style. I hope that you enjoy my London Fashion Blog Part 2 🙂

 
This first look was on the street in front of the beautiful pastil coloured terraced houses that we first shot on in the morning, we were dodging the rain showers by hiding in the car for 10 mins between different looks, good ol’ British Summer time!! I absolutely loved this look – the dungaree shorts, white top and mustard coloured jacket were all from @FreePeople and I paired them with the white sneakers from @frenchconnection – I love the jacket, its so soft and adds a really great pop of colour to the outfit.

London showed us its best side after lunch, between the rain showers (it is the UK after all haha), the sun was shining and it was nice and warm, and @kariskennedyphotography found some great locations for us to shoot around SW London. I loved this street in Kensington with the big Victoria stucco fronted houses and hotels. I went for more of an ‘evening look’ with these black skinny jeans and grey t-shirt, with the slogan `Never stop Dreaming` both from @FrenchConnection, paired with these gorgeous, but very high, black stiletto heels and matching black clutch bag from Diesel.

What I always have loved the most with London, is all its green spaces and cute city parks, where you can escape the city pace and relax for a while. We found this park in front of a church in South Kensington. I loved this maroon ‘boho-chic’ dress from @freepeople which I wore with my favourite biker boots from @diesel.
 
For my final look of the day I wanted to try a slightly more dressed up ’evening-wear look’ rather than going for a dress I found this perfect silk jumpsuit from Diesel that I also wore with the black leather stilettos from the previous look. You could wear the jumpsuit as a casual day outfit with some flat black brogues but I chose to put on my Bobbi Brown `Luxe Lip Color` in the color `Sunset Orange`(BobbiBrown.com) making this the perfect look for a night out.
I got to know London again and although I only stayed in the city for one day all my old memories came back and I’m already looking forward to coming back to the city again this fall.

Thank you  @kirstyrwilliams and @laurenshergs from @insanityhq for organizing this day and putting together new looks for my look book!

Thank You to:

 

xx Maria 

Written by me
Edited by Kirsty Williams

 

You can only imagine how big this opportunity was for us and how excited we were when Kirsty, my manager emailed to discuss a partnership with Carrera for Elle USA! Elle is one of the world’s biggest fashion magazine and I grew up reading Elle and I still consider myself to be a faithful reader. I never miss an issue, for me this was a BIG deal!

And to add to the excitement of getting to shoot with a full team from Elle, one of my absolute  idols (ok, heartthrobs!) Jared Leto, the lead singer in `30 seconds to Mars’ is also an ambassador for Carrera sunglasses, who had asked us to join them for the shoot. This made it even more special, almost like Jared and I are destined to become best buddies, ha-ha, joking (not joking!)

It’s an honor to represent female aviators around the world, but it’s not just about being a woman and flying an airplane. The article presented to us, which we would be involved in, was around the subject of “Breaking Barriers” and taking risks, daring to dream and make reality of what you thought was impossible. I’d love to see more women in aviation and I hope I can inspire through my Instagram account to increase the current 5% quota.

We were picked up at our hotel, the WPHSouthBeach, by our private driver (how fancy is that!! haha) and then we drove to Fort Lauderdale airport to the Execuflight hangar, the location for our photo shoot.

This was nothing I had experienced before, can you believe that there were a total of 18 professionals here for us?! It was absolutely unreal, we had a makeup artist, a hairstylist, a stylist, photographer @jasonkimphoto, assistants, plus the editorial team and producers from Elle. I had never considered exactly just how many people were involved in creating these fashion stories for Elle, that I have been enjoying for so many years!! It was insane from the second we walked into the hanger, but in a good way!

Spending the day on set with the team was long and at times pushed me out of my comfort zone, but it was incredibly fun. Even standing in front of the camera, sweating in the Miami humidity, whilst trying to look cool as ice! The whole experience gave me a complete new respect for how models make this their full time jobs, you assume it to be glamorous and easy, but it really is anything but. Luckily Jason Kim the photographer was a complete pro, and made the girls and I feel totally at ease and comfortable, with him behind the camera.

I loved the first pair of Carrera sunglasses with the classic “Aviator” design, nordstrom.com which I got to model whilst wearing my pilot uniform. I love my pilot uniform and when I put it on, I enter the role of ‘professional pilot’, First Officer Pettersson, who flies 200 passengers in a Boeing 737 at 38.000 feet to their destination somewhere in Europe. But it also makes it difficult for me to relax in front of the camera, because this outfit has such a professional association for me.

In this picture I am wearing Carrera Sunglasses $149 from nordstrom.com, Jacket and trousers from Reiss.com $375 and $425 – which is probably the most expensive thing I’ve ever worn, I have to admit I was terrified to spill coffee all over the outfit, which would have been just typical of me, haha!

At 10pm that evening, our driver (still so fancy) picked us up and drove three exhausted girls back to their hotel and we fell asleep like three little princesses with new memories and experiences which will stay with us for life!

 

Styled by Isabel Dupre, Makeup by Euridice Martin, Hair by Mark Williamson.

Read the full article here:

http://www.elle.com/life-love/a46380/female-pilots/

Article ON Elle,com BY LEAH MELBY CLINTON

 

Thank you so much the whole team from Elle for making us feel so special and to @kirstyrwilliams and @pete_ohara for being there with us! Love you lots!


 

Written by Maria Pettersson

Edited by Kirsty Williams

On April 16, 2016 I posted this picture of me from the flight deck. On July 21st 2016, @instagram reposted it together with my story.

It has never been about me to trying to prove myself being a pilot, it’s about opening doors and showing others that opportunities are for everyone. I know I am very fortunate to be where I am today, but it didn’t come easy, I had to work for it, study, lose contact with friends and until today, after flying commercially for three years, I still pay back the bank every month what I owe them for my pilot training.

I have never felt differently treated in aviation because of my gender, but at the same time I never knew that the option was there for me, I saw the stereotype, a male 50 something with a well trimmed mustache fitting the role of a pilot.

With more than 1.2 million likes and over 20k new followers, I woke up that morning and without exaggeration I can say that it honestly changed everything! All the positive feedback I received, but most importantly the Aviation Community we have through Instagram has opened up doors and access globally, in a way which I never imagined possible.

Everyone that I have met through Instagram has inspired, motivated and taught me something new about life! I hope I can keep growing my ever-evolving list of #instagramconnect friendships.

Below I wanted to share my ten favorite photos from the past year, not because they are killer-selfies but for the thoughts and feelings that each one of them provokes.

 

August 3rd`Thank you all so much for all positive feedback`. It took me a few days to comprehend everything. I could never have imagined that an image on Instagram could have created such an impact! I went from 100k to 200k followers in just a few days, tv and news agencies contacted me to hear my story. I am astonished by the positive feedback I received. Some might still say:  “Why is this still something special, there are many female pilots out there?” and I agree, I am not anything different from any of the others, it has never been about the fact that I’m a woman in aviation, not for me, for me it is all about following your dreams, fighting and pushing yourself, and seizing opportunities. Overcoming obstacles, if it’s in aviation or whatever it might be.

 

 

September 8th`Laugh so hard your stomach cramps, your tears are messing up your mascara and you pee yourself a little … ..`Flying with my favorite captain and friend Mark @hell.flyer is like spending a day with my best friend. He was based at the same base as I was for a year before he got a transfer home to London.

 

 

September 12th A yoga set goal for me, the Mayurasana, Peacock Pose, it took me over a year to learn this pose, but ‘whoever gives up will never know’, and for me it was an achievement, proving that practice does reward in results.

 

 

September 21st My first @gopro family event!  After every GoPro event I’ve been on, I go home with such inspiration, motivation and so much joy. It’s impossible to explain the community and love that goes on behind making these cameras, how enthusiastic and committed everyone at GoPro is! When I was asked to be a part of the GoPro family I thought I was dreaming, I’ve been using their cameras for many years and to get the chance to beta test and share my Gopro content with you is an honor! Here flying with York @iflyheli in his R66 helicopter, I am so grateful for our friendship, you are an amazing person York! In the back Nicolo @humansafari and JC @jcpieri See YouTube video from this event here: (GoPro Hero5 release ) edited by JC. 

 

 

 

January 27th Seated in flight deck with my best friends @mariathepilot! Many think that Maria and I have known each other for forever, but the truth is that we connected via Instagram! Now a day never goes by without us talking to each other, if it’s just a hello or an emoji on messenger or something much bigger, like a crazy adventure in Riga together with our third ‘squad member’, Malin @flymalin we always connect. I don’t know what I would have done without these girls coming into my life! In September, Maria and I will be bridesmaids at Malin’s wedding, I can’t wait to see her marry the love of her life!  

 

 

March 6th The first time my mum visited me in Sicily. After moving to Italy, I really don’t see my family nearly enough and I miss them every day. But that’s part of the ‘pilot-run’ and I’ve always been a bit of a ‘wunderlust’. I left Sweden over 13 years ago when I first moved abroad to Cyprus, where I spent two years. After that I have backpacked more countries than I can remember, I have lived in Spain, Italy, Norway, the UK and the list keeps growing. I have no idea where I will be in a year, anything can happen and I would never take anything for granted.

 

 

March 7th Bali and Gili T with new friends. I would never have met @pete_ohara, @bobbyksa and @tonyadgar if it wasn’t for Instagram. Together with @thesephyr and @thecrazyplatelady we spent 10 days in Bali and Gili Trawangan. New friends for life! (Watch youtube video here Bali together with @thecrazyplatelady) directed by Bobby, edited and filmed by Pete, film Tony). It was my second time to Bali and Gili T, my first time to Indonesia was in 2010, just before I started the pilot training and I packed Thailand and Indonesia on my own. Many people are afraid of doing things alone, I find it peaceful. Thank you @wsutisna for showing us around beautiful Bali.

 

 

May 8th My first experience in a fighter jet and a new addiction was born! The adrenaline and boost this gave me cannot be explained through words! I’m forever grateful for to @migflug for giving us the opportunity to fly the  L39, Albatros and to share this experience together with Malin and Maria. (See full youtube video here Figther Jets with Malin and Maria) Directed by Bobby, filmed and edited by Pete, film Tony, you guys totally ROCK!! 

 

 

July 9th Together with my two favorites in Dijon, France. We teamed up together with @breitling and went on an adventure beyond what I could ever have imagined! From flying fighter jet along with @breitlingjetteam (starstruck)! To skydiving with parachutes, to attending luxurious dinners and wine tasting. Behind the camera is Emma @emeleonora who documented this whole trip and I can not wait to share our vlog with you (link to youtube will come soon)

 

 

  1. I shall save this spot… I have the feeling that my absolute favorite image is still yet to come.

 

Happy Friday and for endless of adventures to come!

xx Maria

Thank you Kirsty @kirstyrwilliams you’re the best!

 

 

Written by Maria Pettersson

Edited by Kirsty Williams

 

It was my second visit to Dijon, the city famous for its mustard, first time was in 2011 when Annie and I during our flight training flew a small two-seater Dimond 20 from Gothenburg, Sweden to Almeria in south of Spain. The DA20 have an endurance of around three hours, so we had to make quit some stops before making it to Spain, Dijon was one of them.

I had just finished my ppl and saw Breitlings jets parked in their hangar. To be back here feel totally surreal. Never would I, back 6 years ago have dreamed that I one day would get the opportunity to meet the team, nevertheless fly with them!! I have to pinch myself in the arm to to know that I’m not dreaming!

 


… I left Palermo early in the morning on the 30th of June boarding Alitalia flight AZ1774 to Rome. In Rome I had 50 minutes to get to my connection flight, final destination Zurich, where I met Emma @emeleonora, Maria @mariathepilot, and Malin @flymalin. An hour later the rest from the @breitling team landed and we took a train together to Dijon in France.

Well in Dijon the adventure could begin and it would come be two days of full schedule craziness, adrenaline, goosebumps and ‘time of my life, that I will never forget kind of days!’

Next morning we left the hotel 8 o’clock sharp! “If you work with watches, you’d better be on time” Andreas said when Maria, Malin, Emma and I arrived just on time and not the ten minutes early that normally is standard Scandinavian style.

Skydiving!! I get goosebumps and butterflies just thinking about it, the hundred of a seconds, when we let go and jumped out of the  airplane, 4000 meters up in the air! Free fall to 1500 meters! It all went by so fast and if I get the chance I would do it all over again without thinking twice.

 

Skydiving has always been on my bucket list! Something I’ve been nervous about trying, but excited at the same time. I still can’t believe I did this! It’s a dream come true and I am forever grateful for getting the chance to do this! Thank you Adrian for taking me safely through the skies (and some clouds oops) at 200 kilometers an hour. Visit swissboogie.ch for your skydiving experience.

When we landed back it was time for lunch and everyone else was already sitting down. Although everything looked delicious I did not dare to eat too much, we were registered to fly the jets after lunch and we all know what happened last time I flew aerobatics hahaha ooops There was one group before us to go on the jets and in the menatime we took a tour over Dijon in the MD 900 Explorer helicopter, before attending saftey briefing with the jet team. Their lead pilot, Jacques Bothelin `Speedy` briefed us about what to expect, how many g´s we were gonna go and in case of an emergancy event. I know I can do four g´s without a problem which is nothing compared to what these guys can do. Today we would do max 4 and I have to admit, after skydiving, helicopter flying and being adrenaline high all day, even four g´s gasve me tunnel vision in the first loop, but I did well for the remaining part of the flight and could not stop smiling or laughing!

This is why we fly, this is real flying! I thank my lucky star for all these opportunities I’ve been given! I still can’t believe just how lucky I am!

 

While writing this, aboard an Alitalia A319 from Zurich to Rome, I have the biggest smile, sitting on a Bravo seat between two guys who has no idea what I’m smiling at and I can’t understand what we’ve just experienced over the last couple of days, it is just too much to take in! Later that evening we ate dinner in the wine district Burgundy, idyllic vineyards and wine that would get any taste buds to explode. Everything, the whole event has been so well organized and I’ve been treated like a princess! Thousand, Thousands of Thanks to Breitling and a special thanks to Andreas and Fredrik from the Nordic team for inviting us. I’ll Never ever forget this! Rainy days when motivation is low, I’ll open my memories from these days and remind myself just how lucky I’m!

 

 

Photos taken by super talented @emeleonora Thank you for joining us on this event and taking such amazing photos and videos!

 

Thank you @kirstywilliams for correcting my grammar 🙂

Written by me

Edited by Kirsty Williams @kirstyrwilliams

Photos Emma Eleonora @emeleonora