Petter Hörnfeldt is a famous YouTuber and pilot.

He has more than one million subscribers on his YouTube channel, Mentour Pilot.


Petter Hörnfeldt was born on 22 September 1981 in Billsjö, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

His mother’s name is Lena Hörnfeldt and he has four siblings.

At 8, Petter was inspired by the Indiana Jones film series and wanted to grow up to become an archaeologist and as a child, he also loved playing football.

Love for aviation-

His father was working for an insurance company which had offices in northern Sweden and as they were very distant, he thought of travelling by flight.

So, he acquired a private pilot licence and Petter used to accompany him to the airfield.

Here, after watching the aircraft and travelling in them and after interacting with the flight instructors, Petter fell in love with aviation.

At that time, he was 13.

Flying a Cessna at 14-

For his 14th birthday, Petter’s parents decided to give him a lesson to fly a Cessna 172 aircraft.

He along with his father’s flight instructor, Mats flew a Cessna 172 for 50 minutes.

Petter was allowed to start the engine, handle the controls and finally land the aircraft with the help of the instructor.

At that moment, he decided that he would grow up to become a pilot.

Studying hard-

After researching, Petter decided to utilise a government sponsored aviation program to become a pilot.

He was eligible to apply for this program only after turning 17 and there used to be only 30 spots available in this program per year nationwide.

At 14, while in his 7th grade, Petter was an average student securing average grades and he realised that he needed to secure good grades in order to later get selected for the government sponsored aviation program.

So, he started studying hard and within four semesters, he improved his grades and became a very good student.

Petter studied the Natural Science Programme from Nolaskolan, a senior high school in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

He completed his schooling in 1998.


As Petter scored good scores in his senior high school, he was able to secure admission into Aviation college of Sweden (Hässlö gymnasium) in Västerås, at a 100 km distance from Stockholm.

He joined this college in 1998 and here, he availed the integrated government sponsored aviation program.

Petter was 17 at that time and got selected after he passed in several tests conducted by an aviation psychologist company.

At college, he was taught both flying and Natural Science subjects.

Here, Petter flew aircraft like Cessna 172s and Cessna 152s and at the end of his first year, he got his Private Pilot License (PPL).

And at the end of his second year, he attended the exams of CPL, IR and ATPL frozen and cleared them.

Petter passed out from college in 2000 with good grades.


In January 2000, Petter worked as an insurance salesman for Länsförsäkringar.

Then, in January 2001, he worked as a ramp personnel at Sundsvall–Timrå Airport.

As a part of the mandatory military service, Petter worked as a ramp personnel and firefighter at Stockholm Västerås Airport from January 2001 to January 2002.

Then, he joined a school for an 18 month course involving multi-engine training and Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) course.

This was also a government sponsored course.

Joining an airline company-

After nine months in the course, Petter got selected for a job in an airline company operating Boeing 737.

So, he abandoned his course to join this company and began type-rating on a Boeing 737-800 in Stansted, London.

Then, Petter was selected as a Synthetic Flight Instructor (SFI) in his airline’s simulator centre in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

In September 2002, he got selected as a First officer at Ryanair and he has been working in Ryanair since then.

At Ryanair, Petter worked at several roles like Type Rating Instructor for Boeing 737 300-900, line training captain and since February 2013, he has been working as a base Type Rating Examiner.

He has been flying Boeing 737 aircraft for more than two decades and currently, he resides in Girona, Spain.

YouTube channel & other businesses-

Petter started a YouTube channel by the name Mentour Pilot on 5 March 2015.

He was disappointed by the lack of authentic content related to aviation and this was the reason for him venturing into social media.

Petter publishes aviation related videos onto his channel.

He also launched aviation apps and a Discord server.

Petter co-founded The Airline Pilot Club and he founded Mentour 360SL, a social media company.

His second channel-

On 18 October 2021, he started his second YouTube channel by name, Mentour Now!

As of March 2022, this channel has 67 thousand subscribers.

Personal life-

Petter is married to Sandra Garcia and this couple has two sons, William and Lucas.

Sandra worked as a junior cabin crew.

His son, Lucas is also a YouTuber and runs a YouTube channel by the name, Lucadicrous.

Petter is a dog-lover and a polyglot, knowing languages like Swedish, Spanish and English.

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Steven Davie · May 11, 2022 at 4:51 PM

Since I come across Mentour Pilot i can’t stop watching them .I really like the way Petter explains everything.

Dennis Ray · March 25, 2022 at 7:55 AM

Petter is very knowledgeable about flying and he isn’t too hard on the eyes either!!!

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