Kathrin is a 39 year old mother of two beautiful sons, who started her career in aviation 18 years ago as check in agent while still studying economics at university. In 2005 she felt like she needed a break from studying and started flying. She never went back, the virus infected her. She loved it!
3 years later she became Purser (head of the cabin).
Her career had a rough ending in 2016, after experiencing 5 Fume Events within 22 months ( 2014 – 2016). In 2018 she became permanently unfit to fly due to the chronic health effects and impairments that resulted from the fume events.
Kathrin is the founder as well as board member of the nonprofit organization Patient initiative Contaminated Cabin Air, P-CoC in short. She also runs her blog “Kabinenlobby”. She also advocates politically for the improvement of the legal status of affected crew after fume events.
Tim van Beveren is a journalist, photographer, cameraman, and filmmaker. He has been involved in the media industry for more than 30 years and has played an important role as author, director, and co-worker in the development of several award-winning film and television productions (including the German Federal Film Award, New York Festivals, International Great Lakes Film Festival and others).
Since the end of the 1980s, he has also reported from crises and war zones, e.g. the popular uprising in Nepal (1989), Kurdistan and Afghanistan. He accompanied the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt at the end of 1990 on his successful humanitarian mission to Iraq in order to reach the release of the Germans and other citizens of dictator Saddam Hussein who were kept in “strategic sites” as “human shields”. Before and after he reported as a correspondent on behalf of private and public TV providers from the crisis area of the Gulf (1990-1991) and later the Balkan conflict in the former Yugoslavia (1991-1995). Van Beveren himself became a direct witness to the conflicts of the modern era. From 1998 to 2005 he lived and worked as a TV and print correspondent in the USA since 2008 he lives in Berlin.
Nominations and awards : 1986 nominated for the Max-Ophüls-Award / 1988 federal film-award for participating in “Das Treibhaus“ / 1996 gold medal at the New York Festivals for the TV-documentary “Fear is included in the Airfare – a crash and its consequences“ (ARD) /2015 total of four international awards for the documentary “Unfiltered breathed in – the Truth about Aerotoxic Syndrome” / 2016 and 2017 awarded with several honorable mentions by IPA and Monochrome Awards / 2018 best documentary made by or about women at Alive Doc International Festival at Los Angeles for “Women Composers” / 2019 best documentary feature at 10th World Music and Independent Film Festival at Washington DC for “Women Composers”
Works as: : journalist and editor (economics, law, consumers, specialized in aviation and space, technology and environment, investigative reporter, TV- and radio-producer, cameraman (DP) expert for aircraft accidents, media coach, teacher for journalism, photography and filmmaking, director.
Specials: : private pilot (PiC + 6.500 hr), scuba-diving, digital and analog camera- and editing systems (AVID, FCP, FCP X), helicopter based aerial videography (FLIR) and remote controlled drones, investigative research, computer systems and applications (Apple and Windows), photoshop, web-design and social media, internet-campaigning.
1982 – – 1986 Studies of Law at Rh. Friedrich-Wilhems-Universität, Bonn
1984 – – 1986 movie “Jannan – the extradition“ (script, director, producer)
1986 – – 1989 Studies of Art in Urbino, Italy – film editing in Rome
Since 1989 working for : : DW, ARD, ZDF, Arte, 3SAT, RTL, SAT 1, VOX, PRO 7, RAI, NRK, KRO, CBS, NBC, Phönix, ABC Australia, DDP, SFR, ORF as well as private production companies with the following formats: news, economics, science, current affairs, aviation, documentaries
1996 – – 2005 correspondent in the USA for Swiss media productions
Since 2005 back in Germany, author, editor, producer and DoP for private and public owned broadcast and print media, media-coach, guest lecturer for photography and digital media, int’l coordinator and supervising art director for the necropolis-project, filmmaker
Thank you ‘Aerotoxic Association’ for featuring my podcast ‘The 3 Pillars’ on your website!
When I first started researching on Aerotoxic Syndrome, this was one of the first sites I visited, which helped me gain such a better insight into this issue. Factual information easily available to all.
Being featured here symbolises a kind of a completion to the circle in my journey with AS.
With this I would like to invite all of you looking for more information into AS, to visit this resourceful site:
After experiencing the misfortune of becoming unfit to fly
and being more or less forced into medical retirement, Bearnairdine became
involved in research to improve the quality of aircraft cabin air and has
become a busy advocate and voice for the campaign. For years now she has been
helping aerotoxic fume victims to understand their ill-health.
Over the years after a lot of trial and error, her own
health improved somewhat. Before beginning her flying career she qualified as a
laboratory assistant and decided to use that education and combine it with naturopathy.
She qualified as a naturopath in Biofeedback, Neuro-Electro-Anatomy,
In 2013 Bearnairdine founded the ‘Aerotoxic Team’, a very
informative website containing evidence, documentaries, testimonies, science
and news. She also has a blog called “It’s in the air we breathe” and writes
articles for news outlets. Bearnairdine networks internationally with experts,
scientists and other ‘clean cabin air’ advocates and appeared in the
investigative documentary “Unfiltered Breathed In”.
In 2016 Bearnairdine published two books in two
languages in which she talks about her Aerotoxic journey. It is not only part
of her story with many colorful high-lights from her flying years, it also
helps understand what actually causes Aerotoxic Syndrome. Her third book: ‘Tomb
in the Sky’ is being launched any day now.
She retreated from the modern world which has become
increasingly saturated with chemical fumes everywhere, and is now living in a
beautiful, very secluded ‘clean-air’ area in the Swiss Alps with her little dog
‘Dolly’. From there she continues to support the Aerotoxic Syndrome campaign
via computer and telephone.