A Pilot-Racer’s Story of Conquering Speedways and Runways
There are amazing miles to experience and explore beyond the realm of work. Mon Dimapilis, a businessman behind two dynamic flourishing companies, stands as a testament to this with his extraordinary story of dominating the tracks in the worlds of both racing and aviation.
“Our residence is up the mountains of Antipolo, [so] during the early ‘90s we used to rip up and down the rolling hills and [use the] sweeping turns to our advantage,” Mon recalled fondly. “Several racing icons and my mentors are from our side of the mountain. [I rode] shotgun in a Toyota DX rally car sideways facing trees downhill [and it] is an image I cannot forget that got me hooked,” he added.
With more than three decades of racing experience, Mon has reaped many accolades and recognitions for his competitive stints. “I may have already filled my cup with years of championships including the most recent 2018 Rally Driver of the Year, 2018 Golden Wheel Awardee for rally, 2018 and 2019 12-[hour] endurance champions under Team Petron,” he related.
Daring to conquer even greater miles, Mon recently made the leap from flying through speedways to, literally, flying through the skies. “Racing since the ‘90s and acquiring so much experience has greatly helped me to transition myself into flying, learning how the machine works and it’s principles felt like it’s second nature to fly flawlessly,” Mon expressed. “It’s easy to find good similarities between [flying and racing], primarily the disciplines involved and proper decision making in split seconds. Real race car drivers never show off on uncontrolled environments much like pilots avoid maneuvers uncalled for. Hence, we practice and practice the limits of the car or plane and ourselves so we can be ready to execute properly when the situation calls for it by spending track time on racing and flying hours on being an efficient aviator,” he noted further.
Mon is currently enrolled under the PPL Modular Program in OMNI Aviation, and is currently working his way to obtain his pilot wings, taking on his first few flights a week prior to the CQ period.
“[This] 2020 will forever be remembered as chaotic and scary times, but once society bounces back to normal, people will celebrate and spend, people will travel and enjoy. And that would be our greatest opportunity to serve as their captains,” Mon shared in closing.