A FATHER ACHIEVING HIS PILOT DREAM IN HIS 30’S
A father of two, Ban Chu was inspired by Tom Cruise’s portrayal of Maveric in the 1986 movie, Top Gun. The action and drama plus the aviator sunglasses and bomber jacket of the character as a commercial pilot have somehow impacted his desire to also work in the aviation industry.
Yet, pressured by family and the responsibility of being the eldest male among his siblings, Ban Chu took up his family’s business. He dedicated his early life by following his father’s footsteps. After decades and now taking care of his kids, he dug up his childhood dream and chose to plunge in a different path.
“My family was into business. The path that was paved for me by my parents circled around the trade.Until a few years ago during a conversation with my sons, they asked me what profession, aside from being a businessman, I wanted to be. That’s when it struck me. I wanted to be a pilot,” the 35-year-old aspiring pilot said.
It was then he made a decision that would change the course of his life and family. And for the first step, it is choosing an institution that would help him fulfill his childhood dream. Through research and referrals, OMNI emerged as one of the leading pilot training school in the country for Ban Chu and it proved him right.
“OMNI has a distinct pleasant ambience. On and off campus, all the people are warm and friendly. I’ve gained a hefty number of friends within my contemporaries, the instructors and others. The administrative staff of all departments are accommodating and helpful especially with concerns in licenses, flight logs, etc.”
The second step after choosing the right training school would be dealing with the struggles of the training. Luckily for him, he has a loving family and friends who are always on his side.
“Enrolling in a pilot school is expensive, very expensive. I saved up enough money to get me by with the tuition. But not enough to make it on a day-to-day until I am gainfully employed. Luckily, i have a family and a handful of friends to support me.”
Other than the expenses, Ban Chu also had to adjust from the casual classroom setup. From the ground school to simulator and flights, he described the experience as utterly perplexing though he believes that great skill is gained with adequate repetition.
“Having set foot in a classroom floor without any background — aside from movies and video games — in aviation during ground school was surreal as it was intimidating. I was with colleagues years my junior and the things we were introduced to were all so new to me.”
After years in the business industry, Ban Chu is ready to face the next chapter in his life as he shifts into the aviation industry. For him, it’s not too late to make his childhood dream into a reality.
“Now that i am in the latter phase of my training, with consistent perseverance, I can say that I am confident enough to meet the standards of whatever is ahead of me.”