Omni Pilot Trainees Return to Flight Training
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept through the entire globe—causing borders to close and flights to halt—among its initial casualties was the aviation industry. For the first time in modern history, international airports across the world saw no take-offs and major airlines ceased operations.
In the OMNI Aviation Complex, the roar of spinning aircraft propellers was not heard for three months. As such, it was a sight to behold when an OMNI aircraft took to the air again after 110 days in hiatus. Four pilot trainees were the first to return to training and chart the skies on 6 July 2020, OMNI’s first day of flight resumption.
Louise André L. Medina, a PPL trainee of Batch Hotel, related his experience over the quarantine period: “Not being able to fly for almost 4 months had a huge impact on me. I always hoped that I would get a message from my captain telling me that I have a schedule. That’s why when he messaged asking me if I was willing to return to training, with no hesitation, I responded immediately. Because I waited for that message for almost 4 months.”
Francis John Carla, also a CPL trainee who has been with OMNI for nearly 2 years, had similar sentiments to Louise. “I really miss flying, those 100 days without flying made my body seek the feeling of being inside a plane. The feeling of being struck by the wind, the feeling of flying over houses and feeling the updrafts. I miss those feelings. That’s why when my instructor told us that OMNI will resume its operation, I started gathering all the required documents so that I can fly ASAP,” Francis remarked.
On the other hand, Mark Altair Abelgas, who was on his way to completing his commercial pilot training before the Community Quarantine, conveyed his observation upon his return to the OMNI Complex: “As I can see, OMNI is already safe for students to fly. Before we can enter OMNI, we have a checkpoint where the guard will do a thermal checkup and disinfect us and we will have a quick survey before we can enter. Every flight we wear surgical gloves and face mask. Physical distancing is strictly implied inside OMNI.”
Xenon Gopit, a PPL Modular trainee of Batch Juliet 2019, had the same observations: “OMNI has been responding to this crisis in the best way possible. They have been [stricter] in terms of security and in the implementation of health protocols. Dream big, don’t lose hope and if given a chance, take it. Never take chances for granted and always remember that you are safe with OMNI Aviation.”
OMNI is now gearing to fully reopen its doors with enhanced health and safety protocols. To learn more about the New Normal in the OMNI Aviation Complex, you can watch this video