The Road Less Travelled: The Challenging yet Fulfilling Life of a Pilot-To-Be
The life of a pilot is often the road less travelled. And it’s not that hard to see why. For Kian Uy, entering OMNI Aviation’s Flight School was more than worth it for him to achieve his and his father’s dream.
Uy, a 23-year-old student in the flight school, recently just entered OMNI Aviation. After graduating in Centro Escolar University with a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management, he, with the support of his parents, decided that it was time for him to tread the path he has always wanted.
The Struggles along the Way
Kian admitted that being a cadet in training comes with a lot of obstacles. During his first week in the ground school, it was a struggle for him because everything was new. After two years since he graduate in college, he had to do plenty of adjustments.
After a week in the school, his body clock had to adjust to the daily schedule in OMNI Aviation. It was in his first week in the flight school when he experienced flunking almost all the subjects because he hasn’t fully adjusted to the academics.
During his training days, Uy’s most challenging moment happened. He honestly felt like quitting.
He shared, “During my flight with my flight instructor, I felt bad after being told that I wasn’t doing the process right. Our instructor was still mad at me during our flight day. After our debriefing, I decided to go home and told myself that I can’t do this anymore. I thought, ‘I can never be a pilot because I don’t see any improvement.’ But then I thought of my family. I realized that I was doing this for them. That struck me so hard that I got back on my feet.
After pushing himself to do his very best at improving, Kian shared that he earned praises from his flight instructor. He said, “I learned a lot from our flight instructor. I knew what I had to do then, and I am more than determined to keep on doing it until I reach the finish line.”
Uy mentioned earlier that it was the thought of his family that pushed him to work hard and improve. When asked about what keeps him going, he answered, “What keeps me going? My family, especially my Mom and Dad. I just want my father to retire from his work and I want to take my mother somewhere she’s always dreamed of going.”
He shared that his father has always wanted him to become a pilot. After working for 2 years as a ground staff in the Philippine Airlines, he met a lot of pilots. “The inspired me to pursue my dreams, as well. My parents really invested on this, too, just to show how much they support me in reaching my goal.”
The End Goal
Kian knows it’s not an easy path, the one that he’s currently taking. But he’s determined to do it.
“I want to be an Airline Pilot. Hopefully, I’ll land in the Philippine Airlines because that’s where I started before entering the Pilot Training School here in OMNI Aviation. I want to continue my journey there because I learned to love the work even as a Ground Staff,” he explained.
To people who also dream of the same thing that Uy dreams of, he remarked, “To those who dream to become a pilot, [I say] pursue it because this career lets you do the coolest thing: to fly a plane on your own.”
It’s true, it’s the road rarely travelled. Kian said so himself. It seems like a costly and impossible dream for some, but if you have the heart and the will, that’s all you’ll truly ever need to enter the flight school to become a pilot someday.