All seven of them gathered in Lithuania a few years ago from various corners of the world: Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and of course Lithuania. Each one brought their personal dreams, aspirations, goals and fears, but all got united by their passion for aviation. This week, they all are finally getting their pilot licenses and the feeling is overwhelming, but that is only a small fraction of the journey that they will have to make in order to become of what they have always dreamed of.
First life experiences
When we spoke to a few of our graduates they all said that by looking back at their time spent at the academy the time was great, however each one named things that has changed them a lot. Some fell in love with Lithuania, some with a girl, others found friends that they will cherish forever, and others realized that they are stronger than they have ever thought they were. “Life here was great even though living with guys who had their first experience of independent life was humorous sometimes. Overall, I absolutely loved VFR flights, but now that I am done with Ab Initio School, my focus has shifted and I am eager to get into an interview with an airline and move on with my career, hopefully one day flying for Aeroflot”, commented Vladimir Yukhimets. Living and studying abroad is a challenge that not everyone can meet, because it requires individual to act and think responsibly, yet these guys managed to overcome the hurdles even though most admit that at first they all have acted childishly.
Has it been what you expected?
Starting such studies is never easy because you face various objections such as doubt, uncertainty of the future, and fear, because quite frankly, you really don’t know exactly what to expect. “In the beginning I expected that I will have to work hard, but I haven’t realized how much effort that is really going to take. Now that I am at the end of my CPL Modular studies I realize how little I knew about aviation when I started. I thought that getting CPL license is really going to be a big deal, but now I know that it is only the tip of the iceberg. There are many more training hours ahead of me, but that is nothing compared to the desire of becoming a pilot” said Eimantas Beliackas. There is one thing that guys unanimously named as their driving force throughout their studies was support and trust from their families and friends. Long Skype calls, emails and text messages kept them strong, focused and motivated when times got rough or subjects in the class were not too exciting. Everyone had their ups and downs, but the best part of it all is that they have learned something about themselves and at the end of the day it will make them better individuals, better professionals, and better pilots. “I did a great job. But of course I am not fully satisfied with my results. I can do better. And I will. There are no limits for quality of flying. Training and living abroad has changed me a lot. The whole process of education has been continuous re-construction of my mind, habits, personality and character. And I could say that in the beginning I didn’t expect that “simple” flight training could change me that much.” commented Artem Arteryans when asked about his own performance evaluation.
Got some valuable life lessons?
Studies time doesn’t pass without leaving a memorable mark or teaching a valuable life lesson that changes the entire thinking process of the person. “During my time at the academy I had learned about dedication the hard way, but that is something that will stay with me for the rest of the time. Now I know that once you get into something, there is no justification for taking a break, relaxing or thinking that you already know everything. Once you gain the thrust, keep going until you reach your destination, because otherwise you will lose the course and that is devastating. That experience made me look inside myself, find the inner strength and motivation to rise again and finish what I have came here for”, commented Hurshed Sherhonov, when talking about his valuable life lessons. “From now on, I will be living by this attitude and will always advice my friends and family to do so”, said Hurshed.
What the future holds?
Nobody knows that the future holds for each of these young men, but there is no other thought but to continue the journey that they have chosen to take. All guys talk respectfully about the fear of the future and instead of giving in to it, they cleverly construct short term goals in order to overcome the negative thoughts and continuously work for their own good, rather than feeling entitled for some sort of benefits. The youngest member of the graduating group Oleg is excited, “I’m 19 and my friends are still studying and they will study for another 2 – 3 years after my graduation. So I’m quite excited that I will have the license in a few days and can go for a job interview already and hopefully get my dream job.”
People just like you
Even though each one came from different families, backgrounds and has very different motives of becoming a pilot, they all are simple people like you, they have only chosen to reach for what they have always wanted. Graduating with their CPL licenses only takes them a little closer to the destination in their journey, but they still have ways to go and lessons to learn before they can operate their first official flight. We want to wish these young men the best of luck in their future, thank them for choosing Baltic Aviation Academy for their Ab Initio training and we all hope to hear your voice over the intercom on our flight to some exotic holiday destinations!