I started taking flying lessons at 14 and by the age of 16 conducted my first solo flight. I visited PEA that same year (summer 2016) as I was nearing the end of High School and was looking for a flight school to do my flight training with. Joshua showed me around and I also did a discovery flight. After graduating from High School in 2017, I reached out to PEA again and was able to join in January of 2018.Went to school with a big smile on my face everyday, met some great people, made lifelong friends and really did what I loved most: flying. I completed my Private, Instrument, Commercial Single Engine license and Multi Engine Addon. I graduated from PEA in May of 2020.
The goal, after obtaining my FAA license and ratings at PEA was to get the European EASA ones. The process of converting my license started when I enrolled at a Ground School in the UK and began studying for the EASA ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot) Theory exams. Covid happened, all the courses were held online, so I stayed in Paris and only had to go do the exams at an exam center in Belgium. Obtaining the ATPL theory certificate is the first step in converting your license to EASA. I passed all 13 theory subjects and was done with the theory by the end of 2022. I learned a lot during this process, not only about aeronautics but also about myself. Doing the ATPL theory is like running a Marathon in which you have to stay motivated and remember what the end goal is. I was not flying during most of my theory training and I wish I could’ve put into practice all the things I had learnt. I really missed flying.
But that all changed when I joined South Sweden Flight Academy (Malmö) in April of 2023 where I did the practical part of the FAA to EASA conversion. What an adventure that was! During the two months I was there I was able to finally fly again and do all my EASA checkrides. I had a fantastic experience flying with Osmond Karim, my instructor and Head of training and getting to know all the staff and the various international students there. Everyone was very professional and friendly. I am very grateful to have been informed of the partnership as it was not easy to find a school for the conversion especially in France. I also had the privilege of flying the super decathlon right after my conversion as part of the UPRT (Upset Prevention and recovery training). Doing Aerobatics was a true highlight of my life and made me discover a whole new aspect of aviation. Most recently, the MCC (Multi Crew Cooperation Course) which I completed in Budapest in October 2023, is a course that dives into the fundamentals of CRM (Crew resource Management) while operating an Airbus A320 simulator.