When did you know you wanted to be an airline pilot?
Ever since I was kid, it has been always in my mind to be a pilot. After my first experience on a Cessna 172 at the age of 18 I decided to go for it.
When and where did you first learn to fly?
My initial training was in Israel. I then continued my training in AFTA in Cork, Ireland, to do my Multi-Engine and Instrument Rating.
What is your favourite thing about being an airline pilot?
There are so many things, but my most favourite is the perfect views (when you have time to look on them…
What challenges did you overcome on your journey to becoming an airline pilot?
The biggest challenge initially was the money; I had to spend many years doing things which I don't like to do just to get the money for this expensive training. My second challenge was the airline interview and the preparation to it, which was very intense and the situation itself was very stressful, but exciting.
What advice would you give yourself at the start of your airline journey if you could?
Don’t start training until you have the full amount to spend, just to avoid creating gaps between training phases. Another piece of advice is to fly with as many instructors as you can, because everyone has different points of view and the mix between all of that experience will make you a better pilot with greater knowledge and skills.
If you weren’t an airline pilot what would you be?
Lawyer, or maybe a doctor.
When did you land your first airline job?
Actually on the day that Lucy, from VA Airline Training, gave me my APS certificate. I applied to one of the biggest airlines in Europe and got an interview a month later. It wasn't easy and I did a lot of preparations. On the simulator phase, I felt very confident especially because of the APS MCC course at VA which was extremely helpful, even today and even though it was on a Boeing 737-800 and my assessment was on an Airbus A320.
What aircraft are you currently flying for your airline?
For those thinking about becoming an airline pilot, would you recommend it, and why?
“The course at VA was very much like a Type-Rating course. It was an amazing experience, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an APS course. The syllabus was very professional and prepared me a lot to my type rating, the instructors are amazing and have a lot of experience, and they know how to build you up from the beginning without put too much pressure on you. The equipment is completely new and it's very important. The management and office staff are fantastic and will do everything to make you feel comfort. Extremely recommended!”
VA Graduate and A320 Pilot