When did you know you wanted to be an airline pilot?
It’s a feeling I discovered after my first time on board a plane. I like calling it “a peaceful feeling of belonging” and it was just something I couldn’t stay without. Complete happiness. I was sure that was the thing I wanted to do for my entire life.
When and where did you first learn to fly?
I was studying at an Aviation High School in Ancona, Italy, and one of my teachers was a member of the local flying club so I decided to start taking the PPL there, when I was 17. I thought that was the best option for me because it would have helped me during my studies and allowed me to start my ATPLs straight after graduation.
What are you looking forward to the most about being an airline pilot?
I am really looking forward to the base training, sitting in the pilot seat of the real airplane and taking off is something I’ve always dreamed to happen.
What challenges did you overcome on your journey to becoming an airline pilot?
I think the cost of the training has been the major challenge for me and my family. We all had to work really hard and make a lot of sacrifices in order to be able to pay for it. I started with little jobs since I was 16 and worked in Logistics after High School in order to help my family with the costs.
What advice would you give yourself at the start of your airline journey if you could?
Do work hard from the beginning and be well informed of all the opportunities out there. There are many schools and cadet programs, choose the one that best suits your needs. With social networks it’s so easy to find people from different flight schools and get different feedback, use them for what they should be used for. Do your best, forget the rest!
If you weren’t an airline pilot what would you be?
I was developing a start-up in parallel with my aviation studies, I really enjoy the business and marketing side of the companies. If I didn’t start flight training I would have probably studied Business Management at University.
When did you land your first airline job?
It took me 28 days to secure a type Rating position with an airline and 42 days to secure a type Rating position with my dream airline which was my final choice.
What aircraft will you be flying for your airline?
I will be flying the B737NG, the most successful airliner in the world.
For those thinking about becoming an airline pilot, would you recommend it, and why?
It’s a tough path but in the end it’s all worth it. I would honestly recommend it if you are really keen to work in a dynamic environment and you are the kind of person who loves meeting new people everyday from different parts of the world. There’s nothing that can compete with watching the sunset from the sky.