Reposted from @eugenijus.a
Well, this is it. Today the dream of my life came true. Or in other words, the goal is achieved. Today Transport Competence Agency granted me a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). This means I got the right to act as a pilot of an aircraft and to be paid for that. In other words, now I may become a professional pilot.
This is something I have dreamed of since 12 y.o., something I always wanted, but it looked unachievable. To be honest, lots of times I have buried this dream. Although I have a degree in aviation engineering and I work in aviation for many years, desire to fly airplanes and to participate in action (not just watch) did not disappear. Four years ago, under favorable circumstances I started learning to fly an airplane and soon acquired PPL (private pilot licence). Later on, step by step I passed 14 ATPL (airline transport pilot licence) theory exams, got my night rating, instrument rating, multi engine piston training, multi engine instrument rating and finally CPL training. This is called a Modular training, where everything is done step by step, on your own, on your free time.
Speaking about time and effort - it was quite demanding. 1.5 years of learning almost every day after work, during weekends and nights. Countless times I had to reject fun, pleasures and invitations and say "I can't, gotta learn". Also, holidays or trips had to be forgotten.
On the other hand, I have had lots of most wonderful trips around Lithuania (and outside) at the controls of an airplane, had a chance to see the beauty of lakes, rivers, woods, swamps, fields, villages, towns, cities, even the Baltic Sea from above. I also had a chance to share the joy of flight with family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers by taking them onboard. In total I spent 211 hours in the air and had 665 takeoffs and landings. Flew 14 different airplanes, out of which - 7 different types.
This is just the end of one stage and the beginning of another one. But this stage was the most important. Even though the pandemic slightly adjusted the plans, delayed everything, I know that I did everything I could from my side. Now I got to find a job. But I celebrate! ...