Petri Sinko

Graduated: 2011
Wroking place: Ryanair
Aircraft: Boeing 737NG

 

 

Why did you choose to become an airline pilot? Why did you choose Patria Pilot Training?

That is always a hard question. I never choose to become a pilot. It just happened, suddenly I got interested in aviation and wanted to be a part of it. I wanted to do my training in Finland and Patria Pilot Training
looked like a professional environment to start my career.

What is the best part of being a pilot?

Every day I learn something new and meet new people. After all, flying is just a job as any other, but the key is that I enjoy doing it.

How has your career progressed after you graduated?

After I graduated, I was flying skydive flights for couple of summers to build some hours before I was chosen to Ryanair.

How important has the quality of the basic training been for your career?

Quality of training is very important when you get yourself to an assessment (interview) and later on to type rating course. Good initial training gives you more capacity to learn new.

Do you have a career highlight to share with us?

I don’t know if it is a career highlight, but base training is memorable experience: my first take off and landing with a B737 size aircraft was something to remember!

Do you have any tips for the new students at Patria Pilot Training?

Set yourself a target, work hard to get that and enjoy - during the training and afterward.

 

Igor Khovanov

Graduated: UCA01 2009-2010
Working place: Rossiya Airlines
Aircraft: A320 family

 

 

Where are you working now and what aircraft do you fly?

At the moment I work as a first officer of A320 family for "Rossiya Airlines" company, which is a part of Aeroflot Group. My base is St. Petersburg, Pulkovo Airport.

Why did you choose to become an airline pilot?

That was my childhood dream. First time I flew as a passenger with my parents to Spain when I was 7 years old. From that moment I decided to become an airline pilot.

What is the best part of being a pilot?

It's very exciting job, you can visit many fantastic places between the flights and you will also get a great view from your "office". And at the same time this work is not boring because every new flight is different from the previous one.

How has your career progressed after you graduated?

It was quite easy to find a job after my graduation because of lack of pilots in Russia in that moment.

What are the advantages of studying flying in Finland? What did the training at Patria Pilot Training give you for your career as an airline pilot?

I am the lucky one because I've got an opportunity to learn and to fly in Patria Pilot Training. The main and biggest advantage is, that in the end you will get a European license. Whole process of learning and flying was very well organized. Patria’s fleet is very modern and young. In the area of Helsinki-Malmi airport there are many 1-2 hour flights to different airports. You can fly in most of them, and that will upgrade your flying experience. And at last but not at least, I can tell that the Patria Pilot Training school is located in Helsinki that will help you to spent you free time very well.

When I flew the last part of my training (MCC/IR/Night Flights) most of these flights were flown between three airports: EFTP, EFTU, EFHK. And once, while I was waiting for takeoff clearance behind a A320 of Finnair, I understood - this is real pilots life. The controller will give you the same commands as for the jet in front of you, and you have to answer to him in the same manner, because you are the airline pilot. By the way, when I graduated, and I started flying with Aeroflot, the main problem for me was how to speak Russian with the controller...

How important has the quality of the basic training at Patria been for your career?

The base training was really accurate, perfect and well done. There never was an atmosphere in classroom that you were hesitating to ask a stupid question.  At the same time I liked the process of learning, it was like a dialog between the students and the instructor. That really helped to understand the whole material better.

Do you have a career highlight to share with us?

At the moment I'm still a First Officer, and the main point of being a FO is to get experience and become a captain. At least two of Patria’s UCA students have already become captains ( S. Timkin and I. Sideltsev).

How do you see your career in the future?

The best future for the FO is to become a captain as I said. But, for me, I can say that I would like to try myself as a pilot in Europe or in other foreign countries. So let's see how it goes. 

Do you have any tips for the new students at Patria Pilot Training?

I have no experience from other flying schools in Europe, but my opinion is: if you study in Patria Pilot Training, you'll make a big step to your future life as an airline pilot. Good luck!

 

Henri Finckenberg

Graduated: 2012
Working place: VietJetAir
Aircraft: Airbus 320/321

 

 

Where are you working now and what aircraft do you fly?

Im working for VietJetAir as an First Officer in Vietnam. My base is in Ho Chi Minh City and I'm flying Airbus A320 and A321. Maximum passenger seats for A320 is 180 seats and for A321 220 seats.

Why did you choose to become an airline pilot? Why did you choose Patria Pilot Training?

Being a pilot is a dream job for many, including me. I decided to make dreams come true and I applied for Patria Pilot Training school. I did my research about flight schools in Finland as well abroad. I chose Patria because of their good fleet, long history in flight training and high quality training, both on ground and in the air.

What is the best part of being a pilot?

Best part being a pilot is flying, without a question. The time when most of the paperwork is done and the cockpit door closes, until it opens again.

How has your career progressed after you graduated?

After I got my commercial pilot license, I started looking for a flying job, knowing that its not going to be easy. After a while I heard about promising opportunity to work in Vietnam from a course mate who had just got a flying job there. I booked the next flight to Vietnam and the rest is history.

What are the advantages of studying flying in Finland? What did the training at Patria Pilot Training give you for your career as an airline pilot?

Finland is known for high quality education, and Patria Pilot Training is no exception. Instructors are exprerienced and some of them are First Officers and Captains for an airline as well.

Quality training prepared me very good to work for an airline. It gave me an ideal base for learning in the type-rating course etc. after the graduation.

How important has the quality of the basic training been for your career?

Basic training is very important as you learn all the important things that will always be there while flying. Good quality basic training has helped me to learn and understand things easier on the way becoming an airline pilot.

Do you have a career highlight to share with us?

Highlight of my career is when I successfully passed the line check to become an First Officer, after all the ground training and 100 hours of line training. When I started studying in Patria I had zero aviation experience, so it felt good to be second in command with an airliner not too long after my first class in Patria.

How do you see your career in the future?

Next goal in my career is simply to take left seat in the cockpit, upgrade to Captain.

Do you have any tips for the new students at Patria Pilot Training?

Good effort in basic training will help you on the way becoming an commercial pilot. Take notes, ask questions and most importantly enjoy flying!

 

Emma Iljala

Graduated: 2008
Working place: Nordic Regional Airlines
Aircraft: Embraer 170/190

 

 

Where are you working now and what aircraft do you fly?

I am 28 years old airline pilot working for Nordic Regional Airlines NORRA, as a copilot in Embraer E-jet 170/190 series. I started studying my CPL licence in Patria Pilot Training academy in April 2006. I turned 19 only two weeks before our course ATP-20 started, so I was one of the youngest students in the academy history.

Why did you choose to become an airline pilot? Why did you choose Patria Pilot Training?

When people ask how or why did I choose to became a pilot, I still haven't been able to point any special reason. As a teenager, right after truly realizing the fact I actually need to go to work and build a career as I grow up, I knew I want to become a pilot. I just knew that was the right thing for me. And from that point on I waited inpatiently until I was able to apply for Patria Pilot Training CPL line. I chose Patria because at that point they were the only training academy in Finland searching new students for their airline pilot training.

How has your career progressed after you graduated?

My career started in August 2008, two years after starting studying in Patria and 6 months after my graduation with CPL license. I applied for Finncomm Airlines as they were recruiting pilots and got in. First I started to fly the 68 seat ATR turboprop aircraft as a copilot. I flew it for 3 years, which after switched to Embraer E170/190 jet. Next month I have been flying Embraer for 4 years.

Next in my career I wish to get the upgrade to become as a captain. Our company is planning to possibly recruit its own copilots to be trained as ATR captains in the upcoming autumn. Looking forward to it as I am the one of the next copilots in the seniority list to get the upgrade.

What are the advantages of studying flying in Finland? What did the training at Patria Pilot Training give you for your career as an airline pilot?

In my opinion the most greatest advantage of studying pilot's license in Finland is winter operations. It gives pilot students invaluable experience when they operate half of the year in icing conditions and on slippery runways.

From a pilots' point of view everything works well generally in Finland. The training is very standardized, high quality and things are done precisely and as planned.Luckily we have Trafi and responsible training and commercial flying companies who take care everything is done strictly following all the rules and regulations. It contributes and developes a high level of safety into all aviation business. It is not that self evident in all countries even inside Europe. I know this from because I was working 4 months in UK last year and found out we actually do a lot of things in aviation a lot more punctually, efficiently and safely compared to them.

How important has the quality of the basic training been for your career?

In Patria Pilot Training, as students we were able to get some very nice and different experience by flying in other countries' airspaces as well. We planned and executes a series of IFR flights abroad. We for example did part of our night flights in Tartto, Estonia and we also did one longer round trip via Sweden, Norway and Lapland.

These trips amongst other parts of high quality basic training I received in Patria played a major role when applied for my first pilot job in Finncomm Airlines. They helped me greatly in succeeding in the various test needs to be passed before getting a job as an airline pilot.

Do you have a career highlight to share with us?

One of the highlights in my career is of course the very first flight with a real airplane. It was done after the simulator training when I started my job as a first officer in ATR. It was very windy Saturday in late September 2008. Me, the training captain and my two course mates flow to Turku to fly the touch and go's required before the first flight passengers on board. I still remember the excitement and joy I felt when taking off the big plane for the very first time. The landing (which is not simple and easy at all with ATR in crosswind conditions!) made me a bit nervous but everything went fine which after I was even more happy if possible.

How do you see your career in the future?

Even though it's been already several years with almost no recruiting in Finnish airline companies, the future for pilots' point of view looks quite optimistic. For example in upcoming years Finnair is releasing to service their new A350's and possible some more short haul planes for regional operations as well. Some calculations claim Finland to be running out of qualified pilots by the end of 2018, which is great news for all the boys and girls willing to become professional pilots!

Do you have any tips for the new students at Patria Pilot Training?

Last but not least one tip for new student pilots. Even though you may sometimes lose the motivation whilst preparing yourself for yet another theory exam in the middle of those hundreds of hours of (sometimes boring) meteorology and radio navigation lessons, all the effort will be rewarded multiple times when some day, whilst looking once again at that beautiful, peaceful sunset over the cloud tops, you will recognize that miraculous feeling of being priviledged. As pilots - in uncountably many ways - we truly are.

 

Artyom Spiridonov

Graduated: UCA 02 2010-2011
Working place: Transaero Airlines
Aircraft: Boeing 737NG

 

 

Where are you working now and what aircraft do you fly?

I work as a First Officer in Transaero airlines based in Moscow. I fly Boeing 737NG (-700/800).

Why did you choose to become an airline pilot?  What is the best part of being a pilot?

It was my dream from childhood. My father told a very interesting stories about his job (he flies too). its a very romantic and respectful job. You meet sunrise and sunset,  different countries and people. Its a very responsible job, you responsible for each person behind you. Its a pleasure for me to aviate my Boeing, manage with any kind of situations.

How has your career progressed after you graduated?

After graduation I went though many competitions to get job in the airlines then finally I got type rating of the Boeing 737NG in London, it took a half of year.

What are the advantages of studying flying in Finland? What did the training at Patria Pilot Training give you for your career as an airline pilot? 

It was amazing, exciting time to be the student of the Patria Pilot Training. I had my first flight in 2010 with Swiss AS BRAVO 202. Next year we had the italian Tecnam P2002JF and PPL, we flew around Finland, visited about 30 airports. Besides planes, Patria Pilot Training has the unique, very professional instructors, we got the knowledges and skills which we use now. I miss that time.

How do you see your career in the future? Do you have any tips for the new students at Patria Pilot Training? 

The main idea is to be a very professional in what you do. Always improve your airmanship and enjoy life. Know what you want and work hard.

 

Vesa Kytö

Graduated: 2007
Working place: Jettime
Aircraft: Boeing 737-700

 

 

 

Where are you working now and what aircraft do you fly?

I am working at Jettime Finland Oy and my aircraft Boeing 737-700NG.

Why did you choose to become an airline pilot?

I wanted to have a work that feels like a hobby.

Why did you choose Patria Pilot Training?

Integrated ATPL course in Patria was a good package and there was a possibility to graduate in short time (comparing modular study my graduation took 1 year and 9 months) without any additional arrangements to move abroad. Finland is also a very good place to start flying due to our four seasons and different types of weather.

What is the best part of being a pilot?

That you really want to go to the work every day with your awesome colleagues. And furthermore this kind of life style with early mornings, late nights and nice layovers in the winter time fits me perfectly. Of course the fact that you challenge yourself everyday keeps you spry.

How has your career progressed after you graduated?

When I graduated late 2007 the situation in aviation business was quite bad in Finland and also in whole Europe. I couldn’t get pilot job but there were actually many options close to flying. I worked as a ramp person, cargo officer, gateway clerk and pseudopilot before I decided to start my flight instructor course in 2009. That was a very good choice and I started as a freelancer flight instructor immediately. Due to that rating I got a permanent job in Finnish Civil Aviation Authority Trafi as a Flight Training Inspector. All these types of jobs gave me a lot of experience from different part of aviation and my network increased a lot. Eventually that leaded me towards my first job as an Airline pilot in the first half of 2013. It has been long road to go but definitely worth of every moment.

What are the advantages of studying flying in Finland?

For me it was definitely the chance to study in my home town and generally in Finland with challenging weather and flying conditions. It was very easy to maintain my active social life and hobbies beside to hard study, which was totally opposite and very important too during study. I also liked that there was chance to follow and get known with instructors who were working in Finnish Airlines.

What did the training at Patria Pilot Training give you for your career as an airline pilot?

It gave me good basis for my career and I can recommend that for everyone.

How important has the quality of the basic training been for your career?

Very important indeed! If you can fly small aircrafts well in VFR with right pitch and power settings you can apply that easily in larger jet aircrafts too. Then you don't have to struggle with the basics but you can focus on many other important things during type rating course. With my experience I have noticed that flying skills are very important for Airline pilot even though there is lot of automatic flight in modern multi pilot aircraft operation. In addition to basic training the flight instructor work is a good place to improve your flying skills later.                 

Do you have a career highlight to share with us?

I have to say a diplomatic answer that there are so many awesome situations that you can state as “highlight” and it is difficult to say one. But maybe a flight to Muscat (Oman) over the high terrain of Middle East and flying over Dubai was one of the best moments so far. I also like to fly to the Greek islands!

How do you see your career in the future?

I actually don't think about that much right now. I enjoy doing my work as first officer. And I believe that when you enjoy your work it leads you forward in your career. Obviously the natural way is to move to the left seat some day!

Do you have any tips for the new students at Patria Pilot Training?

Enjoy your time at the airport environment and of course do your best every day at school. Ask a lot of questions of your teachers and challenge them in every flight! Don't cut corners for something even that's not mandatory for training. If you leave something behind in this business you will find it in front of you someday, that's for sure!

Krisse Kuisma

Graduated: 2006
Working place: Finnair
Aircraft: Airbus A340

 

I'm working for Finnair flying an Airbus A340.

Why did you choose to become an airline pilot? Why did you choose Patria Pilot Training?

Being a pilot was not a childhood dream for me. However, as an adult I started to get more interested in aviation. It's really hard to say what intrigues me in flying... I guess it has something to do with the feeling of freedom.

I chose Patria Pilot Training because they had lots of courses starting every year, course duration was short and test schedules were very flexible. Also I believe Patria Pilot Training being a part of a large and well known airspace and defense organization helps in getting your first job as an airline pilot.

What is the best part of being a pilot?

I think the best and most motivating thing for me is that you never get completely read; there always are new things to learn as regulations change and equipment evolves.

How has your career progressed after you graduated?

After graduation I started as a theory instructor at Patria Pilot Training and continued as flying instructor a year later. Then after a couple of years I became an instrument flying instructor before starting at Finnair.

What are the advantages of studying flying in Finland? What did the training at Patria Pilot Training give you for your career as an airline pilot?

In Finland you get to experience a big environmental variety from summer´s heat to winter´s coldness, darkness and icing conditions. Also there is lots of free airspace for flight training.

At Patria Pilot Training I got the necessary basic knowledge and skills I needed when I started my training at Finnair.

How important has the quality of the basic training been for your career?

Crucial; without proper basic knowledge it would have been impossible to cope with the amount of information studied at Finnair.

Do you have a career highlight to share with us?

I remember especially well my first flight at flying school as well as my first flight at Finnair. Also monsoon thunderstorms at night over India or other airplanes passing by at high altitudes are always great fun to see.

How do you see your career in the future?

Very positive with Finnair's plans for expansion.

Do you have any tips for the new students at Patria Pilot Training?

Study hard, improve your English and enjoy flying!