What’s Next?

The question is relevant probably for almost every brand new pilot, especially outside of the US.

Finally the moment comes when the student becomes a pilot. But the license is just the beginning. Employers are looking for experience, and a flight school gives just a basic one. Usually the typical path for an American is becoming a flight instructor, and gaining more and more flight time. But for foreigners it sometimes does not work: it’s hard to find that much of student pilots in any other country, so flight instructors are not in demand.

The other problem is that there is not so many general aviation jobs in Russia, and most of airlines require aviation degree from one of 5 Russian institutions. By that I really mean a degree, not just a license.

What can I have? I speak Russian, English and French, I have a master’s degree (but not in aviation field), and a commercial license with IR and ME. What can I do? Aerophotography, parachute dropping, banner towing, scenic flights, power lines inspection. I will try to find something like that in Russia or outside, and will still fly to gain more experience.

I will also try to find something in Canada, I am thinking about some flight instructor program with internship. Hopefully I will work it out.


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Milestones

04/09/2017: My First Flight
04/25/2017: EASA PPL written exam (6 exams passed)
05/21/2017: Radio Operator Certificate (Europe VFR)
05/22/2017: EASA PPL written exam (all passed)
05/26/2017: The First Solo!
05/28/2017: Solo cross-country >270 km
05/31/2017: EASA PPL check-ride
07/22/2017: EASA IFR English
08/03/2017: 100 hours TT
12/04/2017: The first IFR flight
12/28/2017: FAA IR written
02/16/2018: FAA IR check-ride
05/28/2018: FAA Tailwheel endorsement
06/04/2018: FAA CPL long cross-country
06/07/2018: FAA CPL written
07/16/2018: FAA CPL check-ride
07/28/2018: FAA CPL ME rating
08/03/2018: FAA HP endorsement
06/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (6/14)
07/03/2019: EASA ATPL theory (11/14)
07/15/2019: FAA IR IPC
07/18/2019: FAA CPL SES rating
08/07/2019: EASA ATPL theory (done)
10/10/2019: EASA NVFR
10/13/2019: EASA IR/PBN SE
11/19/2019: Solo XC > 540 km
12/06/2019: EASA CPL
12/10/2019: EASA AMEL
02/20/2020: Cessna 210 endorsement
08/30/2021: FAVT validation
05/27/2022: TCCA CPL/IR written
05/31/2022: Radio Operator Certificate Canada