His admiration for flying has been there during his whole life. He continued chasing his dream of becoming a pilot no matter the obstacles that came along the way. Here is William Körner, who started as a student pilot and is now taking the next step to become a Flight Instructor at OSM Aviation Academy.
My name is William Körner and I’m 21 years old. I grew up in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden. I have always been interested in flying ever since I was a little kid. I used to fly flight simulators and I have always tried to learn more about aviation.
When I was 14 years old, I got my first job as a waiter and I knew immediately what I wanted to do with my money. After 3 years I had saved up enough money to start fulfilling my dream of becoming a pilot.
The journey towards becoming a pilot
I started on my PPL license in Trollhättan and got my license when I was 18 years old. The fun fact is that I was allowed to fly solo before I was allowed to drive a car… that is pretty cool in my opinion. When I finished high school, I started to work at a candy shop and at the same time I was flying around Sweden with my PPL license. Then I felt ready to take the next step and applied for one of OSM Aviation Academy’s integrated pilot program and I was accepted in 2018.
William's Integrated Flight Program class (YH18)
Why did you want to become a pilot?
Actually, I wanted to become an Air Traffic Controller first, but as the time went on, I wanted more and more to become a pilot.
There are many reasons to why I wanted to become a pilot. One of them is that I always seek after responsibility and I enjoy having a job where I'm in charge and when people have trust in me. Becoming a pilot means a lot of adventures and most of all I like the experience being up in the air.
The best thing about flying is to challenge yourself. For example, going on a windy day or when the weather is bad, and you fly out to do traffic patterns. The practical parts of flying are probably the best parts.
Why did you want to become a Flight Instructor?
I’ve been taking flying lessons, both at OSMAA and at various aeroclubs, since I was 16 years old. During those years I’ve had my fair share of very good and not so good instructors. The experiences left me curious; is it possible to take both the good experiences and the bad ones, combine them and become an inspiring as well as educational role model for cadets? I know how lost I was at the start of my long journey. It would feel really good to help people that are in the same position as I were four years ago!
Cessna 172 - G1000
What is the best thing about being a Flight Instructor?
Since I’m still studying, I can’t really answer what it's like but the education has left me with a great amount of educational tools to use in the future. The flight instructor course is quite hands on. Throughout the whole education we practice to master the art of feeling comfortable when standing in front of a crowd.
During the flights an instructor pretends to be a cadet and we teach him or her basic maneuvers. This can sometimes feel quite surreal since I pretend to teach the instructors that once taught me to fly. FI (Flight Instructor) students only fly with the most experienced instructors and to see them pretend not knowing how to land often leads to laughter.
William's Flight Instructor Class
What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a pilot?
If you're considering becoming a pilot, then I would recommend all to start study quick maths and practical spatial skills. Then make sure that you are well prepared for the test so that you can do your best in order to get accepted. When you start your training make sure to always do the best you can.
Did you know that OSM Aviation Academy is offering a sponsored Flight Instructor course? If you are interested in taking your career to the next level, you can read more about this opportunity at our course page.