In this part, Tim shares his story about why he decided to become a pilot at OSM Aviation Academy after being a gyrocopter flight instructor, a skydiver and working as a chief instructor for Qatar’s coast guard! He also gives great advice for you who is considering becoming a pilot.
Have you read part 1 of Tim Morell’s journey before he decided to become a pilot? If not, then click on the image below to read his inspiring story.
Why OSM Aviation Academy?
Until that time, Tim had never really been interested in becoming an airline pilot, he was more interested in the helicopters and that side of the aviation.
"However, in Qatar, Qatar Airways is a major thing, the aviation and especially the pilots in Qatar are looked up to, it is a high-end job and you are very respected if you are a pilot or work for Qatar Airways. I met a lot of good friends who are working for Qatar Airways, that made me become even more interested in aviation."
OSMAA had the best reputation, everyone knew about the academy, people from Sweden that I knew in Qatar, had done their training at OSMAA/SAA and was really happy about their experience from the academy."
"That is when I started to look for a way of maybe getting my airline training... then I found out about OSM Aviation Academy (at that time SAA, since I did my application back in 2017)! I knew quite a lot about the aviation in Sweden, and for me, it was no other school that I was interested in, in Sweden. OSMAA had the best reputation, everyone knew about the academy, people from Sweden that I knew in Qatar, had done their training at OSMAA/SAA and was really happy about their experience from the academy."
Tim and Section Head of the Coast Guard in Qatar
Why he didn't consider becoming a commercial pilot before
Tim said that the reason why he didn’t want to become an airline pilot was because he didn’t believe he could do it and he knew it was really hard to get admitted to the program and being able to accomplish it. It was not until his friends in Qatar encouraged and convinced him to give it a try.
"I mean... yes of course it is not for everyone. However, if you want it with the help and support from the school, and the quality of the learning material today, I think it is an achievable goal for a lot of people." he said with a convincing voice.
"I hope that especially girls would get more interested in it. I trained girls as an instructor and I know how good they are in the way of mentality wise. Guys have a total different way of thinking that girls don't have, the “macho and show off” doesn’t exist in most girls, that's why I think it's important that more girls get into the aviation industry, they are really precise and want stuff to be done in the correct way, rules wise as well."
A great flight training location
Tim knew about Västerås/ESOW (one of OSM Aviation Academy’s location), since he did his helicopter training there. Therefore, he is pretty familiar with Västerås Airport that is known to be very trafficked.
OSM Aviation Academy fleet at Västerås Airport ESOW
"The school is situated in a perfect place, strategically it is one of the best places in Sweden since you are in the middle of the country, the airspace around is very busy and you have many training alternatives, for example you have Johannisberg, which is suddenly an uncontrolled smaller runway grass in Sala and you also have a long runway here. Not to forget to mention, also the way of training, you really get everything here and that’s why I chose this school since I put a lot of value into getting a great experience during the training."
Busy day at the airfield, queuing at the holding point for RWY01 at ESOW, Västerås
What is the best thing about flying?
He answers immediately "The control. Being in an environment where basically it is all up to you, you can’t blame anyone else if something happens. When you are flying, to some extent, you are in full control. If you have checked the airplane properly and do what you’re supposed to do, then nothing should happen. Also, in the way of travelling, I love travelling to new places and seeing new cultures. It is also nice seeing people happy when flying, knowing that I can give something to people by doing a good job and transporting people that is something I have always been interested in."
Evening navigation flight to checkout Sweden’s new airport, Sälen or Scandinavian Mountain Airport that will open later this year
"Meteorology is something that has been really close to my heart ever since I was young. I have also always been very mechanically interested. I'm a little bit less good at remembering numbers so air law has been a bit hard. I mostly like meteorology, it is knowledge that you can use everyday, it is not only for aviation. I have always been interested in weather, when I was a child, whenever there was a big thunderstorm at night, I would go and make popcorn then go out and sit on the balcony and just watch the thunder" he said while smiling.
Tim during one of his first solo flights
What is your favourite aircraft?
“The helicopter” he said without even thinking about it for a second. “I have flown and still current on approx 12 different aircraft (gyrocopters, fixed wing aircraft and ultralights) and the R44 helicopter, but if I would be able to fly anything that I could choose from then it would probably be the Airbus 125 helicopter/AS350 Squirrel. We will see, I don’t know how to fly the big guys yet. And of course, the skydiving, flying my own body is absolutely one of my favorite things to do.”
Tim flying the gyrocopter
Advices from Tim to everyone considering a career in aviation!
If you have the slightest interest in the aviation world then:
- Try to find someone that is maybe a pilot or even interested in aviation and talk to that person. I have had people (even if I’m not big on Instagram), who have sent dm’s asking me about becoming a pilot, and I always say do it!
- Give it a try, some people get the PPL (Private Pilot License) first, and then they build it on. That is a really good thing to do if you are not hundred percent sure that you want to become a commercial pilot.
- It is a big investment, so it's quite important that when you take the step you have to go all in!
- You should be quite sure! It will show off when you do your studies because it is hard studies and you are going to spend a lot of time studying. However, in that way it is also good since it's going to test you, and if you're not willing to do it then it will show off by the results from the tests.
- You can also go to the Pilot Open Days and get the information that you need.
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