Nordic Aviation Group's Flight Academy, in collaboration with Patria Pilot Training, offers a comprehensive training experience, focusing on both theoretical knowledge and real-world application.
Today, we're excited to spotlight Leo Toikka, a cadet who is a study partner to Oskari Järvelä, whom we featured earlier. Join us to learn more about Leo's path, his inspirations, and what he believes are the cornerstones of a successful aviation career.
- Please introduce yourself to the Nordic Aviation Group's colleagues and the readers of our blog. Did you work/study elsewhere before this training? In what field?
Hello! My name is Leo, I am a 21-year-old Xfly student pilot for ATR-72 600 aircraft. I have been interested in aviation throughout my life, but this year I finally had the chance to pursue it as a career on an MPL program. Other than aviation, I enjoy doing sports and being active. I am currently living in Tampere, Finland where the theoretical part of our training takes place at Patria Pilot Training. Working at flight deck is about one year away for me and I am already quite excited for that.
- What motivated you to pursue aviation? Can you describe the moment you realized you wanted to become a pilot?
I have always been very interested in aviation. The moment that sparked the idea of wanting to pursue it as a career was when I had my introduction flight at a flight club. We flew a small general aviation aircraft and I enjoyed every second. That's when I knew this is what I want to do and after that, I haven't even considered any other options.
- What do you believe are the most important qualities for a pilot to possess?
In my opinion, the most important qualities for a pilot is to be able to stay calm under pressure and to have good communication skills.
- How do you balance the demands of pilot training with other aspects of your life?
Trying to balance the demands of pilot training with other aspects of life can be quite challenging sometimes as there is very much to learn and not that much time. Personally, I'm trying to plan the use of my time so that I'll be able to stay on my schedule and also have time off to do other things and relax.
- How do you stay motivated during the more challenging parts of your training?
I stay motivated by keeping in mind what I am working towards. That motivates me and keeps me going!
If Leo's journey has sparked your interest in aviation, we invite you to explore our Flight Academy for more information on how you can take to the skies.