At Nordic Aviation Group, we understand the sky is not the limit; it's just the beginning. Our Flight Academy, in collaboration with Patria Pilot Training in Finland, offers an 18-month integrated MPL (Multi-Crew Pilot License) program. This course prepares you for a career as an ATR 72-600 First Officer with Xfly.
With no prior piloting experience required, the program combines theoretical and practical training, starting in Finland and extending to Córdoba, Spain for hands-on flight training. Today, we invite you to meet Oskari Järvelä, who is currently enrolled in our program. Oskari shares his journey, motivations, and the qualities he believes are essential for a pilot.
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?
Dear colleagues and readers, I'm Oskari Järvelä and I'm currently pursuing my training path to become an ATR 72-600 pilot. I'm from Finland, and before starting my journey in aviation, I graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration. I worked in logistics, which gave me some insights into the aviation industry as well.
I currently reside in Tampere, Finland, where the pilot training takes place at a Finnish flight school called Patria Pilot Training. I was accepted into the course this year, and we started in mid-March with a lot of theory.
After our basic exams, we flew to Córdoba, Spain, where our flight training phase took place. After my first flights, I was absolutely convinced that this was my dream career.
We are now beginning our next phase of theory lessons, after which simulator training will start in the ATR 72-600 simulator.
What motivated you to pursue aviation? Can you describe the moment you realized you wanted to become a pilot?
This might sound familiar to many other aviators, but it has been my dream to become a pilot for as long as I can remember.
I also had the opportunity to travel a lot when I was younger, as my mother works as a flight attendant, which inspired me to pursue a career in aviation as well.
What do you believe are the most important qualities for a pilot to possess?
I believe the most important qualities for a pilot are the ability to adjust to various situations, especially when it comes to working under pressure and traveling to different parts of the world.
Being open-minded and willing to learn something new every day are also positive qualities.
How do you balance the demands of pilot training with other aspects of your life?
I balance my pilot training by enjoying my free time participating in different sports like running and tennis. Another important component of balance for me is spending time with my family and friends.
How do you stay motivated during the more challenging parts of your training?
During the more challenging parts, I like to be really focused on the tasks and think of the end goal. The end goal, being the start of my dream career, really drives me to do my best in every possible situation.
What's one thing you wish you knew before starting your journey into aviation?
Before starting my journey in aviation, I wish I had known how much I was going to enjoy it.
Of course, there are challenging aspects to it, such as learning so many new things, but I cherish those challenges and the joy of completing progressively challenging tasks.
If Oskari'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.