The goal of this blog is to show the steps which I will be taking over the next few years in my pursuit of a Professional Pilot career. I will show step by step my path towards this goal, beginning with my first Flight Lesson. In addition, I will show you what inspires me in aviation from the flights I have taken to the people I have met. Along the way, I hope to inspire young or new pilots to follow their passion and take it to the next level.
Share Your Story: Fred Roy, Future Canadian Air Force Pilot
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The RV-4 is such a rocket; very performing little airplane.
Being a pilot is all I’ve ever wanted to
Extremely Cliché, I know; but it really is
the truth.I have been around airplanes
and airports all my life, as my father is a professional pilot.Today he is a Captain in the Royal Canadian
Air Force, flying the CP-140 Aurora (Canadian variant of the P-3 Orion) out of
CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada.But
my dad has flown quite a different aircraft before where he is now.At first, getting his Private Pilot’s license at the age of 17 at a small airport Southeast of Montreal, Quebec, he proceeded
to then fly diverse aircraft along his career. Flying MD-83s for Jetsgo (a now
defunct Canadian low-cost airline), flying a Learjet 45 for Bombardier
Aerospace, flying the CH-146 Griffon helicopter in the Canadian Air Force
Reserves (the equivalent of the American Air National Guard) and flying the
mighty Airbus A380 for Emirates out of Dubai are some of these diverse
jobs.My father really is who introduced
me to the exciting and captivating world of aviation.
My father, First Officer on the A380
CP-140 Aurora, the airplane he now flies
Needless to say, with all that moving
around came a lot of travelling; and thus flying!Having travelled a lot throughout my life so
far, I really learned a lot about our world and about flying that world.I have visited 12 countries as of yet,
including Germany, Tunisia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong, China.All of the travelling to overseas continents
occurred during our 3-year stay in Dubai, UAE, when my dad flew the Airbus
A330, A340 and A380 for Emirates.As
family members we would get very cheap standby tickets with Emirates and other
codeshare airlines to practically anywhere in the world.Dubai was a great experience; that is where
my passion for flight developed even further than what it was. Over there I
would go to the threshold of Dubai International Airport, DXB, and watch
long-haul airliners land one after the other.I took a couple familiarization flights on an Aeroprakt Ultralight
airplane, which was a lot of fun.Flying
over endless sand dunes was just unreal.But most important out of my experiences of living in Dubai,was making friends from all over the world
who had the same passion as me; aviation.
After a flight in an Aeroprakt 22L,
flying out of a small runway in Umm Al-Quwain, UAE
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of these friends is Patrick, who was originally from Victoria, British
Columbia, Canada.He had the same
interest in flying as me not only because of his father flying for Emirates
alongside my dad, but because both his Grandfathers are pilots as well.One of his grandfathers owns a 2000’ airstrip
on Vancouver Island as well as a Vans RV4, a Pietenpol Air Camper, a Volmer
Sportsman amphibian, and an Aeronca Chief. I had the chance to go over there
not once, but twice over the past 4 summers, and was able to fly quite a bit in
all of his awesome airplanes, but mostly in the Aeronca Chief.I was able to get a lot of stick time, and as
it was my first time flying a taildragger, I learned lots and had so much fun.
Flying the Aeronca Chief over
beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia
My family and I moved back home to Canada
in June of 2011, after 3 very interesting years in Dubai.My dad was offered a position as a CP-140
pilot in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, due to a program by the RCAF to recall
experienced military pilots back on their previous aircraft because of lack of
experienced aircrew.My father took the
offer, as he had previously served 10 years in the Air Force on the Aurora and
was interested on coming back home to Canada.Moving back to Canada would also help me along the line.
As my ultimate dream is to become a fighter
pilot, doing my last few years of school in Canada would help me transition a
lot easier into the University programs to become a pilot in the Canadian Air
Force. The program in which I am interested in is the newly established CEOTP
Program; in which you attend Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario, to receive a
Bachelor in Aviation Technology.An
outcome of that program is to receive your Commercial Pilot’s License and all
that comes with it (Multi-engine rating, night rating, etc).After your degree, you move on to the Basic
Flight Training for the RCAF, in which, after successful completion, you are
designated the aircraft you will first fly in the Air Force.I could not think of any better job than to
be a fighter pilot, and I hope very much that my hard work will lead me through
the long and hard road to accomplishing my dream.
As of now, I am going into Grade 12 in the
upcoming school year.I am currently in
the Canadian Army Reserves as an Infantry soldier, where I started at 16 years
of age.Being in the Reserves not only
means I have a better chance at transitioning to becoming a Pilot in the
Canadian Forces,but it also is great
money for a teenager.
My dad and I in uniform
With the money I am paying for my Recreational Pilot’s Permit, which
requires 25 flight hours and allows you to fly any Propeller-driven airplane,
with 4 seats or less while only carrying one passenger, during day VFR
conditions.Usually these 25 hours are
done on a Cessna 152 or 172. I decided to do half of my hours on a Challenger
Ultralight with a certified Ultralight Instructor, Bernie Rector, out of his
private airstrip around 15 minutes away from my house.Not only is the Challenger a great airplane
to get very good at your stick and rudder skills, but it is also quite
inexpensive compared renting a Cessna from a Flight School.I am now at 10 hours of flight time on the
Challenger, and went solo after 7 hours.What a thrill it was!I am
looking forward to then moving on to Cessnas over the course of the year and
complete my Recreational Pilot’s Permit.Then, next year, if all works as planned, it is off to Flight School I
go in order to become a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force!
My first flight in the Challenger,
on a cold April morning
Bernie, my instructor, and I before
you very much to Swayne Martin for allowing me to ‘’Share my Story’’!I would love to hear back from you that have
read this, so follow me on twitter @fredroy828 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Nova Scotia, Canada
All wet after my first solo
Thanks so much Fred for writing in and sharing your story. It's awesome how much flying you've gotten to do and how you've lived on the other side of the world. I'm sure it's eye opening, having the opportunity to live in such diverse parts of the world.
It sounds like you've had some awesome flying experiences. I'm sure you'd make an excellent pilot for the Canadian Air Force! Make sure to write back in with more about your future training.
Thanks again for writing in and participating in the Share Your Story section of the blog,
Martins Aviation / From Private to Professional Pilot