, Introduction- Journey of a trainee helicopter pilot
My name is Sanjith Christopher kurisinkal. As on today I am 17 years and 5 months old and its my first day towards becoming a helicopter pilot!! . Just finished my 12thboard exams and I am writing this , not because I want anyone to read it. But, just writing because I am in a new city, it’s my first time away from my parents and home, no friends, a few relatives who I partly know and a dark dirty shabby room shared by 3, which means I am pretty lonely and also there’s some kind of fear and insecurity I have never experienced before.
There’s one more thing I want to say about the room!! It smells of fish all the time, actually the whole area smells of fish, and I hate it.
What am I doing here?
So why am I in Bangalore? The answer is I am here to be a helicopter pilot. When I wonder what the future holds for me, I am excited and scared at the same time. Since childhood, the only dream and aim I’ve had is to fly and finally I’m so close to my dream coming true yet so far. I haven’t been to the flying school yet, but the name is Rotary Wing Academy, HAL and its one of the most prestigious schools in India, I have heard that one of the instructors who is going to fly with me is called as the “GOD OF FLYING”, he’s got 20,000 hours of flying time!! Can you believe it?? I am waiting to fly with him!!
In the present batch only 2 out of quite a few got an admission in RWA and I’m one of the lucky one, the other ones a girl, and she’s a pretty nice person, actually I can also say she’s pretty and nice, hehe and just look at the coincidence, we both are from Mumbai, she stays in Borivali and I in Kandivali(Just a few kms away)
My father has always described a helicopter pilot to me, and I have always been fascinated by them. But today beyond excitement or the thrill of being in a new city, I’m just scared. My father is going to leave in a day or two and I’m going to be all alone. Mere thought of being alone weighs my heart down, how am I going to live here alone!!
Maybe I should have just taken up engineering like my father wanted and I could continue to live at home, but then what about my dream of flying!! I will not give up!! My family has put everything they’ve got to fulfil my dream, how can I give up on my family and their expectations and most importantly how can I give up on my dreams!! Everything will be just fine. Finally what magically consoles me is something I read I don’t remember where-
“God didn’t bring me this far to leave me”.
Further Information for pilot training on www.dgca.nic.in