I began my flight training on the 3rd of March, 2017. I trained twice a week (weather permitting) alongside my classes at UT Dallas.
In this picture, my instructor, Jeff Wallach & I are performing a cross country flight on a C172.
I first flew Solo on the 16th of September, 2017 after taking a 3 month vacation.
In this picture, I am performing a Solo Cross Country flight.
After rescheduling my progress checks numerous times due to bad weather, I was finally cleared to give my checkride with a DPE. However, on the day of the checkride, we had to reschedule due to weather.
I passed my checkride successfully on the 27th of October, 2018 & clicked this picture with Mr. Deffner - my DPE.
Taking Mom & Dad Flying!
In May 2019, my parents flew to the US to attend my graduation from UT Dallas. During their time in the US, I took them flying for the first time!!
Needless to say, they were very nervous throughout the flight since it was their first time in a small aircraft :P
Got into SpiceJet!
On the 30th of August, 2019 I was excited to learn that I had been selected for SpiceJet's Cadet Pilot Program (CPP)!
On my flight to Gurgaon for initial ground training, I found an ad for SpiceJet's CPP in their in-flight magazine.
Training at PTC!
I arrived in the US on the 27th of February, 2020 to begin my training as a SpiceJet cadet at PTC Lantana, Florida.
I started with a few familiarization flights and then onto hour building, Instrument Rating, and finally a Commercial Pilot's License!
In this pic are my flatmates Aryann Bangre, Vaibhav Singh, & Aaditya Bhatnagar.
In the pic is Mr. Joe LePore - my mentor during my time at PTC Lantana and my instructor for IR. Without Joe, I would not have been able to get my rating at all! Thank you soo much for all your help sir!
Armed with Joe's training, I passed my checkride and got instrument rated on the 26th of June, 2020.
I passed my Commercial Pilot checkride on the 24th of July, 2020 after 3 weeks of fast-paced training.
In the pic is Mr. Rami Zidan, my instructor for CPL training. I couldn't have completed my training as fast as I did if it wasn't for you sir! Thank you so much for being patient with me!
Thank You PTC!
Shortly after I arrived in the US, the COVID-19 pandemic forced countries around the world into lockdown. As businesses around us were shutting down, we were allowed to continue our training uninterrupted.
Thanks to Capt. Altaf (in pic) I flew over 200 hours and completed my CPL training in under 5 months!