After serving ten-years in the Air Force as an enlisted Airman and flying as an H-60 Black Hawk pilot in the Army Warrant Officer Program, Victor Soler decided to become a civilian pilot. He’s more than excited to join the Trans States airline family. Read more below to learn what skills he brings from his military experience.
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot?
I chose to pursue a career in commercial aviation because there are tremendous opportunities in civilian flying for military personnel. With the current pilot shortage, the need for pilots is unprecedented. With Trans States’ program, I have the chance to provide a great living for myself and my family, along with a more predictable schedule. I believe when opportunity knocks you should answer it.
Have you noticed any major differences or similarities in your military flying and civilian flying experiences?
The differences that I’ve encountered are very few, and mostly regulation-based. There are many similarities, however. Rotor and fixed-wing pilots essentially speak the same language.
My service in the military taught me a lot about flexibility, which is a great trait to have. I was put under many stressful and changing circumstances, and I know how to navigate through them and adapt to my surroundings. This isn’t the first time my wife and kids experienced me being away from home. They are resilient and understanding of the profession that I have chosen. The biggest difference that I’m most looking forward to is the predictability that a civilian airline schedule will give my family. Having a schedule a month ahead of time is something we haven’t had the pleasure of for more than 20 years.
What do you like about your rotor transition training with Trans States?
I love that you can attend the flight school of your choice to receive your ratings. The flexibility of the program provides me with the opportunity to not only complete the required training, but to also do it while I’m still on active duty.
What advice would you give to military pilots interested in transitioning into a commercial airline career?
I would advise anyone who chooses to pursue a civilian pilot career to take advantage of the opportunity. There are no downsides to launching a new career path. It’s always best to contact individuals who work in your desired career, because they’re willing to teach you and show you the ropes. Everyone that I’ve met has had a willingness to help me and teach me the tools I need to become successful.
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