Nigerian Born Pilot Oluwatobi Adesina

How did you get into Aviation?

I have always being fascinated with aircrafts, technology and engineering.
I grew up hearing tales of the mighty Concorde crossing the Atlantic in 180mins and admiring pictures of The Queen of the skies – Boeing 747. Initially I wanted to be an astronaut and pilot a spacecraft but as a boy from Nigeria becoming an airline pilot was a more realistic goal.

How did you fund your training?

I am blessed to have parents who believed in my flying dreams and were able to finance my training.

Did you have any mentors or a support unit?

Yes I did. Flight training requires a lot of physical and mental strength. One is expected to learn and understand A LOT in a fairly short time because it is expensive. However, I was lucky to have friends and colleagues at the same stage of training with me so we were able to weather the storms together, successfully.

What is your typical day like at work/school?

We report for a flight debrief given by a flight dispatcher at least 90mins before departure time.
The briefing typically involves the aircraft status, route, weather, alternate airports and NOTAMS, fuel and more.
We then proceed to the aircraft do the walk around inspection and preflight checks.
When the aircraft is set up, we request for the passengers to board and fly them to their destination.

What do you do in your free time?

When I am well rested from flying I enjoy playing different sports and martial arts. When I need to take it easy I listen to audio books and watch Netflix or YouTube videos on Tech, Money & Engineering.

Any message to someone deciding on an Aviation career?

Be prepared to work very hard.
It is a tough and expensive career to get into so you’ll need to be PERSISTENT and PATIENT.
Always maintain a high level of discipline – This will keep you alive and help you avoid incidents that can have your license withdrawn by the authorities.

Your favorite quote?

Life has no limitations except the ones you make – Les Brown

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