The team of our magazine was thinking for while about the new column to surprise our reader. Almost every journey begins with airport and aircraft that delivers you to your destination. We decided to see the world of travel by the pilot’s eyes. Although personally we were not enough sufficed simply to write about this profession. So we invited one of the pilots of European airlines to give us regular interview and write articles. This column was created to share with all of you the light of the discovery of something new, something interesting and not typical for common professions.

If you always wanted to ask the pilot about the work of aircraft or any mechanisms, or visit pilot’s cabin, but never had a chance, please send your questions to our Captain and he will personally answer.

– We would like to introduce you the Captain Robin Nava, who has 10 years of experience, thousands flight hours and hundreds of interesting stories about aviation. Being an airline pilot is a reverent, exciting and highly rewarding job, but to get this job is not easy, is not it? Please tell us about your first steps in aviation (it’s about education).

– “Good morning ladies and gentlemen. This is Captain Robin Nava speaking. Welcome on board…” Yes, like this I start each working morning. I really like my job and even when I was a little boy I was sure to become a pilot in future. It is a perfect job for those who love to travel. However, it is not easy to become a pilot and, of course, to become a Captain as well.

My aviation history started when I was 5 years old indeed. I remember it like yesterday. I was flying with my parents to Madrid home, and I saw the flight deck door opened with both pilots working on aircraft preparation. All that lights, screens and sounds, caught me and I knew from that moment my future would be related to Pilot job.

As soon as I finished my high school studies, I started the Pilot Program. It took me 3 years and a half to finish Pilot degree. During this intense program, you receive knowledge on International Laws and Regulations, Navigation, Aeronautical Medicine, Meteorological studies, Aviation English, Aviation engineering, etc.

Once I graduated as Commercial Pilot, due to no vacancies at that time on airlines, I had started to work on Airport Ground Operations as Flight Coordinator and Flight Dispatcher for 6 years, until I got my first Pilot Job opportunity. I was so excited!!! My opportunity to work on my dream job was finally reached. That’s was 2007. Since that year, I have never stopped to enjoy my work.

– Tell us please with which airline companies did you work and are currently working for?

– Well, I started as First Officer position in 2007 for Dutch Antilles Express, low cost airline based in Curaçao, Netherland Antilles, flying domestic flights between Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten and international destinations like Caracas and Valencia (Venezuela). It is very interesting area, because Caribbean has particular weather characteristic like seaside moderate winds, big thunderstorms at sunset and yearly Hurricane season.

I spent almost 8 months living on Caribbean, after I had opportunity to return to Europe and to work for Swiftair Airlines, Spanish airlines, with Worldwide operations for cargo and passenger flights. I worked for them 7 years, flying in Europe, Africa and Middle East. Believe me if I tell you that it was a really incredible experience. During that period of time also I upgraded my position to Captain.

Right now I’m developing my career  working for another European airline company. As my first pilot working day in 2007, my love for this job and feelings are the same or even greater…. I am very lucky to work on my desired job dream.

–  What is the most interesting in pilot’s profession?

–  Aside of feelings to fly, the most interesting of my job is to know new countries, cultures and destinations. Working as Pilot gives me the opportunity to work with other people, other cultures and other points of view. Thanks to this job, I lived in countries I have never imagined before I would visit.

Interesting to know

– Have you ever thought on why window shades must be kept open during takeoff and landing?

– It is not just the passengers can admire the view below. And yes, passengers are curious, so they are perfect extra eyes to see if something goes wrong out of aircraft. Usually passengers report stuff right away.

Indeed it is emergency rules and much more important to passenger safety than you would think. Many things can go wrong during taking-off and landing (most accidents do happen during these times). Thus, people are asked to open window shades, to put seats in upright position, fold up the tables, to be seated and fasten belts etc. To prepare everything as if the plane were in emergency. If the flight is in the morning or during the day, the eyes should be adapted to sunlight. So if something goes wrong and passengers need to be evacuated, there will not be sudden change in light contrast which might lead to temporary blurred vision. Same thing at night flights, window shades are open and cabin lights are dimmed.

Opened window shades also help ground emergency personnel outside to see the inside of the cabin.

Of course, we are doing our best to avoid any emergency situation and passengers’ safety is our priority.