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This Singer-Turned-Pilot Didn't Let the Pandemic Stop His Dream of Flying

His flight school was instrumental in helping him reach his dreams.
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Ronnie Liang is a licensed pilot who is expected to soon obtain his license to fly commercial flights. The pandemic had cast a dark cloud over the aviation industry, but as demand for travel has finally picked up domestically and abroad, Liang says this is finally an answered prayer. 

Because of the pandemic, thousands of flights were canceled. Aviation jobs were lost. But as travel restrictions are eased around the country and the number of COVID-19 cases goes down, the demand for travel is finally back.

“This is an answered prayer na nag-uumpisa nang mawala ang pandemic and Level 2 na tayo. Magandang balita ito para sa aviation industry. Marami nang gustong mag-travel ulit. Though the threat is still there, let us not be complacent. Mag ingat pa rin,” singer Ronnie Liang shared his thoughts. As a licensed private pilot and commercial pilot-in-training, the industry is very close to his heart.

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Liang is part of Sing Galing on TV5 as one of the Jukebosses. Apart from his flying, Liang appears on the show every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 6:30 p.m.  

Aviation Industry Set to Fly Again

Liang is flying once again and working on his required commercial pilot flying hours at Pilipinas Space and Aviation Academy, Incorporated. According to the Academy, their projection on the aviation industry is looking upbeat. In fact, they are preparing all their pilots for hiring in the airlines in 2022.

 

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Completing Flying Hours 

Completing flying hours at Lingayen Airport in Pangasinan, Liang thanked his new school and paid tribute to his flight instructors.

“I thank Captain Yeshter Baccay of Pilipinas Space and Aviation Academy, Inc. Despite the challenges of this pandemic, the quality of student pilots' training was not sacrificed.”

 

“I’m grateful too sa mga flight instructors ko na sina Capt. Vince Nicole V. Macugay and Capt. Nikko Brayan Licong sa pagtitiyaga nila sa akin. Naninibago ako nung una dahil iba ang mga method nila ng pagtuturo. Pakiramdam ko nasa airlines na ako ‘pag nagtuturo sila, ‘yung ganung feeling na after ng flight training, you feel happy and fulfilled knowing that you have learned something new and the feeling of alam mong naging productive ang araw mo.”

 

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Ronnie teams up with his aviation school in encouraging aspiring pilots to keep their dreams alive and never make giving up an option. Ronnie hopes more students will enroll and jumpstart their flying dreams.

“Don’t Let This Pandemic Kill Your Dream.”

Flying has always been Liang’s dream since he was a child. But with a career in showbusiness, finding time to train as a pilot would have been challenging, but he pursued it anyway. 

Kapag nakasakay ka sa eroplano, feeling mo ang taas-taas mo. Malayo ang lipad mo. Ganyan tayo. Malayo at mataas pa ang mararating natin sa buhay. Don’t let this pandemic kill your dream. If you want to be a pilot, go for it. Handa tayong tulungan ng Pilipinas Aviation and Space Academy, Inc. They have flexible and affordable programs.”

The soon-to-be commercial pilot shared how his current school has given him the added boost of confidence as a pilot. He raved about the kind of training he has been getting. Ronnie shared, “I really learned a lot from this flight school. They make pilots really globally competitive. I feel that I am more competent in flying.

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“They are very strict pagdating sa standards from ground schooling to flight training. Kahit na mahirap ang training dahil nga commercial pilot na plus para akong umulit dahil dinaanan ko ulit ang PPL as a review kasama ground school, talaga namang maraming naituro sa akin so that when I fly solo na without flying instructor na kasama, ay alam ko na at confident na.”

When asked when he would finally fly commercial, Liang laughed and said, “Malapit na malapit na. Kapag naging commercial pilot na ako, sakay kayo ha?” 

Earlier this month, Liang spent hours of straight flying for a full week as he inches his way to becoming a licensed commercial pilot soon. Even a pandemic failed to put his dreams to a halt.

While flying high, Liang still finds to produce his own music. He regularly uploads content on his latest singles and performances on his YouTube channel

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