On today’s World Pilots Day, we’re taking off with Enes Handzar, a passionate and dedicated pilot and Flight Data Monitor Analyst at ASQS. Read the full interview and get to know his story about the dream of being a pilot that he never gave up, despite difficult external circumstances.
Tell us little bit about yourself? What is your current position?
I am 48 years old and I am born in the former Yugoslavia, now Bosnia and Herzegovina. Most of the time I lived in Croatia, 1 year in Nord Macedonia and moved to Vienna in 2019, just before the corona virus started. At that time, I was working as a pilot. Due to the pandemic, I lost my job and started to work for ASQS as FDM Analyst. Before I became a pilot, I worked in the IT sector and had a lot of experience in that field, which turned out to be a perfect match for the role ASQS was looking for.
How did you get into aviation? How did you get to become a pilot?
Although my love for aviation began when I was a very young boy and was also my career aspiration, it took me a long time to turn this dream into reality due to external circumstances. I did pursue this goal in my youth and was even excepted at the Airforce cadet school in my home country, but unfortunately, I could not start my studies due to the outbreak of the war. So, I had to adapt my plans to the new circumstances. When I was around 12 years, I started to play with Commodore 64. It was a home computer with an outstanding possibility for the time. That was my first contact with computers and programming and was to become, as it turned out, my first profession. Before I started my career in the aviation sector I worked as an IT Manager for various companies. But I never gave up my dream of being a pilot and saved my money so that, little by little, I could afford the education for the pilot training, which I started in 2002 by the age of 28. Finally, I started commercial flights when I was 37 years old.
Do you have any special moments? Special flights?
Every flight is unique. But I dearly remember the flights as cargo pilot, where you mostly operate at the night. It’s a really special feeling when you see how the day breaks in. I also have fond memories working for private business jet operators, where you get in contact with famous and interesting people. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to tell you about it.
What do you like most about being a pilot?
The aviation can be very demanding, because being a pilot is not only a job, it’s a profession and a way of life. At the same time, it is very rewarding. You get to experience something most people never see in their daily business, like the spectacular view. It becomes a lifestyle to go to different places and to meet new people. Some flights under difficult circumstances give you a sense of personal achievement. For example, I remember a flight landing at London Luton Airport in maximum wind and an aircraft full of passengers, which was tough. The awareness that you can cope with this difficult situation makes you feel proud.
What do you least like about your job?
Obviously, it is not family friendly. The aviation sector is a dynamic world and constantly changing. Fortunately, I have full support from my family.
How did the pandemic change your life? What has changed for you in the last two years?
As I mentioned at the beginning, I lost - like a lot of my colleagues, my job as a pilot when the pandemic hit. I was very lucky to have found a new role as FDM Analyst at ASQS, which was a nice change after ten years of flying and also gave me the opportunity to spend more time with my family. The dynamic in aviation can be difficult, but it is also exciting. The job as FDM Analyst keeps you fresh, as you always have to learn, but it is repetitive. I am now able to enjoy both professions.
What do you think, what challenges does the industry face over the next 10 years?
I think there will be a lot of changes. Although we are, I presume, at the end of covid crisis, the Ukrainian war will change a lot. During the pandemic, airlines were down and are now coming back and doing a good job. The cards will be played and a not pre-Covid but sustainable level will be reached.
Besides aviation, what do you love or love doing in your free time?
I mostly live between two worlds – aviation and IT. But I like to spend my free time in the nature and love to go for a walk outside.
Thank you, Enes and happy landings!
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