Success Story

2013-11-27

Dear Baltic Aviation Academy newsletter readers,

We would like to introduce to you our new newsletter segment which will focus on the success stories of Baltic Aviation Academy’s students. We will cover the stories of those who just joined the aviation school as well as seasoned professionals. We hope you will find this segment interesting, informative and influential!

Tomi – pilot’s seat for less

The first student from Finland has recently joined the Ab-Initio school at Baltic Aviation Academy. Tomi Salonen took advantage of the opportunity to become a pilot in a much more economical way abroad and had his government sponsor it.

Tomi has always been fascinated with airplanes and flying, he played flight simulation games since he was 10, and one day faced the problem while trying to land Airbus A320. After a quick research online, Tomi came across the famous videos of Pranas Drulis in the Full Flight Simulator. From then on, events took their own turn. Tomi quit the Business Administration in IT studies and took the pilot selection tests in Finland. Once he passed it, he realized that getting his education at home will be a lot more expensive than doing it abroad. That prompted Tomi to apply to three aviation schools in Europe. Baltic Aviation Academy turned out to be the winner for its fast and informative communication, appealing costs, similar environment and weather conditions.

Scandinavian countries have been known to provide free education and in addition to that, encourage students to acquire their degrees abroad by providing government study loans with small interest rates. According to Tomi Salonen, CPL modular student at Baltic Aviation Academy, education in Finland is free, however foreign educational institutions need to meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland to have Finish students come study with the governmental support. From now on, Finish students who come to Baltic Aviation Academy will have an easy way to receive the loan, accommodation and support funding from the government.

Finish student who is a full time student abroad receives €600 per month towards tuition, and in addition to that €210 per month for accommodation expenses and €268 per month for student support. The most important part is that only the loan towards the tuition receives 0.07% interest and needs to be paid back over the 25 year period, with the payback period starting two years after the start of the employment while accommodation and student support funding does not need to be paid back at all.

Tomi’s plan is to graduate from Baltic Aviation Academy in 2,5 years and then return back to Finland to receive his line training with one of the domestic airlines and eventually fly the Airbus A380 or cargo planes all around the world. Finland’s government has taken a huge step into making Tomi’s dream come true. Baltic Aviation Academy is one of the places to reach that dream, and just like Tomi, kick-start the career with the governmental support.

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