Sunday, March 09, 2014

Ultralight materializes Khotang youth’s dream

KASKI, MAR 09 - Sujan Puri of Khotang completed his Commercial Pilot License (CPL) course in the Philippines four years ago and returned to Nepal to achieve his ambition of becoming a pilot . His ambition, however, never materialized as he was never offered a platform to utilize his skills despite approaching various Nepali airlines.

As a result, he attended another one-year training provided by the Pokhara-based Avia Club Nepal to fly ultralights.

“I approached various concerned authorities, asking them to give me an opportunity to fly Nepali aircraft, but to no avail. So I was attracted towards flying ultralights to fulfil my parents’ dream of seeing me as a pilot ,” the 25-year-old said after completing the training in Pokhara on Thursday.

Puri said he is set to fly ultralights in Pokhara after getting a license within a week. He said he failed to get a job earlier though he spent Rs 3.5 million, which he managed by selling his house and a plot of land, in completing his CPL course. Puri had gone to the Philippines after completing his higher secondary level studies at Siddhartha Banasthali School.

He said he flew ultralight 32 hours while receiving the ultralight training in Pokhara.

Avia Club Nepal Chairman Prabin Gauchan said prioritizing Nepali pilot s will give job opportunities to Nepalis.

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