Automotive Engineer to Pilot

by Bruno Medeiros on Apr 29 2019
Hi my name is Bruno Medeiros, I started as a cadet at L3 Airline Academy in Florida in January of 2017. I got my Private Pilot License in a part 61 school in Tampa, so I started from the Instrument Rating course and it took me less than one year to graduate from the Professional Pilot Program.

After that I was hired as a flight instructor at L3, and throughout the year of 2018 I was able to get my CFII and MEI licenses. My experience so far as a Flight Instructor has been amazing and rewarding, I feel like I have grown as a professional along with my students.

I was born and raised in Brazil, I moved to the United States in 2011 with an athletic scholarship to play tennis for the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Moving to a different country at such a young age was definitely a challenge, I was 18 years old at the time. New culture, new language, different weather, being away from the family are just a few of the factors that played a role in my life at that point. I graduated in 2015 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I got a job as an engineer in the automotive industry right after college. But it took me a little over one year to figure out that an office job, sitting at a desk from 8-5 wasn't a good fit to me. That's when I decided to make a career change.

The decision to start over a new career after five and half years dedicated to engineering was not easy. But aviation has always been my passion ever since I was a little kid. My dad works for Embraer in Brazil, so he would always take me to airshows at the factory, and bring home plane models, that's how my interest in aviation started. When I decided that I wanted to a career as a pilot I researched online for schools that would give me the necessary tools with the best quality of instruction, L3 was the obvious choice because of its long standing tradition in the pilot community and the infra-structure that is provided to the students. Since I'm an international student, applying for a student-loan was not an option and I was fortunate enough to have financial support from my family to pay for tuition.

I have no regrets on my decision to have switched careers, in fact I'm glad I did that. Because now I get paid to do what I love the most which is flying. And for those people that are thinking about becoming pilots, my advice is go for it! The aviation industry is booming all over the world, the pilot shortage is a reality, and airlines are in need of qualified pilots. The road is not easy, a lot of hard work, focus and determination are required in order to succeed and pass the stage checks and check rides, but believe me it's all worth it.

- Bruno Medeiros