The Journey from L3Harris Flight Instructor to CommutAir First Officer

by Sergey Kireyev on May 26 2021

I was born in the former USSR, present day Ukraine. Growing up near a military transport air base, I was always fascinated by airplanes as a child. After spending almost 15 years in the field of airport and land use planning, I made a career switch to pursue my dream of flying.

In September 2018, I enrolled in an accelerated flight training program, completing my course of training in a little under 8 months as an MEI. I was then offered a tremendous opportunity to start my professional aviation career as a Flight Instructor in July 2019 by L3Harris Flight Academy. I began by teaching students from all over the world in instrument, multi-engine and CFI courses.

After becoming a Check Instructor, L3Harris gave me the chance to teach and conduct both stage and end-of-course checks in five different airframes, across all the pilot training courses offered by their Academy.

Flying in these busy Class C and B airspaces helped me to hone and improve my pilot skills, and ultimately prepared me for what would become my future job, a Regional First Officer. Despite the challenging year that was 2020, a prior connection to a former flight instructor opened the door for a referral and interview opportunity with CommutAir. I was impressed with the professionalism and openness of the recruiting department, as well as short and long-term growth opportunities within the company.

CommutAir’s partnership with United Airlines through the United Aviate program, coupled with projected growth in the next few years is why I chose CommutAir as my next career step. I plan to attend indoctrination training starting June 1 2021.

I owe my transition from Airport Planner to Airline Pilot in under 3 years to the training and work environment fostered by the leadership of the L3Harris Airline Academy. It would not have been possible without their commitment to students and employees!

Discover more about the transition from L3Harris to an airline career with CommutAir.