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A Dreamer from Kharkiv became an aviator at the age of 51

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Stanislav Zubar dreamed of becoming an aviator as far back as he can remember. His father was a military pilot and Stanislav’s childhood was mostly spent at the airport. The boy even engaged in sports because it brought him closer to the dream.

But life took him in a different direction. The man entered the Polytechnic Institute, then went into a business, started a family. The dream of the sky remained, but somewhere far away.

The year before the dream came true when the guy went to the airport a few kilometers from Kharkiv. Together with an instructor he took a flight in January 2013, and in May he did a solo on a T-10M plane. In a month Zubar flew a KhaZ ViS-3, which is twice as heavy and three times faster.

This year he completed the theoretical and practical part of the training and received a pilot certificate for single-engine land airplanes of weight up to 3.5 tonnes. At this point he turned fifty-one.

“Pilot training costs about 100 thousand hryvnias,”- Stanislav says. “The first solo was easy for me. There was some sense of freedom. You can do what you want and nobody can tell you otherwiseFeelings overcame me when I had to land the plane, and I did it!”- the aviator looks back.

The man was training even at home – he bought a joystick, pedals and a special computer program. He was flying in such a way for half a year.

Now, Stanislav Zubar attends training courses of international flights. Also he accustoms his children, 27-year-old Roman and 25-year-old Ruslanto fly.

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