The office with the best view of the world

Everybody envies her on an office with a view, but hardly anyone would change places with this beauty

She is beautiful, young and successful. Someone would probably say, “Wings are the only thing she lacks”. Well, Stefani Gavrilovic (24) has them, as well as the office with the best view of the world.

Many still think that pearly smile that pilots must possess is a myth, but Stefani claims differently, Photo: SMATSA

This girl from Belgrade would not be able to do her job without wings, or to fulfill a lifelong dream to own a flying office. Of course, the airplane wings are in question here, while this brave girl is a flight instructor at SMATSA Aviation Academy in Serbia and therefore the only woman from our region whose office is “neither in the sky – nor on the ground”.

Stefani felt the immense love for flying when she entered the aircraft for the first time, when after a flight and the adrenaline that surged her whole body, she decided to commence pilot training.

– “The first time I flew a glider, an airplane which flies only with the help of the wind, was when I was in a visit to a friend in England who flies them, as well. It was a wonderful feeling and soon after that experience I decided to start with pilot training, just for recreation purposes. But, the first time I took off, I knew it was something I wanted to do for my whole life” – says Stefani.

Stefani felt the immense love for flying when she entered the aircraft for the first time Photo: SMATSA

At 19, Stephanie had already piloted gliders, and as soon as SMATSA announced the training for flight instructor, she knew what to do. Today, this fearless girl is 24 years old and can proudly say that she is the only female flight instructor at SMATSA Aviation Academy in Vrsac, where she has been working for almost four months now.

– There were a lot of sacrifices, missed nights out, summer and winter holidays. But when you have a goal you want to achieve, everything else comes second. There are students who cannot cope with denials and give up. There are those who are afraid of possible dangers and give up. It is not the job for everyone and at some point, a person needs to be aware of being addicted to adrenaline in order to fly without problems. That is why, for many people, it is strange for a woman to fly an aircraft and when I am in uniform, people often confuse me with cabin crew , says this young woman pilot with a smile, secretly saying that she is “an adrenaline addict”.

At 19, Stephanie had already piloted gliders, and as soon as SMATSA announced the training for flight instructor, she knew what to do Photo: SMATSA

However, according to Stefani, in order to control the aircraft, a certain dose of fear must exist, as a precaution. If you exceed this limit, it is better not to take the flight controls.

Pearly teeth are not a myth!

Rigorous medical examinations are an integral part of the pilot job. Many still think that pearly smile that pilots must possess is a myth, but Stefani claims differently.

– “Once a year, all pilots undergo a detailed physical examination of eyesight, hearing, lungs, blood, and of course, the teeth. All teeth must be completely healthy in order to carry out this job, each filled or tooth with caries can make problems at an altitude of several thousand meters above sea level” – says Stefani.

-“I must never let my aircraft arrive to where my brain was not five minutes before, i.e. I always have to predict the situation. That’s my motto, the one I stick to in order to stay focused. Also, during our training, we practice engine failure imitation, after which, every pilot knows how to react in that situation. The most important thing is to keep calm and allow ourselves no panic” – says this fearless woman pilot.

Stefani tries to maintain the severity and coolness while conducting training with her students. Sometimes, in the beginning, due to her beauty, youth and gender, they do not take her for an authority.

Sometimes, in the beginning, due to her beauty, youth and gender, they do not take her for an authority, Photo: SMATSA

– It is a complete taboo that flying the aircraft is a man’s job. Every woman is as capable as a man. That is why our mentors, during our training, give us the same physical and mental exercises to handle .Of course, I realize that most women would not do my job, and when some of them admit that, I just answer them with a smile: “You are not aware that I have the most beautiful office that can ever be imagined: with a view of the whole world” – beautiful Stefani winks, dreaming that one day she will fly a jumbo jet with wings and enable passengers to feel these wings, as well.

Source: 24 Sata

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