Iskolar ng Bayan and Former GMA reporter Steve Dailisan finally got his official commercial pilot license.
Dailisan, a Bachelor in Journalism graduate in PUP Sta. Mesa shared on Twitter his new milestone with photos of himself getting his shoulder badges — that’s “epaulettes” for us — and his wings.
“Officially Licensed Commercial Pilot! Thank you, Lord!” Steve wrote on Twitter, before punctuating with a series of hashtags including #takeoff #pinoypilot #journalistpilot #pinoyaviator #cplholder #humbled #leiaai.
— Steeeve Dailisan (@stevefdailisan) April 3, 2019
We can remember that the Former GMA reporter announced last October that he left broadcast journalism career to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. In a lengthy post on his Facebook account, Dailisan explained why he has to leave his stable career for his dream.
Cleared for Take off: Humble beginnings
By: Steve Dailisan
“Why do you want to become a pilot?” This is the common question posed to most aspiring student pilots and you would often hear a common response, “because this is my childhood dream.”
Sa totoo lang, suntok sa buwan ang pangaraping makapagpalipad ng eroplano. “It has never been my childhood dream. How can you dream of something that is way beyond your reach? I’m just being realistic.” Alam ko kasi na sintayog ng lipad ng eroplano ang presyo. The training cost in aviation remains astronomical in value. My family already struggled sending me to College how much more in a flight school?
He also shares his story way back when he was studying on Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) that he had to work twice as hard just to maintain his scholarship. But he is lucky enough to have very supportive and generous professors who help him.
“In College, I had to work double time to make sure that I maintain a grade that would exempt me from paying tuition fee in a State University. Luckily, I have generous professors, turned friends in PUP, who helped me along the way.
This time, I still have to work maybe quadruple time to be able to pay not only my tuition fee but sustain my daily needs as well.
Gladly, my DOTr family (Secretary Arthur Tugade and my good friend Dir. Goddess Hope Libiran) is heaven sent. Although sometimes I struggle juggling flight school and consultancy work, it remains manageable because they are very supportive and understanding.”
“People ask me, “Why do you have to leave a stable and decent job? You’ve already invested a lot in broadcast journalism, isn’t that enough? Wouldn’t it be too late to start anew?”
Sa totoo lang, hindi birong iwan ang “First Love” mo. Mahirap talikuran ang mga bagay na nakasanayan mo na. Pero kapag dumating ang araw na kakailanganin mong mag-desisyon, pipiliin mo ang bagay na mas magpapatapang sayo.”
I owe a lot to GMA Network, my bosses, colleagues, friends from other network and even sources who entrusted their stories – life stories – with me. They honed me to become a good journalist. And so when I bid goodbye to my career of 12 years, I know there’s no more looking back.
At first, I asked myself, is it worth it? Mahirap magsimula… Panibagong aral, pakikisama at pagpapakumbaba. Kakayanin ba? Ang mahal. Saan kukunin ang pambayad?
But I just closed my eyes and took the biggest leap of faith. I left everything behind and used my savings for this crazy love of flying.
Ground school was like going back to high school and college. It seemed more intense actually. My tolerance was tested. Thank God for the lengthy senate and congressional hearings, it taught me diligence and patience which I applied in all of the subjects we took.
Here comes actual flying. I know in my heart I memorized the procedure but panic took over and I suddenly froze during my 1st flight. I forgot the call outs, all I ever uttered was, “Sir, sir, sir!” I felt like a little child begging for help. My very sharp flight instructor instead gave me the reassurance, “Kaya mo iyan, kaya mo iyan.” Suddenly, I realized I am in control and I have to take control or else…
The succeeding flights were not so bad. Our FI’s were magnanimous enough in sharing their skills and treasure chest of experiences. Slowly, the take offs and landings were no longer as ugly as the first time. Kinikilig po ako kapag naiisip kong paunti-unti ko nang naililipad ang eroplano.
They would always say your “First Solo Flight” will define you as a pilot. It’s a milestone that will forever be etched in your memory.
On the 8th of October, 2018 I was released to conquer the skies. I can’t help but feel emotional as Capt. Shiel Von Dy radios the tower activating the flight plan intended for my 1st solo flight. My heart throbs as I was taxiing to enter the active runway.
Indeed, there’s that unexplainable feeling. Magkahalong kaba, takot at excitement. Di matutumbasan ang takot sa daming beses na nalagay sa bingit ng alanganin ang buhay ko noong reporter pa.
But flying a plane requires a lot of preparation, concentration, discipline and hardwork. It’s no easy job because you only have minutes or seconds to respond. The result can either be catastrophic or a huge success.
And I landed safely on runway 19.
This is just the beginning. It excites me even more to know that there’s much to learn. Who knows one day, while flying I can continue telling stories of people who have big dreams, too. Remember, “It’s never too late to follow your dream, reach the sky and be with your stars.” A Broadcast Journalist, aviation enthusiast, an aspiring Airline Pilot… I am Steeeeeeve Dailisan. Cleared for Take off!
“When I finished my master’s degree, I asked myself, ‘what’s next?’ Although I think the stars have aligned long before I realized I’m up for a new challenge. In fact, I have always been a fan of air crash investigation documentaries. My heart thrills each time I board a plane. From then on, I knew my destination is already charted.” Dailisan, who also has a Masters Degree in Communication graduate in PUP added.
He said to become a pilot was never his childhood dream. It really just about fulfilling his mission and purpose.
“Being a pilot was never my childhood dream. But our future is not just about our dreams. It’s about fulfilling our mission, our destiny and our life purpose as a whole.”