Singer-actor Ronnie Liang is going to become a full-fledged aviator anytime soon.
During the press conference of his upcoming concert LovexRomance, which was held yesterday at the Viva Main office in Pasig City, Ronnie had the chance to talk about his long-time dream of becoming a pilot.
Aside from being a singer, Ronnie confessed that becoming a pilot has been his dream since he was in fourth grade.
“Ano pa lang po ako noon, I remember...grade four.” Ronnie narrated. “Naglilinis kami ng bakuran ng tatay ko tapos may dumaan na aircraft sabi ko ‘tay yan ’yong pangarap ko.’ We’re not financially okay at that time, sabi niya ‘ang taas naman ng pangarap mo.’ Magastos po kasi talaga.”
But he’s not one to just let go of his dream. Last year, he began making it happen by pursuing a pilot course at the Strikeview Aviation Training Center in Subic.
He took ground-school subjects and flight simulator training first before he was allowed to take his first flight ever, which took place in Bulacan’s Plaridel airport last March 10.
And now he’s soon to have his Private Pilot License with APG International Aviation Academy.
“During the graduation, doon na ako lalagyan ng epaulettes, yung sa shoulder tapos sasaksakan ng pakpak sa dibdib...luluhod sa propeller and all. Hopefully ang graduation ko po is this month (October) or next month (November).”
After getting his private pilot license, Ronnie sets his goals to become a Commercial Pilot. That, he says, is his ultimate goal.
“’Yon talaga ’yong ire-reach out ko talaga, being a commercial pilot. And it will happen probably early next year.”
He admitted though that despite undergoing several training, there’s still fear in flying an aircraft.
“Nakakatakot, kinakabahan kasi binabangga ako ng hangin. Minsan binibigay ko sa F.I. (Flight instructor) ko kaso ayaw niya, sabi niya ‘bahala ka sa buhay mo, remember your training’.”
He added, “Wala naman hindi delikado. Ang kagandahan is you need to rely and trust your training and the machine aircraft. Mayroon ako mga kaibigan na na-aksidente, sumabit sa kuryente sa puno, ’yong iba nag-land sa NLEX, ’yong iba sa may bandang Quezon or Laguna tapos natagpuan wala na pala. Ganun talaga, part ng risk ng kurso namin ’yon pero mas nangingibabaw pa din ’yong pangarap na pagiging piloto.”
But before being called a singing pilot, let him seranade you first as an A-1 balladeer through his LovexRomance concert, which is set on November 8 at the Music Museum in Greenhills. Guest stars include Ella Cruz, Janine Tenoso, and one and only Popstar Princess Sarah Geronimo.