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Doru Varlan
I like very much to communicate. That is because communication means to better know and understand each other. Born and raised on a small country farm at about 150-km from Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, my roots lay in rural country. I was attracted by keen sensitivity to nature, down-to-earth practicality combined with fervent idealism and poetry. I always wanted to see what was over the next hill and I also was a voracious reader and thus largely self-educated, gregarious and deeply interested in people. My first beginning to a flying job was some fifty-five years ago, if one counts from July the 27th, 1950, my birth date. Before venturing off into the wild blue yonder, and a dream to blossom and become fruitful, apparently it all started at about three years of age, with looking into the sky for any strangers to come down from their flying machines. Graduated my primary school at that farming village and continued it, and added secondary school studies in the nearby town of Buzãu, and aviation training for particularly the flying profession followed (that is an other three-year period of training time). Pilots like to name the aero-planes they use to fly, in this case I was captain in the cockpits of Zlin-526F, An-2, Il-14, An-24, Boeing-707 and Dash-8 aircraft in row. Enough time to accrue about 5,000 hours of flight time. Crop-spraying flying which was fascinating, like the intercontinental flying thanks to Boeing long-ranger too. For too much love to his flying job (and ‘too much’ correspondence with the western aviation world, that supposedly was seen as one possible ‘intention’ to leave the communist country), I had to ‘accept’ my license suspended, and I had a non-flying job for five professionally dead years. And yet, 1989 arrived with the collapse of communist regime, with the good and the bad. Talking about the good, being a hard-working aviator for the furtherance of aviation, I was among the ones to initiate and manage the Romanian Air Line Pilots’ Association (Ro-ALPA), member of IFALPA. So I was vice-president, president, secretary, IFALPA Director to Ro-ALPA. I was an active member within the IFALPA HUPER(human performance) and AA(accident analysis) Committees, as well as a steady presence and contributor within other IFALPA workshops, conferences etc. Attended more than twenty pilots’ professional gatherings during thoset few years. “Flaps Up” Romanian magazine was put on market at the beginning of 1992, the first aviation publication following the collapse of the totalitarian regime, by myself and one close friend of mine; two crazy enthusiasts and an aviation magazine. Within Ro-ALPA two other photocopied publications were prepared and distributed to members. The work with a pilots’ organization means more or less public relations and media. Possibly that’s why a newly-born Dac Air regional company asked its human-resources department to ask my collaboration as Flight Operations Department Director. An exciting experience, starting from nothing to grow up to a really professional team (pilots and airhostesses and more) to crew and fly glass-cockpit Dash-8s and CRJs. Really nice saga. Unable to long live without an aeronautical goal-to-achieve, I initiated and set up my ‘own’ aviation foundation (the Romanian Aerospace Association = RAA). In the meantime, the state-owned Romanian Aviation Academy (RAA) was established, to continue the country’s civil aviation training story. In such a challenge, I decided to accept to work hard to develop the RAA’s safety & quality assurance department with regards to flight training, to manage the ground training department and the pilot ab-initio flight training Academy’s campus. Married to Manuela, I have four grown up daughters. I live in Bucharest (the most part of the week) and at Berca (a small rural town). I have many friends around me and all over the world. Perhaps I have a few foes too. Yet looking for more Friends, I never stopped believing in real true friendship.
I like very much to communicate. That is because communication means to better know and understand each other. Born and raised on a small country farm at about 150-km from Romania’s capital city, Bucharest, my roots lay in rural country. I was attracted by keen sensitivity to nature, down-to-earth practicality combined with fervent idealism and poetry. I always wanted to see what was over the next hill and I also was a voracious reader and thus largely self-educated, gregarious and deeply interested in people. My first beginning to a flying job was some fifty-five years ago, if one counts from July the 27th, 1950, my birth date. Before venturing off into the wild blue yonder, and a dream to blossom and become fruitful, apparently it all started at about three years of age, with looking into the sky for any strangers to come down from their flying machines. Graduated my primary school at that farming village and continued it, and added secondary school studies in the nearby town of Buzãu, and aviation training for particularly the flying profession followed (that is an other three-year period of training time). Pilots like to name the aero-planes they use to fly, in this case I was captain in the cockpits of Zlin-526F, An-2, Il-14, An-24, Boeing-707 and Dash-8 aircraft in row. Enough time to accrue about 5,000 hours of flight time. Crop-spraying flying which was fascinating, like the intercontinental flying thanks to Boeing long-ranger too. For too much love to his flying job (and ‘too much’ correspondence with the western aviation world, that supposedly was seen as one possible ‘intention’ to leave the communist country), I had to ‘accept’ my license suspended, and I had a non-flying job for five professionally dead years. And yet, 1989 arrived with the collapse of communist regime, with the good and the bad. Talking about the good, being a hard-working aviator for the furtherance of aviation, I was among the ones to initiate and manage the Romanian Air Line Pilots’ Association (Ro-ALPA), member of IFALPA. So I was vice-president, president, secretary, IFALPA Director to Ro-ALPA. I was an active member within the IFALPA HUPER(human performance) and AA(accident analysis) Committees, as well as a steady presence and contributor within other IFALPA workshops, conferences etc. Attended more than twenty pilots’ professional gatherings during thoset few years. “Flaps Up” Romanian magazine was put on market at the beginning of 1992, the first aviation publication following the collapse of the totalitarian regime, by myself and one close friend of mine; two crazy enthusiasts and an aviation magazine. Within Ro-ALPA two other photocopied publications were prepared and distributed to members. The work with a pilots’ organization means more or less public relations and media. Possibly that’s why a newly-born Dac Air regional company asked its human-resources department to ask my collaboration as Flight Operations Department Director. An exciting experience, starting from nothing to grow up to a really professional team (pilots and airhostesses and more) to crew and fly glass-cockpit Dash-8s and CRJs. Really nice saga. Unable to long live without an aeronautical goal-to-achieve, I initiated and set up my ‘own’ aviation foundation (the Romanian Aerospace Association = RAA). In the meantime, the state-owned Romanian Aviation Academy (RAA) was established, to continue the country’s civil aviation training story. In such a challenge, I decided to accept to work hard to develop the RAA’s safety & quality assurance department with regards to flight training, to manage the ground training department and the pilot ab-initio flight training Academy’s campus. Married to Manuela, I have four grown up daughters. I live in Bucharest (the most part of the week) and at Berca (a small rural town). I have many friends around me and all over the world. Perhaps I have a few foes too. Yet looking for more Friends, I never stopped believing in real true friendship.
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