Meet Stanislav Bilousov, Aircraft Mechanic
Stanislav joined Atlantic Aviation Group over a year ago and is a key member of our production team as an Aircraft Mechanic . Working in our MRO, Stanislav has a wealth of experience and is responsible for carrying out maintenance on the fuselage, engines, landing gear and airframe systems. We caught up with Stanislav to learn more about his experience in Atlantic Aviation Group.
Can you tell me about yourself and your career so far? When did you join the team at Atlantic Aviation Group and how has your experience been?
At the moment, I am working as an Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic on Base (Heavy) Maintenance, providing aircraft maintenance support to 3rd party customers’ fleet of aircraft. This includes carrying out periodic and scheduled checks, such as: ‘C’ Check including all major checks and up to “D” Check on Boeing 737CL/NG, 757, 767 aircraft.
Previously, I worked as a UA Part-66 Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Cat. B1.1 with Sky Aviation Center MRO (Kharkiv/Ukraine) and it’s UAE branch Sky Techniques MRO (FZE) – (Sharjah International Airport) on Base Maintenance carrying-out maintenance checks on Boeing 737CL and A320/A321 (CFM56/IAE V2500). Prior to that, I worked at DonbassAero Airlines (Donetsk/ Ukraine) as an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic and then I was promoted to an MCC Engineer (A320/A321 – CFM56/IAE V2500) – both Line and Base Maintenance.
I joined AAG more than 1 year ago and my experience at this company has been absolutely great so far. AAG has a very friendly working environment with fantastic people. I have been able to learn a lot in regard to my chosen profession and new types of aircraft.
What inspired you to work in aviation (Aircraft Maintenance)?
From a young age, I always wanted to work in the aviation industry. I have always had a strong interest in airplanes, because my uncle used to be an aircraft engineer B2 and his stories about airplanes really inspired me. The moment I realized that I could mix my love of aircraft and maintenance into one career that became my goal. After secondary school, I entered my nearest Aviation College to become a B1 Aircraft Mechanic. Upon my successful graduation, I enrolled in Kiev National Aviation University, from which I graduated in 2006 and received higher education by specialty in manufacture, maintenance and repair of the aircraft and aircraft’s engines’, and became a qualified Mechanical Engineer. After that, I received UA Part-66 Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Cat. B1.1. I feel that Aircraft Maintenance is one of the most rewarding technical jobs nowadays.
Can you describe to me what it is like to work in your team?
I should admit that I am very lucky, I work as part of the best team in our company. We have a very strong, professional and focused crew leader. We have individual and mutual responsibility. Team members discuss issues, make decisions, mutually support each other to find solutions to any difficult problems, while according to regulations. Together we provide highly professional work on the airplanes. Moreover, the whole team works as if we are the players of a very good football team, aiming to achieve the company’s goals and objectives.
What is a typical day at work for you? What are some of your favourite tasks to do/projects to work on?
I work at Base Maintenance in the Hangar. An aircraft must be placed in the hangar for scheduled inspection and more stringent checks, troubleshooting and problem rectification, and repairs. Since I work as Aircraft Maintenance Mechanic, normally each day I am responsible for carrying out the maintenance on the fuselage, engines, landing gear and airframe systems including any electrics associated with those systems.
To work in aircraft maintenance, you will need specific qualifications and certification. Just as pilots are trained and licensed to fly, aircraft maintenance engineers are trained and licensed to maintain the aircraft to industry standard.
To be quite honest, I do not have any specific favourite tasks to do. I am quite fond of working with the airplane and see the results of my work when the aircraft is safe to fly.
What are the benefits to working in AAG?
I should begin by highlighting the fact that one of the advantages to working in our renowned company is professional development, as well as continuous improvement of your skills and getting a profound knowledge of the airplanes and their systems. You also get good work experience. Another benefit is that at AAG, we have a well-co-ordinated working process in an expert way. This means that we have a good management team running the company. I can see the constant encouragement and employees’ recognition. And shouldn’t forget to mention that I have a very convenient rotating shift pattern (flexitime) which allows me to have a good work/life balance. AAG organizes the type courses and On–the–Job Trainings for approved aircraft types having its own Training Institute approved by EASA, and eventually the company supports you in getting your EASA Part 66 AML Cat.B1 or B2.
What’s your favourite thing about working in AAG?
As I have mentioned, what I like most regarding working in AAG is the people. It gives me great satisfaction to work in a growing and developing team of aviation specialists and professionals. Also, AAG is a very good place to work for the extremely keen and ambitious candidates, seeking better prospects and a progressive future career. I always wanted to work for such company as AAG. Who wouldn’t? AAG is the industry leader, setting standards that others only follow.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
Well, to be quite honest, if I had a possibility to have any super power then I would most likely choose the ability to make my dreams a reality! I like very much the words of Will Smith in the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness”. They are: – Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it! – If you have a dream, you have to protect and follow it. If people cannot do something in their life, they will say that you cannot do it in your life either! If you want something, do your best to get it. Hard work never goes unrewarded. Moreover, never ever give up. I am trying to follow that in my life.