Valentin Florica 1. How long have you worked with Wales Air Ambulance? I have been working for Babcock Onshore for two years and I have joined WAA in May 2021. Wales 2. Have you always wanted to be a pilot? Wales It runs in my family, my father was a flight test engineer, my older brother is a helicopter engineer also, so for as long I can remember I wanted to become a pilot. I took my first flight with a helicopter when I was 3, and my parents say that this is the day I said I want to become a helicopter pilot. Wales 3. What does it mean to you to fly for WAA? Wales I enjoy flying for WAA because we can see that we are making a difference in a chain of events that end up in helping people when they need us the most. It is a privilege to be a part of such an amazing team. Wales 4. If you weren't a pilot, what would you be? Wales I have never imagined myself doing anything else. I would probably still be linked to aviation somehow. Engineer or Air traffic controller. Something to see helicopters and airplanes everyday at work Wales 5. When and where did you do your training? Wales I started flying and got my first sailplane pilot licence when I was 16, back home in Romania. I started my helicopter training when I was 18, at the Romanian Air Force Academy, and after 3 years I started flying for the Romanian HEMS/SAR.