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Shark Profiles: Aviation Aspirations

    By Kaimana Idica. October 31, 2019 - 11:00 am

Photo by Ken Yam on Unsplash

Hassan Deen, a Junior at Hawai’i Pacific University has high hopes after graduation in 2021.

“I would like to work at Hawaiian Airlines…either manning air traffic control or being in the cockpit of a plane,” Deen was quick to respond when asked what he hopes to do upon completing his education.

These are not newfound dreams either, for years Deen has stated that he has, “always been fascinated by various types of airplanes,” stating that his father had gotten him into the subject while he was young. His father, an aviation engineer, hoped for his son to follow in his footsteps. However, instead of working behind the scenes, Deen wants to be a member of the forefront of Hawaiian Air.

Often one can catch Hassan at the Aloha Tower Lanai, where he is observing the sky with camera in hand, hoping to catch a photo of a rare, or unique plane that may cross Hawaii’s airspace.

“You never know what you’ll see,” Deen stated. His favorite planes to capture currently are the F-35 and McDonnell Douglas F-15 fighter pilots that launch less than a mile from Aloha Tower.

Ironically, Deen is pursuing a degree in Business Marketing here at Hawai’i Pacific University. If he doesn’t reach his high hopes of becoming a pilot, he added that if he could land any job at Hawaiian airlines, or any airlines for the matter, he would be content with the position he lands in.

Over the summer he participated in an internship program with Hawaiian Airlines, assisting the members of air traffic control in the main tower, as well as doing office work on the side.

“It was short, but I didn’t want it to end,” Deen added, reminiscing about the internship.

His favorite part, despite the long work hours, were meeting people who shared a common interest to him and who also shared his high hopes and dreams.

“The free flights are just another convenient perk.” he joked.

Even though his internship is over, Deen still finds himself taking the bus down to the airport, to either talk with employees he met on the job, or see if he can, “sneak back into work”.

Although he has a long way to go to achieve his ultimate goal, he remains motivated, keeping his head in the clouds.