03 May 2018

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Story Highlight: Juan Carlos Ala Luna from Peru

Air Navigation Pro Pilot Story Highlight: 

Juan Carlos Ala Luna from Peru

Here at Air Navigation Pro, we always have our ears open to anyone willing to share their stories all over the world. Last month, we met 33-year-old Juan Carlos Ala Luna from Lima, Peru on Instagram. He’s a full time aviation student working on getting his CPL/IR/ME and we’re delighted that he shared his stories and his photos with us!

What do you love most about flying aircraft?

Flying makes the whole world accessible, allowing you to travel to places in a fraction of the time it would take you to travel there by car; it’s a real-time machine.

What is your favorite aircraft?

I have done most of my hours in a Cessna 172 D I learned to use the constant speed propeller in it and was the perfect trainer for me. Although, I have recently flown the Aero commander 500S and I can see why Bob Hoover loved it so much. My favorite single engine would be the C-172 and multiengine the AC-500.

What aircraft would you like to fly in the future?

I’m also a flight simulator enthusiast and have some experience flying the Airbus 320. My choice would definitely be the A320. I like to joke that my iPad with Airnavpro is my Airbus MCDU.

What is your favorite destination so far?

For scenery, it would be the Peruvian jungle; it’s so beautiful and vast. But for improving flying skills it would be the windy north of Peru. I decided that I was going to fly every airport available for flight training in Peru which has given me a unique experience, allowing me to fly in the north with average winds of 20 knots, in the jungle with the constant change of weather and in the desert of Peru with its unpredictable sandstorms.

 What is your dream travel destination?

France. I have dreamed about visiting it for many years and to have the opportunity to see the French landscape from the air would be a dream come true.

What's the most challenging thing about landing?

At first, landing is a challenge to any pilot; I remember struggling a lot with the speed and attitude of the plane. However, I made this my focus for development and with many hours of practice and the help of patient instructors, I now find I am able to complete most landings smoothly.

Any funny/scary memories or stories you've encountered?

I was returning from navigation from Pisco to Ica, Peru and noticed the instructor I was flying with had been fixated on something out the window for a long time. “Don’t panic” he turned to me “but I’m pretty sure there is a UFO at 11 o’clock”. Curiosity got the better of us and of course, we headed over in our 152 to investigate this mysterious light. As with most conspiracies, there turned out to be a perfectly natural explanation: the reflection of sunlight on a tin roof. At least it was exciting for a while.

Do you have any flying tips that you'd like to share?

I’ve learned that the art of flying is like a dance; be gentle with the plane, follow your choreography, take the lead and be confident in responding to its movements.

How did you come across Air Navigation PRO?

I read an article in a magazine, back at the start of my career in 2012, about an app that was changing the way pilots, planned their flights. Then I became aware that the US air force had bought the iPad 3 for every pilot in order to have had a paperless cockpit. I purchased an iPad 4 soon after and got the app. Instantly, it made my flying experiences a lot easier and more enjoyable.

What are the 5 best things you like about our app? Please elaborate.

  •  It makes flight planning really simple, taking seconds to generate detailed navigation that you can trust.
  • It provides you with plenty of situational awareness so that you can anticipate and respond to changing conditions.
  • It’s a backup for the plane’s instruments; if something were to go wrong, you know still have access to your primary instruments, making the app a comfortable redundancy and in my opinion an essential toolkit for any pilot.
  • I love being able to familiarize myself with my surroundings due to the level of detail provided in the maps.
  • The fact that the app is frequently updated with improved features, keeping it reliable and pilot friendly.

Have you tried other navigating apps? If you have, what apps are these? How do you find these apps in comparison?

Yes, I have tried the Garmin pilot app. I use it for IFR flights because it shows the airways in great detail and the waypoints update constantly. I use it only in IFR conditions and doing the STAR, then change to Airnavpro because of the increased situational awareness it provides.

Can you please tell me a story of the best times you have had with our app? If you can name more than one instance, that would be awesome!

In November of last year I wanted to fly somewhere new so I changed flight school to one that was located in the north of Peru in a place I hadn’t flown before. To my surprise, the instructor that I was flying with was unfamiliar with the area as well. It was a joint effort to orientate ourselves in this new environment. Airnavpro made this much easier because we were able to see in real-time where we were going, the displacement of runways, and all the other valuable info provided. It would have been a lot more challenging if we didn’t have Airnavpro with us, and definitely less enjoyable.  

If you could talk to non-users about our product, what would you tell them?

I was recently watching the AOPA air safety program on Youtube and found the number of accidents that have happened in recent years because of the lack of situational awareness absolutely shocking. Airnavpro not only allows you to plan your flight in seconds, but it shows you where exactly you’re located on the map and the obstacles ahead, just like a real-life navigator. Apps like Airnavpro are invaluable to any safety conscientious pilot.

What do you do when you’re not flying?

Actually, everything I do lately is linked with flying in some way. From practically consuming any flying related media to simulating with colleagues, it seems I have inadvertently built my life around aviation. But I’m fine with that.

What do you see yourself doing three years from now?

I’m happy to say that aviation is growing steadily in Peru, there are plenty of new flight schools and airlines and therefore lots of opportunities. I don’t mind where I end up, airline, sightseeing tours or bush piloting, as long as I am flying I’ll be happy.

What is your favorite flying memory?

My first solo flight. I wasn’t prepared to take it that day so it came as a shock when my instructor radioed the tower with the words “Student ready for solo flight”. My knees were shaking as he exited the plane and I took the controls. Leaving me his headset, the last thing he said to me was “don’t do anything stupid”. Despite that inevitable anxiety, it was an incredible feeling, knowing I had developed the skills to handle an aircraft independently.

What would you tell non-pilots about the joy of flying?

Most people have experienced flying in order to get somewhere but few have done it for the experience of being in the air. I would recommend anyone to take a flight in a smaller aircraft to experience both the art of flying and the incredible views you can only get from being in the air.

You can check out more about Juan Carlos Ala Luna on Instagram.

If you're interested to read more about our users and some interesting persons in the aviation industry, you can check out our other highlights:

Are you a pilot with cool travel stories and you want to be featured on our blog?

Send us a message in one of our social media accounts Facebook, Instragram or send us an e-mail at demi@airnavigation.aero.

Need help? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have questions that are not found in our FAQ, please don't hesitate to reach out and contact us here.

to discover more about the Flight planning application Air Navigation Pro iOS, 
you can also visit our website at 
and check the manual for additional details on how to use the new features.

Blue Skies, 
The Air Navigation Team 


Post a Comment