Willie Revillame learns how to fly a helicopter

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Game show host Willie Revillame believes that learning how to fly a helicopter will allow him to help fellow Filipinos in times of calamity.


Willie Revillame has an important reason for wanting to learn how to fly a helicopter. He wants to be able to help fellow Filipinos in times of calamity.

“Who knows, in the future, huwag naman sana, kulang ng piloto, makatulong ako sa emergency. Kung may mga disaster, I can help,” Willie said in an interview with the Cabinet Files in Singapore, where he signed a contract for Wil To Play, the new mobile app that serves as an extension of his Wowowin game show on GMA-7. Like the show, the app aims to give more hope and joy to Filipinos all over the world.

“In the future, may ganitong bagyo, basta kaya mo, magdedeliver ng mga pagkain, gamot, relief goods, I can do that, bakit hindi?

“Ang sarap ng tumutulong ka nang taos sa puso. Ang sarap ng nagbibigay ka nang wala kang hinihinging kapalit. Ang sarap nang hindi ka ibinoboto para manalo kasi dito, iboto ka man o hindi, laging may panalo.”

Willie Revillame

In a rare opportunity, Willie talked more about his helicopter flying lessons and the feeling of becoming a student again. 

Looking excited, he remarked, “Nakakapagpalipad na pero meron pa akong kasama na kumbaga, instructor na pilot. Ako na yung nagte-take off, nagla-landing.

“So kapag nabigyan ako ng exam at meron din siyang tinatawag na exam for flying, check right.

“Ichi-check right ka ng CAAP [Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines]. Kapag puwede ka na, saka mo pa lang makukuha yung personal license mo para sa pilot.

“Maganda itong natutunan kong ito kasi marami akong natutunan, not just in life.

“Yung history ng Pilipinas, history ni Newton [Isaac Newton, English mathematician, physicist and astronomer], kung saan galing yung hangin, kung saan nanggagaling yung init.

“Yun palang hangin, nanggagaling sa mga puno. Yung mga ganoon. Bakit lumilipad ang helicopter, yung mga ganoon, kailangang malaman mo, so lahat nang ito, may learnings ka.

“Meron itong ground study, ground schooling kung tawagin. Si Engineer Joselito Casaul ang nagtuturo sa akin.”

Willie also mentioned that he uses two helicopters in his training: the R44 and R66 turbine, which are known for their powerful engines.

“Ang ginagamit kong chopper ngayon, meron akong R44, saka R66. Nabili ko ‘yon, yun ang turbine, malakas yung makina, almost everyday nagpa-practice ako.

“Alam mo, mahirap. Siyempre, you have to be safe. Safety first,” Willie said, shutting down rumors that he plans to enter politics. 

“Hindi ako into politics. Maraming sikat sa pulitika, may mga pangako pero nasa kanila na ‘yon. Pero kasi ako, ang feeling ko, dito lang ako talaga kasi kapag tumakbo ako, papaano yung Wowowin?

“Papaano yung mga tao na gustong sumaya araw-araw? Mas masarap yung pinapasaya mo sila na sumasayaw, nagsisigawan.

“Alam mo yung studio ng Wowowin ng GMA? Parang party place nila ‘yon eh. Hindi tinuturuan ang mga tao diyan na sumasayaw, pumapalakpak. Kusa nilang happiness.”

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