Serghei Dziuba always dreamed of becoming an airplane pilot, but with no academy offering aircraft pilot studies in Moldova at the time, his dream was never realized. Instead, Serghei joined the Moldovan Border Police after his stint with the military, serving 21 years in what is largely considered a popular choice for young recruits. During this time, Serghei was able to climb the career ladder, becoming a Senior Officer of the Operational Management General Directorate of the General Inspectorate of the Border Police (GIBP) of the Republic of Moldova.
Through the project entitled ‘Novel concept of relocatable aerial surveillance for border security’, funded by the EU and contracted through the MPF, Serghei is the closest he has ever been to his dream, although instead of being onboard an aircraft, he is instead operating a remotely piloted aircraft system.
“I am glad to be able to gain this experience through this project. I have worked for the Border Police of the Republic of Moldova for 21 years.” It’s been a long-held dream of mine to become an air pilot. Thanks to the project, I have the opportunity to achieve my dream of becoming a pilot, but in this case, as a pilot of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV),” said Serghei.
The ‘Novel concept of relocatable aerial surveillance for border security’ project is implemented by the Lithuanian Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Vilnius Tech) in cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (EASS). The project aims to strengthen Moldova’s aerial border surveillance capability to counter irregular border crossings and associated risks. In the framework of the project, Vilnius Tech and EASS are conducting training sessions for the GIBP on the use of new pilot solutions for re-locatable mobile systems with aerial surveillance of border security. Serghei is one among 20 trainees from the GIBP who are being trained to become pilots of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or in other words, drones.