The story of Sourav Basu Roy, an amazing young man who has set on fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a pilot, and later an astronaut, is truly an inspiring one. He is an Indian immigrant who, aided by the relentless support of his parents came to the USA and set upon realizing his dreams.
His formal education in India was more traditional, and he faced ridicule for his dreams. This, however painful for Basu Roy, was something that helped shape him as a relentless young man who never changed his mind and gave up on his dreams. Still, his parents were always there to support him, and they saved enough money to send him to the land where anything is possible, the United States of America.
Sourav Basu Roy came to the USA on an immigrant visa when he was only 18 years old. His persistence prevailed and he enrolled in flight school within 19 days of his arrival here. He passed every test with flying colors, and against all expectations, got his commercial pilot license in a very short time. When he was 19, Sourav enrolled at the Miami Dade College and also began working to attain a flight instructor certification.
To further support his dream, he continued to study and work at the same time, taking a job with Air Wisconsin Airlines, which is a regional partner of United Airlines. In the few years he works there, he logged amazing 3,000 hours of total flight time, 1,500 of which are jet time.
In 2016, Sourav applied to the U.S. Navy, working towards becoming a Navy Pilot, and then applying to Test Pilot School and from there, going over to NASA and becoming an astronaut. But, due to changes in the directives, the Navy stopped recruiting people without permanent US residence or residency card, putting a damper in Sourav’s dreams, as he is not eligible to become an Air Force Pilot if he is not an American citizen.
After advising with an Air Force recruiter, he set upon joining the Air Force Reserve, which is the only way for him to become an Air Force pilot with his current legal status in the USA. In the meantime, Sourav got an incredible offer to transfer to the main body of United Airlines, an opportunity he just could not pass up.
He took a break from the enlisting process to the US Air Force Reserve to transfer positions within United Airlines. But, in the meantime, the COVID pandemic took its toll on the aviation industry, leaving Sourav with free time to continue with his enlisting process at the Air Force Reserve, and he was accepted but still awaits selection by a pilot board within the Air Force Reserve. From here, he hopes to make it to the Test Pilot School that will open the doors to the NASA astronaut program.
He is currently enrolled in attaining his Master’s degree and is accepted for a doctoral degree in Unmanned Aerial Systems. Sourav believes that this will help his journey in achieving his lifelong dreams, as the advances in AI will help change a lot of things in the future.
He also applied to NASA’s astronaut program this year, but he applied as a civilian. He did not get in this year, but he states he will not give up his dream but will continue to work as an Air Force Reserve pilot and get into the NASA astronaut program someday. He has all the support from his Tech. Sgt. Reynaldo Rodriguez, who recognizes his own story in the struggles that Sourav has to overcome.
After meeting with Sourav Basu Roy, I can say that this is an amazing individual who inspires with his energy and dedication to his dream. He had to sacrifice a lot of things in his young life, juggling school and full-time employment, while still pursuing his dream of getting in the Air Force Reserve. He has adopted one of the core values of the Air Force – Excellence in All We Do, strongly holding to the belief that hard work and dedication will always pay you back.
Sourav is also a humble young man who has a strong sense of morals and ethics and holds his elders in high regard. He is aware that his parent’s sacrifice is what has helped him achieve his dream, but is very thankful for the help he received from a lot of people when he got to the USA. Sourav Basu Roy’s dreams should come true, but he has much higher chances of realizing his dreams now that he’s solved his legal status and has become a permanent US resident. Here at the Law Offices of Hans Burgos, we’re happy to have helped him throughout his journey.