Vatko BeshlievVatko Dimitrov Beshliev

Born August 25, 1954.

Graduated in Air Forces School "Georgi Benkovski" Dolna Mitropolia - first class civil pilots in Bulgaria.

His professional career began in "Balkan" airlines. He flies mainly on Tu-134 and Tu-154.

Vatko Beshliev is one of the first commanders of Boeing 767, started the regular flights of the national airlines to the United States, Canada and other destinations on the east and south.

He works as a commander and instructor pilot for a number of airlines at home and abroad, including "Region Air", "Vietnam Airlines", "Air Algerie", "Bulgaria Air", Lao International.

In 1996 Vatko Beshliev buys Airport Dolna Banya and began to work on the idea of creating the first private airport and a training center for pilots in Bulgaria.

Today Vatko Beshliev is a manager of certified training center for training of amateurs and professional pilots, which has modern facilities, aircrafts with excellent flying characteristics, a team of highly qualified instructors, technicians and engineers and is a favorite place for training of promising young pilots.

Beside the airport activities Vatko Beshliev is a successful golfer and his awards are part of the interior of the airport.

He has organized the first Bulgarian regatta and took part in an expedition to the Himalayas.

He is also a manager of the NGO avio relics aimed at restoration and development of important Bulgarian history airplanes. With the help of many other pilots the association managed to create a replica of the airplane Albatross FII, which is used for the first combat flight in aviation history over Edirne fortress. The aircraft was donated to the aviation museum in Plovdiv.