ATP EMB120, CRJ, B757/767
GOLD SEAL CFI, CFII, MEI
MOM 2 boys ages 2 and 4
Becoming a pilot was not something I dreamt about as a child because I didn't even know it was a possible career path until I was a senior in high school. I didn't come from an aviation background, and I didn't know anything bout being a pilot. Add to that the fact that I didn't have perfect vision, I was only 5'1" tall, and I was a girl, the limitations started piling up. But even at my young age of 18, those limits did not hold me back. I just figured if somebody else had done it, I could to it too.
My first time in an airplane was the month after I turned 18. I had decided I wanted to be a pilot before I'd ever even been on an airplane (welcome to being 18 and thinking I knew everything. haha). I began flight training the fall of 2003, graduated with my bachelor's degree in 2006, and then began working on my Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) license.
I was terrified of becoming a CFI. How was I going to learn all of that information? Will I be smart enough? Will I be able to handle the plane in an emergency? What if my student asks me a question I don't know the answer to? I had SO MANY doubts, but I did it anyway. And before I knew it, I was teaching others students how to become pilots.
I never knew how much I would enjoy teaching until I did it. Though it didn't pay much, it was such a rewarding way to build flight hours. I met some incredible students, and I got to share their challenges and successes and learn a ton along the way. I taught for 5 years and loved [nearly] every moment of it.
I had my hesitations for becoming an airline pilot, but in 2012 I took the leap and got hired at a regional airline. The first year was tough, but once I made it through that, I couldn't believe how lucky I was to find such an amazing career. I was living a dream life.
We had our first son in 2016, and when he was only 5 months old, I interviewed at a major us airline- THE ONE that I'd always dreamt of flying for. I was offered the job, and 4 months after that I was flying for them.
In 2018 we had our second son, and I was able to have 10 months of maternity leave to be home with my two boys. What other career gives that much time?? Though it was such a blessing, some days I would have rather been in training doing engine failures and emergencies as opposed to cleaning up poop and puke. ;)
It's been an incredible journey, but my passion is also with helping and teaching others; my passion is sharing what I know with you so that you can live your dream life.
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?
-Robert H. Schuller
Me and my Boeing 757 doing a charter flight- that's one of the few times you'll see this bird without a jet bridge.
Our last family photo; taken when our little guy was just a few days old in 2018.
My two favorite boys in the summer of 2019