5 Insanely Inspirational Pilots (And They’re All Women)

 

Females are dominating industries left and right, and flight is no exception. Check out these insanely inspirational female pilots!

5 Insanely Inspirational Pilots (And They're All Women)

1. Kellie | @shefliesjet

What is your most memorable moment as a pilot?

My most memorable moment would have to be my first solo flight as I was just beginning my flight training. It was the summer I was nineteen years old, and it was also the moment I knew that I wanted to be a professional pilot. I had a little under 15 hours of flight time when my instructor got out of the Cessna 172 I had been training in and told me to take it around the pattern for 3 takeoffs and landings. It was amazing.

What is your favorite city in the world?

Paris, France. Mostly because it was the first place as a child I knew for certain I had to see, and 15 years later it ended up being the first European city I did visit. I went with my mother and it was everything I imagined it would be.

What is your favorite part about being a pilot?

My favorite part would be having a career that never truly feels like “work”. There are of course rougher days than others; there are delays, maintenance, weather, etc., but this is what I trained to do and I feel so liberated when I’m flying.

Who is a woman that inspires you?

Maya Angelou. I grew up reading her words never really understanding their full magnitude as a girl. She had unbeknownst to me written the blueprint for the confidence and strength I needed for much of the insecurity and disappointment I would encounter along my journey into womanhood, and ultimately personhood.

What advice would you offer to an aspiring female pilot? 

A woman aspiring to be anything, particularly something where she is not widely represented should have faith in the validity of her dreams. Where there is a will, there is truly a way. No two paths will ever be the same. So when that aspiring female pilot begins to feel like maybe it’s not in her or for her, belief in herself even when she can find it no place else is the key to achieving success in her career.

2. Eva | @flywitheva

What is your most memorable moment as a pilot?

Before obtaining a job as an airline pilot, I did some bush flying in South Africa. Before you land you have to do a runway inspection to chase off potential animals on the runway. I’ll never forget the low-pass I flew to chase a group of giraffes off the runway.

What is your favorite city in the world? 

Barcelona

What is your favorite part about being a pilot?

This job is perfect for those who are not attached to living their whole life in one place. Through my job, I lived in Girona, Rome, and now Barcelona, and I don’t know where I will live next year; Hong Kong? London? Berlin? It is so exciting! I love working with different people on a daily basis, and feel good about the responsibility I take on by flying hundreds of passengers. I could not be more enthusiastic about my job. 

Who is a woman that inspires you?

Oprah Winfrey

What advice would you offer an aspiring female pilot?  

Believe you can and you are halfway there. Working hard and attitude is everything.

3. Larissa | @_larissabernardo

What is your most memorable moment as a pilot?

I have tons of memorable moments in my carrier… My first solo flight! Awesome! My flight instructor was a girl, and she let me fly solo. Second, the moment I was hired by the Airline I fly for today. Third, my checkride on the EMBRAER. Fourth, the first time I took my dad flying in a jet plane. Ohh there’s so many good memories.

What is your favorite city in the world?

I have a lot of cities that I love! But there’s no place like home — so I will say Atibaia, where I grew up and São Paulo, Brazil where my parents live.

What is your favorite part about being a pilot?

Doing something that makes people proud of you! I love not having a routine, and traveling all over the world too. I see so many new places, cultures, foods, and people. It’s also awesome taking people places — sometimes I feel like I am a part of their dreams.

Who is a woman that inspires you?

My mom, and with no doubt my sister! Her Instagram account is @live.like.livia

They are the most strong, good-hearted, and beautiful women. I want to be like them when I grow up!

What advice would you offer an aspiring female pilot? 

Be patient, follow your dreams, and listen to your heart. Be brave, determined, and know what you want.  I encourage you to be sweet and kind to everyone around you, make sure you do everything with love. If you keep this mindset everything will work out the way that it is supposed to.

4. Christina | @captain.christina

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What is your most memorable moment as a pilot?

My most memorable moment as a pilot has to be my first solo. I started flying because it had always been my Dad’s dream, but he wasn’t able to get his license because at that time he had a heart transplant and couldn’t pass his medical. When I was in high school he became very ill and we found out that he would need a second one, but there was no guarantee he would get a heart in time to survive.

I started flying so that if all else failed, he could have his dream through me. When I had my first solo the airport operators let my mom wheel him out to the ramp in his wheelchair so he could have a front row view to watch me. They weren’t the buttery smooth landings that I know I’m capable of now, but when I taxied back to the ramp and saw the tears in his eyes, it was the proudest moment of my life.

What is your favorite city in the world?

I don’t think that I’ve found my favorite city in the world yet. But as of right now I love all of the trips that I’ve gotten to take to Scottsdale and really anywhere in Colorado. I’m a huge hiking junkie and recently got my open water diving certification, so I’m excited to go to new places where I’ll get to scuba dive. Oh and there has to be good food.

What is your favorite part about being a pilot?

My favorite part about being a pilot is a mixture of all of the traveling I get to do and the relationships that I’ve gotten to build with my passengers. When you love what you do and who you fly, everything else just falls into place.

Who is a woman that inspires you?

A woman that inspires me is my mom. She isn’t a pilot, but she has shown me how to have balance in my life while giving 100% to everything that you do. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her.

What advice would you offer an aspiring female pilot? 

My advice for an aspiring female pilot would be to know that you are smart enough, strong enough and skilled enough to be an amazing pilot if you put your mind to it! This is a male dominated industry, so don’t ever let being outnumbered by the guys keep you down.

5. Elizabeth | @elizabeth_.rose

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What is your most memorable moment as a pilot?

It’s hard to choose a most memorable moment as a pilot because everything I do around aircraft is memorable and amazing to me. But if I had to choose a moment,  I’d pick my first solo. I’d pick this because, it was the first time I knew it was all me, and could see all of what I was made of. My instructor had every confidence in me, and my procedures, skills, and my landings had been to a very high standard. However… I on the other had was exceptionally unsure and nervous. After a lot of talking and reassuring myself, I collected my head, and I came to the conclusion that I’d have to do it… but also that I knew I could do it, I just had to stop allowing my inner anxieties to hold me back. So off I went!

I was so nervous, and my voice on the radio for the first part was a little shaky. My palms were a bit sweaty, but I did everything just the way I was supposed to. I came in for landing and once I touched down realized, I had nothing to worry about! I had done it and I had done it well. The smile on my face was enormous upon my touch down and clear of runways call, and I had tears in my eyes. The day had finally come, and I was completely in control of an aircraft. What a huge achievement! This moment gave me a huge sense of confidence and happiness, and a dream for filled.

What is your favorite city in the world?

My favorite city in the world, would have to be so far, Kuta in Bali. I love the liveliness and the welcoming people, and the smell of the incense that the Balinese people leave outside. I love the tropical warmth and the fun filled, relaxed atmosphere. On the other hand, It is a huge reminder to us of how lucky we are, there is a lot of poverty over there and I want to make it my mission to help them more one day. Myself and some family have helped support the Bali orphanages for a long while now, and we have helped send a whole orphanage of kids from infants up until 18 years old, to uni, school, and kindy. They taught us how to climb coconut trees, and we taught them to ride bikes. There are some very special memories there in Bali.

What is your favorite part about being a pilot?

My favorite part about being a pilot!? Are you kidding? I love it all! All the struggles and all the challenges I face, it is all character building and every touch down and return to base I feel more and more confident and happy in myself and my capabilities. The workload of a pilot can get very high, and can become very stressful, but I love it. I have realized I am made of more than I ever thought, I’m a strong young lady, and I am very capable. I need to have more faith in this! 

Who is a woman that inspires you?

A woman that has ALWAYS inspired me, is Amelia Earhart. She made a most significant difference to women in aviation. She never stopped trying, no matter how many people tried to hold her back. And her positive and motivated attitude and determination are to this day, still contagious and radiates. She left a huge mark on the world. I want to do the same. I will do anything to help anyone who has a passion. I’m planning to fly Amelia’s last flight around the world, I want to retrace her flight and finish it!

What advice would you offer to an aspiring female pilot? 

The advice I would give to aspiring pilots, male or female. Never. Give. Up. This is so important. It’s not easy at times, but don’t let it get the better of you. And don’t let it bring your confidence down. So furthermore, believe in yourself. Push yourself, and if you do, you will see how much you’re made of. As I have found myself.  I wish you all the best of luck and the happiest long careers!!! I’m more than happy to give advice and guidance anytime. Aviation, isn’t a job. It’s a way of life. Contact Info: flygirl346@gmail.com

Special thanks to all of these amazing pilots who just happen to be female!

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