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What is the talent you are being sponsored for?
Alaskan Bush Pilot
How long have you being doing it for? How did you get started?
I started flying in 2003. I just wanted to get my private pilot license so I could see more of the state. As soon as I was first airborne, I fell in love. So I decided flying should be my career. I’ve been with Era Alaska since March of 2007
I moved to Alaska in 2002 to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage, and to learn how to ice climb. I was a pretty good climber in New Mexico, and thought maybe I’d love ice climbing. I wasn’t in Alaska but a few short months when one of my friends said, “someone needs to get their pilot license so we can really climb some stuff!” I immediately thought… I can try that. I commercial fished for a summer to make enough money for tuition and my first flying lessons. I’ve never looked backed. I can’t imagine my life without flying now.
Flying is all about freedom. Having the ability to fly in one of the most beautiful and untouched places on earth is an immeasurable privilege. Challenges we pilots in Alaska deal with on a daily basis to get the job done are demanding. I love the fact that whenever I go to work nothing is ever the same. Whether it be weather, maintenance, passengers, cargo or even sled dogs, it’s sure to keep you on your toes. Flying just makes me happy; I’m truly living the dream!
When I am not flying I am…
Traveling around the world.
What are three things you like about La Isla?
La Isla is making a difference. When I read about some of the organizations they are promoting and the difference they are making in Colombia, I felt so honored to be a part of their company. When I met the founder Enrique, I felt his genuine passion for making a difference in the world. This was very important to me. The artwork on the clothes is beautiful and quality rich. This is a company that truly cares about people and the environment.
What is the last thing (book, article, publication) you read and why?
Wings (a novel of world war II flygirls) by Karl Friedrich
This novel is amazing! It really puts you in the day in the life of a woman during World War II. These women were pioneers and reading about the challenges they faced and the love they had for flying really moved me.
Is there anything you would like the world to know about you?
I love to travel. Whether it be in Alaska or Thailand, I can pack a small bag and live out of it for weeks! Climbing around the world and eating foreign cuisine is one of the only things that can keep me out of a plane.
What are the three most important things to you in your life?
I think pursuing my dreams. It’s really important to me to never get bored or tired of my life. I want to make sure that I always take advantage of a new adventure, never hold back, live everyday like it’s you last. Making a difference in the world is also very important to me. Taking care of the people I love, and appreciating them daily.
Name three people you admire the most and why?
I admire my little sister, Katryn. She is two years younger than me and has been battling Crohn’s Colitis disease for over ten years. She has been living with pain for so long, yet she still goes out in the world with a smile. She is so strong and compassionate to other people, I’ve never met anyone else like her. My Aunt Jane is also someone who I admire. She was a nurse to President Reagan and President Bush. She led a career life. She’s been such a wonderful person to have around for support and advice while I pursue my own career. Luke Hickerson, he was my first Captain I ever flew with. He didn’t treat me any different cause I was a woman out there flying. He taught me so much and he and his family are dear friends of mine.