How I got there

Use this to tag the special section articles on how different members forged their aviation careers.

JUDY: Childhood Dreams

My journey into flight began as a child when I would dream about clouds and flying in them. I would stop at my play to look up into the sky in wonderment whenever a plane flew overhead. Visiting my dad who was a fire-fighter with the Department of National Defence stationed at McCall Field in Calgary was always exciting. I got to see planes up close. Family friends who flew to far-off places, like Hawaii, would be peppered with questions from me...what was it like? What do the clouds look like from up there? What did the pilots look like? Were there any lady pilots?

JOY: Finding the right instructor

At age 20 I considered a career as a commercial pilot but the cost was more than what I felt I could manage so I pursued a different path instead. A number of years later I heard a retired pilot sharing about his flying experiences and the desire to fly bubbled up within me again. I wasn’t interested in changing careers at this point in my life but as I thought about it I realized I had another option - pursue a private license and enjoy it as a hobby.

HEATHER: That First Flying Job

Finding that first flying job can be the hardest thing to do when pursuing a career as a commercial pilot. You finish school and flight training with around 200 hours and a resume no experience. You have to decide whether to take the instructor route or start on the ramp somewhere. If you know people in the industry that can open doors for you but timing is everything.

MADONNE: Late Starter

Little airplanes taxied onto the grassy field, and before my very eyes, seemingly ordinary people disembarked, with their children and elders and pets. We were at the small rural airport to attend a different event, which ran concurrently with this fly-in BBQ. This moment inspired my husband to announce his decision to get started on his life-long dream of flying. Always the practical one, I heard myself say that I too should acquire a working knowledge of aviation, you know, just enough to manage in an emergency.

SHIRLEE: Aviation Author

The Peace River country has long been a magnet for explorers, adventurers, and those seeking freedom to follow their individual paths. My first visit to the Town of Peace River, my husband’s birthplace, kick-started my instant love affair with the Peace country’s geography, its people and their positive attitudes. And so it was my great pleasure in the 1960s to come to live in Hudson’s Hope, BC, 300 miles upstream from the Town of Peace River. There, I met people who had grabbed and held on to their dreams.

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