Student Pilot

My name is Brenda and I am 21 years old. I was born and raised in the
county of Los Angeles California with my mother, my father and three
brothers. I currently reside in San Jose where I am finishing my BS in Aviation
Operations with a minor in Business.

I began looking up to the sky when I started high school and I have
continued since. My parents were never involved with my schoolwork, they
didn’t make me join a sports team or take valet classes. My future was in my
own hands, and I knew that I had to take action soon. I became involved in
many aviation organizations; I began with the Aviation Explorers in San
Fernando. This explorers post is a non-profit organization that focuses on
helping out high school kids find their way through aviation by exploring
flight. I began flying in 2006 with the Aviation Explorers until it was time to
leave my hometown for college. And so I moved out to San Jose.

College caught me by surprise; I didn’t know how hard it was going to be to
get through and how expensive it was going to be. I had no choice but to
take a break from flying for more than a year, and so I saved up so that I can
someday continue. I started flying again but money issue hit me again and so
I stopped for another 4 months. There have been times that I would have to
only stop for one month. But it was after I had not flown for more than a
year that I applied for the Girls With Wings scholarship. Thanks to my friend
Ceci, who forwarded this scholarship to me, I was able to see the
opportunities that are out there for all of us who dream of flying.

And so I submitted my essay and on the month of December 2007, I
received the great news that I was the first GWW scholarship winner. It was
the greatest feeling ever to know that I have been given the opportunity to
get back up to the sky and be reminded of how great it is to soar into what
once was just a dream! Since then I have done anything in my power to
continue with my flying with no more breaks! I have not won the lottery yet
but I did commit to two jobs on top of being a full time student and being
part of three SJSU aviation clubs. In the summers I sometimes even commit
to 3 jobs. One of my jobs is a receptionist at a flying club has me surrounded
by pilots and planes; I enjoy chatting with everyone.

The airport really became a second home to me; if it was not for a flight
lesson, it would be just to hang out with the pilots in the pilots’ lounge or
even for a BBQ. I have dedicated so much time towards my career in aviation
that I have grown into a much more passionate future pilot.  I have a goal to
reach, to get my private pilots’ license and I will do whatever it takes as long
as it takes. This summer of 2009 I flew constantly I reached a huge step
stone in my flying career....I SOLOED!!! And I also passed my written. Woo
hoo! I just keep feeling like Im so close. School has just started once again
and my flying has slowed down a lot. But many of you know how tough it can
get with the load of work and school, and so once you have the passion for
flight you just can't stop and take any chance you can get up in the sky. At
work I got two great opportunities: one of them was a sweet ride in a Zlin
Savage Cub with the door open the entire time! SO much fun! I also got the
opportunity to log in 2.7 hrs dual cross country in a Piper Arrow.  A flight
instructor was flying out from Reid Hillview Airport (RHV) to Oroville (OVE) to
pick up a friend and so he asked me if i wanted to come along and ride left
seat and log some cross country time. He asked me this while I was on the
clock at work by the way. So if a flying opportunity like this pops up, I will
clock out of work and get up there! Talk about upgrade! Went from a Cessna
152 to an Arrow, pretty sweet! It was a good summer.
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Using aviation to entertain
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Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
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Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
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Email Brenda!
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Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
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Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
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2007 Girls With Wings Scholarship Winner!