Private Pilot, Flight Attendant

Hi everyone! I'm Gabrielle. I've been flying since I was 14 years old. I started
working at a flight school on the weekends to afford my flight lessons. I was
affectionately called the "Donut Doll" because my job was to go on a golf cart
around the airport and pass out coffee and donuts to all the hangar pilots.

While working at the airport for flight time, I met so many wonderful role
models and go to see so many beautiful planes. That's really when the love
for aviation set in. My goal is to continue to move girls and boys toward
aviation so it doesn't become a stagnant industry. There will ALWAYS be a
need for pilots!

I'm a college student right now and currently the youngest flight attendant
with a major airline. I decided to become a flight attendant so I could work
my way into the airline industry and see what the Captain and First Officer do
every flight. The more information you can get about flying and aviation, the
better you are able to decide what you want to do with your career in
aviation. I am going to continue working on my ratings and am planning on
flying for an airline or corporate company some day.  

I am not from an aviation family. As a matter of fact, nobody in my family is a
pilot. My uncle and I used to go to air shows when I was younger and his
knowledge of the older planes sparked my interest.  When I was 16, I soloed
for the first time. I remember singing "All By Myself" in the cockpit! My
mother was very nervous when I decided to start flight lessons, but she
eventually came around and would watch me fly around the pattern every
solo. The day I took my mother flying is a day I will never forget!

I didn't know any female pilots until 2 years after I initially started training. I
knew I needed to stand out among the boys, so I worked hard on my flight
homework and my ground school classes. I remember sitting in the airplane
on the weekends, going over checklists and stall recovery procedures. I knew
I had to be a good pilot. I needed to gain the respect of my fellow pilots and
coworkers. Now, there are more female pilots in the industry, so the playing
field is a bit more leveled out. It still shouldn't stop anyone from trying their
best and giving 110%!

I learned to fly at KSEE, Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California. I started in
Cessna 152s and accomplished my first solo in a 152. When I moved out to
Arizona for college, I started flying planes with more horsepower
because of the hot summers. I started flying Cessna 172s and Piper
Warriors. Out of all 3 planes, I really adore the Warriors the most. They're so
stable and easy to land. Now I fly out of KCHD, Chandler Municipal in
Chandler, Arizona. (Great little airport!)

My career goals for right now are to achieve the next ratings I need, which
are my Commercial, Instrument and Multi Engine ratings.  I recently won a
scholarship through the 99s organization of female pilots for my Multi Engine
rating, so I will be going to Michigan to complete that soon and can't wait to
post pictures of me flying in it! I am so proud of myself for applying for that
scholarship. It goes to show you how other women WANT you to succeed!

What activities do you suggest for young children or young adults to
prepare them for a career like yours?
 I think bringing children to the
local airport and flight school and teaching them that it is accessible to them
is very important. The owners of flight school and the flight instructors are
willing to give Introductory Flights to walk-in customers. (Aviation isn't as
intimidating as it seems!) Around age 14-16 is a good time to bring children
for these flights because they are more likely to grasp the knowledge and
take an interest to it. Many flight school still offer small jobs to help teens
pay for flight time, just like me. Children and teens can wash planes, answer
the phones, and organize the pilot shop. Today, I like volunteering my time
to the Girl Scouts here in Arizona. Several  friends and I will meet with the
girls and tell them about how we started in aviation and teach them about
airplanes, aerodynamics and the phonetic alphabet. It's great to see how
interested little girls are in flying!

If ever you wish to contact me, please do not hesitate. I'd love to hear from
you! Please use the form above.
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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...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
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Gabrielle makes GWW
Proud!

I was your seat 1F on
Sunday (10/28) evening’
s flight from PHX to TPA
(I had the bow tie pasta
and discovered your
stash of cheesecake in
the galley if you’ll recall ;-
).  We had chatted a
little bit about your
ambition to become a
commercial airline pilot
and how you were
working as an FA to stay
close to the industry.  
Even before you told me
that I was impressed by
your service, I have
never had such good
service on an airplane,
and I usually ride up
front on any long-haul.  
You treat people very
well, and while it may be
your job to do so it
comes off as very
genuine.

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