Pilot, Flight Instructor and Graduate Student

Hi girls!  My name is Kristine and my hometown is Elk Grove, California, which
is just a little south of the capital of Sacramento.  I'm 22 years old and I'm in
my senior year of college.  I moved to Arizona about two years ago to attend
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which is one of the largest aviation
colleges in the world.  It's been a great experience going to a school where
everyone loves airplanes as much as I do!

I grew up around airplanes, and they always seemed to be a normal part of
my childhood.  I have lots of memories flying with my dad and mom when I
was little.  We took lots of trips to the Nut Tree in Vacaville, California, which
used to be a local attraction and is still an airport.  One of the funniest
memories I have is when I took a picture of my dad's plane, a 1947 Bonanza,
to class for show and tell in the second grade.  All of the other kids were
shocked that we owned a plane, and one kid asked me, "What do you DO,
keep it in the BACKYARD?!?"  I told them that I wanted to be a pilot when I
grew up, and fly 747s and C-130s.  Nobody probably even knew what I was
talking about!  My parents have always encouraged me to follow my dreams
though, and even in the second grade they believed in me when I said I
wanted to fly airplanes.  

Right now I am a full time college student and a commercial licensed pilot.  I
have ratings in single- and multiengine airplanes, as well as an instrument
rating.  Right now I'm working on my flight instructor's certificate.  I love the
challenge (and it definitely is challenging!) and the feeling of being in the air.  
It's so cool to see what everything looks like from the sky.  I have been telling
people I've wanted to be a pilot for years, and there have always been people
who act like it's an impossible dream or tell you that you'll find you would like
another job better.  But you have to believe in your own dreams and stand
up for them.  I like to use it as a motivation.  I want to prove everyone wrong
that said I couldn't fly!  

I learned to fly at Sacramento Executive Airport, at a really great flight school
called SkyWalk.  I learned in a Cessna 152.  I worked really hard and studied
my ground lessons, and I got my private license in just 4 months.  My
parents were really proud, and they were my first passengers!  At
Embry-Riddle, I fly Cessna 172s, which are a little bigger than a 152.  I've also
flown the Cessna 182, which is a high performance airplane (it's really fast
and fun to fly!) and the Piper Seminole, which is a twin engine airplane.  My
dad no longer owns an airplane, but I know that he really wants to build
something that will be fun to fly.  I look forward to flying with him when he
November 7th: Kristine was on her own, flying an airplane around the
airport traffic pattern (a rectangular route from the departure end of the
runway around to the approach end - takeoffs and landings are the two
most important skills, after all). This is a huge leap for student pilots -
can you imagine? - the courage it takes for a person to get into the
airplane that they have only flown with an instructor, but this time -
ALONE. There is still a lot of training to be after this point, but the
instructor has trained for this day, and won't release a student until
they're ready, but nerves being what they are, a lot of times it's the
student who needs to know she's ready to go out on her own...

The picture to the left (Kristine wearing a shirt with writing on it) shows
the tradition of cutting out the back of the tshirt to show how sweaty
the solo student pilot has gotten. She is shown holding the cutout with
her instructor pilot in the picture to the right.

Here are also videos of her flight, takeoff and landing phases...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
Scroll down to see info
about Kristine's Solo!
Kristine before an early
morning flight at ERAU
Brand New Instrument
Rated Pilot!
See Kristine's Flying Video
As a pilot, I can see how important skills in math, science and engineering are
when it comes to flying.  Pilots need to be able to do math calculations in
their head for everything from fuel efficiency to runway numbers.  Science
and engineering are also important because pilots need to understand how
an airplane flies and how the weather works.  I have taken several college
classes in physics and meteorology, and they have helped me a lot in learning
to fly.  You just need to be dedicated and study hard!

Anyone who wants to get involved in aviation should let herself be exposed
to it as much as possible.  Go to local air shows and fly-ins, and read
magazines about airplanes.  Don't be embarrassed to look up at the sky
every time a plane flies overhead, and try to guess what kind it is.  Play flight
simulator to get a feel for what the controls are like in the airplane.  Also, get
involved in websites such as Girls With Wings, Women in Aviation, and the
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  There are lots of people that you can
ask questions, and articles for advice.  They're a great resource.  I've learned
so much doing these things.  It also helps if you know someone who has a
career in aviation that you can turn to for advice and knowledge.    AOPA has
a program called Project Pilot, and they can find a mentor for you to help you
through your journey.  We can help you on this website too.  Also apply for
scholarships!  They can be a huge help in realizing your goals and this
website has lots of places to look for them.

Most importantly, follow your heart.  Just do what your heart is telling you,
and everything else will fall into place.

You can contact me using the form above if you have questions or I can help
you with anything.
Right after my commercial
pilot single engine
checkride! 6/23/09
Just passed the
commercial multi engine
checkride! 8/11/09
Aeronautical University
students and flight
instruction pilots
participated in the
Challenge Air Fly Day
March 24 at Deer Valley
Airport. Providing
disabled children the
opportunity to ride in an
airplane were pilot and
Master’s student
Kristine Anthony, left,
aeronautical engineering
senior Robert Parrish,
and instructor pilots
Solomon Ka’awaloa and
James Howery.