Krista is a pilot!
Shockingly enough, I’ve been a “good influence” on young people once or twice.
Krista is one of the few female members of the High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids (HAWK) in Mack Mesa, Colorado. I interviewed her in 2017 for an article I wrote for EAA Sport Aviation magazine about the amazing work that this non-profit organization does getting kids involved in aviation.
I visited her home airport a couple years ago and she came along in the backseat when I took the A-Star up for a whirl. She shadowed me at Oshkosh in 2018 and 2019, getting a behind the scenes peek of EAA AirVenture media. You can imagine my shock when people kept asking if she was my daughter! (I guess there IS a resemblance.)
I’m not her mama, but I am SO PROUD of her shiny new private pilot certificate! Her voice, in the final paragraph of the story I wrote:
“The sky is such a different place; it’s like a different world,” she said. “You get freedom that you don’t get anywhere else.” Krista thinks she would like to become airline pilot. “I can’t imagine myself flying those huge airplanes, but I think I could do it,” she said. “I have no doubt that I’ll be able to become a pilot because of HAWK. This is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
As posted by Beth on Facebook 18 August 2020
Reposted on HAWKaviators.org with permission.
Clements, Eddie, Mack-Mesa Flat Tire Event, 2018, https://hawkaviators.org/fat-tire-weekend-report/