We came across the story of 20 year old New Zealander Aimee Burn recently, and found one of her comments in particular very inspiring:
- When people ask me why I wanted to become a pilot, I simply answer, “Why would you NOT want to become a pilot?”
With a lot of recent media coverage surrounding the current and predicted future shortage of pilots, we feel it’s important to share inspirational stories – in particular from young pilots going after their aviation dreams.
Many of the world’s biggest airlines have become very proactive in recruiting more female pilots, and this will be wonderful for the aviation industry. We hope that young people, female or male, who are thinking about becoming a pilot, find stories like Aimee’s inspirational.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A PILOT?
It was a combination of the mechanical side of aviation, and the beauty of it all. I love aircraft engines and their sounds, and I love that aircraft operate in an area where humans aren’t supposed to be, in the sky.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?
My parents bought me my first trial flight when I was 15 and I loved it. When I was 16 I went on a two week flying camp and did my first solo after 8 hours of flight instruction. I continued flight lessons through a club for my PPL throughout high school then once I left, I joined an actual flying academy where I did a two year course and attained my Diploma in Aviation. I graduated in December 2017.
WHAT LEAD TO YOUR CURRENT JOB (FLYING TOURISTS OVER AND AROUND SOME OF NZ’S SPECTACULAR NORTH ISLAND VOLCANOES)?
I applied for probably about 15 different operators and it wasn’t going so well so I figured I would probably have to continue being a flight instructor, but overseas where the demand was higher. One day I got an email back from my current boss saying that they were in need of a pilot right away, and here I am. So it only took about 1 month after graduating for me to find my first job!
DO YOU HAVE A LONG TERM GOAL IN YOUR AVIATION CAREER?
To be honest I actually don’t. I have more of a five year plan. With aviation, the opportunities are endless and there are so many different areas of aviation to explore, so I want to try out as many things as possible. I definitely don’t just want to reach 1,000 hours then jump into the airlines. Within the next five years I hope to be flying seaplanes overseas, somewhere warm.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER YOUNG FEMALE PILOT HOPEFULS?
The only thing stopping you achieving your goals is yourself. Females have been pilots for decades now and there is nothing stopping us from becoming commercial pilots, so never let anyone try and tell you otherwise. Work hard in flight school but remember to have fun.
Do not forget to look outside the aircraft window sometimes and appreciate the beauty of flying and remind yourself that all that hard work will be worth it when you are getting paid to do that.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER PILOTS OUT THERE THAT INSPIRE YOUR CAREER DIRECTION?
Deon Mitton is an inspiration for me as I’d love to get into that kind of work, flying seaplanes etc.
Amelie Windel, who is a professional aerobatic pilot, constantly inspires me to get into aerobatics. Her videos are awesome and she’s an awesome role model for aspiring female pilots.
ASIDE FROM THE ABOVE, WHAT OTHER “INSTA-PILOTS” SHOULD WE BE FOLLOWING?
Five of my fav accounts are:
Congratulations Aimee for being such an inspiration for young pilots out there, and thank you for taking the time to share your story. You can follow Aimee’s flying adventures athttps://www.instagram.com/aimeburn/