Here at Fly Around Alaska we are so happy to let everyone know Savanah got here Birthday wish. Here’s what she had to say post solo-flying success:
S: I’m so excited! I was less nervous than I expected. I took the pre-solo test—we went over what to do, what not to do, so that I could have that in the front of my mind right before I went up by myself. So helpful! I felt confident and that’s not how I had been picturing it—I expected to be way more nervous—I expected to have butterflies—but John prepared me. We went over everything I needed to go over and that left me feeling like “I know what I’m doing and I’m going to do this right.”
S: And when I was done I was like “YAY!”
E: You had a big smile on your face when you got out of that plane!
S: Yeah, like you said—I got my Birthday wish.
E: What’s next for you?
S: Cross country—the cross country is definitely a lot more intimidating—I don’t feel as prepared on the planning part of it—But John’s good at going over things and making everything clear and then I feel like I’m set up for success. So, even though I’m nervous, I’m definitely thankful that he is the style of teacher that he is. I put so much pressure on myself but he always reminds me that I am just learning—that—at this point—I don’t need to know it all.
S: During my solo John’s voice was in my head saying “don’t put the pressure on yourself—just keep flying.” I highly recommend John. Especially for other women. It’s hard as a women to find a good flight instructor.
We are all so happy for Savanah here at Fly Around Alaska. I was personally happy to hear that our instructors are creating a safe learning environment for our students. As a woman in Alaska it’s a concern living in the male dominant world of aviation. But here at Fly Around Alaska I’ve experienced some of the most caring, tolerant, and open-minded folks in aviation—which is why I work here.
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Alaskan born and raised, Savanah is getting her pilots license to continue the flying legacy of her grandfathers.
E: What got you into flying?
S: My grandfathers were both bush pilots and with my grandpa getting older he wanted someone who could fly to his cabin.
Flying will allow Savanah access to her family’s remote fly-in-only cabin.
S: So, I looked up flight schools, really on a whim. I was a single mom, had a full-time job, I really didn’t know how it could work, but I called and talked to Don, came in, and Don got me set up.
E: What stage are you at right now?
S: Hopefully close to solo-ing! It's my birthday tomorrow and I want nothing more than to be able to fly solo.
We both laughed. Savanah considers herself a poor example of a flight student because she had a hard time with our Guaranteed Private Pilot Training Program in the beginning—she was a single mom and her daughter was having health issues—she ended up taking an extended brake. A year later she’s back and looking to get her private pilot’s license through our Accelerated Flight Training Program.
S: Now I’m ready to do the official accelerated stuff where we’re really condensing and making it happen in a short amount of time!
E: How’s it going for you?
S: Great! John doesn’t make me feel really pressured which is a huge relief because I put pressure on myself a lot. Having someone there to remind me that I’m still learning has been really nice. He has a nice way of reminding me to “just keep it up” and that’s really encouraging. I really appreciate that.
E: Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience?
S: I’m glad to be doing this in a condensed amount of time. I’m glad I’m able to knock it out—for me, this is going to be a hobby as opposed to a job, so I don’t have forever to do this—so, I really appreciate that an accelerated course is offered here.
Fly around Alaska’s Accelerated Flight Training Program is all about getting your license in a compressed time-frame. Because you’re building motor skills and muscle memory by practicing daily you’ll become a natural pilot as quickly as possible. In these programs we train daily and accomplish the training in under two weeks. The "normal," non-accelerated training track that people follow is two (2) or three (3) 2 to 3-hour lessons per month. This training schedule leads to the national average of approximately 75 hours required to get a private pilot license. When people dive into our accelerated flight training programs, they are able to get their license in far fewer hours, resulting in a significant financial savings
“I’m so excited to get this done!” Savanah said with a huge smile as she left with John.