Pilot Austin & Pilot Brittany
Hey, we're Austin & Brittany and we're both from Dallas, Texas. We both completed out Bachelors in Criminal Justice. However, after graduating we both realized we weren't in love with our career choice. We both wanted careers that would be challenging and push us to grow as professionals and fulfill a live long passion- traveling.
I (Brittany) was inspired by my father, who was an Air Force aviator and Austin fell in love with aviation at the age of 16 after getting his Private Pilot license. We both attended ATP Flight School and completed our training in 9 months. To say it was fast paced would be an understatement. It took a lot of self discipline, late nights of studying and determination. With the help of the aviation community, study groups and building life long friendships, training was made much easier. Our advice is to study and discuss topics with other students, hang around the airport (it's great networking), and never be scared to ask your instructor for help- trust me, it's better to ask on the ground then in the air.
After training we both went on to become flight instructors, where we got to give back and share our knowledge with new and aspiring aviators. Being a flight instructor was so rewarding- taking someone on their very first flight, to watching someone solo a plane for the first time to passing a checkride. Through flight instructing, we were able to reach 1,500 hours of flight time (the requirement to work for the airlines in the US).
Currently, we both work for Envoy Air (an American Airlines wholly owned regional) and love every minute of it. We still cannot believe we get paid to fly around the US, meet new people and explore new places. We both aspire to fly for a legacy carrier one day, with dreams of flying the 787 international and sharing our passion for aviation with out future children.
The best part about aviation for us is doing it together. We love having a friendly landing competition, running into each other at the airport, tagging along on each other trips, and sharing a unique lifestyle.
Our advice to new and aspiring aviators is to GO FOR IT- regardless of age or a career change. Take that discovery flight, we promise you won't regret it. Lastly, DON'T GIVE UP. There will be plenty of hard days but we promise it will be so worth it in the end & you will have the best job in the world with the most incredible views.