|Denise Stecconi||Laura White||Victor Cotham|
|As a skydiver and a paragliding pilot, I had always been close to the air. However, it was only later in life when it actually occurred to me that I could fly airplanes for a living. I worked all my licenses on the side while working at Amazon and then made a career switch into aviation. I am currently a Captain at SkyWest and couldn’t be any happier! I still love GA and occasionally do flight instruction out of KBFI – on a sunny day you might find me eating lunch at Friday or getting pie at Jeffco. I never get tired of the Pacific Northwest!
FATPNW is one of the ways in which I remain connected to the aviation community. Being an admin came naturally as I always have enjoyed reading about other people’s experiences and learning from their questions and comments. The Fights Above groups are such a great resource to promote aviation – I am honored to be able to contribute to them and participate in a direct, meaningful way.
Some fun facts about me: I currently live in Seattle with my husband and our two kiddies. While I grew up in Venezuela, many people think I am Russian or Italian when they first meet me. I love airplanes so much that I usually give names to the ones that I fly on a regular basis…and yes, I confess that I talk to them too…
|My grandfather was an airline pilot and mechanic, and my passion for aviation trickled down from there.
I agreed to be an admin for FATPNW because this group is an amazing way to connect avgeeks that’s never existed before. I’m honored that Brice let me be apart of such an amazing experience.
I’m a mechanic for Alaska Airlines, a private pilot, and I’m working on my dispatch license. My goal is to have as many FAA licenses as I can get.
|From my earliest memories, I’ve always been fascinated with airplanes and the idea of flying. Traveling with my family for Christmas around the age of eight, I received a book that detailed the aircraft of the world. I fondly remember finding the aircraft we were going to be flying on and showing it to the pilot when he arrived at the gate. Back before the days of TSA and heightened security, he took me out on the ramp to “help” him with his walk around. Definitely set a hook that has been pulling me through aviation ever since.
Joining the Navy, I knew that I wanted to be involved with aviation. I was lucky to have a widely varied, aviation filled, career. Initially working on repairing avionics boxes at the shop level, I later had the opportunity to begin flying as an aircrew member repairing avionics on the E-6B Mercury, a Boeing 707 derivative. Several years later, I was given the chance to move up to the flight deck and serve as a Flight Engineer on the same aircraft. In the little spare time I had, I was able to complete my Private Pilots certificate at the University of Oklahoma.
Retiring from the Navy, again I was lucky to have the opportunity to continue working in the aviation field with a job offering with Boeing in the Seattle area. Continuing to fly for a career, even if only in the jump seat for now, is humbling.
I joined FATPNW after meeting a couple of the amazing and friendly members. We have an amazing community that has helped me through completing my Instrument/Commercial ratings and introduced me to some amazing opportunities in the PNW. I own an RV-9A based out of Auburn, WA, which I am always looking for new and exciting places to fly to in.
|David Stretch||Chester Wehe||Mary Medeiros McEnroe|
|I started flying in 2013 when I enrolled in a commercial pilot program in central Washington. Since then I have completed my instrument (8/15) and commercial ratings (2/16) and moved back home to California to build time and ultimately break into the industry.
I agreed to help administrate my region because I believe that the social aspect of aviation is just as important as the skills you possess when flying. As many of you know it’s about who you know and what you know. I’m excited to be getting in on the Flights Above team in its infancy and hope to help it grow into a very epiiic group of aviators.
I currently fly out of Buchanan Field in Concord, CA about 25 miles east of San Francisco.
When I’m not flying I am active volunteer Adult Leader in a local Boy Scout Troop the same Troop in which I earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout as a youth member in 2009.
|I became inspired to be involved in aviation as a child when I would avidly watch planes even at 5 years old. While attending Jr College near a local airport, I couldn’t stop watching the traffic pattern overhead for our local airport and decided it was time to make things happen towards getting my license. While my training was on hold for financial purposes and while I cleared my flight medical, I merged my other passion of photography with my new found love for aviation.
I agreed to be an admin as I was extremely excited to see the success of FATPNW come to my area. I look forward to having it be a part of the large aviation community in CA and beyond!
|I first wanted to learn to fly after reading a biography of Amelia Earhart when I was in the fourth grade. In 1998, a colleague took me up for a flight in his Ercoupe and I loved it! I was just finishing up my MBA at the time and couldn’t afford to take lessons, so it went on the back burner, where it stayed for over 15 years as life got busy. Then in late 2014, a friend in Washington took me up and I fell in love with flying. I went home and looked into ground school options and got started. I didn’t really start flight lessons until the Fall of 2015. I did my first solo on April Fool’s Day in 2016 and got my private in January 2016, on Friday the 13th! I kept getting delayed due to weather, so when someone cancelled for superstitious reasons, I jumped at the chance to do my check ride. I joined the Flights Above community because I love the social aspect of aviation. I love meeting new people, checking out new destinations, sharing stories, and learning from each other. As the FATPSW group continues to grow, I’m looking forward to meeting many members and making new friends.|
|Nick Cirincione||Julia Apfelbaum||Cathy White Page|
In 2006 the girl I was dating was a CFI and gave me my first flight lesson. I didn’t think it was something I could afford so I didn’t fly again until 2012 when I got settled into a steady job. I got my pilot certificate in 2014. Getting my pilot certificate is something that I want to use mostly in retirement to go more places. In the meantime, it’s just fun and challenging. I started my instrument training in Jan 2018 and now I’m starting to think about becoming a CFI to supplement retirement income, but on a flexible schedule.
I was asking around if anyone knew anything about flying in the Pacific Northwest so I could fly there when I visited my brother that lives in Tacoma. That led me to FATPNW. I ended up not having time to fly while I was in Tacoma, but I saw what a great community FATPNW was. I was in this funk that I had my PPL, but didn’t know anyone that flew GA except the CFIs that I had worked with. It was kind of sad. I tried starting an email group with the place I rented from, but it was still pretty dead. I have this mentality that if a plane departs with just 1 person, that is an opportunity lost to learn from each other. I sat in the back of a DA40 very early in my PPL training while my instructor worked with another student. I learned so much about ATC in that one flight because I could focus on listening to ATC and didn’t have to worry about flying the plane.
I was already in the mindset that I wanted to make flying in my area more social, and Brice was starting to think about branching out to other Flights Above groups. The timing was perfect and FATMSW was born!
I have a masters degree in mechanical engineering and do test development on bicycle parts.
I am a rare Colorado native and currently call Erie, Colorado home. My husband Jonathan and I moved to an airpark last year with our two rescue pups Honey and Jack, and two monster Bengal kitties Java and Sushi. We are both private pilots, aircraft builders and aspiring air to air photographers. We enjoy traveling the world with our cameras, and aviation is almost always a key element of our travels. We attend Oshkosh and several other fly-ins across the country each year.
I grew up exposed to WWII aviation history and eventually started photographing planes and attending airshows across the US. In 2010 after falling in love with the aviation community, I joined the US Navy as an avionics technician. I was lucky enough to be stationed in the beautiful Pacific Northwest on Whidbey Island for four years working on EA-6B Prowlers and EA-18G Growlers. I stumbled across FATPNW by way of a few local photographers and watched the group grow. In 2014 I returned to Colorado and finished my PPL. I completed all of my primary training and check ride in a taildragger. I am hoping to start flying aerobatics again this summer, and I am currently working on my instrument and commercial ratings. I am also a full time Aviation and Aerospace Science student and an avionics technician.
A few years ago when FATMSW started, I joined Nick Cirincione at a few events and knew the social media aspects of aviation were something to take advantage of. One of the things from my flight training and aviation exposure that stood out the most was the generational gap in aviation. I remember walking into FBOs across the state, listening to the older guys complain about general aviation dying and offering no solutions. The answer lies in networking and making aviation a social and friendly environment for everyone with no discrimination. When Nick asked me to be an admin several years ago, I thought I was too busy to take on the responsibility. Recently he asked again if I would be interested and I realized, there is no time like the present. I want to be a part of the solution and I am not sure there is a better way to reach a bigger audience than the platform of Flights Above! I have watched FATPNW grow into a community of 10,000+ like minded people and can’t wait to see FATMSW grow each year. I am looking forward to more excuses to fly and meeting and interacting with more of our members this summer!
|I got my private pilot licence in the summer of ’87 in Monroe WA. I was working as a Steamfitter at the time. By the summer of ’88 I bought my first airplane, a C170B. Within a few years I had met so many pilots of all backgrounds, many of whom were professional pilots. They led me down the path to a drastic career change. I sold my plane and wandered around the country chasing the airline progression. First instructing, then freight, Turbo Prop regional airline then Jets. It took a while but after getting out of the regional (low pay) world I was able to again buy a plane. Next up was a Pitts. Currently I have an RV6 and a Bearhawk. I live in AZ and spend most of the hot summer back in my old stomping grounds of the PNW.|