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CFI Close-Ups: Flight Instructor Q&A with Jennifer Tyrell

We asked our flight instructor Jennifer Tyrell, CFI, CFII, MEI, about her experience and why she loves flying. Read more below!

Q: How did you get into flying?
A: I got into flying as my second career. It was something I was going to do when I was younger and then ended up having a family so put it off while I was raising my kids. Once my kids were old enough, I decided to give it a shot. It was the best decision I ever made.

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a pilot?
A: I ultimately decided I wanted to be a pilot when I did a discovery flight. I loved the freedom of being in the air and away from all the chaos of the world.

Q: What do you think is important when choosing a flight school?
A: I did not spend much time looking into flight schools. Being from Wyoming, I just knew I wanted to go somewhere warm and do it fast. My experience working at Sterling has shown me the importance of looking at which flight school will be the best option for you. Having a good flight instructor to help you take the knowledge you have learned, and think outside the black and white box, is key. 

Q: What do you like most about being an instructor?
A: What I like most about being a flight instructor is the relationships I have built with my students. To be able to take part in helping them reach their goals is one of the best feelings I have experienced. 

Q: What is your most memorable flying experience?
A: My most memorable moment in flying was probably the day my son did his first solo. Not only the pride I had for him but also because every instructor and staff member of Sterling joined me beside the runway, to support him and give me the support I needed in that moment. 

Q: What advice would you give students?
A: The advice I would give students when looking for the right flight school would be to look at the instructors. I believe that finding a flight instructor that you can not only relate to, but also wants to take the time to see you succeed will make all the difference in your journey. 

Q: What’s next for you?
A: Like with most, my next goal is to get to the airlines or corporate flying.  I am ready to start flying something bigger. 

Q: If you could fly anywhere, where would it be?
A: One place I would really love to go and do some flying would be Australia or New Zealand. Not in the big jets but do some flying in these small planes in the Outback. 

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