Fly­ing high

At just 18, Kiana Pynn of Grand Falls-Wind­sor is an air­plane pilot

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - CLASSIFIED - BY SA­MAN­THA GAR­DINER

GRAND FALLS-WIND­SOR, NL – While many teenagers take their friends for a ride in the car, 18-year-old Kiana Pynn can take her friends for a ride in a sin­gle-en­gine air­craft.

Pynn is your av­er­age teenaged girl – a re­cent high school grad­u­ate with plans for post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, she has a par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing hobby many other teenagers do not. She just grad­u­ated from Gan­der Flight Train­ing Academy and is now the pilot of a sin­gle-en­gine air­craft, which can carry three pas­sen­gers.

Get­ting the li­cense was a long road for Pynn.

“I didn’t think it would be so stress­ful. We had 10 tests in four weeks and a fi­nal exam in the fifth week. It was just non­stop all sum­mer,” Pynn said of her time at Gan­der Flight Train­ing Academy.

The road to get­ting her li­cense started long be­fore this sum­mer; it started when she was in sev­enth grade and joined the Air Cadet pro­gram. Find­ing out you could re­ceive a pilot’s li­cense through the cadet pro­gram is what piqued her in­ter­est in join­ing.

“That was ba­si­cally the rea­son that I joined cadets,” said Pynn. “My whole cadet ca­reer was ba­si­cally to get to this point.”

Pynn has dreams to one day own her own air­plane, she told The Ad­ver­tiser. In­stead of mak­ing a ca­reer of be­ing a pilot, Pynn plans to be­come a phar­ma­cist and en­joy fly­ing as a hobby. She also in­tends to get other cadets in­ter­ested in the pilot pro­gram, as she is cur­rently the only Air Cadet in her squadron to have her pilot’s li­cense.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Kiana Pynn stand­ing next to a sin­gle-en­gine air­craft she learned to fly this sum­mer.

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