At just 18, Kiana Pynn of Grand Falls-Windsor is an airplane pilot
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.
Kiana Pynn standing next to a single-engine aircraft she learned to fly this summer.