Cultural Experience | Florida

Dialogue with: Sara, Pilot in Training

find out what it takes to get the license to fly miles sky high

By Diana Odero, Chapman University.

How many of you have ever wondered what it would feel like to fly a plane? Ever thought of a career in aviation? When I was younger all I ever wanted to be when I grew up was an air hostess/stewardess because I found it so cool that they get to fly all over the world and wear cool uniforms. Then I had a 5 second thought about MAYBE being the one to fly the plane instead of serving the passengers on it. My then Physics teacher kindly informed of all it takes to be a pilot and lets just say anything involving Math was a no go zone with me, Pilot dreams crushed right there. Not everyone is cut out for this job as it’s quite the adrenaline pumping, heart stopping yet exhilarating career. For 19yr old Sara Osare, flying planes was not a lifelong dream but once she got into it, she loved it so much that there was no turning back. Sara started her aviation training back home in Kenya and later moved to the states for further training in Florida where most if not all the top aviation schools are located. Take a peek at Sara’s mile high life below and see if aviation is for you.


1. Did you always know you wanted to become a pilot?

I always liked the feel of flying around Kenya with my family but the idea of being a pilot was not so much on my mind. I had first thought of being a lawyer then as I grew older the idea of flying a plane really fascinated me so I decided to switch my career path from law to aviation.

2. Most parents would not be comfortable with such a risky career choice, how did you convince yours to let you study aviation?

My parents were actually not against it to be honest, but my mom was a tad bit scared as my dad had experienced and survived a plane crash about 5 years prior to my announcement, but she didn’t stop me from joining the aviation world. My dad on the other hand had no fears at all, and to this day still travels by plane despite his near death experience.

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Sara’s classroom – the dashboard of the Cessna Skyhawk 172

3. How is aviation study different from normal college study courses?

I have not gone to college yet but I will do it after my training is completed so I can’t really say anything about it.

4. Tell us about your first flying experience

It was a very scary but yet exciting and a very proud moment for me and my then instructor; I loved every moment of it.

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Sara and her classmate

5. Any challenges faced during your time in aviation school?

Yes there are some, other than a bit of stress, which is common in all careers. For me trying to make the most of good weather before it changes to adverse weather has been the most difficult challenge I have faced as you never know what may happen in the open skies despite having checked the forecast of the day.

6. You started out in Kenya, why did you choose to come to Florida to complete your studies?

I love my country very much but the training back there isn’t as up to par as it is here in the United States. The aviation education is much better here and a lot more opportunities open up to pilots who have studied in top schools outside the country.

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Phoenix East Aviation School Runway

7. Do you plan on going back to school to get a degree once you get your pilot’s license?

Yes I do, I might do something relating to aviation or something totally different such as photography or something like that. I’ll be quite young once I get my pilot’s license so I basically have the time and freedom to pursue anything else after that.

8. What would you advise anyone wanting to pursue aviation?

The sky is the limit for pilots already in training or anyone who wants to be a pilot, so if they are determined enough they will make it. It’s hard  sometimes and stressing but it’s really worth it and it’s a lot of fun too but please note that just like any normal college major or discipline it does require a lot of hard work, late nights, and dedication and as such there will come a time that you will want to pull out your hair and scream, I’m just being honest. When that time comes, remember why you started on this path to begin with and you will slowly release your tightly clenched fist and keep at it.

Sara is currently on her last year of training at Phoenix East Aviation School in Daytona Beach, Florida and will soon be a fully fledged pilot soaring the skies and travelling the globe one Boeing at a time.

Diana Odero

Chapman University | 19 stories

Diana is a recent graduate of Chapman University having studied Graphic Design & Sociology. She is an international student from Kenya and is currently working in Atlanta. She is an adventurous person who views the world with an artistic eye. She loves to travel, to read & write, design, cook and meet new people. In addition to writing for The College Tourist she is also working on building her brand as a freelance designer and lifestyle writer. Check out Diana's blog .

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