“Thank you F.A.S.T. for the role you have played in my life. I would not be the pilot I am today without your support.”
2017 F.A.S.T. Scholarship Recipient (CFII Rating)
My passion for aviation started early thanks to my father, an airline pilot, and brothers who are both in the Air Force. At 25, I discovered my own desire to fly. In February 2016, I began flight training with an incredible amount of support from my family and friends. Six months later, I received my Private Pilots License. It was then I was introduced to the incredible women of the F.A.S.T. Community. The amount of inspiration I received from this online network helped perpetuate my desire for a career in aviation. Having access to women around the world who have worked so hard for their place in the aviation community has been astonishing.
Upon completion of my PPL, I realized my interest in aviation had grown tremendously. I decided to pursue becoming a Flight Instructor, which would allow my background in Elementary Education to be combined with my passion for aviation. Throughout the past year and a half, I have maintained multiple jobs to pay for flight training. I was astonished to be chosen as a F.A.S.T. Scholarship recipient for my CFII Rating. I received the news just days after receiving my Initial CFI License. This group of women, which had already been an incredible source of encouragement, soon became an even greater support.
As a current CFI, new to the aviation world, I feel fortunate to be a F.A.S.T. member. It has truly been a safe place to ask questions, get advice, seek support, and feel uplifted throughout my journey. Having my support system expanded exponentially from my family and friends to a global network of women has been crucial throughout my flight training. I am challenged to uphold the high standards set by these incredible female aviators. Thank you F.A.S.T. for the role you have played in my life. I would not be the pilot I am today without your support.
~ Caitlin Walton