Krista (Piper) Morisen
With the initials “KLM” it was a given that I’d become a pilot one day and I earned my Private Pilot certificate after 29 years of flight training. When the Female Aviators Sticking Together Facebook page began two years ago, there weren’t many groups that encouraged women to pursue their dreams of flight. And the support wasn’t near instantaneous. In fact, there wasn’t even really a mentoring program available to women like me, women who had yet to earn a pilot certificate. Most programs were designed for the ladies on an airline career path who already held at least a commercial pilots license. But F.A.S.T. did so much more. They showed us women could reach new heights. They provided a great deal of encouragement to all of us ladies. They provided the moral support and sisterhood and camaraderie. These are ladies who celebrate your success and help pick you up when you suffer a setback. When my setback came, it resulted in a huge loss of my personal confidence, and I was at my lowest point in flying, yet these ladies understood and gave me the support I needed to earn my certificate a year and a half later.
The F.A.S.T. Ladies even helped me meet my goal of continuing a flight scholarship that I began in 2012. Due to a job loss and a reduction in pay, I found it increasingly difficult to continue the scholarship. I had mentioned I had planned to cease providing the scholarship because I simply couldn’t afford it, and the F.A.S.T. Ladies stepped up and helped me fund not one, but a total of 3 scholarships!
These F.A.S.T. Ladies are true role models for ladies like me.
~ Krista Morisen