Trish Chriscoe, CFII, MEI

Flight Instructor

 

Trish’s curiosity of aviation came after college when she was working for United Airlines in Denver and became a crew scheduler of the full motion flight simulators. Once her interest in flying became known in the workplace, simulator maintenance personnel and pilots fed her intrigue by inviting her to sit in the simulators and see what it was like to fly from the front seat of an Airbus 320 and Boeing 737. She was warmly surprised at their encouragement and eagerly took advantage of an invitation to attend the Airline Training Orientation Program, a course for aspiring airline pilots, before she had earned her private pilot certificate. 

After her first solo in Denver, she was fully committed to pursue flying and moved to Sanford, Fla., to earn her CFI, CFII, and MEI, and worked as a ground school and flight instructor. She then instructed in Kansas for a summer before being hired on with Chautauqua Airlines to fly the Embraer 145 regional jet and was based in Indianapolis and Greensboro. Her next step was to work for Shuttle America flying the Embraer 170 inter island out of Honolulu, where she recalls the most breathtaking views of her aviation career. Her final move with Shuttle America took her into the congested airspace of NYC, flying out of La Guardia Airport. She continued with them, commuting from North Carolina to La Guardia until she and her husband were expecting their first child, flew until she was no longer physically able, and left to focus on her family.

After a few years on the ground, Trish was inspired once again to take flight after seeing her four-year-old daughter climb up and sit at the controls of a Cessna 172. She realized at that moment she had to return to aviation  to share the joy and personal satisfaction of learning to fly with others.

When not flying, Trish is passionate about mastering the Spanish language and enjoys martial arts, mountain biking and boating with her husband and two children.

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