Monday, October 21, 2013

The Beginning

Welcome to the beginning of Trendy Pilots!  

I have been a pilot for 10 years.  I started flying when I was 18 years old and began flight instructing when I was 21.  I earned my CFI, CFII, MEI, and Gold Seal.  I have such a love for flight instructing, and I know I will someday go back to it. Just over a year ago I was hired as a First Officer at the airlines, and have felt so blessed to have that job.  No day is a boring day when flying.  As true aviators, you know what I'm talking about-- the rush you feel when you do your first takeoff for the day, or when you nail that landing in a 20kt crosswind, or when you pop out of clouds, 200' above the runway, on an instrument approach.  Aviation is an amazing career to be in.  I've loved every day I've been a pilot!

But I'm not your typical pilot.  I'm a girl, only 5' tall, 100 lbs, and I love high heels.  I remember when I first started flying the DA20 Katana I had a hard time seeing outside the cockpit because of my height.  I looked into buying an aviation "booster" seat, but they were all so expensive.  So I brainstormed with my mother, and we designed a seat cushion for me.  We spent only a few dollars and I had the perfect seat cushion.  I used that cushion for years, until I taught a student that needed it more than me.  I happily sold it to her, but I realized that there is a market here.  Things that I've had to create throughout the years, other people may need too (though I'm not planning on selling booster seats as they have come a long way since I began).

I am excited to finally bring some of those products to you.  This will be a slow process in the beginning because I want to make sure that everything is exactly how I've imagined it.  But I am excited to start this new journey and bring you trendy, helpful aviation products.

Julie Hafen

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