“Work hard and don’t give up”
BAFS: When did your passion for aviation started?
CG: My passion for aviation started when I was about 11 years old after watching the movie “Pearl Harbor”. I was obsessed with anything that flew from then on and decided I wanted to be a pilot in the US Armed Forces.
Becoming a pilot went from being a dream to being a real career option when I was on my third year of college at UPR in Mayagüez, and started flying airplanes with IGFS. I was always captivated by vertical flight so after getting my airplane private pilot license I started looking for helicopter flight training and that’s when I found Embry-Riddle in Prescott and consequently Guidance Aviation. That’s where I started training and kept working on my goal of flying for the Armed Forces.
BAFS: How do your feel when you’re flying?
CG: The way I feel when I’m flying is a combination of powerful and peaceful. I feel like I’m where I’m meant to be and even when I have to wake up at 5 in the morning and I wish I could stay sleeping, the moment I take off and I see towards the horizon, see the sun coming up, I always think, “oh yeah, waking up early is definitely worth it”.
BAFS: Do you recommend this career for a woman?
CG: Being a pilot is about following a dream and a passion. It is a field predominantly full of men but there are many women as well. I’m part of an organization called Whirly-girls International, which is made up of women helicopter pilots that work in all types of places with all types of helicopters. I would definitely recommend this career for any woman who loves flying because right now there’s nothing that can stop you.
BAFS: Where was your academic preparation?
CG: I started studying for my helicopter ratings at Guidance Aviation on 2012, while I was completing my Masters in Science of Safety Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ. It took me one year and seven months to get from private pilot to Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument. It was a lot of hard work but at the end of 2014 I had my Master’s degree and all of my ratings, so it was definitely worth it.
BAFS: A special message from our Instructor:
My message to anybody who wants to become a pilot is to work hard and don’t give up. This career is just plain awesome. My office is up in the air and that to me is worth all the hardship.