Kayla Herman

by Kayla Herman on December 1, 2020

SAFE #: S0003867

Hometown: Aberdeen SD, United States

Home Airport: KABR

Occupation: Certificated Flight Instructor

Pilot Certificates: Instrument Commercial, CFI

Airplanes Flying/Flown: C172, C182, PA28-140, PA28-161, PA32RT-300T

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: Flying makes the world just a little bit smaller, more accessible, and much more fun!

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: I got my CFI in Sept 2020, but have been helping other students learn and study for probably a year in a more casual way.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: There is such magic in seeing someone learn and grow into a safe, proficient aviator.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Paperwork and preparation is arduous and time-consuming, but it does pay off in the long run.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: The day I got my private pilot certificate, I took my husband for a ride as my first passenger. He got to see and appreciate my hard work and new-found freedom of getting my certificate.

Why did you join SAFE?: I believe in helping others to see the importance of a safety mindset and want to share my knowledge with others.

What would you like to see change in aviation?: I would like to see safety and planning ahead as more of a respected part of flying instead of a hindrance. I also would love to see more women in the pilot seat and hope to mentor and teach many in the years to come.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: Using my teaching to solidify the safety mindset early-on will help keep safety top-of-mind. Relationship building and getting past our aviation circle in our community to reach young ladies and women see more people who look like them in the pilot's seat will help to inspire more women to pursue a career that has a wide gender-gap.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: I love to volunteer which helps build community relationships. Whether it is helping with aviation day projects, giving career talks, helping the scouts with aviation badges, or EAA Young Eagles, I'm excited about helping keep aviation accessible to those with interest.

Who are your role models in aviation?: I have numerous role models, from the women who've opened doors that I might follow them through, to the support of my CFIs, pilot friends, and employer who has put their confidence in me to continue training and learning; I have been extremely blessed to have many inspiring people and cheer leaders along the way.

Anything else you'd like to add?: I look forward to seeing how my career continues and the people I get to support along their journey too.

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