Some time back I met a young woman by the name of Susan Sherman who I hired to write some newsletters for this website. As it turned out, Susan is an airline pilot flying for Horizon Airlines, a regional air carrier out on the West Coast. We finally caught up with each other on the telephone, and had a great conversation about flying for a regional airline. The result? An interesting podcast which you will find at the end of this post as well as on the Hangar Talk link tab for this website. But First - Meet Susan When we finally hooked up on the phone, Susan was in the Columbia Gorge on the White Salmon River where she had spent the previous day white water kayaking with some friends. One of the things she loves most are outdoor sports, so on layovers and days off you will find Susan on a run, kayaking with friends or enjoying one of the many sports available out West. Susan grew up on a dairy farm, so hard work and long hours are no stranger to her. While attending college she meta flight instructor who was the boyfriend of her room mates, and after one flying lesson was hooked. Susan received her Private Pilot's License during her final semester of college, but it had it's challenges. The flight school where she took lessons was owned by a Brit, and many of the instructors and students were from Europe. She learned to fly in a Piper Warrior, and in the day no one wore headsets. Her instructor was British with a heavy accent making it hard to understand him, and he smoked all the time adding to her frustration. The Call Of The Wild For the next two years she worked in Wyoming enjoying the outdoor life while pursuing her instrument rating. But the weather in Wyoming was not conducive to year around flying, and it was taking a lot of time to complete her training. After a couple of years of this life style Susan decided to pursue a full time career in aviation, which meant a change in jobs and location. So off she went to Arizona to a Part 141 flight school. Part 141 Flight School With a highly structured program Susan quickly moved through her ratings, and in one year had gotten all of her ratings, including her flight instructor's certificate. Upon completion of her instrument instructor's certificate she worked for the school for a while, and eventually wound up flying a Beechjet and Hawker 400 as a corporate pilot for 1 1/2 years. After that she returned to instructing for the next 2 1/2 years. Horizon Aviation Beckoned In November of 2003 she was hired by Horizon Aviation to fly as First Officer on Dash 8 200 turboprop aircraft, and in 2009 transitioned into the Q400 turboprop aircraft where she still flies today. Horizon Aviation is a Regional Airline located out West where she flies the Q400 today. Listen as we interview Susan and learn just exactly what flying for the regional airlines is like today. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!
by John M. White •