“Be persistent and apply diligently to every scholarship you're eligible for - I received more "no's" than "yeses". Put together an application package that showcases your achievements and, don't give up!”
From: California, USA
Fun fact: Alicia is a trained actress, she has worked with Ryan Reynolds, Bruce Dern & Uzo Aduba
Favourite song: Shivers, Ed Sheeran
Biggest dream: Net zero carbon emissions for the aviation industry, and a 50/50 balance between male and female pilots!
Favourite hobby: Teaching public speaking at Boston University
Cadet Programme: American Airlines Cadet Academy
CAE academy: CAE Phoenix
Alicia knew she would one day become a pilot. From the first time she flew she was instantly hooked!
But it was her previous career that sparked her interest in aviation! While working as an actress on a project that told the story of a female fighter and drone pilot in the US military, she had the privilege to tour a few naval air stations and got to meet some incredible female pilots. It was during this research for her part that she learned about the current pilot shortage and then took a discovery flight, a program designed to introduce people to flying. Fast-forward to a few years later, and she is teaching people how to fly!
Alicia is currently building her flight hours as a multi-engine flight instructor at CAE Phoenix. She trains cadets from Europe and the USA. Once she’s reached her 1500 hours she will be a pilot for American Airlines. Alicia has also served as President of the Phoenix chapter of Women in Aviation International.
Alicia is so grateful for CAE Women in Flight and credits the scholarship for giving her her big break and launching her piloting career.