Jessika Venne, a Montreal 99’s member; became a corporate pilot after 11 years of hard work as a flight attendant. She never lost sight of her goal and now She flies a PC-12 and PC-24 on business flights. She is an example of hard work pays off.
What made you chose to learn to fly and become a pilot?
I was lucky enough to travel quite a bit when I was young. Every time we were in the airport, I was fascinated with Flight Attendants and Pilots when I would see the walk by. I told my parents I wanted to become a pilot when I was 16.
At the time, the industry wasn’t great. My parents suggested I become a flight attendant first, to be sure I would enjoy aviation before investing time and money in expensive training. After I did my first flight attendant flight, I came back home and told my parents: I love it, but I will be in the cockpit.
How did you find your first flying Job?
When I began training for my PPL, I also had a dream of doing aerobatics. My school had a Super Decathlon. I signed up for a few classes and always kept in touch with the instructor. Fast forward 10 years later, I’m almost done with my Multi-IFR, and I was beginning to do interviews. I came out of my first one, and as I’m walking out of the FBO, I hear someone yell my name. My aerobatics instructor was now working there as a chief pilot for a corporate division. We chatted, and he showed me their fleet. Eventually told me they were looking for a first officer on their PC12. So that day, I ended up having a second unplanned interview! A few weeks later, I did a test flight. Eventually, after every candidate did their tests, I was picked and offered the position!
Favorite flying memory
In my very first solo Captain flight, there was no First Officer available. The PC12 is a Single Pilot rated airplane. Even though we usually always fly with 2 pilots, we can operate as a single-pilot under some circumstances. So instead of being alone, I was allowed to bring my boyfriend along! He is also a pilot, so he helped out with the communications. 7 years ago, I had told him that I was going to be his captain one day. And that day finally arrived!
Jessika, thank you very much for your time! Thank you for never give up.