“My name is Robyn and I’m a First Officer with Air Canada. I grew up in small-town Labrador City, Newfoundland and I’ve loved flying since I was a little girl. I’ve been with the organization since 2008 and my first pilot job was as a flight instructor, which is how many pilots gain the required experience to advance their career. It was in this job that I realized just how much I enjoy teaching—something I still do today—it’s very rewarding and I love sharing my enthusiasm with fellow pilots. I both fly and teach the Boeing 777—my favourite plane.
A typical workday for me involves reporting to the flight planning centre at the airport and meeting up with the rest of the air crew. There are usually two or three other pilots with me for a Boeing 777 flight because of the flight duration. Together, we’ll review things like the flight plan, the route and the weather, and then head off to the airplane and prepare for departure.
I’ve flown a lot of cargo flights to help deliver life-saving medical supplies all over the world, and I’ve been so thankful for the amazing work everyone has done to help keep us and the traveling public safe during the pandemic.
Flying is not a 9-to-5 job, so it takes a lot of organization and support from your family and friends to make it work.
Being a woman in aviation has its challenges. It can be intimidating for young women, but my advice to them is to be brave and to be resourceful. Being a pilot is absolutely something they can do. It’s such a wonderful career. I feel excited to go to work every day and I would love for more women to have that opportunity.”
- Robyn, First Officer, Air Canada