Erika grew up in an aviation family. She is a third-generation pilot who, at the age of five, knew wanted to be an airline pilot even though she was different than others: she felt her gender identity did not match her physical body. At the age of nineteen, with zero hours, Ericka purchased her first airplane, a 1966 Cessna 150, and began taking lessons. Today, she’s a successful commercial airline pilot, general aviation owner and hobbyist, wife, mother, and role model.

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