Chelsea’s motto is to follow your dreams. In kindergarten she wanted to be a veterinarian, but by the time she saw Top Gun the next year she set her sights on the sky. After numerous letters (written in crayon) to President Reagan about why she thought women should be able to fly fighter jets, she became more and more interested in science and once she started flying in college, she became captivated with aviation.
Chelsea recently completed her Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science (with a Human Factors emphasis) and is a currently awaiting a response to her application to the University of North Dakota’s PhD program in Aerospace Science. As a dedicated aerobatic flight instructor and a competition aerobatic pilot Chelsea spends almost every waking minute of her life sharing her love of aviation and what she’s learned from it with others. Whether it be introducing someone to flight for the first time, teaching an aviation safety seminar, or practicing for an aerobatic competition, Chelsea is constantly doing whatever she can to learn and grow as a person, a pilot and an instructor.
Chelsea believes that chasing your dreams in the only way to success and personal satisfaction. With two wonderful parents and an amazing group of family and friends who have supported every idea she has had, Chelsea has been able to not only find, but make her passion her life. Whether it is aviation or medicine, art or culinary creations, Chelsea is convinced that if you have a passion you should follow it – because happiness lies within the things that drive you.
With a fun-loving personality and outgoing and sarcastic sense of humor Chelsea loves to meet new people and share her love of aviation and life with everyone and anyone. She hopes through her flying, teaching and blogging she can help others attain their dreams in a safe, ethical and positive way.
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Born: Auburn, CA, USA
Currently Lives In: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Favorite Sports: Aerobatics, rugby, SF Giants baseball
Hobbies: Aerobatics, photography, hiking, open ocean rowing, playing piano, animal rescue, spending time with friends & family
Favorite Airplanes: P-47, A-10, F-14, Extra 330SC
B.A. in History focusing on modern military history and completion of pre-med
classes at the University of California Davis – 2003
Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a focus on Human Factors and Safety – 2012
Current PhD Candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz in Cognitive Psychology – present
Graduate of the United States Navy’s Aviation Safety Officer’s School at NAS Pensacola – February 2011
Graduate of the United States Navy’s Crew Resource Management Instructor School at NAS Pensacola – February 2011
Sky Walk, Inc. (Sacramento, CA) & Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety (King City, CA)
Commercial ASEL & AMEL, Instrument, CFI, MEI, AGI, IGI, CE-500 SIC
High Altitude, High Performance, Tailwheel
Cessna : 140, 150, 152, 172, 175, 182, 210, 340, 500
Cirrus: SR20, SR22
Piper : J3 Cub, Super Cub, Pacer, Warrior, Archer, Arrow, Cherokee 6, Seneca II
Beechcraft : Bonanza, Travel Air, BE90, BE200, BE350
Pitts: S-1S, S-2B, S-2C
Extra: Extra 300L
Others: Super Decathlon, Husky, CubCrafters’ Sport Cub & Super Sport Cub, T28, Stearman, Navy N-3N,