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Meet BE1900 Captain, Kritika Vincent 👋👩✈️
“I was born and raised in New Delhi, India. I moved to the United States to pursue my Bachelors in Aviation Management and Flight Ops from Jacksonville University, FL. Growing up in India and coming from a working class family has built a strong foundation for me. Along with studying abroad, and participating in the aviation communities like I do, I have only become a better aviator in the last decade.
Previously, most of my flying was done in Florida where I flight instructed in both Part 141 and Part 61 environments. I had known about Ameriflight for years; some of my close friends and women in my mentorship are employed here as well. Two of my closest friends, Ileana Pineda and Emily Hicks, are both Captain here at Ameriflight so it was a quick decision to apply when I spoke to both of them.
My journey at Ameriflight began in April of 2023 as a BE99 Captain. In August I upgraded to the BE1900 and I currently stay qualified on both aircraft. A normal day for me as a BE1900 Captain looks something like this: I show up in the A.M., preflight and supervise loading of cargo from the customer, fly to the run assigned, sit at the outstation where I occasionally go out on walks, but mostly, get a few hours of rest at my outstation. I usually meal prep so I carry my own food everywhere I go. In the P.M., I plan for my route by checking weather, doing weight and balance, and then get started on my legs back to LAN.
Ameriflight is my first job where I have been given the opportunity to grow as a Commercial Multi Pilot and one of my favorite things is the single-pilot IFR! I cannot stress enough how important my training has been here at Ameriflight. On a daily basis, I am shooting approaches to the mins which has made me a better and more skilled pilot. Back in Florida, most of my flying was in VMC, and simulated IMC. Here up north, weather is no joke. This year is going to put my skills to test flying in Lansing, MI with the winter operation and the weather that is foreseeable in the months to come.
I also do like my little interactions with our cargo loaders. Everyone is so unique, and they differ in personalities from one place to another, which is always interesting.
I am a person with a lot of interests – fashion, photography, modeling…but you’d really see the geek in me come out when there is a flying event nearby. I also really enjoy cooking. With an Indian background and the love I have for food, I am always mixing flavors from the East and the West and coming up with fusions. Apart from cooking, I like visiting local farmer’s market, gardening, and do volunteer work for Ninety-Nines which is a non-profit organization for Women Pilots. When I have a long weekend, I like to visit family in Florida where I spent the last 10 years of my life, soak in the beach vibes, and enjoy a beer by the water!”
Keep being awesome! Ameriflight is proud to have you on the team, Kritika! 🤗