As a child, my dream was to become an astronaut.
At 15, I took my first flight lesson free from the group called Young Eagles in the US. After that, I continued to pursue my aviation dreams and even soloing a aircraft at 16.
By 18 I had earned my commercial pilots license and began looking for flying jobs. I flew turboprops for a year, then got hired to fly small regional jets at 20.
At 23, I successful passed the interview and training to become a captain.
After more than six years, and student loan debt piled up from flight school. I made the decision to move away from my home country of the US, to fly at Emirates Airlines in a Dubai.
I was hired to fly the 777 as First Officer. After 4 years I became a captain at 31 years old. Now nearly 9 years of flying the 777, I am a training captain.
Flying has always been my passion, and I encourage everyone, especially woman, to become pilots if you love challenges, traveling, and airplanes.
Jaclyn J Poon
December 3, 2019
April 15, 2015
Alia Al Twal