Pilot Profile: Susan Schwaab
1. Where are you from?
I am from Wisconsin and most of my family is here. I have lived in several other states however following career opportunities
2. How did you hear about ATC?
I heard about ATC from googling on the internet! I believe I googled “flying kids from disadvantaged backgrounds” and ATC was the only thing that came up! I have been following ATC ever since.
3. What is something most people don’t know about you?
I was going to business school after college, but instead decided to enlist in the Marine Reserve. No regrets. My initial aspiration in aviation was to be a flight attendant. In elementary school, that was my “what I want to be when I grow up” goal
4. What do you love about flying?
I love the beauty, joy and freedom of flying as well as the feeling of being totally immersed and present in the moment when I’m in an airplane.
5. How long have you been a pilot?
I have been flying since 1979. The joys of getting old!
6. What made you want to become a pilot?
I was introduced to flying by a friend/boyfriend who was flying charter in the Madison area. He took me flying several times and I completely fell in love with it. When I told him that I was thinking of flying as a career, he told me “girls can’t be pilots”. Well, that settled it.
7. What are you most excited about by bringing ATC to Madison, WI?
Bringing ATC to Madison is so exciting to me because it is such a beautiful way to bring community together around children to introduce them to new possibilities.
8. How do you think ATC is changing lives?
I am very much looking forward to seeing how ATC changes lives! I am sure that the joy and perspective flying brings will make lifelong memories. I also love how ATC celebrates each individual child, some of whom may have never had that experience.
9. Is there something I haven’t asked you that you would like to say about ATC?
I am so pleased to be part of such a unique program that fills such a need for lifting up children while bringing communities together.
10. Describe ATC in one word