Ready to Soar

by Breanna Amstutz

Breanna Amstutz is from Atlanta Georgia. Flying has always been a passion of hers that she picked up from her inspiring father. He was a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk pilot for the Army, and once he retired, he flew the Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma in Afghanistan, and on the weekends he would do low approaches by the airport near their house as a way to say hi. Breanna watched her father overcome many adversities from being the only African American pilot where he was stationed. Her father passed his flying torch to Breanna and taught her at a young age that she would have to work twice as hard for the same recognition because she is a black woman in aviation. As her father is not here with us anymore, Breanna always feels his presence in the cockpit as she flies.

Breanna is currently a sophomore at Auburn University majoring in Aviation Management, whilst learning to fly with the Red Tails Scholarship Foundation. She is finishing up my private as we speak and will soon begin working towards instrument. Once she earns all her ratings, she plans to be a flight instructor for the Foundation to show her gratitude and appreciation for giving her a chance and believing in her. After she earns the necessary hours, Breanna plans on being a corporate pilot or flying for the Coast Guard. As we are going through a pandemic, everything in the aviation industry is taking a hard hit, so being a part of a flight school with like-minded goals, ambitions, and race, has helped her feel as though she can achieve anything thrown her way. Breanna believes the Red Tails Scholarship Foundation can make a huge difference in the aviation field for African American pilots everywhere.