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Katrina Krispin has dreamed about flying in the sky since she was a child. She believed in the strength of  her dreams, she went against all kind of stereotypes and became what she wanted to be. She is a beautiful example of woman who has always believed in herself and in her capabilities ,who fought for equality, for what she wanted and what she deserved. Moreover, she proved that it is possible to be more than one thing, there are no limits to our ambitions: she is a pilot but also a neonatal nurse and a mom of 5!!!

Which is your educational formation? What is your job about?
“I have a Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and I also have several specialties in nursing such as neonatal intensive care, lactation consultant and infant psychology. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada ,where I also obtained my university education from York University.
I currently work in Eilat, Israel, as a neonatal registered nurse and lactation consultant in the neonatal ward at Yoseftal Hospital.”

When did you become a pilot? Have you always dreamed about it?
Growing up with three brothers and a father who were all fascinated with aviation, especially military aviation - it was something normal in our house. I grew up attending all air shows, built model airplanes and played flight simulator on the first IBM’s that were ever released. Being the girl in the family... it was never something that my parents suggested I do. I became a nurse... but every time I saw a plane in the sky, I had to stop and stare. When I moved to Eilat, I heard about the flight school here, and although it took me 39 years to start... I did it!

Have you find obstacles being a woman?
First of all, the flight school I’m enrolled in is even called Mr.Pilot. I get comments all the time about it not being a place for women, or when I’ve worn my uniform in public people first suggest that I’m a flight attendant. It’s definitely still a thing - and that’s why I promote my journey so much - I’m raising 5 future women!

You are committed in a lot of activities and you are also a mom! How can you "fit" everything together?”
Well, it’s not always easy. I guess I’m at a point in my life where I’ve done my university education, and have already had my children - my daughters, who are ages 19, 15, 11, 9 and 3. I do work full time, shift work, so I fit in study and flying time in between it. I’m pretty good at organizing my time, and I do have the support of my family in achieving the dream to eventually become a helicopter pilot.
What would like to tell/advice to young people who dream about becoming pilots?
We are capable of doing whatever we set our minds to. It’s all a mindset
Never let anyone let you believe any different. Sharing stories like mine, I hope can give motivation to women of any age, anywhere in the world.”

 Sofia Di Filippo



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