CLEARWATER, Fla. – Every time 15-year-old Afton Kincade climbs into the cockpit, she flies not only for herself but for everyone out there with her dream of becoming a pilot.
Kincade usually uses her inner Top Gun whenever she is near an airplane.
“I’m never nervous being up there, it’s really a state of calm, so if I’m nervous up there it’s total peace of mind,” Kincade says.
Kincade’s admiration for aviation dates back to when she was three years old. She got her first chance to fly a plane at the age of 8, with her supervision of course.
“When I knew I wanted to be a pilot for sure for the first time, I could actually fly the plane, I said, ‘You know this is what I really want to do, this is the plane I want to fly. would like. Kincade said.
However, she must fight for every lesson she receives, being a young girl in a male-dominated field is not easy.
“It’s tough getting through this profession at a young age because other people often say, ‘you’re too young, we can’t train you until you’re 16,'” Kincade said.
However, her persistence went unnoticed, this year Kincade is gaining national recognition in a Microsoft advertising campaign.
She is one of the faces of their new Flight Simulator as she continues to prove that the sky is the limit.
“I don’t do it just for myself, but I do it for other people who really don’t think about aviation as their career, they’re like, ‘oh, I can’t do it because I’m just a girl, “or ‘I’m too young’, I feel like they should do whatever they want and if that’s really what they want to do then they should absolutely go for it,” Kincade said. .