A YOUNG DELTA NATIVE IS FLYING HIGH BY BREAKING BARRIERS IN A CAREER THAT HAS VERY LITTLE DIVERSITY.

THE DELTA NEWS METEOROLOGIST KAREN WILLIAMS INTRODUCES US TO CAILEY STEWART, WHO'S TRAINING TO BECOME A PILOT.

REPORTER:

Most teens dream about sports, fashion and what their plans are for

the future. But one young woman isn't dreaming, she's actually flying

high as an airplane pilot. 18 year old Cailey Stewart is living her passion

and says she knew from the 5th grade she wanted to become a pilot.

"Because my mom's a flight attendant, I was like like flying but when I was

14, I was and got the chance to go in the cockpit. She took me on trip with

her to Hawaii and I got the chance to go in the cockpit and I thought it was

awesome seeing everything -- all of my surroundings, buttons and everything

and how this plane worked. So I just wanted to keep going and then I remembered

when I turned 16, I after I did my first solo, in the plane by myself, I'm like, yes!

I definitely want to do this!"

REPORTER:

Cailey took that first flight on a Sesna 172 4-seater plane, in Olive Branch, MS

at the Luke Weather Flight Academy. Cailey's mom was a bit apprehensive at

first, but after she saw the excitement in her baby's eyes, she gave in.

"It made me just a little bit nervous, because here it is my little girl is going to

fly a plane by herself. So yeah it was a little bit nervous but I said if I become

nervous then you know, I'm going to have all these different emotions and

feelings so I had to let go and just let her do her."

REPORTER:

Cailey told me she prepared for that solo flight by attending a solo flight

academy for 2 weeks and receiving mentoring from the organization of Blacks

In Aerospace Professionals. She flew everyday and then on the final day took

the flight. I asked her what does she think about when she is up in the sky.

"I think about my brother. He had passed away 3 years ago. I always think

about him when I fly because it makes me feel closer to him." Honestly that's

the main reason why I love it. I'm in the sky by myself and I'm just chillin'. I

just think about him."

REPORTER:

Cailey's journey was so unique that she was recently featured on the Kelly

Clarkson Show where she was awarded a $50,000 scholarship from Boeing

and was accepted into the Sisters of The Sky mentorship program in which

she receives mentoring from a woman of color pilot. The young pilot's words

of wisdom to youn women is go for it and know you will work hard for it.

"I would say stop being so scared of your child becoming a pilot. Stop being

scared because anything can happen at any given moment on the ground. It is

very rare for a plane to come down so if your child wants to do it, let them. It's

amazing I mean it's very rewarding just think about it. Your child is becoming a

pilot, not only do they get to travel, see the world, but I mean, they make a really

hefty living!'' "And they can take care of you one day!" {LAUGHS}

"You hear that Cailey? "Wink, wink!" "I will"

'It's great it's a wonderful career. I mean and if you don't want to be a pilot, there

are so many different options in the aviation world. You don't have to be a pilot.

You can be a flight attendant. You can be a manager of the whole entire airport.

I mean there is just so many things. Engineers, airplane mechanics. There is alot

of different things that you can do. We as women of color need to have more options

for us. We can do anything that we put our minds to."

REPORTER:

This is Meteorologist Karen Williams.

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