Gienne Van Engelen

Semi-International Flight Student

Recent Posts

Spin Training: It Might Save Your Life

I’m almost a CFI, the road has been long, tedious, tougher then I could have ever imagined, with many highs and many lows and it’s been a lot of fun too! It feels great to almost reach one of my goals. Now that I’m waiting on my CFI checkride I can look back at my training and at the highlights; which brings me to my spin training with Chris Kirk. I learned a lot, had a blast and feel like a safer, more competent pilot. Here’s why.

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CFI Bootcamp: Is It Worth It?

Gienne Van Engelen | May 10, 2018 | CFI

My Experience with the Cali-boys

At last, I am almost a flight instructor. It took me way more studying, time, knowledge and focus then I could have imagined in the beginning. Don’t underestimate the amount of work, studying, motivation and discipline you have to have to get this done. To make the transition from learning to the actual checkride smoother my school got in touch with California’s very own CFI Bootcamp. It’s 7 days of lectures followed by 7 days of flying to get you ready for one of the hardest checkrides in aviation. This is my experience with their program.

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4 razones porque elegir Wayman Aviation para mi entrenamiento de vuelo

Primero, déjame contarte un poco sobre mí antes de profundizar en el tema. Usted podría estar pensando; "¿Qué es un estudiante de vuelo semi-internacional?. Bueno, queridos lectores, un estudiante de vuelo semi-internacional es alguien que nació en los Estados Unidos pero nunca creció aquí. Tengo el privilegio de ser un ciudadano estadounidense, pero mi punto de vista sobre las escuelas de vuelo es desde una perspectiva internacional.

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From Routine Training Flight To An Emergency

I never thought I would actually get into an emergency situation, never. Then, in a matter of seconds my flight turned into an emergency. Luckily my training kicked into high gear, and in the end, me and my instructor got on the ground safely. A lot of people keep asking me how I was feeling what went through my head and how we handled the situation. Let’s go through the whole flight, step into my mind as I take you through everything that I’ve learned.

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Instagram: Looking Back On March

Gienne Van Engelen | Apr 12, 2018 | Airline

March has been a long month, where a lot of things happened. From our air-2-air photoshoot, one of our instructors getting a gold seal, one of our instructors and student having to do a nose gear-up landing and a lot of students getting to their #aviation goals. Let’s look back at our highlights!

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Behind The Scenes Of An Air-2-Air Photo Shoot

Gienne Van Engelen | Mar 28, 2018 | Aviation

This was something I’ve always wanted to be a part of; an air-2-air photoshoot. From great films like Dunkirk where they film dogfighting spitfires, or awesome popcorn movies like Top Gun and, well, just aerial photography in general. I always wondered how those photographers coordinated everything and brought it to film. Now I know and I’m here to share this #aviationadventure with you. Don’t get me wrong, first and foremost I’m here to become an airline pilot. However, it was refreshing to do this type of flying. We got some awesome shots, even though we had to turn back shortly after taking off because my door wasn’t locked properly. Oops.

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Where to Eat at North Perry

Gienne Van Engelen | Mar 15, 2018 |

Flying makes me hungry. Well, to be honest. Flying makes pilots hungry. Naturally you want to eat good food after your flight! This article is for our future and current students that need some help knowing where to get some lunch or dinner.

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Start Your Flying Career In a 737 In Europe


We have a unique FAA/EASA program that students can start participating with. In this intensive 16 month course you’ll go from zero-hours to the cockpit of a 737 in Europe. Start your career with one of the fastest growing airlines in Romania; BlueAir. Don’t know what an EASA license is? Read this article to get an overview.

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Best Of Instagram: Looking Back at February 2018

February is the shortest month of the year, it literally flew by! Even though it is quick we have a lot of stuff to look back at. So, let’s take a look at the best posts of this month and; the stories behind them.

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Is Your Commercial Pilot Training Easy?

Don't Underestimate It

I didn’t pass my commercial checkride the first time. If you didn’t read about it, here is the link. Well, I did pass the second time which feels great! In this blog I’ll talk about how there seem to be a couple of misconceptions about obtaining, or rather ‘earning’, your commercial license.

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