22-Year-Old Pilot Proves You Can make Your Dreams Come True

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Bethany Hernandez is just 22 years old when she became a helicopter pilot and a flight instructor. In the world today, only 5% of pilots are female and she is one of them.

Her inspiring story was featured by photographer Alex Zyuzikov, who was searching for helicopter companies to take him up for landscape images above the city. Bethany was the one who answered his call and after doing his research, Alex came across to her Instagram account.

The first photo Bethany posted was being in a toy helicopter which she captioned, “Give me a couple years to make my dreams come true.”

Several years later, her dreams came true and she is now a fully licensed pilot and a flight instructor too. Her journey did take a lot of hard work and challenges but she just kept on going until she finally reached her destination. She said that the fact that she was a female created more difficult situations in the past. Despite the trials, it motivated her to become better and stronger.

“I finally earned a bit of respect around here as all of my students these days are guys. It’s pretty cool to swing my hair around every now and then,” Bethany said when asked about being a flight instructor.

According to Alex, one of the amazing things about Bethany is how much she loves her job. Her story will surely inspire other young women to do great things just like Bethany.

Meet Bethany. At 22 years old she is a helicopter pilot and a flight instructor. Only 5% of pilots in the world today are female and she is one of them. Her story is refreshing, uplifting, and inspirational. We did a photo/video story on her and it's on my website now (link in profile): www.redspherestudios.com/bethany I hope it inspires you as much as it inspires me. Uplifting stories like hers need to be told, so please share and spread the word and let's inspire more young women everywhere to do great things just like Bethany! Creative director / Photographer: @redspherestudios Videographer: @iqvideography Art Director: @anastasiabaula Bethany's Instagram: @bethanyh648 #change #womenempowerment #femalepilot #womenempoweringwomen #makeithappen #ambition #hustlehard #dreambig #redspherestudios

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One of the shots I took while flying with Bethany. Looking straight down Market Street in SF. Only 5% of pilots in the world today are female and she is one of them. Her story is refreshing, uplifting, and inspirational. We did a photo/video story on her and it's on my website now (link in profile): www.redspherestudios.com/bethany Uplifting stories like hers need to be told, so please share and spread the word and let's inspire more young women everywhere to do great things just like Bethany! Creative director / Photographer: @redspherestudios Videographer: @iqvideography Art Director: @anastasiabaula Bethany's Instagram: @bethanyh648 #change #womenempowerment #femalepilot #womenempoweringwomen #makeithappen #ambition #hustlehard #dreambig #redspherestudios @nikonusa #nikonnofilter

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