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About the Chick

A Chick is hatched

Erika Armstrong is the chick in the cockpit. With thirty years in the aviation industry, she has worked in every aspect of aviation and is one of the first modern woman airline captains of a commercial airliner to write a book about the aviation industry.


Erika has an extensive social media network (350,000 aviation cult followers at the moment) and is a Professor of Aviation at MSU Denver, Director of Instructional Design at Advanced Aircrew Academy, an award-winning staff writer for Colorado Serenity magazine. She has had over eighty articles published and is a contributing editor and professional pilot columnist at Plane & Pilot, Disciples of Flight, NYC Aviation, Flying.com, Serenity, Mountain Connection, Contrails, General Aviation News and Business Insider.


Most uniquely, Erika was an international corporate, airline, Red Cross and 24-hour air ambulance pilot/captain. Erika owns Leading Edge Aviation Consulting and is a pilot recruiter. 


Adopted in Seattle but raised in Minnesota, Erika’s early membership in the Minnesota 99s (International Women Pilots Association) jump-started her career. After meeting several women pilots who spent their lives complaining about discrimination, Erika decided to handle every challenge with humor and perspective. This attitude and obsessive focus landed her in the captain’s seat of a commercial airliner by the age of thirty. She also holds a type rating in CE-500 series aircraft and has extensive pilot training from Flight Safety, SimuFlite, NATCO, CAE, Pan Am and has flown 28 different types of aircraft.


To back experience with education, Erika attended the University of Minnesota’s Journalism program as an undergraduate before being lured into the world of aviation. To round out her education, she attended Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University and has a B.A. degree in International Business, Economics and Culture with National Honor Society recognition from the University of Denver.