Carianne McLellan

Corporate Business Developer and Flight Instructor

Corporate Business Developer and Flight Instructor

Certified Flight Instructor
Airplane-Single & Multiengine, Seaplane-Single Engine, Tailwheel
Commercial Pilot: Airplane Single & Multiengine Land

I grew up with both my grandparents in El Cajon, California overlooking a small
airstrip called Gillespie Field. I loved my grandpa. He was a retired high-ranking Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He dropped paratroopers over Normandy on D-Day and was the air attaché in Cuba during the Bay of Pigs. He was one of the first to occupy Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan in the aftermath of the 2 atomic bombs. He worked tirelessly to help rebuild a devastated Japanese culture and for his commitment and dedication, he personally received the Key to Tokyo from them.

Secretly I wanted to be like grandpa. I wanted to make a difference and be
something special.

When my grandfather passed away, it was the catalyst which brought me over to
the small airport in San Diego. I must have looked a mess, with tears, sniffles and red nose. A nice voice behind asked if he could help me. I responded that I was just there to remember my grandpa who had been an aviator hero to me. The man introduced himself as a flight instructor, and said, “If you’d like, I can take you up in the air so you can experience what your grandfather liked doing.”

The rest is history. I became hooked … line, and sinker! It was a defining moment. I finally knew what I wanted to do with my life. It’s never too late to change what you do, do what you love, and share it with others!

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