Stories of family traditions in aviation are not uncommon, in which children follow in their parents’ footsteps as pilots or flight attendants, as a consequence of how exciting, despite its many challenges, the world of aviation is.
But there is not always enough time for a son or daughter to be able to fly an airline flight together with their father or mother, since career evolution ends up keeping them in different operational phases (for example, a father may already be moving to international flights when a child makes it to domestic flights, and then be retiring when the child moves to international flights).
But in some cases the encounter becomes reality, as happened with pilot Mackenzie.
According to Southwest Airlines, one of its newest commercial flight co-pilots made her cockpit debut alongside her own father, Captain Kyle.
In the post, featuring photos of Mackenzie and Kyle when she was a child and now on the special occasion, the company described:
“Mackenzie was a child the first time he flew on a Southwest plane flown by his father, Commander Kyle. Last month, they had another special “first” together: sharing the cockpit for Mackenzie’s first flight as a Southwest Pilot!”
The company even joked, “Now it’s time for some quality Father/Daughter bonding time.” The joke is because a career in aviation is often considered a challenge for the relationship between parents and children, due to the sequences of several days away from home during flight stopovers.