lleana Pineda

lleana Pineda


AmeriFlight Cargo Airline

Salt Lake City, UT USA

If there's a will, there's a way. If you have a strong passion for something, don't let others stop you.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
First college semester-flying
Took a break following semester due to financial issues.
Two-month summer internship in St Louis, Missouri, with GoJet Airlines.
The second month of internship, I found out that I couldn't continue college due to financial issues. I applied to a full-time internship in Missouri, ran into a potential roommate, and found housing.
One week before the end of my internship, I was awarded a year-long crew record position internship at 19 years old.


High School
Lake Nona High School



I ship cargo for customers like UPS, FEDEX, DHL domestically and internationally, along with flying as a first captain.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Working with Others

Day to Day

At 5:20 a.m., I check in with dispatch. I fill in paperwork, verify aircraft, check weather, and flight safety, I fly the plane to test it. I check the flight inside and out. Wait for cargo when done. Monitor cargo, making sure everything entering the plane is allowed. Using a specific balancing system to balance materials on board to then safely take them to their destination. If done, I go to the hotel at 5 p.m. If not, I restart process. Process can repeat up until 7 p.m. Mon-Fri or Mon-Sat.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Attend a flight school or apply for an internship.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

"Are you sure you want to be a pilot? "