“I want to fly these beautiful birds as far as they will take me” ~ Amelia Earhart
Anna is a class 1 aerobatic instructor. She flies airshows from the Pacific to the Atlantic, runs a charter operation and a flight school, teaches commercial and aerobatic pilots and instructors. Anna was born in Ukraine and after several years of living in Switzerland, Germany and Brazil, moved to Canada in 2009 to make it her home. In her other life, Anna has a PhD in financial mathematics and speaks fluently seven languages. But her passion for flying lifts her away from the daily routine into the sky with a three-dimensional freedom. The one she calls “Sky Dancing”.
And for being up there, Anna is grateful to God, her partner, inspiration and supporter Peter, and the most amazing pilot, coach and master Bud Granley, by whom Anna had the privilege to be coached and mentored.
Anna started flying relatively late, after already having my degrees, career and business. To be more precise, even when she was just considering flying, my mom told me “not even think about it” (she might have known where it might end 😉 ), and after she got her license, she got a firm promise of her father that “nothing will make him get in the plane with me”. On getting into aerobatics she was initially quite apprehensive, even as an instructor, to get into unusual attitudes with the plane. She was forcing myself to do spins with students which is a part of mandatory training of pilots in Canada. It was not until several hundred hours of flying later that she went for her first aerobatic flight. And it was the love from the first sight! About 6 weeks later (and lots of upside down flying), I already became an aerobatic instructor. It wasn’t long before she was bitten by the airshow bug and today ‘Skydancer’ is Canada’s only female aerobatic airshow performer.