December
2022

Melissa Teetor

Airline: Envoy Air
Crew Position: First Officer
Aircraft: E-175
Domicile: Dallas Ft-Worth, Texas

Where did you do your flight training?

Melissa:
University of Central Missouri

How did you get interested in aviation?
 

Melissa:
My mom was a flight attendant for TWA and my dad is a pilot for American Airlines. Jet fuel was in my blood and I knew there was nothing I would rather do.  

What airplanes have you flown during your career?

Melissa:
E-175, Cessna 172 and 152, Piper Warrior, Arrow, Seminole, and Barron-58 

 

Have you had/have any mentors throughout the years?

Melissa:
My dad is my biggest mentor. He is a captain at American Airlines and is my go-to phone call.  I also have a great group of friends here at my airline who all support each other, helped each other through training, and have built lifelong friendships that we will have our whole careers.

Do you have any future aviation goals you hope to achieve?

Melissa:
Short term: I would love to make it to American Airlines before my dad retires so I can sit right seat to him on his retirement flight. Long term: Heavy International Captain exploring the world!

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What have been some recent challenges you’ve faced? 

Melissa:
My class date for Envoy Air was recalled due to  COVID.  I had to not give up when no one would hire pilots. I am finally on the line flying for Envoy and it is an absolute blast! 
 
What would you say to girls looking to become an airline pilot?
 
Melissa:
It is hands down the best career. It is incredible to be able to travel to amazing places while flying in challenging environments. Push yourself and find your community of ladies (like ISA+21)! 
What is your most memorable flight?
 
Melissa:

Getting to fly to Key West with my family in our Piper Arrow and spend the weekend with them there for my dad’s birthday. Flying over the water and being able to share my love of flying with my family is a memory of a lifetime!

What do you feel is a benefit of being an ISA+21 member?
 
Melissa:
Getting to connect with so many amazing female airline pilots where we share common goals, struggles, and interests. It’s such a great community of women.