Vannakay Hurnevich

Airline: Delta Air Lines
Crew Position: Captain
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Domicile: Atlanta


What is the year and location of the flight school you attended?

1991, FlightSafety International, Vero Beach, FL

What airplanes have you flown during your career?

EMB120, SF340, CRJ200, DC9, A320, B737, B757, B767, MD88, MD90, B717

Have you had/have any mentors throughout the years?

Not really, just my parents

How did you become interested in aviation?

My father was a pilot and we had an airplane growing up. 

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

I have been very fortunate in my career and have had the ability to accomplish so much. My greatest achievement was being the Part 119 Chief Pilot for USA 3000 Airlines, a position few women have held. In that role, I spent a lot of time in Washington DC working on several Aviation Rule Making Commitees (ARCs), including the Mentoring, Leadership and Professional Development ARC. I learned so much during that time. 

For now, I am happy just to fly the line and mentor others. 

Do you live in base or commute?

I commute. 

What have been some recent challenges you have faced?

Fighting Breast Cancer

What would you say to girls looking to become an airline pilot?

Go for it! It will not always be easy, but if you love it, it will be worth it. 

What do you feel is a benefit to being an ISA+21 member?

In my earlier years, ISA+21 was a great benefit to me as I was moving up the ranks.  I learned so much being on the Board and the people I met were wonderful and so supportive.  I met one of my closest friends while we were on the ISA+21 Board together, and we are still as close today. Now, I view my ISA+21 membership as a way to give back and mentor others as they work to build their career. 

Read More about Vannakay in her Spotlight in Sass Magazine

Vannakay volunteering for the silent auction at the 2021 ISA+21 Conference