Besides of regular school hours, Marie-Francoise was now also a pilot student. The studies were quite expensive so all her money went into this and all weekends and holidays were from now on dedicated to learning how to fly. And at the air club, it was mainly Marie-Francoise and the boys.
“Girls becoming pilots was rare back then in the 80’s, but it did not bother me. I knew what I wanted. I wanted up in the sky.”
Since then Marie-Francoise hasn’t stopped flying. It started with gliders, a type of airplane without engines which she still loves to fly. But her favorite airplane is her own one.
“It was my dream for a long time to have an airplane of my own. I and my husband, who is also a dedicated pilot who I met at the air club, are allowed to do all maintenance on the airplane by ourselves. It is like our little family member, we call him ‘Cirrus’ after the clouds.”
It requires hard work to keep the airplane and pilot skills in top conditions. As a pilot Marie-Francoise need to take tests every year to get to keep her license. But the joy she and her family get out of it makes it all worth it.