About Me

Who Am I?

Hi I'm Grace Kane I am a professional pilot in the metro-Detroit area with a commercial certificate for single-engine and multi-engine aircraft, an Embraer Phenom 300 PIC type rating, and a Certified Flight Instructor Certificate for single-engine aircraft. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Saint Louis University. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with aviation enthusiasts who are eager to achieve their dreams in aviation. I am a passionate and a dedicated professional pilot motivated to positively contribute to business aviation as a pilot and leader.

Beyond my passion for aviation, I enjoy volleyball, golf, community service, literature, podcasts, fitness, hiking, rock climbing, and travel.

Check out my blog!

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January 2022 - June 2022

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June 24, 2022 | Flight Training

A New Certificate!

Last week, I passed my Certified Flight Instructor check ride. Seven months of ground lessons and flights from the right seat taught me many lessons and allowed me to hone my skills...

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May 6, 2022 | College

Reflecting on My Education at SLU

My last few weeks of college have literally flown by. From completing final projects to studying for exams to enjoying the last few weeks with friends, it has been a busy time...

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April 8, 2022 | Professional Development

GSLBAA Luncheon

No matter what sector of aviation you aspire to have a career in there is an organization that you can utilize to advance yourself in the industry. In business aviation, there are regional business aviation groups that host events for professional development and networking...

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April 1, 2022 | Diversity in Aviation

Parks College Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Event

Aviation is a traditionally underrepresented field by females and minorities. Those who have came before us and have blazed a trail in aviation show us that we can achieve anything we put our minds to...

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March 25, 2022 | Professional Development

2022 Women in Aviation Conference

Wow, what an amazing conference Women in Aviation International put together following 2021's virtual conference! It was so refreshing to be in a setting filled with so much energy and enthusiasm for the future of aviation...

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March 11, 2022 | Flight Training

Collegiate Aviation Programs vs. Accelerated Programs

This past week, I finished the last round of midterms of my college career. Time has really flown by and I have recently been reflecting on my experience at Saint Louis University quite a bit...

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March 4, 2022 | Flight Training

A Few Realizations I Made in College

My college experience has provided me insight on things I did not know prior to my education at SLU and as a result of my experiences, I have grown immensely as a person and professional...

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February 25, 2022 | Aviation Safety


I recently covered an aircraft accident that occurred on takeoff at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport this past week. A Hawker 800XP was attempting to takeoff with almost a direct tailwind of 16 knots gusting to 25 and likely wasn't able to get the required performance to rotate in time...

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February 18, 2022 | Business Aviation

Why Business Aviation?

When I first began my flight training, I set my goals on achieving my dream of being an international long-haul Captain for Delta Airlines. At the time, that was the biggest dream I could think of and the airlines and cargo were...

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February 11, 2022 | Flight Training

Another Flight from the Right Seat

After a few days of being grounded from flight operations last week due to a winter storm that came through St. Louis, I was excited to get back in the air this week. This week was accompanied by a warm front, so it definitely felt like a tease to be pre-flighting in 50 degree weather in February...

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February 4, 2022 | Flight Training

The Piper Archer

An important part of deciding where you will pursue flight training is the school's fleet of aircraft. This was certainly the case for me as Saint Louis University had just announced their order of four new Piper Archer TX aircraft in 2018...

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January 28, 2022 | General Aviation

EAA AirVenture

Everyone in the aviation community knows of the annual summer fly-in, EAA AirVenture, and if you have not been before, you are certainly missing out. This past summer I attended...

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January 21, 2022 | Flight Training

UPRT Training

As loss of control inflight (LOC-I) accidents are the leader of fatalities in general aviation accidents, one way to mitigate the risk of LOC-I is to complete Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT)...

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January 14, 2022 | Involvement

Aviation Involvement

Today's blog speaks to how I put my passions to work in my time at SLU and how that enabled me to grow personally and professionally. The last semester of my undergraduate education means...

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January 3, 2022 | Flight Training

CRJ-700 Simulator Course

The classes I have taken at Parks College have been engaging and beneficial to my future, but I have most enjoyed progressing through the primary aviation courses to reach more advanced courses that prepare...

August 2021 - December 2021

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December 27, 2021 | About Me

Wrapping Up the Year

I am back in Michigan for a much needed winter break before my last semester of undergraduate begins in mid-January. Usually when I am back in Michigan, I rent a Diamond DA20 or similar from a local flight school...

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December 13, 2021 | General Aviation

A Hot Aircraft Market

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) recently released their third-quarter report, which showed the aviation industry's strength as it grapples with pandemic-driven impacts...

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December 6, 2021 | General Aviation

A Successful Engine Failure Execution & Turnback From a Viral YouTube Video

A recent YouTube video posted by Edward Frye, the pilot and owner of a Cessna 210 Centurion, has been shared across the aviation community after he experienced an engine failure shortly after takeoff...

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November 29, 2021 | Flight Training

A Different Kind of Flying

A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to attend a week-long gliding camp at Sugarbush Soaring in Vermont thanks to the generosity of the Flight Experience for Youth (FEFY) organization...

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November 22, 2021 | Corporate Aviation

Switching Seats

I haven't found myself at the controls since my multi-engine check ride, so I don't have a flight to talk about this week. However, the past two weeks I have been diving into the Fundamentals of Instruction of my CFI training...

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November 15, 2021 | Flight Training

Another Engine!

This past week I took and passed my commercial multi-engine add-on rating check ride! Since I already have my commercial license, the oral portion solely dealt with multi-engine aircraft performance, aerodynamics, and systems...

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November 1, 2021 | Flight Training

My Parks College Experience

When choosing to pursue a career as a pilot, there is a wide range of decisions to be made regarding flight training such as Part 61 or Part 141, degree or no degree, ATP Program or university program, etc...

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October 25, 2021 | Flight Training

Sustainability in Flight Training

Flight schools all across the country are pumping hundreds and thousands of gallons of Avgas into their training aircraft every week and facing hefty fuel bills as a result. As the aviation industry moves towards a more sustainable future through the pledge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050...

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October 18, 2021 | Professional Development

A Successful Industry Engagement Event

With the numerous airline pathway programs at Part 141 universities, it can be easy for one to quickly identify their future job. The number of students interested in corporate aviation like myself is very slim, but....

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October 11, 2021 | Flight Training

Combating Imposter Syndrome in the Cockpit

Today's blog is aimed at both collegiate students and flight training students who may feel at times like they aren't good enough, that they don't have the skills or competence to successful perform during a flight, or that it is difficult to visualize themselves flying for an airline or getting a dream job one day....

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October 4, 2021 | Flight Training

An Eventful Seminole Flight

This past week, I ventured on my last cross country as a student at Parks College in the Piper Seminole to complete one of my last requirements prior to my multi-engine check ride. During my time as a student, some of the exciting places...

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September 27, 2021 | Scholarships

YES, You Can Do It!

When it comes to applying for scholarships, I have heard some of my peers mention that scholarships are too competitive and that they have applied for a few, but never received any. I used to think the same thing...

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September 20, 2021 | Flight Training

Safety Culture in Collegiate Flight Training

I went through all of my private pilot training at a Part 61 school not knowing or being taught the importance of aviation safety. It wasn't that my training was conducted in an unsafe manner, but...

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September 13, 2021 | Networking

Finding a Mentor

It is never too early or too late in your career to find a mentor. Flight training is arduous and there are numerous highs and lows that accompany the journey of student to professional pilot...

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September 6, 2021 | Professional Development

Industry Experiences Early On

Whether you're a student or industry professional, the value of internships on one's future can not be understated. For the industry professionals, if you don't already have an internship program established, I highly recommend bringing the idea to fruition...

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August 30, 2021 | About Me

From Bedtime Stories to Commercial Pilot

Typically the first thing talked about when meeting someone new in aviation is "what got you into aviation?" Aviation is a unique field because everyone has a story behind who or what moment sparked their interest in it...

What I do?

Here are some of my expertise






Customer Service

Through a litany of experiences in aviation, education, and other activities, I have forged skills that are integral to my success in the aviation industry. I possess skills not only pertaining to aviation software and applications, but also general software with regards to coding, artificial intelligence, cyber security, and more. Most importantly, I see education as a continuous means for growth and development, so I constantly strive to learn new things and gain greater exposure to crucial facets pertaining to aviation and beyond.

My Experience

Flight Hours

Flight Hours
Pilot in Command
Cross Country


In 2023, I began my pursuit of a professional certificate in Aviation Safety & Security from USC with the support of a scholarship from Women in Corporate Aviation.

  • Coursework Completed: Safety Management Systems for Managers
  • Future Coursework: Threat and Error Management, Safety Management Systems, Human Performance & Resilience, Aircraft Accident Investigation

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Saint Louis University - Parks College.

  • 2022 Oliver L. Parks Award Recipient for the graduating senior who most exemplifies Oliver L. Parks' model of leadership, academic excellence, and service to Saint Louis University and the greater community.
  • Deans List: Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022
  • GPA: 3.92 Cumulative, Summa Cum Laude
  • Coursework: Basic Flight Foundations, Instrument Flight Foundations, Aviation Weather, Navigation Foundations, Safety Management Systems, Aviation Physics, Jet Transport Systems I, Professional Ethics and Standards, Jet Transport Systems II, Air Carrier Operations, Accident Investigation, International Aviation, The Air Transportation System, Commercial Multi-Engine Training, Aviation Law, Human Factors, Introduction to Flight Crew Operations, Introduction to Flight Crew Operations Laboratory, Operations & Business Environment of Aviation, Advanced Flight Crew Operations, Advanced Flight Crew Operations Labratory, Team Resource Management
  • Activites: Parks College Women in Aviation - President (2021-2022) Vice President (2020-2021), Center for Aviation Science Safety Committee ASAP Leader (2020-2022), Center for Aviation Science Ambassador (2021), Alpha Eta Rho (2019-2022), SLU DI Volleyball Manager (2020-2022), Wings of Hope Volunteer (2019-2022), Young Pilots USA Social Media Manager (2020-2021)
  • Awards: Women in Aviation Kelsey Meyer Memorial Scholarship, International Aircraft Dealers Association Foundation Scholarship, FedEx Scholarship, Dassault Falcon Jet Scholarship, NBAA Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship, Global Air Calvin L. Carrithers Scholarship, Costas Sivyllis ALPA Education Scholarship, NASAO Henry Ogrodzinski Scholarship, Bill Cowden Memorial Aviation Scholarship, John and Mary Ann Capellupo Scholarship, The Derenski Family Scholarship (2020, 2021), Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship, Laura Taber Barbour Air Safety Foundation Scholarship, Brian P. Murray Memorial Scholarship, Chapel of the Flowers Scholarship, SLU Women in Aviation Scholarship, Southern California Pilots Association Scholarship, Sugarbush Soaring Youth Glider Camp Scholarship, MIRAW Scholarship (2019, 2020), Michigan Business Aviation Foundation Scholarship
  • Publications:
  • Parks College Safety Newsletter, July 2021; Parks College Safety Newsletter, April 2021; Parks College Safety Newsletter, February 2021; Women in Aviation, March 2019

I have a high school diploma from Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. During my high school years, I took an increased interest in aviation and began training for my private pilot license at age 16. I then obtained my PPL a few months after my 17th birthday.

  • GPA: 3.87 Cumulative
  • Aviation Dual-Enrollment Coursework: Introduction to Aviation, Aerodynamics and Performance, Introduction to Airframes and Systems, Introduction to Aircraft Powerplants
  • Activities: St. Fabian Youth Group, National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Student Government, Varsity Volleyball, Volunteer Tutor
  • Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Junior & Senior Class Representative, Baccalaureate Mass Speaker, Honor Roll 8 Semesters

    Internship Experience

    Garmin Aeronautical Data Analyst Intern October 2021 - December 2021

  • Participated in the evaluation of aeronautical data and the execution of Quality Assurance processes on aeronautical data
  • Assisted with editing, manipulating, and maintaining select aeronautical data using custom and 3rd party software
  • Performed routine data entry and verification tasks, and established operations for quality assurance
  • Parker Hannifin Pilot Intern May 2021 - August 2021

  • Attended Upset Prevention & Recovery Training, flew the CL-35 simulator at Flight Safety and learned business jet systems and procedures
  • Performed pre-flight and cockpit preparation with company pilots’ oversight, filed flight plans and completed aircraft performance calculations
  • Developed a candidate grading sheet and standardized the interview process for the department’s pilot interviews
  • Pentastar Aviation Flight Operations Intern May 2020 - August 2020

  • Prepared flight packets for preflight briefing and conducted post flight trip closeout and regulatory record retention
  • Participated in trip set up and procured air, ground, catering, and lodging services for clients and crew
  • Managed and dispatched helicopter air-ambulance operations
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