Sonja Beekman

When did you know you wanted to be an airline pilot?

When I was 7 years old. Being born and raised in Australia with Dutch parents, we made the long flight to The Netherlands a number of times. I was always more excited about the journey then the destination.

When and where did you first learn to fly?

I started my ATPL theory midin 2015, first flight mid 2016. This was in The Netherlands at Singles & Twins, Lelystad.

What are you looking forward to the most about being an airline pilot?

The combination between structure and routine, while also having to be ready to tackle unforeseen circumstances. And the amazing views of course!

What challenges did you overcome on your journey to becoming an airline pilot?

I wanted to start training right after high school, however financially this was not an option. I obtained a business degree and worked to save up money to start training. I also combined my training with a full time job and achieved all required licenses, rating and hours in 3 years.

What advice would you give yourself at the start of your airline journey if you could?

To allow myself to make mistakes and not beat myself up over them. Learn from your mistake and then also be quick to move on.


If you weren’t an airline pilot what would you be?

Considering my former position. A department manager within the IT / Finance sector.

When did you land your first airline job?

Beginning of May, 2018. 5 Months after my MCC.

What aircraft will you be flying for your airline?

Boeing 737- 300/500

For those thinking about becoming an airline pilot, would you recommend it, and why?

If aviation is your passion, YES!  Life is too short to spend your time working full time in another position, while you are dreaming about flying.