After moving to New Zealand in 2002, to pass the time while waiting for a work visa, Kirstin Peck decided to take flying lessons. She received her Private certificate and Multiengine/Instrument ratings in New Zealand. Once back in the United States, she received her Commercial Multiengine/Single Engine certificates. To further her training, Kirstin went through a program run by Mesa Airlines. She was given an interview with Mesa and was hired into the Jet with less than 300 hours. Currently a First Officer on the CRJ, Kirstin is based out of Washington Dulles Airport flying under the United Express banner.
She was one of a handful of members in the New Zealand Ninety-Nines when she joined in 2003. "The Pro 99s network was also instrumental in my growth as a pilot. It allowed me to learn about the culture of aviation in the U.S. since I had no real contacts back in the States." Now a member of the Ambassador Chapter, Kirstin’s advice to others: "Whatever you do, find a mentor at every stage of your progress. Never be afraid to ask for help because people love to share their ideas and wisdom… And when you hit the odd obstacle (because there is always one or two or twenty, just to keep you challenged,) always stay motivated and persevere! You will reach your goals!"