Captain Wenyu Fu: Where There is a Dream There is a Way
Captain Wenyu Fu, Canadair CRJ pilot for Pinnacle Airlines, was inspired to become an airline pilot through encouragement and support of the many pilots at Northwest Airlines, where she was a flight attendant. "Being around the airlines opened my eyes to the exciting and wonderful world of traveling and flying," she says.
Wenyu was born in China and at age 36, began her pilot training at Part 91 flight schools in Honolulu, Hawaii, building her hours through instructing. In 2000, the Aloha Chapter, of which Wenyu is a member, awarded her a scholarship for commercial training. Wenyu's ratings and certificates include CFI, CFII, MEI, and ATP.
The best part of her job is that "Every day is a new day...working with various crewmembers from a wide variety of backgrounds, going to different places, meeting different winds and clouds..." Wenyu's ultimate dream is to fly the Trans-Pacific route to and from her native China. Her advice to others working their way up: "If there is a dream, there is a way!"