What led you to become a helicopter pilot?
My father was an avionics technician in the Norwegian air force so I grew up with helicopters, in the helicopters hangar, and like many people I thought that becoming a pilot was not something you could do. Pilots, they had to be some sort of super humans.
What are the abilities required to be an excellent helicopter pilot?
There a lot of skills required, but I think, especially for a helicopter pilot, you need to be able to work on your own, to be independent, and be self-aware, know yourself, your limits, because if you’re over or under confident, either way you have a problem. And, of course, being able to push yourself because otherwise you will never broaden your horizons enough to go anywhere.
Would you say that it’s hard for a woman to be in a man’s world?
That’s a very interesting question and I ask myself that because of course in Norway, women are equal, and we are given the same opportunities. It’s not like I wasn’t allowed to go to school and become a pilot, but sometimes I feel like I’m struggling to be accepted and then I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a women or because I’m me, if it’s my personality or my gender. And there are too few women to make assumptions based on gender.