Mother-daughter Duo Becomes First To Pilot A Commercial Plane Together & Creates History

Captain Suzy Garrett and her daughter Donna Garrett made history in 2019 when they became the first mother-daughter team to fly a commercial aircraft for SkyWest Airlines.

Donna didn’t think her mother’s job as an airline pilot was unusual when she was a child. Since her father worked in the same industry, flying a plane seemed natural to her.

Donna even characterized it as her parents’ “boring job” when they went to work. However, as she grew older, she developed an interest in her line of work. She noted how excited they were about her work and how they were able to travel the world because of it.

Suzy Garrett and Donna Garrett sitting together inside the cabin of a commercial airliner

Donna chose to follow in her parents’ footsteps and pursue a career in aviation.

Donna was sitting in the cockpit next to her mother, operating a SkyWest Airline flight as a first officer, in September 2019.

Suzy was celebrating 30 years at SkyWest when she met Donna, which added to the importance of the occasion.

Suzy’s husband, Doug, and her son, Mark, are also pilots, so flying comes naturally to them. What a high-flying family they are!

Donna chose to follow in her parents’ footsteps and pursue a career in aviation.

Donna was sitting in the cockpit next to her mother, operating a SkyWest Airline flight as a first officer, in September 2019.

Suzy was celebrating 30 years at SkyWest when she met Donna, which added to the importance of the occasion.

Suzy’s husband, Doug, and her son, Mark, are also pilots, so flying comes naturally to them. What a high-flying family they are!

Suzy appreciates working with her daughter and believes being a pilot is a great job choice for her as she enjoys the “diversity and excitement” in her life.

“It is good that your son goes through what you have gone through.” “She is a member of the SkyWest family,” said the exultant mother.

Seeing Donna and Suzy sharing a flight deck represented a joyous and significant moment in aviation, especially as many female pilots struggle to navigate in an industry dominated by men.

Suzy has made history before, as she was one of SkyWest’s first employees. She had worked with the airline since 1989 and had been pursuing her lifelong desire to become a pilot for more than three decades.

Suzy fell in love with flying when she was in eighth grade and took her second flight from Arizona to Los Angeles. As she gazed out the window of her cabin, the setting sun captivated her.

She knew that achieving such a lofty goal would be difficult, but she persisted.

In 1984, Suzy enrolled at Mount San Antonio College in California for flight school. She spent a few years as a flight instructor before earning her first position at SkyWest.

Suzy said that she was not discriminated against in the booth and that she had the same chance as her male competitors.

Any negative comments were from people who knew nothing about aviation or commercial aircraft.

“I had to persuade people outside of my field,” she said.

Suzy has gotten used to seeing people’s faces light up when they find out that she was the one who landed the commercial plane.

Suzy says that the scene has changed and people are getting more used to seeing female pilots. Most importantly, she is thankful that the viral photo of her pushed young women to pursue careers in the business.

Suzy also mentioned that flying is a great job option for women as it provides flexible work hours, which is good for those intending to start a family.

“I could volunteer on field trips, school parties, and be that parent while having this fantastic job!” she said.