Delaney & Erin Johnston @pilotdelaney & @erinejohn
This month's Aviator Spotlight shines its light on Erin and Delaney Johnston; two wonderful sisters from the western suburbs of Chicago. Growing up, their grandfather, who served in the Royal Canadian Airforce during WWII, introduced them to the world of aviation and they haven't looked back since! These two women are a shining example of aviators who give back to their community and why we, here at Scanners, wanted to share their story.
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Delaney And Erin's Story
Growing up, Erin and Delaney Johnston lived in West Chicago, a Chicago suburb nearby Dupage Airport. Whenever they’d drive past the airport as kids, they’d point to individual planes parked on the ramp claiming, “I want to fly the red one!” and “I want to fly the yellow one!”. After all, the aviation bug ran in the family, as their grandfather served in the Royal Canadian Airforce during World War II. Erin and Delaney eventually began their aviation journey by taking lessons in their family friend’s Piper Warrior during their high school years. Throughout high school and college, the two become more involved in aviation along with their father, who eventually purchased the Warrior. With three pilots in the family, Johnston's love for aviation continues to grow. The Warrior has brought their family to some incredible places, including Park City, Utah, the Grand Canyon, and Lake Powell.
Erin graduated from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a degree in Mathematics while completing her CFI training during her breaks from school. After college, she instructed at various flight schools in Illinois and Michigan before she moved to California to fly a King Air 350. Erin now works as a corporate pilot with type ratings in the King Air 350, Lear 40/45/70/75, and Falcon 900 EASy. She recently completed her first transatlantic flight last fall to Italy and hopes to continue adding more international destinations while flying the Falcon 900.
" During her Doctoral studies at Florida Institute of Technology, she learned about the UV radiation exposure pilots experience while flying. "
During her Doctoral studies at Florida Institute of Technology, she learned about the UV radiation exposure pilots experience while flying. In response to this, she founded Silex Skincare, a skincare brand specifically formulated to protect and restore the skin from the harsh environmental conditions experienced during air travel. She hopes to continue spreading awareness about the importance of skincare and travel while growing her company.