Catching Up with Kaulele Program Graduate Abigail Dang

Abigail Dang participated the first Kaulele Program offered by Goldwings in 2020-2021. She has since received her CFI-Instrument and CFI-Multi-Engine certificates and reached 1,000 hours of flight time while instructing at Barber’s Point Flight School. Her goals include pursuing a commercial airline career.

What are you doing now?

In addition to instructing at Barber’s Point Flight School, I work at Pacific Air Charters as a pilot, still based in Hawaii, until I reach 1,500 hours of flight time for my ATP certificate.  

What did you enjoy most about the Kaulele Program?

I gained a more intimate understanding of aircraft internal mechanics and systems. Being a pilot, I had learned about and studied how the systems worked but never saw them with my own eyes. So, learning about the parts and selling them gave me an opportunity to piece together a more detailed picture of aircraft construction and systems. Thus, I possess the tools and knowledge to instruct my students better and help them understand aircraft systems to be safer pilots. Most of all, I had the opportunity to meet and network with many of the mechanics of the local Hawaii GA community.

What would you share with students who are interested in the program?

To any students interested in this program that are interested in pursuing a career in aviation whether as pilots or mechanics, I highly recommend applying to this work-study program. Aviation is all about getting involved in the community, meeting new people, and learning new things, and Goldwings provides an opportunity to do all of that!

About the Kaulele Aviation Work-Study Program: Goldwings launched its Kaulele (to take flight) work-study program in 2021 to provide opportunities for students interested in aviation careers. Students can learn from Goldwings mentors as they study for their pilot’s license or other aviation career. This program offers flexible hours at Goldwings’ south ramp location alongside the aviation team, with more than 100 years combined aviation experience.