After several successful years as a computer programmer and a chemist, Tracey Ryan decided to stay at home with her children. Shortly thereafter, she felt a career change was imminent. Always having loved aviation, our now Chicago (ORD) Base Manager decided to explore a new career path and follow in her grandfathers’ footsteps. Read our Q&A to find out how Tracey switched careers, and now works within the field that she loves.
Q: Tracey, what led you to become a GoJet Base Manager?
A: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and another degree in Computer Programming. After having careers as a chemist and a computer programmer, I took on several part-time jobs to stay at home with my two children. My friend told me about GoJet’s flight attendant openings, and it really sparked my interest because I love to travel and to work with people. We were both fortunate to have been hired as GoJet flight attendants and went into training together.
I was always fascinated with the aviation world because both of my grandfathers were pilots. One of my grandfathers was a Captain in World War II and my other grandfather was a private pilot who flew a small airplane for recreation.
I loved being a flight attendant and was fortunate enough to take a handful of pilot lessons. I have realized that you can definitely find your passion in your 40’s and become infatuated with aviation. Hence, when the ORD Base Manager position became available, I was more than thrilled. It’s a true blessing to work in a profession and in a position that you love. I am very grateful.
Q:What are your responsibilities?
A: I provide innovative solutions and guidance for both pilot and company issues and regulations. I also help with maintaining aircraft manuals, pilot currency and FAA compliance for our United Express fleet.
Q: How would you describe the day in your life?
A: My days are never the same, that’s for sure! The day can be filled with taking calls, attending meetings, and assisting with the ORD parking badge process. My day can also consist of meeting our aircraft, updating manuals and completing other tasks that are needed.
Q: What do you enjoy about Chicago?
A: As the 3rd busiest airport in North America by boarding passengers, Chicago O’Hare brings something new and interesting each day, which I thoroughly enjoy. The city of Chicago also has an unbelievable skyline and never-ending activities for all personalities and interests. I have lived in the suburbs my entire life but love the fact that we have such an extraordinary city available to us at any time.
Q: What do you most enjoy about working at GoJet?
A: I have a wonderful working relationship with my colleagues and office partners. We worked together to lead our team towards the #1 spot in Quick Turn Delays in ORD for the last six out of seven months. Additionally, all the Base Managers support one another, in efforts to help with GoJet’s continued success. I’m proud to be a part of the GoJet family.