Meet the Pilots

The inspiration for PreFlight Aviation Camp was born from the legacy of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP), the first female military pilots of WWII. The WASP ethos of sisterhood maintains a strong presence during the camp and the women of PreFlight uphold and represent the strong bond that female aviators share.

PreFlight employs an all-women staff of highly trained and decorated military veteran and civilian pilots, creating an inspiring atmosphere that forms the backdrop of the PreFlight Aviation Camp experience.

Please Note: If you are interested in volunteering as a pilot or counselor at PreFlight, please click here to submit your information so that we can get in touch with you. All PreFlight Counselors must be at least 18 years of age and it is preferred to have at least a private pilots license or be enrolled in an aviation flight training program. All pilots that fly the campers must be Certified Flight Instructors. 

 

Liz Duca
PreFlight Founder and Camp Director

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Liz Duca is a veteran and former United States Air Force Senior Pilot, with over 2,500 hours flying the KC-10A, C-21A, T-1A and T-6A, as well as various general aviation aircraft, and served four tours overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Additionally, Liz is currently a LJ-35/55 Captain for Clay Lacy Aviation and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings:

• Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
• Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land/Single-Engine Sea
• Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine/Instrument Airplane

Liz earned a Masters degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University and graduated Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geographic Information Science. She is actively involved in her community as a member of Women in Aviation International and the Ninety-Nines. In her free time, Liz enjoys yoga, rock climbing, and exploring the outdoors.

 

Kristen Franke
PreFlight Camp Counselor

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Kristen is a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve, where she serves as a T-1A Instructor Pilot for Undergraduate Pilot Training. She is a veteran with over 2,800 hours flying the C-17A, T-1A and T-6A, as well as various general aviation aircraft, and served four tours overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Additionally, Kristen is a First Officer for Delta Airlines and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings:

• Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
• Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land
• Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine/Instrument Airplane

Kristen earned a Masters degree with honors in Sports Studies from United States Sports Academy and graduated from William Woods University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is actively involved in her community as a member of Women in Aviation International. In her free time, Kristen competes on the Mid Missouri Weightlifting Club and volunteers coaching girls youth soccer.

 

Dawn Harnack
PreFlight Camp Counselor

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Dawn Harnack is a Major in the Montana Air National Guard, where she serves as a C-130H Instructor Pilot. She is a veteran with over 2,000 hours flying the C-130H, T-44 and T-6A aircraft, and served four tours overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Kuwait and Iraq. Additionally, Dawn is a U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Pilot and holds the following FAA certificates and ratings:

• Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine Land
• Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land
• Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, Airplane Multi-Engine/Instrument Airplane

Dawn earned a Masters degree in Early Elementary Education through Trident University International and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Humanities. She is actively involved in her community as a member of Women in Aviation International. In her free time, Dawn volunteers for her local women and family shelter and works as a Cross-Fit Instructor.

 

Erika Skypeck
PreFlight Camp Counselor

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Erika Skypeck is a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve, where she serves as a KC-135R Instructor Pilot. She is a veteran with over 3,000 hours flying the KC-135R, T-1A and T-6A, as well as various general aviation aircraft, and served multiple tours overseas flying combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Erika holds the following FAA certificates and ratings:

• Commercial Airplane Multi-Engine Land
• Commercial Airplane Single-Engine Land
• Instrument Airplane

Erika earned a Masters of Business Administration in Conflict and Negotiation Management from TUI University and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. She is actively involved in her community as a member of Women in Aviation International. In her free time, Erika enjoys being outdoors, cycling and skiing. She hopes to one day serve as a ski instructor and work with blind and disabled skiers.

 

Sommer Tate
PreFlight Camp Counselor

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Sommer Tate is a veteran of the United States Air Force where she served as a Logistics Officer for over five years and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following her time in the military, Sommer followed her passion as an entrepreneur and founded Sommer Tate Design & Furniture, where she currently works as an interior decorator. Sommer was always inspired by her grandfather, who was a pilot in the USAF, and she began flying lessons when she was just 18 years old. She holds her FAA Private Pilots certificate with over 200 hours flying the C-172.

Sommer earned a Masters degree, with Summa Cum Laude honors, in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. In her free time, Sommer masters balancing work and family, and stays active chasing around her energetic 2 year old daughter.