Sky’s the limit for single mom of 6 training to be a pilot


CEDAR CITY (ABC4 News) – Taking to the skies. A single mother of six in southern Utah is studying aviation, both being a pilot and aircraft maintenance at the same time.

Not an easy thing to do, but Southern Utah University aviation student Shanna Bartel says she’s up for the challenge.

It’s not only to elevate her own life but the lives of her children as well. 

Shanna is a few years from graduation, but her instructors rave about her accomplishments.  She does admit the skies aren’t always so friendly, with her having to juggle not only school and work but also navigate financial aid. 

How does she do it? 

“When I’m there, that’s what I’m focused on. So, I’ve just learned to shift gears really fast. When I’m home, I’m mom, when I’m flying, I’m a pilot, when I’m a mechanic, that’s where my focus is. And I just have to have a crazy schedule to fit it all in,” said Shanna.

She first became interested in aviation while she was going through a divorce. A ride along in one of the university’s planes sealed the deal and she enrolled in the school.

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