A Lifelong Pilot Grounded Herself, Changed Career Direction & Now Empowers Others

Updated: May 26, 2020

Tiffany Miller Campbell had enjoyed a successful eighteen year career as a pilot for a major airline. Her most recent position was flying the Boeing 787 internationally. Last spring a health challenge literally grounded her from her long-held career. This new health circumstance required different work priorities.

Tiffany still wanted - and needed - to work. The new role would ideally accomodate a stable circadian rhythm, a schedule to support mindful parenting of her twelve year old son, minimal travel, retirement planning, and a Seattle area location. Her airline employer had a firm non-compete clause to carefully navigate. While she had years of flight experience as a pilot, as well as a background as a primary flight instructor, she was unsure how to balance the various health, time, location, and legal limitations required.

Working with The Swing Shift, she recently accepted a new role as a simulator flight instructor with Alaska Air Group. Tiffany talks here about how this shift occurred, how she explored her options to move to a different capacity, and insight into the larger job search process, especially when so much has changed in the past twenty years.

Q: Tiffany we’re delighted to hear about your new role as a simulator flight instructor! Specifically what will you be doing?

A: I am so grateful for this opportunity. For the first several months I will be trained to fly the Boeing 737 with Alaska Air standards and procedures. Then I will be trained to conduct flight training in the flight training device, full flight simulator, and classroom ground training to develop and reinforce Alaska flight procedures in normal, abnormal, and emergency flight operations. I admire the people, culture, and performance of Alaska Air Group.