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One Above Aviation, better known by its trademark EatSleepFly based at John Wayne Airport, has announced its new sole owner and president, Anna Robinson — a local resident from Orange County, California, who started at One Above on June 28, 2018, after purchasing the company from an individual on the East Coast.
At 31, Robinson is one of the youngest female owners of an aviation company in the United States. She hopes this will be an encouragement to others and lead for progressive change to see an increase of young and female aviators.
This summer, One Above has already seen a 17 percent increase year on year of career-oriented students enrolling, and the company sees no sign of slowing in the next 12 calendar months given the push from domestic media recognizing the need for pilots within the industry, as well as scholarships that are available for men and women.
As owner and president, Robinson has over seven years of experience in the aviation industry. Her original interest started when she met her husband back in 2009 when he was working as an instructor pilot, and she noticed how much fun he was having at the local airport.
With a bachelor’s degree in aviation administration, graduating with honors summa cum laude from California State University, Los Angeles, she also has a lot of support from alumni in Southern California — some of whom are also local at John Wayne Airport.