Hi All. Yes, I share the same name as the legendary Amelia Earhart, and no, we're not related. However, we do have a few things in common. An adventurous spirit, a passion for flight and the desire to fly around the world.

By recreating and completing Amelia Mary Earhart’s flight around the world in the summer of last year, I developed an even deeper connection to my namesake and hopefully encouraged the world to pursue their own adventures. As president of the Fly With Amelia Foundation, I continue that work by providing grants and flight training scholarships to high school aged girls.

My newest passion project involves working with XTI Aircraft Company to develop the TriFan 600, the world’s first commercially certified vertical takeoff airplane that aims to provide door-to-door travel at the comparable to the speed, range and comfort of a business jet. XTI is also one of the first companies to run an equity crowdfunding campaign so that anyone has the chance to be a part of it. Learn more about this project and the TriFan 600 at www.xtiaircraft.com.

Here's proof that it's me: http://i.imgur.com/v0mAlVl.jpg

Now, Ask Me Anything!"

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smross8183639 karma

If you had a different name do you think you'd be doing something else?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart4111 karma

100% yes. I am SO lucky my parents gave me this name. I used to hate it but honestly, it has set me on this course of incredible adventure and aviation opportunity. That's why I run my foundation- to help girls that want to fly get the same chances I get.

smross818416 karma

I'm an adult male. Will you teach me how to fly?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart565 karma

Not an instructor yet, but I can point you in the right direction!

kurrukukuxi2187 karma

How many sunsets/sunrises did you see?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart2496 karma

16 each

Aherosxtrial1748 karma

Tell us the truth - where have you been hiding for the last 78 years?!

Amelia_Rose_Earhart2203 karma

Just chillin' in Denver ;) Never heard that one before!

Rose12661396 karma

I'm a high school girl trying to get my pilots license and I have very little money to put into it, do you have any advice for me?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart1573 karma

There are so many resources and so FEW that apply for scholarships... check this out https://www.wai.org/education/scholarships.cfm and email me if you need help.

Daniel_A_Johnson1123 karma

How's traffic looking on I-25 for the afternoon commute?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart1169 karma

That brings back some memories... a little northbound congestion through the bridges, a crash SB 225 at Parker ;)

Amelia_Rose_Earhart850 karma

The day my pup was on the Reddit front page... had a few requests for the link: https://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/3g8gjt/puppy_on_his_first_flight/

retard_logic685 karma

What's the highest you've ever been?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart926 karma

When I flew around the world, I cruised at an average altitude of 27,000 feet.

retard_logic1765 karma

Did you ever wish you had a big ass-magnifying glass so you could burn people like ants?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart553 karma

You know, it never crossed my mind ;)

Silverlight42212 karma

I think it's great you share the same name as the explorer Amelia. I'm glad you're embracing it. When I first read this, I thought it was a joke.

Do you like Top Gear/James May?

ever seen his U2 flight?

Do you want to get higher? like 70k feet as he's done, or does that not interest you? What are your thoughts on space exploration?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart210 karma

Space- absolutely yes. Glad you checked out the thread and didn't write it off as a joke ;)

Top Gear- yup.

maschine01636 karma

Why did you leave 9news? You were the only reason I watched :(. I am sure you wanted to do more but miss ya!

Amelia_Rose_Earhart768 karma

I had this calling to fly around the world! It was so strong that I quit the day job to risk a bigger outcome. Thankfully, I had tons of support (mentors with great advice) and it all worked out.

maschine01287 karma

An amazing life goal to be sure! So whats next? Mars?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart468 karma

Yes please ;)

ecoffstt499 karma

Hey, what's the worst name joke you've ever gotten? And what was your response?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart842 karma

They are so cheesy I don't even want to repeat...

"I found you!"

"Amelia should just fly us there"

and on and on ;)

stp2bfre324 karma

Hi Amelia:

I'm apart of our Civil Air Patrol Squadron here in Columbus, GA (SER-GA-098); the next time you are in the area would you be willing to speak to our cadets? How does one make that arrangement with you?

Thanks for being an inspiration to so many young people!

Amelia_Rose_Earhart291 karma

Thanks! I am actually flying to Savannah tomorrow to give a speech. Here's my speakers info: http://www.theguildagency.com/speakers/amelia-rose-earhart/

deadbeatbert279 karma

Hi mate,

Propellers or jet engines and why?

For me it's propellers. Can't beat the sound of a majestic Rolls Royce Merlin being followed by the whistle of a fuel injected V12 Jumo!

More importantly, when are we going to grab some lunch?



Amelia_Rose_Earhart335 karma

Props for sure... but I reserve the right to change my mind at anytime. ;)

Lunch, absolutely. Let's get DG to join us!

FartDrunkLove232 karma

What do you think really happened to Amelia Earhart?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart342 karma

It is so hard to go with one theory or another. I watch all the teams that are out there looking for AE and let them do the research. I figure, I will focus on her life and legacy and support the missions in any way I can.

Mackin-N-Cheese215 karma

Your parents must have given you that name on purpose. Why? Did they have a particular interest in aviation and Amelia Mary Earhart and her place in history, or was that something you developed on your own?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart280 karma

They had the same last name, same spelling and honestly, I think they thought it would set me a part. She's been a great role model for me growing up and while I used to hate the name as a kid, it's something I would never change.

Cessna71141 karma

Hi Amelia! I just received my PPL three weeks ago and there is nothing more that is love to do than fly around the world! How did you do it? How did you finance something like that? Is there something I can do to be able to achieve this?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart170 karma

Absolutely! The flight around the world took over 2 years to plan and I had incredible support from sponsors like Pilatus, Honeywell Aerospace and Jeppesen... I started a foundation to help young women learn to fly and that was the best part of the process. I'd be happy to do into further detail outside of the AMA.

Bovine75141 karma

On a different note, I know your passion and namesake are all about flying... I have enjoyed your posts since finding your page. But what about your personal life? Who do you do for fun, hobbies, extracurricular activities? Significant others that you spend time with?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart245 karma

I love being out in the sunshine! My car currently holds a kayak, my mountain bike, my tango shoes, golf clubs, flight bag and who knows what else. Living in Colorado is the best. Wish I could see Mom and Dad more, but they visit a lot too.

Bovine7559 karma

Wow...that's quite a diverse set of hobbies...and all in one place. Haha. But I get it. :)

Amelia_Rose_Earhart79 karma

Gotta be ready for anything ;)

ShiftsAndGiggles123 karma

I noticed you recently became a commercial pilot. Congratulations. What are your plans for continued training? Flight instructor? Multi-engine?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart150 karma

Thanks! That was a fun rating. Yes, I'd like to instruct, probably later on in life. Def multi-engine... I have a thing for the King Air.

grizzlygoalie115 karma

It really is amazing to see how many inappropriate meesages you get on your social media,(I'm scared to think of some of the private messages) how do you put up with it and not want to just explode on them?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart204 karma

Yeah, it gets old. I really appreciate how polite everyone here has been. Honestly, I tune it out and know that the person on the other end only gets satisfaction if I were to respond.

Amelia_Rose_Earhart95 karma

Thank you all for the great questions and comments...

I need to sign out, but it’s been fun! Please check out www.xtiaircraft.com when you have a chance!

Also, follow me on Twitter @amelia__earhart and on FB: Amelia Rose Earhart

BrodyApproved71 karma

What does your ideal breakfast consist of?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart120 karma

I am about 90% paleo these days so I do a mix of grilled veggies and a poached egg.

Npenz70 karma

Where's the toughest place you've landed and why?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart161 karma

Papua New Guinea... hands down. It was a whole different world in terms of communication, transportation, fuel. When I landed in Lae we were accused of landing at the wrong airport, which was not the case at all.

omg_camaro62 karma

Did you run into any issues on your trip around the world? Technical or non technical?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart164 karma

Weather was a major issue to watch. Thunderstorms with limited fuel quantities was the biggest concern. I studied climate data from the last 100 years to determine the best time of year and specific dates to go.

Jmortland57 karma

With TV, flying, some modeling and the spokesperson work you've done your image is everything. How hard is it to control and how do you balance that in your every day life?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart203 karma

I am super lucky that my image is of a happy, healthy, active girl who by no means needs to look perfect at all times. My favorite memories are when I have been exhausted, dirty, and tired with new stories to tell. That's when people look really beautiful, in my opinion.

MissMimieux57 karma

Hi Amelia, another Amelia and ex-aviatrix here! I learned how to fly before I learned how to drive. 

A few easy questions: 1. At what age did you begin to fly? 2. At what age did you solo? 3. Did your parents name you Amelia after the infamous Amelia Earhart? 4. How much did being named Amelia Earhart influence your decision to start flying? 5. Which has been your favorite aircraft to fly?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart58 karma

Hey Amelia!

1) 21 2) 23 3) Yes 4) 100%- at first it felt like I had to become a pilot, now I love it more than anything 5) My fav is the PC-12 because of the trip, but I also love the ole 182 RG because I just got my commercial in it.

SwillioCentaur45 karma

Do you think you would ever return to 9news as a reporter?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart69 karma

At this point, I am all about aviation projects... plus I don't miss getting up for the AM show. I do however, miss all my buddies... especially Danielle Grant!

SwillioCentaur41 karma

You two were hilarious! I remember you were high fiving her through the green screen once and she could barely keep it together.

Amelia_Rose_Earhart45 karma

Every single day we were picking on one another with stuff like that. Miss that girl so much!

thecodenameduchess35 karma

Did you feel any pressure under the name that you have or was this something you always wanted to do? :)

Amelia_Rose_Earhart52 karma

Absolutely I do. Now, I know who I am and what I want to do in aviation, but growing up I always felt like I had to do something big. It was freeing to complete the flight around the world, now I want to help others find their place in aviation.

Ratman_8415 karma

Did it hurt when you died?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart124 karma

add to list of bad jokes

Jmortland6 karma

Where is the aircraft going to be built?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart12 karma

Denver, CO

forresbj6 karma

You get to fly around the world again with anyone as your copilot. Who would you choose? If your only options were John Travolta or Dennis Quaid, who would choose then?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart5 karma

Ha! Tim Ferriss is choice #1...

I'd go with John ;)

fromtheleftseat5 karma

How much of the flying did you do on the circumnavigation? How did you devide the work load between you and your crew?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart9 karma

My co-pilot was the awesome Shane Jordan. I was PIC on the flight and we divided up communication, entering flight plans, etc. The amount of work was absolutely daunting (and SO MUCH FUN)

acwilan4 karma

Do you practice using computer flight simulator? Which one?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart3 karma

I really never have... other than the sims I trained in for the PC-12 at Flight Safety. What would you recommend?

acwilan3 karma

I liked Microsoft Flight Simulator (the old one from MS-DOS). I tried also Microsoft Flight (the latest) and it was cool.

Amelia_Rose_Earhart4 karma

Nice- heard they are pretty pricey

jrq9112 karma

What's an average day in your life consist of?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart6 karma

I am a super early riser, I either do yoga or go to the gym, work on my book, consulting projects, craft new speech topics and do a lot of social media. I have a pup that is here with me now... in fact he was Reddit famous for a day!

cashleyborin1 karma

Who is the reddit famous puppy? Can we see him?

coscorrodrift2 karma

What's your favorite aircraft? And what car do you drive?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart4 karma

Favorite is still the PC-12 and I drive a 2015 4-Runner

Mypopsecrets1 karma

Have you ever had any scary experiences or mishaps while flying?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart3 karma

Electrical failure, comms failure, but never an engine out or anything too serious. So much of our training as pilots goes toward emergency procedures.

Tucana661 karma

Have you given any thought to working with NASA? (Aeronautics!)

Amelia_Rose_Earhart1 karma

That would be a dream come true! I wish I would have started toward that path earlier in life!

NosDarkly1 karma

Have you heard any of the "Amelia Earhart: Fearless Flyer" episodes of the Thrilling Adventure Hour podcasts?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart2 karma

I have not- will check it out! thanks!

[deleted]1 karma

Now that you've flown around the world and earned your commercial certificate what's your next personal aviation goal?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart2 karma

Help get the TriFan600 up and flying so we can see this amazing tech come to life! Also, my instructor rating, a little down the line.

CaptainSly71 karma

Reckon you'll get a 737 type rating or larger?

Amelia_Rose_Earhart2 karma

Doubtful... I like the smaller stuff