TEAMMATE SPOTLIGHT – SIMONE KING
AIRBORNE Tampa’s Teammate Spotlight features employees throughout the company. Every month, we will introduce you to a teammate who makes AIRBORNE Tampa possible.
Meet Simone King…
What’s your role at AIRBORNE Tampa?
“I am a tool room coordinator. I am responsible for checking in and out the tools used for maintenance on the aircrafts. I also have responsibilities for the in and out calibration process our tools go through.”
How long have you worked at AIRBORNE Tampa?
“I have been with PEMCO a year as of February 2020.”
What interest you / how did you get started in aviation?
“I started at PEMCO with the help of a friend. I had moved back from Hawaii and found myself going back to an old job I once had. I needed change, and she informed me of a position within the company so I applied. I enjoy my current position and look forward to moving up within the company.”
Do you remember your first flight?
“My first flight was to Minnesota. I was six years old and it was a disaster. First we had to make an emergency landing because there was something wrong with the aircraft, and in order to do that we had to land and switch flights in the middle of a crazy rainstorm. Then during the second flight I ended up having a severe nosebleed and because I was young I was crying and scared. This in turn ended up scaring me when it came to having to fly back home to New Hampshire.”
What’s your favorite vacation or travel spot?
“I love New Orleans. Louisiana is my home away from home. The energy and people are amazing. There are so many places to go and visit that make you realize there is more to Louisiana aside from Bourbon street, Also the food is sooooo good!”
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
“I would love to be able to shape shift. I have a strong connection to the earth, and I think it would be pretty rad if I could shape shift and experience nature in a completely different way.”
What did you want to be when you grew up?
“When I was young, I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. As I got older I changed my mind and wanted to be a brain surgeon. Fast forward to present day, and I am finishing up my first of many degrees in order to become a group counselor.”
What do you like to do outside of work (hobbies, etc.)?
“Outside of work I spend Most of my time tending to my plants. As of this month I have 53 House plants. I propagate my plants and sell them to those who are looking for easy care/ low maintenance house plants. I also have an outside vegetable garden that I tend to. Aside from plant duties, I also spend a good amount of time at concerts, places where there is live music, and anywhere there is water.”
What would you tell others interested in working at AIRBORNE; interested in aviation?
“If someone was interested in working for PEMCO, I would tell them go for it! I came into aviation knowing absolutely nothing, and within a year I have found myself continually gaining an array of knowledge that I can use moving forward in life.”
What’s your favorite quote?
“We have time, there’s no big rush. -Jimi Hendrix “