Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 AviationforWomen 37 "At t he beginning, I wa s a ssigned to clean up after the guys," Mary says. " W hen I a sked why I wa sn't turning wrenches, the crew chief told me that I didn't belong there." She was embar- rassed and angry about that comment, but she wasn't going to tolerate it. "I spoke to my supervisor and that person was immediately removed to another position. Then I was able to work with the aircraft, and I was good because I loved it." Mary be- lieves that no matter what happens around you, if you love your job, things are easier in the long run. The loss of her oldest brother showed her that life goes on. "When you have a defining moment in your life that changes everything, you either choose to give up or choose to go on," Mary says. "I chose to go on, and it has made me a stronger person." Today, she's one of just a few mechanics who travel to a manufac- turing facility in Brazil, where Embraer builds the 76-seat Embraer 175, the newest aircraft in Envoy's fleet. She is one of the certified mechanics who inspects each aircraft be- fore it leaves the factory and makes sure that the plane complies with all company standards. She knows that thousands of lives depend on her to ensure a safe air- craft. "There's no way I could fail them," she says. The 10-year-old girl who dreamed of becoming an astronaut one day took another path in life. Work- ing for an airline has allowed her to travel and "go to places I wouldn't have ever dreamed of going," Mary says. She and her family had humble beginnings, but Envoy gave her the opportu- nity to make her mom's dream to go to Hawaii a reality. "It was the best trip of our lives," she says. "It was special, and I will never forget it. This would have never been possible if I would have cho- sen another path. This turned out to be the right thing to do." ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minnette Velez-Conty is communications and community rela- tions specialist for Envoy Air and is based in Irving, Texas. Building a set at the theater, you have to know the schematics/working drawings for all the set designs, lighting, and sound that are a critical part of the experience of enjoying a play.

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