Aviation for Women

SEP-OCT 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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S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 AviationforWomen 19 struction doubles as a first-class sightseeing tour of Montana, fly- ing over breathtaking sites like the snow-capped Bridger Moun- tains and the Natural Bridge Falls near Big Timber. T he f in a l d ay of t r a in in g takes the campers on a course t o D r i g g s , Id a h o, for t h eir first cross-country flight. The route f lies above the famous Yellowstone Nat ion a l Pa rk , where the campers take in the sights: incredible views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, t he Gra nd Prismatic Spring (which puts on an incredible display from above, showing off its full range of colors), the Grand Tetons, and the majestic Old Faithful geyser. For these individuals, the Flight Camp is a chance to es- cape the past and discover new skills and abilities. The Flight Camp is powerfully life-chang- ing for the participants and goes far beyond aerodynamics. It's about rising above challenges and pain, breaking free of limi- tations, and taking back control. Former camper Morgan shares, "It was outrageously fun. I had this feeling like we had won. We had, in some way, triumphed; went from cancer to flying." Even though the weeklong camp ends, the new friendships made and the lives shared be- tween survivors and the Sum- mit Aviation team will continue long into the future. Campers feel they are moving further away from the containment of four walls. This summer, we finished hosting our fifth year of camp. I want WAI scholarship winners to know if they ever wonder if their scholarship isn't being put to good use, please contact me. The WAI scholar- ship changed the entire course of my life. I was working for a regional airline when I resigned to complete the A320 type rating. Afterward, I re- turned to flight instruction to await another hir- ing spree. It was during this waiting period that I sent a résumé to Montana. A single phone call from Summit Aviation brought me out West. It took me to a place where I can use aviation as a healing tool, and I never would have said that in an interview. To learn more, visit www.FlySummit.net. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janine Schwahn, WAI 29088, is chief instruc- tor and charter manager at Summit Aviation in Bozeman, Montana. She has her CFI, CFII, MEI, ATP- Gold Seal, and NA FI Master CFI. When she isn't running the show, she can be found hunting, preferably with a bow, or out on the lakes and rivers fishing. I want WAI scholarship winners to know if they ever wonder if their scholarship isn't being put to good use, please contact me. The WAI scholarship changed the entire course of my life.

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