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 21 PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHARLOT TE PEDERSEN Charlotte became the first female pilot in the Danish Air Force in 1989. Through a training partnership between the Danish Air Force and the U.S. Navy, Charlotte received her wings in 1992 and became one of the top search and rescue pilots in Denmark, flying the Sea King helicopter in the 722 Squadron, a job she held until retiring from the air force in 2006. team members. As Luxaviation began to grow, so too did the team's vision: to consolidate the aviation market, expand, and become the lead- ing business aviation company in Europe. Along the way, it acquired Fairjets Gmbh and Abelag. After the acquisition of Unijet, Luxaviation be- came the third-largest European business avi- ation company with 60 jets. Following that, it acquired majority stakes in London ExecuJet Aviation Group and MasterJet and within a year it bested that to become the second-largest cor- porate aircraft operator in the world. "I'm proud to say we kept almost all of the management from the companies we acquired in place," Charlotte says. "Even former owners stayed with us. They like our concept of provid- ing the best of the best, and decided to continue to develop it with us. For me, that is a huge plus because they know their markets, their busi- ness, and have so much knowledge. I am learn- ing every day from them." The 10-year-old company has rebranded, and most European AOCs are now operating un- der the Luxaviation brand—although ExecuJet FBOs and MROs continue under its own brand. CharloƩe with one of her Royal Danish Airforce, Squadron 722 rescue crews CharloƩe flying the U.S Navy T34 over Colorado. CharloƩe's last flight with the Royal Danish Airforce in 2006 on her beloved S61 Sea King helicopter. During a partnership for peace exercise with the Royal Danish Airforce, CharloƩe took a ride on a Polish MIG23.

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