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 23 all the opportunities in aviation," she says. "The last few years, I have been focusing more and more on these efforts. As a woman, I'm trying to be much more visible now than I ever have been because I realized I could attract more women. Everyone can learn what is needed in aviation. We are extremely passionate about aviation and, once you get in it, there are always new chal- lenges. The industry is always changing and you need to be ready to step in to solve problems. If you go into aviation, you have a job for the rest of your life." She thinks America is much further ahead of Europe in developing programs to attract youngsters to aviation, pointing to all the STEM curricula being adopted. "A lot more could be done to promote and stimulate interest in the aviation industry in Europe," she says. "One option is government could promote aviation careers, but financial support is also needed," she says, identifying the largest barrier to pursuing aviation careers. She talks about one other lesson she learned in her career. "Aviation is a highly technical world," she says. "But if you keep both feet on the ground and continue to connect with people, I'm sure the right doors will open, one at a time." ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kathryn B. Creedy, WAI 61288, is a freelance aviation and adoption writer, and president of Communications Strategies. (left) Luxaviation re- ceived the 2018 Sap- phire Pegasus Award for the best business jet operator (L to R) Julian von Heimen- dahl, chief market- ing officer; Patrick Maretson, CEO Lux- aviation UK; and Charlotte. (right) At the Monaco Boat Show 2017, a must- attend event for op- erators of shipborne helicopters. Char- lotte is with Manu Schmitz, deputy. On a visit to Italy's Leonardo helicopter factory, CharloƩe spies a picture of her good friend, Susanne Hessellund, CEO and owner of BelAir AviaƟon, an offshore heli- copter company in Denmark. AŌer Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Caribbean in September 2017, LuxaviaƟon flew water and medical supplies to its FBO team in St. Maarten.

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