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 25 PHOTOS COURTESY OF GULFSTREAM What could be more challenging and exciting than tak- ing a large blank space and turning it into a customized office or comfortable living room in the sky? Not much, according to two members of Gulfstream's interior de- sign team. W hen thinking about careers in avia- tion and the aerospace industry, jobs such as pilots, mechanics, and engineers are of- ten top of mind. But a visit with two female Gulfstream designers demonstrates the in- dustry is indeed quite broad, and there are many varied career paths one can explore. "You can be creative and be in aviation," says Courtney Lombardo, design manager, a message she feels speak volumes about this industry and opportunities for women. Courtney is based at the company's Savan- nah, Georgia, headquarters and oversees a team of 16 designers. Courtney was a college senior majoring in interior architectural design at California State University at Long Beach, when a de- signer from Gulfstream's Long Beach facili- ty (a tour option during the 30th Annual In- ternational Women in Aviation Conference) contacted the university about a job open- ing. "Aviation design was not something I had ever thought about, and it was certain- ly not talked about at school as a career op- tion," she says. Courtney applied for the position and was hired as a junior designer, beginning her present journey. "When I was growing up, my father traveled extensively for his job and I thought it was so amazing what he got to see and do," Courtney says. When the po- sition at Gulfstream became available, she looked into it, both from a design stand- point and knowing she always wanted a job that involved travel. The opportunity gave her the chance to combine her love of trav- el and interior design. Some 13 years later, she's happy she chose this path. One of her very first experiences on the job was working with a customer who want- ed his airplane to have the feel of a cross be- tween the Orient Express and an English library. "The design project was very interest- ing and intricate with tapestries on the up- per sidewalls and seats styled like wing back chairs," Courtney describes. "The experi- ence indoctrinated me into the fun this job I N G

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