Aviation for Women

SEP-OCT 2018

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32 AviationforWomen S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 only thing that saves me from getting twisted around the axle is to realize that men have been going through this for a long time." It's been nine years since Aida took the posi- tion at Metro, and she finds the work enjoyable. She instructs in an airplane and simulator and teaches classes such as dispatching. "The biggest adjustment I have to make is the students are so different, Aida says. "Their at- tention span is so limited. They don't have the focus, nor the intensity they should have to do this career." Aida works two days per week, eight months out of the year. Her days are long, 11 to 15 hours, and she preps for the following se- mester at home. Her summers are her own: "I'm loving it," Aida says. Sandy Anderson, 70, of Collierville, Tennes- see, is a great example of someone who pre- planned her retirement and has wholeheart- edly embraced it. She could have gone another five years at Northwest as a captain, but made the decision to call it quits to pursue other in- terests. During her last few years at Northwest, Sandy carried a small trombone equipped with a mute perched on top of her f light bag. She would practice in her room on overnights. "You would hear my TV before you would hear my trombone," she says. Sandy is an active member of the Memphis Wind Symphony, rehearsing with t hem ever y Tuesday night a nd performing locally. She also plays trombone in the EA A AirVenture Concert Band at Oshkosh. Music is just one of many things that keeps Sandy busy. O ne of her more a m bit iou s projects is to expand the women's collection at Texas Women's Uni- versity in Denton, where she is a distinguished alumnus. It's a slow process, but Sandy is helping to collect aviation memora- bilia from the Whirly Girls, the Association for Women in Aircraft Maintenance (AWAM), and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). The books, uniforms, and photographs from these gals were "all in boxes in closets," Sandy says. The items will be protected for posterity in a fireproof archive. For Sandy, doing the things that give her life meaning is what keeps her inspired. At Oshkosh recently, she and her husband Mike, a retired Fed - Ex crew scheduler, have helped several WASP take rides in a P-51 warbird. "It's heart warming and it brings tears to your eyes. It just makes some of their dreams come true," Sandy says. "It's just the little things like this that we love doing. When you retire you have time to do these things." Sandy's ambitious career laid a foundation for her goal-oriented retirement. She shattered the glass ceiling at Northwest as the first woman to become a 727 instructor, check airman, and fleet captain. Eventually, she became an assis- tant chief pilot and flight manager in the Min- neapolis base. Her success inspired her to give talks to students. "I always felt it was extremely important to showcase that women can do this career," Sandy says. As a founding board mem- ber of Women in Aviation International (WAI 9), she wrote the first check to start the endow- ment fund for Women in Aviation International. "We're going and doing," Sandy says. "I didn't miss a step when I retired." Air show performer Julie Clark, 70, WAI 2428, who has f lown the same T-34 warbird for the Sandy Anderson Sandy remains active in her retirement years with her husband, Mike, and has started an ambitious project to expand the women's collection at Texas Women's University, where she is a distinguished alumnus. A Super Mentor, Sandy has taken her niece Kelyn to visit a FedEx DC10 sim at the Children's Museum in Memphis. T h e o n l y t h i n g t h a t s a v e s m e f r o m g e t t i n g t w i s t e d a r o u n d t h e a x l e i s t o r e a l i z e t h a t m e n h a v e b e e n g o i n g t h r o u g h t h i s f o r a l o n g t i m e . 65

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