Aviation for Women

SEP-OCT 2018

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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 33 past 42 years, will do her final lap on the inter- national air show circuit next year before she moves onto another passion of hers—flying to help rescue, shelter, and adopt animals. "In my case, I don't want to end," Julie says. "I just don't want to do air shows internation- ally anymore. The negatives are starting to out- weigh the positives. I want to go out on a good note." When she "retires," Julie will celebrate 50 years of flying since her first solo flight with 34,000 hours of accident-free flight time. About a third of her hours were flown in the warbird she restored over four years. "I do this because I love f lying, because I love aerobatics," Julie says, who is also a retired Northwest captain. Julie has been sponsored by Tempest, makers of spark plugs and oil fil- ters, for the past four years, but the sponsorship doesn't cover all her costs to perform, so she still has to charge a fee. It's hard, she says, be- cause most shows don't have a big budget. For Julie, passion is what drives her moti- vation. She believes it is the key ingredient to success: "If you don't have the passion, it real- ly isn't going to work for you," Julie says. "You have to be dedicated to it." She looks forward to a change in her schedule, but thinks back over the amazing experiences she has had over half a century. "I feel so blessed that I've had such a great career. I have a lot of friends who have been stuck in offices, but I got to do what I truly love to do." That perfect fit is how Trish Beckman, 65, who lives near Los Angeles, California, would de- scribe her job as a flight test engineer for Boe- ing in its military division. Her skills as a for- mer Navy navigator brought her here. "I feel very strongly that I will produce the best product for our military clients," says Trish, who sees herself retiring in five years. She has worked at Boeing for 17 years, first as a systems operator (test engineer) and now as an engineer who writes the test plans, creates the test cards, and reviews the flight to make sure all the goals are achieved. It isn't maintenance she does, but rather development. Trish served 28 years of active duty in the Navy, so working on military contracts gives her the most job sat- isfaction. In the Navy, she has flown 67 different aircraft as a navigator, served as an engineer, worked as a navigator instructor, even flew as a flight attendant. "As long as I like my work, I'm doing meaning- ful work, I'm probably going to keep working until I'm 70," she says. When Trish finally does hang it up, she plans to write a book, get a Ph.D., and start a business. Trish, WAI 17, is also a founding board member of Women in Aviation International. It's no surprise that these women, who are ripe with ambition, are redefining just what it is to retire. For many of them, the view from the top is stunning, and they have no plans to land anytime soon. Airport manager Kathy Zancanella says no one wants her to retire. In five years, she'll be 83. If she still feels good at that point, she's probably going to keep on working. "I think the job keeps me young," Kathy says. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linda Berlin, WA I 10243, has published fea- ture stories in a variety of national newspapers and magazines. She flies for a major airline and writes fiction on her overnights. Trish Beckman Julie Clark Passion is Julie's motivation. (top) After retiring from the air show circuit, she plans to fly to help rescue, shelter, and adopt animals. Trish (bottom), a founding board member of WAI, likes to work and already has plans for her retirement after she turns 70. In 2017, Trish sponsored the Hoss Beckman Memorial Scholarship and presented it to Hui (Annie) Wen, Dorval, Quebec, Canada. 65

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