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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38 AviationforWomen S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 See Her, Be Her T he first "See her, be her" program during this summer's Farnborough International Airshow was organized by the new provi- sional WAI U.K. Chapter aimed at encour- aging young girls to follow a career in aviation. A networking morning on Friday, July 20, wel- comed schoolgirls and Girl Guide groups as part of ADS Group's Futures Day. Blazing a trail for women everywhere, Ame- lia Earhart, the first female pilot to cross the At- lantic, once said: "The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do." With this mantra in mind, the event featured interactive sessions and an influential lineup of aviation/aerospace speakers. Approximately 40 girls, ages 11-14, attended and Dr. Shini Somara, a leading science, tech and innovation broadcast personality, led the panel discussions. Get-to-know speakers included Tessa Naran, Titan Airways first officer and aspiring astronaut; Katherine Bennett, Airbus U.K. senior vice presi- dent; Debbie Elliott, TAG Globa l Tra ining t ra in- ing manager; and Aoife O'Sullivan, The Air Law Firm partner. The girls asked ques- tions, practiced their in- terview skills, and learned about t he far-reaching indu st r y wit h visit s to tabletop booths from as- sociations and companies including Air BP, NATS, and the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority. The theme complemented the Ballot Box to Wing Box event at the air show led by Airbus, Cobham, the Royal Aeronautical Society with Women in Aerospace, IAWA, Women in Defence, and Women in Aviation International. Coinciding with the centenary year for the Royal Air Force and women's suffrage, the event celebrated wom- en in aerospace and included speakers from the U.K. Government, U.K. Space Agency, and RAF. In support of these events, this year's Farnbor- ough Airshow was the launch platform for a new Women's Charter to support women's progres- sion in the sector. Five minutes with Tessa Naran W A I 6 4 8 2 6 What do you like about your job as a commer- cial airline pilot for Titan Airways? I absolutely love being a commercial airline pi- lot; it's my childhood dream come true. Having worked in security to save for my pilot training, I enjoy being responsible for the safety of my pas- sengers and confident in knowing that I remain calm and systematic. This enables me to keep ev- eryone safe should an emergency situation arise. I love the fact that as a pilot I take people on hol- iday or across the world to visit friends and family, so I'm contributing to their happiness. I also enjoy the views from the flight deck, my favorite views being the stars, Milky Way, and even the Interna- tional Space Station when on night flights. I enjoy being part of the Titan Airways team because I fly a variety of the Airbus A320 series aircraft on charter flights with private custom- ers and VIPs, and also operate flights for other airlines as leased crew. I have already flown to a larger variety of destinations then I previously had visited as part of Monarch Airlines crew. You are also an aspiring astronaut. Can you tell me a little bit about your journey? Having dreamt of being an astronaut from a young age, my dreams came true last year when I was selected from over 3,500 applicants to par- ticipate in a real astronaut selection as part of 12 finalists on the BBC TV documentary "Astro- nauts: Do you have what it takes?" Col. Chris Hadfield, retired commander of the International Space Station, assessed us on com- pletion of astronaut selection tasks such as the underwater dunker, centrifuge, helicopter hov- ering, ExoMars Rover driving, and self-medical testing. It was challenging and exciting, as it was a real glimpse at astronaut training. Are you continuing to pursue that dream? I don't think I could give up on my dream of becoming an astronaut. It is something I am very passionate about. I believe anything is achievable if you work hard, persevere, and never give up. I take each The girls asked questions, practiced their interview skills, and learned about the far-reaching industry. I N T E R N A T I O N A L F O C U S E L E N A L O D G E PHOTOS COURTESY OF CORDWELL.AERO

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