Aviation for Women

MAR-APR 2016

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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Experience world class flight training by ATP Flight School in the professional pilot program at Arizona State University. With ASU academics and ATP's airline-oriented flight training, students prepare for successful professional pilot careers. Arizona's clear skies and ATP's modern fleet keep your flight training on schedule. ly took the A&P practical and written tests and passed. Lisa also joined the team of SportAir Workshops instructors and taught fabric covering and other courses around the country, and she volunteers as a technical counselor and fight advisor in EAA's homebuilding community. In 2007, Lisa's peers encouraged her to consider becoming an FAA designated airworthiness representative for amateur- built aircraft (AB-DAR), telling her that more qualifed wom- en were needed in the feld to encourage other women to be- come builders. Lisa was sponsored by EAA and spent months organizing her materials, completing forms, attending work- shops, and eventually passing the grueling test. "It was a lot of hoops to jump through," she recalled. In 2008, Lisa was named the frst female, civilian AB-DAR and assigned to the Fort Lauderdale Flight Standards District Offce, and she spent two years providing airworthiness in- spections to builders throughout Florida until she and Jerry decided to relocate to North Carolina in 2010. Currently she's working as an avionics manufacturing engineer at a company in North Carolina, overseeing the production of brake parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, she was honored with the Tony Bingelis Award, which recognizes EAA technical counselors for dedicated service and/or signifcant contribu- tions in assisting members to build and restore aircraft. Lisa is the frst female to be awarded this recognition. Encouraging others to pursue their dreams has always been part of Lisa's spirit as well, leading her to write and speak frequently about setting and reaching lifelong goals. She developed an online coaching program, produced webi- nars, and has written several articles in a variety of aviation and human resources publications. "I want everybody, not just women, to understand that they have the potential to do whatever they want," she said. "It doesn't have to be building an airplane; it could be run- ning a company. Whatever it is they need to identify it and hold the dream; think about what it looks like, and put the plan together to get there. But, it has to be something they are passionate about because achieving any dream takes a lot of work." She's challenged herself to write a book about her fying adventures and how building an aircraft gave her the tools to fgure out and do what she really loves. Lisa's career path was definitely one less traveled by other women, but that never deterred her, and she hopes it won't deter others in the future. "I've been so lucky to have had a mother and now a husband who continues to support me in whatever I want to do," she said. "Over the years I've been the only woman in a room full of men many times, and I'm thrilled now that young girls are getting in- troduced to what were nontraditional areas in my days as a student." ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Jones, WAI 3560, is a freelance editor and writer and owns EditEtc LLC.

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