Aviation for Women

JAN-FEB 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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J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 AviationforWomen 15 Join us in honoring the 2018 WAI Pioneers WAI has selected the 2018 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These three women will be honored at the 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference during a ceremony at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on March 24, 2018, starting at 5 p.m. Attendees are welcome to continue the celebration during a casual buffet dinner starting at 6 p.m. Please note this year's evening events will be business casual dress. Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo bec a me a n A meric a n A irlines pilot in March 1973 at the age of 24. She was the first woman hired by a major airline as a member of the cockpit crew. She flew as flight engineer, first officer, and captain on the Boeing 727, and retired in August 1998 as a captain on the Boeing 757/767. Bonnie grew up in a flying family, and received her private pilot certificate at 19 years old. Be- fore she joined American Airlines, she was a flight instructor and flew various aircraft throughout Florida and the Caribbean. She had many professional certificates and rat- ings, and was the first woman in aviation history to earn the flight engineer rating on a turbojet aircraft. Bonnie has mentored many pilots and has spoke at numerous schools, colleges, private clubs, FA A seminars, and Ninety Nines events. She is co-editing a book of female airline pilots' short stories com- memorating the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) 40th an- niversary in 2018. Kathleen Fox has made lasting contributions to the ad- vancement of aviation safety in Canada. While studying at McGill University, she be- came very active in skydiving and became the chief instructor of the McGill Skydiv- ing Club. She also was very active in the Canadian Sport Parachuting Association and served as an area safety coordinator for Quebec. Kathleen also became the first female president of CSPA and at the age of 20 served as the association's youngest and longest serving president from 1972-1978. She was hired in 1974 by Transport Can- ada and worked as an air traffic controller at numerous Canadian control towers. She held senior positions at Nav Canada as di- rector of air traffic control services and vice president of operations. In 2014, she was ap- pointed to a four-year term as chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Kathleen holds an ATP certificate, has flown over 5,000 hours, 3,000 hours as an instruc- tor, and flies part time as an instructor and pilot examiner at the Rockcliffe Flying Club. Brig. Gen. Linda K. McTague (deceased) was one of the first female pi- oneers in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard. She retired in 2009 from t he U.S. A ir Force having ser ved more than 28 years as both a pilot and air- craft maintenance officer. During her mil- itary career, she logged more than 5,900 flight hours in military trainers and VIP transport aircraft and commanded at both the squadron and wing levels. Her final assignment was as deputy commanding general of the District of Columbia Air Na- tional Guard. Linda was commissioned through offi- cer training school after completing both a Master of Science degree in adult educa- tion and a Bachelor of Arts degree in lib- eral arts from Florida International Uni- versity in Miami. After graduating from pilot training, Linda's flying assignments included a special duty assignment to the U.S. Air Force Academy as a motor-glider and sailplane instructor and pilot for the Wings of Blue Air Force Parachute Team.

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