Aviation for Women

MAR-APR 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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40 The 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference M A R C H 2 2 - 2 4 , 2 0 1 8 Sponsored by Air Wisconsin, Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo became an American Air- lines 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 f lying family, and re- ceived her private pilot certificate at 19 years old. Before she joined American Airlines, she was a flight instructor and flew various aircraft in commercial operations including the Cess- na Skymaster and the DC-3 throughout Florida and the Caribbean. She has many professional certificates and ratings, and was the first wom- an 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 commemorating the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA+21) 40th anniversary in 2018. Bonnie's autobiography, Takeoff, was pub- lished in 1984 and is her candid story of how she won her wings, the high price she paid in hard work, disappointment, and personal heartache, and why she feels it was worth it. During her flying career, she raised two chil- dren with her husband Bruce Caputo in New York City. In honor of Bonnie's trailblazing experience, her American Airlines pilot uniform is on dis- play at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Kat hleen Fox Kathleen Fox has made lasting contributions to the advancement of aviation safety in Cana- da. Her passion to improve safety standards in all facets of aviation began at age 16 when she started sport parachuting. W hile studying at McGill University, she became very active in sky diving and became the chief instructor of the McGill Skydiving Club. She also was very ac- tive in the Canadian Sport Parachuting Associa- tion and served as an area safety coordinator for Quebec. Kathleen also became the first female MARCH 22-24 2018 Reno WAI 2018 WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame Previous Inductees 1 9 9 2 Moya Lear Emily Howell Warner Fay Gillis Wells Edna Gardner Whyte Jeana Yeager 1 9 9 3 Nancy Hopkins Tier Bobbi Trout Women Airforce Service Pilots 1 9 9 4 Olive Ann Beech Mary Feik Evelyn Bryan Johnson Jessie Woods 1 9 9 5 Bessie Coleman Eileen Collins Wally Funk Jean Ross Howard Nadine Jeppesen 1 9 9 6 Lorna DeBlicquy Audrey Poberezny Fellow Lady Astronaut Trainees Sheila Widnall 1 9 9 7 Amelia Earhart BeƩy Skelton PaƩy Wagstaf Navy Women Navigators of WWII (WAVES) 1 9 9 8 LoreƩa Jones Harriet Quimby Jacqueline L. Smith The Whirly-Girls Inc. 1 9 9 9 Arlene EllioƩ Gloria Heath Anne Morrow Lindbergh June D. Maule 2 0 0 0 Katherine Cheung Jerrie Cobb Marion P. Jayne Louise McPhetridge Thaden 2 0 0 1 Mary Barr Ann Baumgartner Carl Elizabeth (BeƩy) Pfister Elinor Smith 2 0 0 2 Soviet Air Women of WWII Fiorenza de Bernardi Julie Clark Doris Lockness Blanche Stuart ScoƩ 2 0 0 3 100 Most InfluenƟal Women in AviaƟon and Aerospace

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