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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68 AviationforWomen M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 Leadership Lessons C O M P I L E D B Y K S E N I A W E I S Z Whether landing F/A-18s on air- craft carriers or delivering promises to custom- ers, applying leadership lessons from both pas- sions yields a culture of excellence and drive to reach a team's highest potential. Sarah Rhoads, WAI 74903 and Amazon Air director of aviation operations, will share her leadership tips to #WAI18 conference attendees during an education session that outlines how to leverage your aviation and operations experi- ences to inspire winning teams. We asked Sarah to talk about her journey from the U.S. Navy to Amazon Air. What drew you to the Navy, and why did you choose this branch of service? A ir shows would t ypic ally occur near my childhood home in Montana once every cou- ple of years. As a fun family outing, my parents would take my sister and me to the air shows. I remember attending my first air show when I was 7 years old and that led to developing a pas- sion for aviation. At that point, I knew that be- coming a pilot and flying jet aircraft was what I wanted to do when I grew up. As I matured, I de- veloped a strong desire to wear the uniform and serve my country. I applied to both the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Mary- land. I was fortunate to receive appointments to both academies. I decided to accept my appoint- ment to the U.S. Naval Academy, study mechan- ical engineering, and upon graduation, pursue one of the most difficult challenges known— landing jet aircraft on a moving ship at night af- ter a long mission. Did you face any challenges during your training as a pilot in the Navy? Although I knew I wanted to fly since a very young age, I did not learn how to fly until I re- ported for naval flight training. I dedicated extra time to simulators, practiced radio calls, worked through navigation exercises, and flew as many extra flights as possible to master the basics of aviation. Any time in the cockpit was value-added Build and grow your networks, and lean into a mentor who can offer unbiased perspective.

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