Aviation for Women

MAY-JUN 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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48 AviationforWomen M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 8 Resiliency and Perseverance D R . T U L I N D A L A R S E N A fter 40 years in aviation, I have learned that the most important traits needed to succeed are resiliency and persever- ance. Aviation, especially unmanned aviation, is constantly changing and opening new opportunities. Resiliency is required to adapt in a changing environment, and persever- ance is essential to achieve your goals. I set a goal of teaching at Embry Riddle Aero- nautical University (ERAU) as a way to contrib- ute to the industry I love and to continue to be active in aviation as I approach retirement. To achieve this goal, I decided to pursue a doctorate in management at University of Maryland Uni- versity College in my 50s and graduated at 59. My dissertation, A Behavioral Framework for Managing Massive Airline Flight Disruptions through Crisis Management, Organization De- velopment, and Organization Learning con- cluded that the industry needs a single source of real-time operational data to improve airline management of flight disruptions. Through my research, I learned about a start- up software company, masFlight. Its cloud-based platform created a single source for airline opera- tional data and cut through data silos to enable analysis used by the U.S. Department of Trans- portation for its Tarmac Delay Program. This tool became the basis of masFlight's commercial plat- form supporting near-real-time analysis of 800 parameters for 100,000 flights daily. In 2015, masFlight was sold to Global Eagle. After the sale of masFlight, I finally achieved my goal to be an adjunct professor in ER AU's School of Business teaching economics. In 2016, I turned my research from the com- mercial aviation industr y to the developing drone industry. The excitement of the new tech- nology and the emerging uses has opened new opportunities for me. I believe drones are the biggest development in aviation since the jet en- gine. My current projects are focused on com- mercial applications for drones including sports management and agriculture. My drones for sports management projects include working with sailing organizations to develop policies and procedures for the use of drones for junior sailing programs, race com- mittee, to promote t he club to attract new members, filming of club races to share with members and promote the fleet, and filming of development projects to share status updates with members, just to name a few. Additionally, I am working with the snow- spor t industr y to develop policies a nd pro - cedures for t he u se of drones for cha ir-lif t inspections. I am sponsoring a study by George Ma son Universit y to provide the fundamen- tal research to create a program for the use of drones by snow-sport areas. A s far a s my involvement wit h t he use of drones in agriculture, I ser ve a s the execu- tive director of the Agricultural Aerial Remote Sensing Standards Council, which is developing standards for the imagery gathered by drones used in analysis in agriculture. One of my favorite activities is flying my DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone. I love that my three-year old granddaughter, Naomi, considers it normal for her grandmother to fly drones! I began my aviation career as a staff econo- mist for the U.S. DOT, Office of the Secretary, and in 1977 served as a transportation econo- mist for the National Transport ation Policy Study Commission. Later I joined the Regional Airline Association as vice president represent- ing the interests of U.S. regional airlines and providing testimony to Congress and industry organizations. At 35 years old, I had t he oppor tunit y to move to Alaska and become the president of the Alaska Air Carriers Association and exec- utive director of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation. At this stage in my career, I welcome being a mentor to younger women to foster their ca- reers in aviation, especially in unmanned avia- tion. My experience with the regional airline industry when it was in its infancy is very sim- ilar to where the drone industry is today. The growing drone market means there are unlim- ted opportunities. Read everything you can, and reach out to other women in the unmanned in- dustry. Step up and take a seat at the table now; the tables are just getting set. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Tulinda Larsen, WAI 76118, is a private pi- lot, Part 107 remote pilot in command, and has been involved with numerous aviation organi- zations during her 40-year aviation career. I believe drones are the biggest development in aviation since the jet engine. I N O U R O W N W O R D S I love that my 3-year old granddaughter, Naomi, considers it normal for her grandmother to fly drones!

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