Aviation for Women

Women in Aviation Conference 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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M A R C H 2 2 - 2 4 , 2 0 1 8 The 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference 41 president of CSPA and at the age of 20 served as the association's youngest and longest-serving president from 1972-1978. After graduating from McGill in 1972 where she earned a bachelor of science, she started teaching math and science classes at a private school in Montreal. But Kathleen still yearned for an aviation career. As flying jobs for women were scarce those days and the military was not yet accepting female pilot candidates, she opt- ed for air traffic control. She was hired in 1974 by Transport Canada and worked as an air traf- fic controller at numerous Canadian control towers. She held senior positions at NAV CAN- ADA as director of air traffic control ser vices and vice president of operations. In 2014, she was appointed to a four-year term as chair of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada. Her extensive involvement in aviation activities for over 40 years has been recognized by a number of prestigious awards. Kathleen holds an ATP certificate, has flown over 5,000 hours, 3,000 hours as an instructor, and flies part time as an instructor and pilot ex- aminer at the Rockcliffe Flying Club. Brig. Gen. Linda K. McTague Brig. Gen. Linda K. McTague (deceased on May 10, 2017) was one of the first female pioneers in the United States Air Force and Air Nation- al Guard. She retired in 2009 from the U.S. Air Force having served more than 28 years as both a pilot and aircraft maintenance officer. During her military career, she logged more than 5,900 flight hours in military trainers and VIP trans- port aircraft and commanded at both the squad- ron and wing levels. Her final assignment was as deputy commanding general of the District of Columbia Air National Guard. Linda wa s commissioned t hrough off icer training school after completing both a Master of Science degree in adult education and a Bach- elor of Arts degree in liberal arts from Florida International University in Miami. After gradu- ating from pilot training, Linda's flying assign- ments 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. Linda excelled as a copilot, aircraft command- er, instructor, and evaluator pilot. She left active duty service and joined the Air National Guard in 1988, where she commanded at the squadron, group, and wing levels. She also filled a special tour of duty as the acting vice commander, Air Mobility Operations Control Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and served as the Air Nation- al Guard adviser to the director of operations, Air Education and Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Her dedication was recognized with increased responsibilities as chief of mainte- nance for Detachment 1, C-21s, and C-22s for the District of Columbia Air National Guard concur- rent with the repeal of the combat exclusion law. In November 1997, she became the first Air Na- tional Guard woman to command a flying squad- ron. She also was selected as the first female commander of the 113th Wing in 2003, a wing with F-16 combat aircraft. ✈ 2 0 0 4 Rosella Bjornson Ann Lewis Cooper Arlene B. Feldman Nelda K. Lee Dorothy Swain Lewis 2 0 0 5 Sandra L. Anderson Anne Bridge Baddour Colleen C. BarreƩ Barbara Erickson London Florene Miller Watson 2 0 0 6 Fran Bera Jeanne Holm Galina Korchuganova BeƩy Mullis BeƩy Jane Williams 2 0 0 7 Deanna Brasseur Iris Cummings Critchell Marie Marvingt 2 0 0 8 Nancy Harkness Love Nicole Malachowski Geraldine (Jerrie) Mock Margaret Ringenberg Air Transport Auxiliary 2 0 0 9 Jacqueline Cochran Patricia Malone Ruth Nichols Dawn Seymour Anna Timofeyeva-Yegorova 2 0 1 0 Trish Beckman Vice Admiral Vivien Crea Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann Alice du Pont Mills Kathryn (Kathy) Sullivan 2 0 1 1 Dr. Peggy Chabrian L. Tammy Duckworth Maj. Gen. Susan J. Helms Hazel Ying Lee Mary Ann MarƟn Wyall 2 0 1 2 First Women's NaƟonal Air Derby Pilots Bernice (Bee) Falk Haydu Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill Mary Magdalene (Maggie) Maga 2 0 1 3 Lt. Col. Karen Fuller Brannen Mary Frances Silitch WAI Founding Board Members 2 0 1 4 Dr. Nancy J. Currie Beryl Markham Dr. Sally K. Ride Sheila ScoƩ 2 0 1 5 Priscilla (Pat) Blum Phoebe Omlie Deanie and Nancy Parrish 2 0 1 6 Amy Johnson Brenda E. Robinson Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger UPT Class 77-08 2 0 1 7 First Class of Women Naval Aviators Elizabeth Everts Greene Lt. Gen. Stayce Harris WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame

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