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Pilot, Environmental Attorney, Author and Mom

I work in Washington, D.C., but I recently moved to Maryland to be closer to
the airport I fly out of in Gaithersburg (KGAI)!  

2010 was a big year for me, as it saw the birth of my first child, Isabelle
Anne, and future GWW ember!  2011 will also be an important year for me,
as I am planning to take Isabelle on her first flight!  That will be a very special
day for me.  I love flying, and hope that Isabelle will too.  I have already
converted her father to the joys of flying, and so we are also planning to take
some family trips this year with me as the Captain!

Usually all it takes to fall in love with flying is to take that first flight!  My
friend offered to take me flying just before my 30th birthday and it was
definitely love at first flight for me. I admit that it was challenging to study,
train and go to work full time, but the rewards of being a pilot make it all
worthwhile. I managed to get my private's license in about eight months.
When I am not thinking about flying while I am awake, I’m dreaming about it
while I am sleeping!

People sometimes assume that I am "the girlfriend" or "the wife" when I
attend an aviation meeting, because flying is still a male-dominated activity.  
But we can change all that!  I hope that one day soon we will have as many
women in aviation as men.  We definitely need more female flight instructors
and AOPA mentors.  So come learn how to fly!

I studied environmental science at the University of Victoria and received my
B.S. degree, and then went to the College of William & Mary School of Law
and received my J.D.  My knowledge of math, science and physics made it
possible for me to self-study for my pilot's exam. I would encourage all
young women to take as many science classes as they can. Those skills keep
doors open, whatever career you pursue.

Professionally, I am an environmental attorney. I work with clients who have
legal questions about air, water and soil issues.  I enjoy being an attorney
and helping corporations and individuals to become better environmental
citizens, but I love flying.  I wrote an article about flying for SUE Magazine,
and is linked to my GWW bio on the lefthand side of this page.  

My next project is going to be writing a children's book about flying!  I
already have the title: "Isabelle's Amazing Airplane Adventure."  What do you
think?

I am a member of the Congressional Flying Club at KGAI which gives me
access to five planes.  My favorite plane to fly is the Grumman Tiger but the
Cessna 152 is a close second!  I’d like to get my sea plane rating one day as
I want to do a trip around Alaska in a Piper Cub.  I've heard there is a good
school in the Florida Keys, which sounds like a pretty nice place to learn to fly
a sea plane!  Taking aerobatic lessons and learning to fly a tail-dragger were
also on my list when I first got my license, but now I've done those!  It was
so much fun to do loops and rolls over the Chesapeake Bay. I'm still planning
to take a few more lessons to get my tail-dragger and spin certifications.

I blog about my most memorable flights at: www.myflyingdreams.com  I find
it is a great way to share my favorite pictures, stories, and videos of flying
with my friends and family!

Some of my favorite flights have been with Animal Rescue Flights ("ARF").  
ARF coordinates pilots willing to transport animals from shelters where they
will be destroyed to shelters where they will be housed until adoption, as well
as moving animals in need of surgery or who have been adopted by a family
in another state.  My former flight instructor and I took a reporter with us on
one of those flights, and her story of our flight is available at http://www.
washingtonian.com/articles/homegarden/12433.html  Other organizations,
like pilotsnpaws also help animals in need of assistance.  So, who knows!  
Maybe once you get your license, your first passenger will be a puppy or a
kitten!

My AOPA mentor nicknamed me "Young Jedi" on our first flight together, and
the call sign stuck!  Having a flying call sign is fun.  In fact, I think everyone
should have one!  What’s yours?
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
TM
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
TM
Amy and her flying
buddy, Madeleine
Amy and her crew.
Amy's Article Reprinted
with permission from
SUE Magazine
(www.suemagazine.com).