Airplane, Helicopter and Glider Pilot

My name is Gayle and my mother's name is Marge. We live in Ohio and are
both rated to fly airplanes, helicopters and gliders. My mother has been a
pilot for over 60 years. I have three children and a German Shepherd named
Sirius, who has her own logbook.

I grew up in a family that lived and breathed aviation. Both of my parents are
pilots, as well as my brother Jeff. He soloed an airplane on his 16th birthday
before he received his driver's license! My mother is one of the first 100
women in the free world to receive her helicopter rating. In fact, I was her
first helicopter passenger and years later, when I received my rating, she was
my first passenger! My father Jim was a pilot in WWII and the Ohio Air
National Guard, and stills flies with his co-pilot from the war.

I did not enjoy flying when I was growing up. On hot summer days, I would
get airsick in the back seat of my parent's airplane. It was not until years
later, that I decided to take my first flying lesson. It was not pretty...I got
very sick. After seeing a doctor for motion sickness, I was able to continue
with my flying lessons. My parents were totally unaware that I had been
taking flying lessons, so I added a bit of drama when I announced with my
boy friend at the time that “I had something important to tell them.”  
Thinking it may have been “something else”, they were thrilled to learn I had
soloed and earned my pilots license.

I have flown several different types of airplanes, helicopters and gliders.  I
loved flying them all. But, the most enjoyable flying experiences are those
beautiful days when I just go up by myself and enjoy the freedom and
satisfaction of flight.    

I currently fly a Beechcraft Bonanza for Manairco, Inc., a company that
manufactures airport and heliport lighting equipment. Most flights are for
business to visit customers or to attend meetings and conferences. I am also
available to fly our technicians to airports that may need field service on their
lighting projects.

I enjoy my job because I work with great people; not only my fellow
employees, but also the customers and other people I have known and
associated with for so many years in the airport lighting industry. Being a
pilot helps me communicate with my customers!

I still fly into airports with my friend Rich Green (10,000 hr ex military pilot)
and people assume  “he” is the pilot in command. Someone will ask him a
question about the airplane and he will smile and say "ask her, she is the
pilot."

What role do skills in math, science, engineering and technology play
in supporting your job?
Math and science are extremely helpful skills for pilots, but I believe that
common sense plays a large role as well.

What activities do you suggest for young children or young adults to
prepare them for a career like yours?

Take advantage of the Young Eagles program (EAA) at an airport near you,
and experience for yourself the joy of flying.

There is also a program sponsored by the Ninety Nines (Int'l Women Pilots)
that encourages young pilots.
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
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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
My son Stew and me
flying in a Bonanza