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Corporate Pilot and Mama

I live outside of Houston with my husband (another pilot), our son and
daughter and a farm full of animals.  Our son's friends call our place the
petting zoo.  I am not currently flying, b/c scheduling for two pilot parents
seems impossible without daily family support.  Once our daughter gets a few
years older, I intend to fly again.

From the time I was a small child, I was fascinated with aircraft.  I spent my
summers lying in the pool, watching A-10s go overhead, three or four at a
time.  My mom took me on a helicopter ride at a county fair when I was about
five years old or so and that really stuck with me.  I always was fascinated
with aircraft, but it NEVER occurred to me that I could BE a pilot myself.  
Along came high school, a cute boy and....guess what??  He was getting his
private pilots' license.  I was thrilled when he took me flying.  That
introduction led me to help him study his way through flight school after we
went to college, with me planning to get a private license myself "someday".  
While he was a flight instructor, I worked as a dispatcher for the school.  
Another instructor casually asked me why I didn't pursue it as a career, if I
loved it so much.  I find it hard to believe now, but that was the first time the
choice even crossed my mind.  I gave it a week's thought, and my "cute boy"
(by then, my fiancé) moved back to Florida for my training.  We were married
part-way through my training.

I was supported well by most, yet a few told me it was too hard and I
shouldn't attempt it.  And, from one person whom I love and respect, I heard
a constant flurry of why I shouldn't.  "You're not good at math."  "You never
finish anything you start." etc.  I hadn't finished anything I started because I
hadn't found anything I loved.  Once I began flying, there was no question if I
would finish it.

I did the majority of my flight training in Vero Beach, FL at Paris Air.  I trained
in Piper Cherokees, Senecas and have since flown an enormous list of aircraft,
most just a few hours here and there.  The majority of my time is in one of
three planes; Piper Navajo Chieftain, Piaggio Avanti, and Sabreliner 65.

Although currently staying home with our young children, I'm a corporate
pilot, so my duties ranged from the utmost desirable part; flying...to the
more mundane; ordering passengers' catering, scheduling fuel and
maintenance....to the dirty; scrubbing exhaust streaks and hydraulic leaks off
the exterior.  I chose to be a corporate pilot because I had the most freedom
to be in charge, fly a wide variety of aircraft, and have more free time, among
a wide variety of reasons.

I enjoy being surrounded by airplanes, by using technical skill to make a
machine do what it is capable of.  I have never tired of seeing the world from
such a different perspective.  

"Wow!!  YOU are?" is the most frequent response I receive when someone
learns I am pilot.  It's quickly followed by a lot of questions and amazement.  
Even in 2009, people do not expect women to be pilots.  

Like many female pilots, I've often been mistaken for someone else,
depending on the uniform.  If traditional pilot garb, someone thinks I'm the
Flight Attendant.  If I was in a polo and slacks, they assumed I was a
passenger.  I've even been told, "Aww, hon, you can't go out on the ramp
unless you're accompanied by the pilots for your plane."  My response that I
WAS the pilot garnered snickers from the line personnel and very curt
treatment from the counter lady after that.  

Most people, once past the surprise, are very positive about it.  It's amusing,
but sad, that I am such a novelty to the people I meet.


I can be contacted via email for any questions or help that I might be able to
provide.  I would love to help a little girl realize her potential!!
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
My husband and I, just
prior to a flight in the
Sabre.
Post-flighting on the
Sabre while wearing my
son in an Ergo baby
carrier.
My son