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
Student Pilot

My name is Kam Yee. I am a student pilot in Seattle, Washington and the
lucky recipient of the 2009 Girls With Wings Scholarship. Thank you GWW!

My core interest is space travel. We are on the edge of debuting a new
transportation system. I believe we should pursue the goal of human space
travel in an economically, ethically, and environmentally sustainable manner.
Becoming a pilot provides a natural link to understanding the workings and
logistics of space tourism. There’s an air of excitement in the space travel
industry. We are living in an era not unlike the 20’s and 30’s, during the
beginning of passenger air travel.

Soon after I started flight school in June 2009, I discovered GWW. I have
benefited enormously from the support, advice, and networking I’ve received
from the group. As a stay-at-home mom, I often feel like the oddball at the
airport. Meeting other women who juggle their family, career, and passion
the same way I do is a daily verification that I’m capable of this. Every
decision in my lifestyle choices revolves around my children. My daughters,
India – age 7 and Hero – age 2, are infused with aviation on a daily basis.
Our home is located under the traffic pattern of my home airport, Boeing
Field (BFI).

Commanding an airplane opened up an emotional journey for me. I struggle
to find the right words to describe my experience. I like flying because it’s
exhilarating and calming at the same time. The feelings operate with a polar
dynamics that somehow balances out. In the air, everything feels honest and
true. No tricks. No lies. A pilot moves the flight controls and the plane
responds. The wind works for and against you all at once. Raw and refined.
Raw because you can immediately feel control inputs. Refined because flying
requires a series of specific and delicate skills. The cockpit still feels new to
me and my heart races knowing that I’m at the beginning of my odyssey.

I always think up big ideas and I like to plan things out, which are personality
traits I’ve heard echoed among female aviators. I guess that means I’ve
found my place. I will expand my involvement in women aviation groups such
as GWW, the Ninety-Nines, Women in Aviation International, and Air Race
Classic. Once I finish my private in 2010, I will start to seek funding for IFR
training. I look forward to my life in general aviation.
Kam is a contributor to
Penelope's Page!
2009 Girls With Wings Scholarship Winner!