First I'd like to brief you about me, your pilot. My
name is Penelope, which means "weaver" in Greek.
In future pages, I will be weaving together all
kinds of stories  about my job as a commercial
airline pilot (that is one of the pilot certificates I
have earned to fly passengers) with tales of some
of my friends, including my cat, Turbine!  
What the weather is like when we wake up each morning
dictates a lot of our choices for that day. That also goes
for pilots. Pilots have to have a good understanding of
weather not just for planning their route but also while
they are in the air since weather can change quickly. A good pilot has to be able to know what effect
the weather will have on her plane. Aviators get their weather from a weather shop via in person,
phone, or computer download. EVERY aviator has to find out their weather for their route of flight
prior to takeoff!
                   current events "What in the world is happening now?"

    I am sure you have heard of Amelia Earhart because a movie just came out about her.
    She was a woman who did many "firsts" and since this is my "first" page I thought you
    might want to hear more about this amazing aviatrix!
Amelia's airplane was a
Lockheed Electra 10A
1) A transport plane used by
airlines and the military  
introduced in 1935 2) Named
from a star in the Pleiades 3)
Held 2 crewmembers and 10
passengers 4) 149 were built
and all were made of metal.
5) Had two 450 horsepower
radial piston engines made by
Pratt & Whitney
horsepower: a way to
measure the power of an
engine-we will have a lesson
on this in the future.
piston engine
: the cylinders
(the part of the engine that
mixes gas and air to create
power) are built in a circle.
Learn the NATO phonetic
alphabet. Aviators use this
to clearly understand each
other. For example, saying
the letters "B" and "D" over
busy radios can be very
confusing-"Bravo" for B and
"Delta" for D is easier to
understand. You will learn as
we go along when the
phonetic letters are spoken
in radio calls. Aviators have
been using the phonetic
alphabet since 1927 (with
some changes). As you learn
it you can speak code with
your friends! So, lets get
started! "A=Alpha"
Memorize alpha for this
month-more to come!
New England Air
Museum in Hartford,
CT, has a permanent
exhibit of an Electra
L-10A aircraft made
the SAME year as
Amelia's L-10E

Museum of Flight, at
Boeing Field/King
County Airport. Now
till May 2010: "In
Search of Amelia

Imaginary Theatre
Company's "
Earhart." A curious
report researches the
mystery of Amelia.
    I am so excited you decided to join in our fun, flying between adventures as we see
    the world! While we explore, we will meet some amazing ladies in aviation, including
    this month's featured aviatrix (a word for a woman pilot): Amelia Earhart.

    How would YOU like to learn to "aviate, navigate, and communicate?" Even if you
    don't want to be a pilot you will learn things that will help you go to wherever you
    dream - that's what wings are for.

    Are YOU ready to fly with me? If so, fasten your seatbelt and prepare for take off!!
Penelope has asked me to include a flying lesson in every issue.  One of the first tips I would like to
share with young girls is that it is okay to feel unsure when learning new things. No matter what skills
we’re learning, nobody ever “gets it” the first time. I’m sure there are even words and ideas on this
issue of Penelope’s Page that are new to you.

Did I love my first lesson in the air? YES!

Was I scared? Sometimes.

Feeling nervous on lessons does not mean you’ll make a bad pilot. I was completely lost on my first
flying lesson. Here’s what the lessons are like. First you meet with the flight instructor.  Together
you spend about an hour talking on the ground.  You perform a pre-flight check, that’s when you inspect
the plane to make sure everything is safe, before you ever take the plane near the runway. You are
not expected to fly on your own during the first lesson. Or even the first 20 lessons! Your instructor
will talk you through every step. At first I didn’t understand most of the terms and directions my
instructor gave me. Everything happened so quickly and I was overwhelmed. But it’s okay. Learning
takes time. You’d be amazed at how comfortable you will feel after just a few lessons. Did my early
fears make me want to stop flying? Absolutely not!
Read  more about Kam on her
scholarship application page (yes, she WON!) and her "call to action."
January's Aviatrix: Amelia Earhart
In 1932, Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean,
becoming in the process a prominent and celebrated adventurer. She, along with her
navigator, disappeared over the Pacific Ocean five years later while trying to become
the first woman to circumnavigate the globe in an airplane.

Ever wonder who Amelia Earhart was? Kate Boehm Jerome can tell you. In her illustrated book you will
learn about how 7 year old Amelia built a roller coaster off her barn roof and then grew up to be one of
the most famous pilots the world has ever known. Amelia lived during the time when airplanes were first
invented and flying one was very risky and exhilarating. This quick read chapter book brings Amelia and
her flying adventures to life with snippets of history throughout! Click on the title above to buy this book.
For a free screensaver of Amelia sign up at the official Amelia Earhart website.

WOW!! One of the scarf's worn by Ameila went to space in November aboard space shuttle Atlantis
mission STS-129!
Log onto NASA's website for more info.
Space Section Fly your name around the earth in space! NASA’s Glory spacecraft can carry your name
aboard on a microchip when it launches to space in October 2010. To submit your name
click here.

Glory is a low orbit satellite that will measure particles in and the solar energy entering the earth’s
atmosphere. The data will help us understand the global climate changes. Climate is the meteorological
conditions, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, that characteristically prevail in a particular
region. Learn more about the mission on
Glory’s official kids’ page. You can print out games, coloring
pages, crossword puzzles, experiments, and more!
    The first friend I want to introduce you to is Kam.
She is studying to be a pilot and will be sharing her "training tips" with us.

Flying Fundamentals
By Kam Yee
Wonder Weather
Do you know exactly why we have weather? Click here to
see how these ingredients work together to make weather.
This informative web page was developed just for kids!
Thanks to Susan Foster and UCAR for this information!
Click on the picture of Penelope to the left and color it. We will post pictures of
you and Penelope at an aviation event on the
Penelope Pilot Project website!