Jane Garvey: Leadership Personified

In 1997, Ms. Jane Garvey became the first woman to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration after being appointed to the position by President Bill Clinton. She also was the first Administrator (regardless of gender) to be appointed to a five-year term, which she served from 1997 to 2002. Prior to her [...]

By |2016-12-02T09:21:16-05:00July 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Betty Gillies: The Ultimate Female Pilot

Betty Gillies, born in 1908, was the ultimate female pilot, serving as President of the Ninety-Nines, chairwoman of the All Woman Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR) and commander of the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), stationed at New Castle Army Air Base during World War II. During her time as President of the Ninety-Nines, an international [...]

By |2016-12-02T11:15:13-05:00July 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Vicki Van Meter: The 11-Year-Old Cross-Country Pilot

A visit from a NASA employee to her third grade class is what initially sparked Victoria “Vicki” Van Meter’s passion for aviation. Though she made headlines flying airplanes, she would always tell friends and family that becoming an astronaut was the ultimate goal. A couple years after that NASA visit, Vicki’s dad saw a sign-up [...]

By |2016-12-02T11:33:01-05:00June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Flying Solo

Jerrie Mock had never flown over water and had just recently acquired her instrument rating in 1964 when she planned to accomplish what aviation icon Amelia Earhart had not: a solo flight around the world. Even more impressive is the fact that she set out to complete the previously impossible task in a single-engine Cessna [...]

By |2016-12-02T11:39:18-05:00June 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Women in Aviation: A Timeline

If you’ve followed our “Women in Aviation” blog series over the past few months, you’ve hopefully learned about some remarkable accomplishments by female pilots. Though we still have a lot of work to do, women have come a long way in the aviation industry. The following is a timeline that highlights some of the most [...]

By |2016-12-02T11:40:39-05:00June 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Captain Katie Higgins: The First Lady Blue Angel

Katie Higgins earned her Bachelors degree from the Naval Academy, moved on to get her Masters from Georgetown, then became a marine pilot, accruing close to 400 combat hours in Afghanistan, Djibouti, France, Greece, South Sudan, Spain and Uganda. Today, however, Captain Katie Higgins is a Blue Angel. Last year, Captain Higgins became the first [...]

By |2016-12-08T09:20:25-05:00June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Around the World in a Chopper

When you think of helicopters, you don’t typically think of making transcontinental trips. Usually, helicopters are used to complete short missions, like trips from the airport to a nearby racetrack, or for news stations to get a birds’ eye view of the local traffic. Don’t tell that to Jennifer Murray. In 2000, Murray became the [...]

By |2016-12-09T16:34:43-05:00May 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Patty Wagstaff: The Michael Jordan of Aerobatics

Writing this as basketball season is in full swing gives fuel to the analogy that Patty Wagstaff is the Michael Jordan of aerobatic flight, the Kobe Bryant of the skies. Patty was the first woman to win the title of U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and—like the sports figures above—won the award three years in a [...]

By |2016-12-09T16:37:20-05:00May 11th, 2016|0 Comments