Females In Aviation, Past & Present



Retired corporate pilot, Karen Hawkins, interviews women from various aspects of aviation, be it private pilots, flight instructors, corporate pilots, airline pilots, astronauts, stunt pilots, military pilots, WASPS, air racers, bush pilots, helicopter pilots, crop dusters, air-traffic controllers, mechanics, dispatchers, aeronautical engineers and any other aviation professionals that come under the radar. Hear about the obstacle and successes of various women. Learn how they balance career with family, manage flying while pregnant or nursing, overcome gender/racial bias. Watch for news about female aviator groups, flying scholarships and tips for fun flying adventures!




    22/09/2016 Duración: 34min

    This discussion includes the views of three airline pilots/cofounders of the Sisters of the Skies a.k.a. Black Butterflies Facebook page: Stephanie Mitchell-Smith Gulley, Kim McCommon & Tomica Adams.  Most members of this group are also affiliated with the OBAP-Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals; Tuskegee Airmen International; and the Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy. The group was established to give female aviators of color--including African Americans, Latinos, Hispanics, Indian, etc.--a place to share accomplishments, vent frustrations and generally unite those who make up a very small slice of the pilot demographic pie.  While they reach back to honor those who helped to pave the way for them, so do they strive to pay-it-forward by offering encouragement to those who follow.

  • Melany Arlene Rosales

    Melany Arlene Rosales

    07/09/2016 Duración: 20min

    As a foster child, Melany Rosales had little hope of finding wherewithal  for a higher education. A high-school aviation program and one dedicated mentor changed all of that for her. And Melany didn't forget it. As co-founder of Beacon For Teens (www.beacon14s.org) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Melany now pays it forward by exposing low-income, at-risk foster children to the world of aviation. When funding for the organization was tight, Melany partnered with Daniel Valladares' Aviation Life Clothing (www.aviationlifeclothing.com) and helped grow it into a funding vehicle for Beacon For Teens.

  • Females In Aviation 1-Year Anniversary Podcast

    Females In Aviation 1-Year Anniversary Podcast

    22/08/2016 Duración: 31min

    This is a celebration and review of the show's first 24 episodes. Brief excerpts from each show will help you to remember--or hear for the first time--a sampling of the episode's content.  If any pique your interest, you can find the complete episodes at www.femalesinaviation.com.  They are also available as free downloads from iTunes at: iTunes.apple.com/us/podcast/females-in-aviation-past-present.  Thanks to all my loyal listeners for the more than 4200 downloads. I am looking forward to serving the cause of women in aviation in the coming year and welcome suggestions for podcast interviews!

  • A Chick in the Cockpit, My Life Up in the Air

    A Chick in the Cockpit, My Life Up in the Air

    25/06/2016 Duración: 22min

    Erika Armstrong, author of "A Chick in the Cockpit", shares her experiences as an airline pilot and, perhaps more importantly, how she was forced to draw on the strengths developed in that career to manage the unexpected turbulence in her personal life.

  • Moriah Graham, Delawares Youngest African American Female Pilot

    Moriah Graham, Delaware's Youngest African American Female Pilot

    27/05/2016 Duración: 18min

    Moriah Graham shares the story of her journey to becoming the first African-American Air-Force JROTC cadet to earn a private pilot's license in the state of Delaware. That she persevered through adversity where other's might have quit, serves as an inspiration to young people everywhere. Every young girl who has visions of airplanes dancing in her head will be motivated by Moriah's determination.

  • Tagrid Akesheh, First Jordanian Female Airline Pilot

    Tagrid Akesheh, First Jordanian Female Airline Pilot

    15/04/2016 Duración: 19min

    Around the same time Emily Howell was working her way into becoming the first female airline pilot in the U.S., Tag Akesheh was breaking similar barriers in Jordan. Her trials and tribulations would have made quitters of many...but Tag endured. Listen to her inspiring story of fortitude and learn from her advice.

  • Paragliding with Adel Honti of Hungary

    Paragliding with Adel Honti of Hungary

    06/03/2016 Duración: 25min

    If you dream of flying, but struggle with the high cost of traditional aviation, tune in to hear how you can become part of an amazing community of aviators and experience, perhaps, the most exhilarating flying ever!

  • Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW)

    Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW)

    14/02/2016 Duración: 26min

    iWOAW has a concise mission statement...achieve Gender Balance in aviation. Listen in to hear Mireille Goyer explain her unique plan. If you are already a pilot, learn how you--or your organization--can help and how, in doing so, you will be eligible to win amazing prizes like Apple Watches or i-Pad Minis.  And, the lady (young or old)  you help in the process will be eligible these prizes as well as a chance at one of three flight-training scholarships. If you are a female who would like to experience flight--whether just a single airplane flight or continuing flying lessons--this is a podcast you won't want to miss. You just might get that airplane flight and win one of those great incentive prizes too!

  • UNMANNED PASSENGER FLIGHTS are already occurring on a regular basis!

    UNMANNED PASSENGER FLIGHTS are already occurring on a regular basis!

    06/02/2016 Duración: 26min

    Though you may not be aware of it, UNMANNED FLIGHTS have been occurring regularly for a number of years. Without even knowing it, you may actually have been a passenger on such a flight. In this episode your host, Karen Hawkins, conducts interviews with thirteen aviation professionals--some named and some who chose to remain anonymous--who witnessed such events!  (Thanks to "Stars in the Sky" author, Casey Grant, for her help with this podcast.)

  • Casey Grant, Stars in the Sky

    Casey Grant, Stars in the Sky

    05/01/2016 Duración: 22min

    Casey Grant, who served 35 years with Delta Airlines, was among the first of the African-American flight attendants.  In this interview, she shares a sampling of the trials and tribulations that were endured, the trails that were blazed and the bridges that were built. She also tells us how to obtain her book "Stars in the Sky" to get the full story about these amazing flight attendants as well as other African American/Black "firsts" in aviation.

  • International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP aka ISA+21)

    International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP aka ISA+21)

    19/12/2015 Duración: 17min

    ISWAP, an organization for Part-121 women airline pilots, welcomes new members to join in the camaraderie of their group with a conference that convenes annually. Meeting destinations alternate between a U.S. location and an international location. In addition to fun activities and professional sharing, the group uses this event as a fundraiser for their amazing scholarship fund. If you are an aspiring airline pilot, tune into this podcast for information on how to apply for type-rating and multi-engine-instructor scholarships. 

  • Debbie Travis King Flies COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCES B29  B24

    Debbie Travis King Flies COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE'S B29 & B24

    22/11/2015 Duración: 21min

    Debbie Travis King shares the events that led her to become the first woman to fly B29s since the two WASPs who flew them during WWII.  Hear the amusing story of how and why Brigadier General Paul Tibbets came to select two women--Didi Moorman and Dora Dougherty--to fly the B29.  Its a story you won't want to miss! Additionally, Debbie offers anecdotes and inspiration for ladies working on an aviation career...as well as an overview of how the COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE honors our military veterans.

  • Lara Gaerte, Master Flight Instructor

    Lara Gaerte, Master Flight Instructor

    12/11/2015 Duración: 22min

    Is flight instructing a viable career option...or merely a stepping stone to other pilot positions? What might be done to generate more respect--and income--for the professional flight instructor. Lara Gaerte, instructor at Century Aviation at DeKalb County Airport in Auburn Indiana, gives her candid opinion, as well as sharing helpful instructing tips garnered in her many years of instructing.

  • Fatima Shafi, Former Pakistan Air Force Officer, Current Express Jet Pilot

    Fatima Shafi, Former Pakistan Air Force Officer, Current Express Jet Pilot

    23/10/2015 Duración: 24min

    In this candid discussion, Fatima shares her experiences of being in the non-traditional roll of supervising men in the Pakistani Air Force and explains how that experience brought her to come to the United States to learn to fly.  Through her own fortitude, and with the help of a loving and supportive mother, Fatima is now a First Officer with Express Jet.

  • International Womens Air  Space Museum (IWASM)

    International Women's Air & Space Museum (IWASM)

    17/10/2015 Duración: 16min

    Learn about the history and on-going mission of this unique museum. Hear about some unusual exhibits as well as some amazing out-reach programs. This wonderful museum is not limited to female pilots; it also features exhibits and information on female air traffic controllers, mechanics and flight attendants.  Additionally, it houses exhibits on female astronauts...from the acclaimed recent astronauts to the lesser known Mercury-13 who were tested and trained long ago but never permitted to participate in missions.  Special events and out-reach programs are also in a class of their own...a mother-daughter Aviation Summer Camp is just one example.  IWASM is dedicated to preserving the history of women in aviation from the earliest accomplishments to the modern-day achievements.  Consider supporting this FREE museum by becoming a member, donating memorabilia or making a cash donation.

  • Things Kids Say to Lady Pilots

    Things Kids Say to Lady Pilots

    05/10/2015 Duración: 25min

    Lighten up and get ready to chuckle as 17 Ladies--and one young boy--share amusing stories about kids' perspectives on female pilots! Aviation humor that's sure to elicit a laugh.

  • Susan Papp Miller, Former Navy P-3 Pilot

    Susan Papp Miller, Former Navy P-3 Pilot

    22/09/2015 Duración: 19min

    Think you need to be some kind of super-being to succeed as a military pilot?  Think again!  Listen in as Susan, a Motivator Extraordinaire, convinces you that you CAN do it!  Whether you are just dreaming of a flying career, or in the midst of one and struggling with confidence issues, Susan just might have the answers. 

  • Heather Ford, Bush Pilot

    Heather Ford, Bush Pilot

    13/09/2015 Duración: 20min

    If you've ever dreamed of becoming a Bush Pilot, you won't want to miss this interview with Heather Ford as she tells her amazing story about flying the Australian Outback.

  • Helena Reidemar, Delta Pilot.

    Helena Reidemar, Delta Pilot.

    03/09/2015 Duración: 22min

    Delta pilot Helena Reidemar is the first woman in history to receive ALPA's highest honor, the AIR SAFETY AWARD. All will be inspired by her amazing story.  Aspiring female pilots will learn how to save thousands of dollars on flight training expenses.  Pilot moms will be comforted to hear how their hard work and time away from home actually motivates their children. This podcast includes Helena's beautiful, much-talked-about acceptance speech!

  • #8 Women in Aviation International, Dr. Peggy Chabrian

    #8 Women in Aviation International, Dr. Peggy Chabrian

    26/08/2015 Duración: 16min

    Women In Aviation International is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women (and men) who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. Hear about their amazing scholarships in myriad aviaition-related fields and learn how to apply. Also, check out the upcoming (Sept. 26, 2015) WAI-sponsored GIRLS IN AVIATION DAY wherein local Women In Aviation International chapters will be sponsoring events to bring all of the passion, exploration, learning and excitement of aviation and aerospace to girls worldwide.  Learn how to locate an event near you!

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