Aviation for Girls


Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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training division and, again, my aviation education and pilot experience was critical to my doing that job well. I was con- stantly digging into regulations, creating in-house training plans, and working with the FAA and flight training centers on behalf of our program. This was also my first time getting experience as a su- pervisor, and having both hiring and firing responsibilities. All of these experiences prepared me to take the next step in my career. I gained skills I may not have gotten as a first officer, including managing a budget and being a people manager, which included hiring, conducting per- formance reviews and even firing, and learning to communicate effectively electronically. I gained confidence in myself and my capabilities. While my career in business aviation has continued to evolve in the last 15 years, that initial experience as a flight scheduler has never stopped benefiting me. In my role with the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) one of my main responsibilities has been to be the staff liaison to our schedulers and dispatchers committee and their annual conference. Because I have walked a mile in their shoes, my experience as a scheduler has allowed me to connect with them. They are women who are flight schedulers, dispatch- ers, aviation directors, charter sales professionals, marketing professionals, and aviation trade association professionals. I'm amazed at how the aviation industry opened up to me with possibilities once I looked beyond the flight deck. What about those classmates of mine who did not pursue full-time flying af- ter college? I'm happy to report that they have also found success in the industry. Christina earned her Ph.D. and is a pro- fessor in a university aviation program. Danielle, an international corporate pi- lot herself, created a business that helps pilots stay fit and eat healthy when fly- ing globally and through multiple time zones per trip. Ruthie works for an air- line as its federal airport security spe- cialist. Jill turned an internship with the NTSB in college into a career as an NTSB accident investigator. Theresa is a business jet flight training instructor at a premier aviation training company. And, like me, they are all moms who want their own chil- dren to learn what they can from our example while also making their own way in the world. We wish you luck in your own career path! ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joanne M. Damato, WAI 6829, is a mom, pilot, and director of operations and educational development for NBAA. That was probably the hardest thing I had to learn how to do well—work as a team and trust a teammate's ability to see my project to a successful end. EAA Young Eagles Flight Plan Partners The Young Eagles Flight Plan Your route from Young Eagle to licensed pilot For more information visit EAA.org/fl ightplan EAA Young Eagles Presenting Sponsor Find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/EAAYoungEagles 1 2 3 4 5 Young Eagles Flight EAA Student Membership Sporty's Learn to Fly Course First Flight Lesson EAA Scholarships ®

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