Aviation for Girls

2015

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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8 AVIATION FOR Girls 2015 Sundelius, Enstrom manager of human resources. "We have a great rapport with NMU. Each year they bring their A&P students for a tour of our facility. Some of those students de- cide to apply at Enstrom after they graduate from the pro- gram. Brandi was one of them, and we're very happy that she did. She has a great work ethic, strong attention to detail, and is a team player. Three big things that we look for as an em- ployer, along with being qualifed for the position." On a typical day Brandi has many components that she w i l l e i t h e r a s s e m - ble for production or overhaul for the re- pair station. "I always have something to do, maybe disassemble or repair and reassem- ble," she said. "Every- thing you assemble or disassemble, there's lots of paperwork to go with it. You have to pull out record forms of the work completed or have differ- ent inspection forms." And while she's not the only woman in the shop—of En- strom's 238 employees, 39 are female—Brandi says she's still okay with being in the minority. "Women are not typically seen in this field and I think it catches people off guard," she said. "It adds a lit- tle bit of pressure, but I like the pressure. I thrive off of that, so it doesn't bother me much." In her free time, Brandi has started giving back to the communities that have meant so much to her as she learned. She's volunteering at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, leading tours and operating some of the equip- ment. And she's hoping to start a Women in Aviation chapter in her area as well. She's also started a blog at http://wavia- tion.weebly.com to share some of her ad- ventures and help spread the word about different aviation opportunities, espe- cially those in maintenance. She has a lso recent ly beg un f l ig ht training in a Cessna 172 and plans to earn her private pilot certifcate. Another huge goal for her is adding inspection au- thorization to her A&P certifcate, some- thing she hopes to take on in the next year or so. Her advice to others looking to follow in her footsteps? "Dream big. Go for it, and don't look back!" ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kelly Nelson, WAI 18201, is editor-in-chief of Aviation for Women and Aviation for Girls magazines and a private pilot working (ever so slowly) on her helicopter add-on. Above: Brandi poses with her AMT Student of the Year award. Below: Today, as a dynamic components technician, Brandi is one of the few female A&Ps at Enstrom Helicopter. BONNIE KRATZ BONNIE KRATZ COURTESY OF BRANDI FLINN

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