Aviation for Girls

2017

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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Being a professional means embrac- ing any opportunity to learn and im- prove. For a professional athlete, that may mean practicing new techniques for speed or agility. For a computer pro- grammer, that may mean learning a new way to code. And, for the professional pilot or other aviation career, this means studying your textbooks and education- al magazines, attending seminars, and being open-minded to learn from fellow pilots. It's important to acknowledge that you don't know everything. Aviation is an intriguing industry because no matter which aircraft you fly or maintain, or even design, wherever you are in your career, there is always a new technology to learn. Two government agencies that oversee aviation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) instills im- portant safety measures, and the Interna- tional Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) proposes new practices. The exciting thing about aviation is that we can learn from people that work in different parts of the industry. For example, mechanics understand aircraft systems, air traffic controllers can teach us about air traffic congestion and im- proving the flow of aircraft, and pilots understand operational information. All these pieces of information provide the foundation for making the safest deci- sions. Don't pass on an opportunity to attend seminars and aviation meetings, read your textbooks, and communicate amongst your fellow professionals. Working in a Collaborative Way If I can leave you with one piece of advice, here it is: Share the knowledge! One of the most important aspects of being a profes- sional is working in a collaborative way. We must learn from each other and our past experiences. Expand your network and community to strengthen your decisionmaking pro- cess. Nobody works alone. Even as a solo pilot, you are not really "solo." When you take a solo flight, you are making your decisions partially based on the knowledge acquired from your flight instructor. You talk to someone to fuel the airplane, gather weather information, and get your clear- ance with air traffic control (ATC). In avi- ation, we are always working with others. While it is important to learn from others, it is equally important to share what you have learned. Take a role, big or small, and help others become professional too. Remember, no matter how old you are professionalism is a mindset. It is a desire to learn and share knowledge. Safety is very important throughout the aviation industry. The safety culture, procedures, and policy in practice derive from collec- tive thoughts and experiences. We must always strive to do better and learn more. This happens when we acknowledge what we don't know and reach out in a collabo- rative way to find the answer. The forma- tion of best practices and policy is rooted in a strong safety culture, which stems directly from collective thought, an aspira- tion to learn, and collaborative effort. Embrace the opportunity to learn, share the knowledge, and be a professional! Kimberly Perkins, WAI 55647, is an international captain on a Global Express and a mom to two young girls. She lives in Seattle, Washington. 2 0 17 15

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