Finding Common Ground In Volatile Times

“We all come from different paths in life but we can find common ground.” ― Nanette Mathews I sat in a conference room of a large radar facility facing a potentially hostile group of air traffic controllers as our team briefed the purpose of our visit. I was part of an air traffic evaluations team whose […]

The New Normal Day After Thanksgiving – 2020

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson A New Normal.  I dislike that term, but unfortunately it is accurate for this season in our world. The Holidays are a […]

Can What We Know Prevent Desired Learning?

‘It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning.’ – Claude Bernard Unlearning so that desired learning can occur seems counter intuitive.  Yet, during a recent experience in upgrading my piloting skills, I had to do some serious unlearning to learn! I have been a private pilot since 1992.  With the exception […]

Behind The Scenes – Reflections On September 11

It was the advent of the second plane, sharking in low over the Statue of Liberty: that was the defining moment. Until then, America thought she was witnessing nothing more serious than the worst aviation disaster in history; now she had a sense of the fantastic vehemence ranged against her … For those thousands in […]

Why Bother With A Tail Wheel Endorsement?

In the Fall of 2019, I applied for and was awarded a scholarship from Women In Aviation (WAI), for training toward getting a tail wheel endorsement.  But why bother? I earned my private pilot certificate, single engine land (SEL), in 1992 in a Cessna 152, a tricycle gear aircraft.  Over the next few years, I […]

How To Plan For Wildcards – Planning The Unknowns

“Always, Always have a plan” ― Rick Riordan I plan.  Even when I know a plan is likely to change, I still plan.  It just feels better when I have a framework defined before the week begins.  This puts me in the action rather than reaction mode, accomplishing several things: I saves mental, emotional and, in […]

When A Chance Meeting Revealed A Legacy

“That is your legacy on this Earth when you leave this Earth: how many hearts you touched.” —Patti Davis While attending a monthly meeting of my local chapter of Women in Aviation, I was introduced to a gentleman who works for Flight Safety international.  I recognized his name and asked him if he was related to […]

What To Do When Catastrophe Strikes – Fly the Plane!

“It was not a crash.  We knew what we were doing.  It was a forced water landing.” – from the Movie, “Sully” Aviation, both as a pilot and an air traffic controller, have taught me what to do in an emergency:  Fly The Plane. When I found myself talking to an aircraft in distress, one […]

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Recalling My Solo Flight – Honoring The Moment

I flew my solo flight on January 10, 1992 at Jabara Airport (3KM at the time, now AAO) in a Cessna 152.  I wrote the following not long after that experience: My Solo Flight “I want you to taxi to the end, make two touch and gos, then full stop and come back here to […]