Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Perfect Day for a Rans Flight!

Somewhere over PA
Bob was out of town this past weekend for work and I had to get myself to the College Park Aviation Museum to finalize some Women Of Aviation Week Opening Ceremony plans. College Park Airport (KCGS) is one of the "DC3" that require a pin to fly into.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week Kickoff Scheduled

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week Kickoff Scheduled 

By Rick Durden | February 13, 2014  

The organization Women of Aviation Worldwide is kicking off its fourth annual Women of Aviation Worldwide Week with opening ceremonies on March 3, 2014, at the College Park, Md., Aviation Museum.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Few Quick Aviation Book Reviews

Reading is like therapy to me and I've been forcing myself to ensure I take some time each day to do so. I have been quickly devouring book after book since this resolution. A few of which have an aviation theme that I will share with you today.

Fear of Landing: You Fly Like a Woman by Silvia Spruck Wrigley
Fear of Landing is a Kindle Single about a girl learning to fly with a group of guys within a timeline of a few weeks. I like longer books, ones that you get attached to the characters over the course of the story. Kindle singles and short stories just don't do it to me because they don't provide the time to earn that attachment. However, I love how the author illustrated what an individual (especially a woman) can face when taking on the task of becoming a pilot. As a pilot myself, it was easy to relate to. Sylvia tells the story of becoming a licensed pilot as she faced the odds and an instructor who said she would never make it.

Saving Mars by Cidney Swanson
I am currently in the final book of this young adult five book sci-fi series. It is an easy read and equally as easy to get in to. In a time where the people of Mars are barely scraping a living and no longer in contact with the drastically different lifestyle on Earth, Jessamyn Jaarda is a redheaded spunky pilot (you can see why I can relate) yearning to prove herself. The female pilot main character shows both bravery and fear when facing hard decisions in life. It is a coming of age story, a tale of two planets, with a little bit of love and politics thrown in as well. Truthfully, I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I am. Books 1-3 can be bought as a Kindle set for only $3.99 at the moment.
Update: I finished the 5th book only to find out that there is a 6th coming this spring!

The Destiny Project by James Wharton
While I can't say this was a big page turner for me, I still enjoyed this book that combined time travel with heroic female pilots. The Destiny Project follows the story of two women captured by a mysterious government agency who fakes their deaths and then trains them to fly aircraft in World War II and carry out highly dangerous secret missions. Throughout their daring flights, the women decide that they want to control their own destiny. At the end of the book it said to be on the lookout for book two towards the end of 2013. I was bummed when I discovered it was not available yet! Currently the Destiny Project is only .99 on Amazon, so get it while it's cheap!

Flight to Safety by Karlene Pettit
Ok, I can't review this one yet as it just came out and I purchased it this weekend. Once I'm finished with the final Saving Mars chapter, Flight to Safety is my immediate pick. I really enjoyed Karlene's debut, Flight for Control (and not just because I know her!) and  am really looking forward to seeing how Karlene tops that.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Girls Can't WHAT?

Thanks to Instagram, I was able to stumble across a wonderful account, called Girls Can't WHAT? and immediately fell in love with this website showing girls and women that if he can do it, so can you! It's a beautiful tie in for all the work I do for Women Of Aviation Week and Girls Can't WHAT? will be sending over some of their awesome pilot gear to give away at our opening ceremony! 

Without further ado, Girls Can't WHAT?, a guest post by Gretchen Cawthon

While I’ve never had the desire to fly a plane, I have always been fascinated with Amelia Earhart. In grade school I read everything about her I could find. I wrote book reports on her life and quoted her often. She said the most profound and exciting things and I couldn’t get enough of her. Amelia's entire life was one big adventure.
In one of my many reading sessions about Amelia, I learned that a plane is actually off course most of the time. It’s estimated to be as much as 90% of the time. The pilot knows this by reading the instrument panel and is constantly making course corrections to get the aircraft back on track. This little fact stuck with me and has helped me reach many goals that I may have otherwise given up on.
When I founded Girls Can't WHAT? in 2005, one of the first things I did was post quotes from my childhood heroines which included Amelia, Annie Oakley and many others. The site started out small and grew, but I held onto those quotes and referred back to them often for inspiration.
Building a business from scratch is incredibly difficult. I have made a lot of mistakes. It has been a lot like flying a plane. I’m off course a lot. In order to get back on track, I refer to my goals (my version of a flight plan) and re-focus.
It has been eight long and rocky years of weathering storms, but today Girls Can't WHAT? is a thriving business. Our T-shirts and gifts are popular among adults as well as kids and are shipped around the world.
Girls Can't WHAT? is much more than gift shop with funky t-shirts. To date we have also been able to help hundreds of other entrepreneurs grow their businesses. For every sale, we give 20% to help other women pay for education, build businesses and feed their families. Providing that kind of personal support is our main goal. That is the destination in our flight plan.
So in essence, I have become a pilot just like Amelia Earhart. My business is one big adventure and I am excited to be here, changing the world one step at a time.
I am at a point now where I can look back and see how far I’ve come. Even with all the screw ups, the disappointments and total failures, I can tell you I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t made a few course corrections and kept flying.
When you’re out there following your dreams, whatever they may be… never be afraid
to chase adventure like Amelia. And when you mess up or get blown off track, point your nose back in the right direction and keep flying!

Author info: Gretchen Cawthon is the artist and founder of Girls Can't WHAT? Gifts ( In her spare time she can be found cheering on her daughters in sports, playing drums in her band ( or building LEGO sculptures. She lives in Illinois with her husband, two daughters, two fish, two guinea pigs and their fabulous Boston Terrier, Lola.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

SMAC065 – Braking Action Reports, Runway Condition NOTAMs, & Experimenting With ADS-B

I had the flu, however, the boys gathered the strength to go on without me! Take a listen to the Stuck Mic AvCast episode 65 here!