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Join us in Toronto May 9-11, 2017
Side trip to Niagara Falls afterwards
Podcast by ISA co-founder Stephanie Wallach:

Emily Howell Warner


Emily was member #20 with ISA+21!




Emily Howell Warner was the first permanent female pilot for a scheduled US passenger airline, the first female airplane captain, and in 1986 commanded the first all-female flight crew in the US. She was also the first female member of the Airline Pilots Association. After high school Warner decided she wanted to become an airplane stewardess, but was too young to apply for a job and had never been on a plane. After taking her first plane ride at 17, Warner knew she wanted to fly and immediately signed up for pilot lessons. After a year, she had her private pilot license and after another year was a certified flight instructor. Starting in 1968, Warner began applying to pilot a commercial passenger plane. However, it was not until 1973 that Frontier Airlines agreed to hire its first female passenger pilot. Waren then went on to captain a Boeing 737 for the United Parcel Service and in 1974 became the first female member of the Air Line Pilots Association. (Photo Credit: National Air and Space Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution)

Read Emily's book, Weaving the Winds, listed under the "Books by our Members" tab in the menu above!

Discrimination in the Air





 Lucy Young and her twin sister, Mary, on the right. at the Lincoln Center on September 6, 2016.
Lucy was the copilot in the simulator scene near the end of the movie.
Lori Cline was the captain in the other simulator scene.
Lori Cline
Lori in Sully
Cast of Sully

Never Wait for a Firetruck

 Most airline pilots remember this day all too well.

This is a survivors story of the worst aircraft accident in world history. On March 27,1977, two 747's collided on the ground in fog on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands. The staggering death toll was 544 upon impact with 74 initial survivors. The author was among a subgroup of 14 walking survivors and 1 of 2 photographers that Sunday afternoon. This is his story of survival, recovery and return to flight.


Part 2 of the book provides details of improvements to aircraft interior safety. Many of those improvements were the result of an in-flight cabin fire on Air Canada flight 979 in 1983. Non-flammable materials for the interior and stronger seats make a hard landing more survivable.


Part 3 of the book discusses runway safety, a very hot topic recently. New technology, ADSB, will greatly improve safety on the ground and replace radar. Controllers and pilots will know where every aircraft is on the ground and in the sky.


Never Wait for a Firetruck

When the Pilot is Mom: Accommodating New Motherhood at 30,000 Feet

NY Times, August 16, 2016

Often working airline pilots are afraid to speak out to improve their situation, because of retaliation from their employers.
This article didn't mention that Kathy McCullough and Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo (quoted in this article) are members of ISA+21,
but as retired airline pilots, it is easier to become advocates without fear of repercussions.
Retired or working as an airline pilot, there is a place for you at ISA+21.
Join us!
When the Pilot is Mom

Come From Away in Washington, D.C.

Bev in uniform for website
Beverley, now retired, poses with her uniform jacket in Ford's Theatre lobby.
New lapel pin
Check out our new ISA pin!
Bev pins Jenn
Beverley pins Jenn Coella, the lead in the play, "Come From Away," in Seattle with her old ISA pin!
Jenn Colella's credits include If/Then and Chaplin (the latter also had an early staging in La Jolla).
The woman captain featured in "Come From Away" is our own charter member and co-founder, Beverley Bass.
We saw the play in Seattle and Washington D.C. and loved it.
ISA women in DCA for the play
We met in Washington D.C. at the famous Ford's Theatre on September 20, 2016!
The theater holds 661, and there were almost 100 of us, including our guests.
One of our co-founders and charter members, Beverley Bass is featured in the award-winning play, "Come From Away."
(pictured center, below, in the Seattle "Talk Back.")
We had so much fun that we plan to follow the play to Toronto and Broadway!


2016 Photo Contest on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Aviation

Elevate Aviation

Elevate Aviation flier
I wanted to invite you to our launch party and fundraiser for the Lois Hole Hospital in Edmonton, Canada. 
This event showcases short stories of 13 women in aviation created by myself and Shaw TV.  It’s going to be a fun evening and for a great cause. It would be wonderful if you could attend and anything you could do to help promote our event would be really appreciated!  I have attached the link to purchase tickets. We have early bird tickets on sale until the end of this month.

Thank you so much!

Kendra Kincade
Air Traffic Controller
Founder Elevate Aviation

Ladybirds—The Untold Story of Women Pilots in America (Women in Aviation)

Check out the books for sale by our members, listed in the main menu!
Lady bird pilots
ISA+21 members featured in the book: Cindy Mandel, Lucy Young, Nell Justice, Carole Litten,
Camela (Cammie) McHenry, Terry Rinehart, and Connie Tobias.
Co-written by ISA member Lori Griffith Cline, not pictured above, but below!
Lori in front of the movie poster

Quotes from Chairwoman Liz Jennings Clark in Travel Boom article:


Unmanned Flight

More and more flights lately seem to be all women crews. Way to go ladies!
Brenda framed
Southwest Captain and ISA+21 member Brenda Robinette.


Thirty-eight years ago, twenty-one women airline pilots started ISA+21.
With members from regional and major airlines, we are over 400 strong!
Claudia Simpson Jones, Denise Blankinship, Jean Harper, Maggie Rose Stryker, Beverley Bass,
Gail Gorski, Mary Bush Shipko, Karen Kahn, Sharon Hilgers Krask, Terry London Rinehart,
Angela Masson, Lennie Sorenson, Stephanie Wallach, Norah O'Neill, Sandra Donnelly, Holly Fulton, Jane Bonny, Lynn Rhoades.

Missing from photo: Emily Warner, Val Cottle Walker, Julie Clark
Why ISA+21
ISA is an acronym for International Standard Atmosphere. The appendage of +21, acknowledges the original 21 members.
(Used in aviation, ISA+21 would mean that the atmosphere was 21 degrees above standard.)
We are non-profit organization that raises scholarship money to inspire future generations of women aviators via educational outreach. To date we have donated cash and type rating valued at over One Million Dollars. Our conferences and gatherings celebrate camaraderie and provide support in the aviation industry.
Our first convention/conference was in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1978.
Last year we were in Berlin, Germany!
2016 will be in Newport Beach, California.
Conference: May 10-12, 2016.
After conference side trip: May13-15, 2016
Always fun!
Conference Group Photos
We raise money for our scholarships
at our conferences through member
participation in a silent auction
(member funded) and donations.
Last year we gave away two B737NG Type,
1 A320NG Type and a
Multi-engine Instructor rating!
Many of our winners have been hired
by major carriers and that is our goal:
more women airline pilots!



Click Scholarship for information and the application.

Contact Scholarship Chair if you have any questions
ISA+21 = largest donor in the world of advanced flight scholarships for women



Chairwoman: Liz Jennings Clark
Vice Chairwoman: Tara Traynor Cook
Secretary: Eva Brock
Treasurer: Diane Helly
Membership: Glenys (Gar) Robison
Scholarship: Karen Guadagni
Education & Outreach: Kimberly Osborn
Events: Linda Wright
Communications: Kathy McCullough
WAI: Kara Hatzai
It is contrary to ISA policy to provide media commentary on accidents, incidents, politicians or
political positions. No member may present an opinion to the media representing ISA without authorization
from the Board of Directors.
Regarding requests for commentary on accidents or incidents in the aviation
community, the following language may be used:
“Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of those involved in this terrible tragedy. Although I am an airline pilot, I'm not an accident investigator. It would be irresponsible for any of us to speculate on what has occurred. The NTSB will be investigating and providing updates on the progress of the