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Just a 'heads up' for members who are ALPA. There is a free one-day interview workshop being held on May 24, 25, and 26. Sign up on ALPA website. Here's some of the details:

ALPA has partnered with the leading interview preparation consultants in the industry to offer interview prep workshops to our members at no cost. These workshops are offered in cities around the United States and Canada to aid pilots as they prepare for the pilot selection process at their desired airline.

Each event will include a presentation from our partners on what it takes to get hired and the best practices for successfully interviewing with a large jet operator. The presentations cover an overview of the hiring process, tips on completing the application properly, background checks, resumes and cover letters, networking, interview questions, areas of concern, and common mistakes.

In 2015, interview workshops were held in IAD, DEN, ORD, IAH, MCO, and CLT. Due to the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from these workshops, we plan to hold several more events in 2016. At this time, we have confirmed the dates and location for the first set of events (listed below). We plan to hold several more events, however, and at the bottom of this page there is a survey to help us decide where to hold the next events. Please complete the survey to help us select the best locations for the workshops.

2016 Workshop Locations and Dates
DEN – Crowne Plaza Airport Convention Center
15500 E 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80239
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Wednesday, May 25, 2016;
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Registration: REGISTER NOW

Individual workshops will be held from 8am to 5pm each day.


Women Pilots Say Breitling Watch Company Behind The Times

Breitling Women Pilots Not

The photo op, which Dutch airline captain Liz Jennings Clark at first thought was a joke or a parody,

was a curious publicity decision given that Breitling sponsors acrobatic and Air France 777 pilot Aude Lemordant.


“Certainly there are enough amazing women pilots out there,” Jennings Clark said. “This is disappointing on so many levels.”


Congratulations, Judy! Aviator Stamps – Canada


Judy Cameron Flies Through the Glass Ceiling

Judy Cameron is the epitome of “breaking the mold”. During her successful career as the first female pilot hired by Air Canada, Judy shattered several stereotypes. Looking back, Judy refers to a few lucky breaks. But with sheer persistence, Judy made her own good luck.


Born in 1954 Judy was raised by a single parent mother, who did her best to give Judy a good start in life, including going to university. In 1973, after first year, Judy was hired by Transport Canada to survey pilots about “Itinerant Aircraft Movements”. (Transport Canada found that pilots, mostly male, were quite willing to respond to young women questioners.) When a young man offered to take Judy for a flight, he did what many have done in similar situations – he turned the flight into an aerobatic demonstration – showing off, with little regard for his passenger. However, Judy loved it! Within a few weeks she applied for the aviation program at Selkirk College. No doubt she impressed the Director of the program, a motorcycle buff, by riding her motorcycle for eight hours (Vancouver to Castlegar) to meet him.


Though her male classmates accepted her reasonably well, as the only female in the class of thirty, Judy felt isolated at times. In 1975, the college’s first female graduate, Judy then worked for several different aviation companies, and eventually earned her way into a cockpit. She first worked as a dispatcher when the company directors vetoed a female pilot flying company aircraft. Next she was a reservations agent who doubled as co-pilot with no training, when Twin Otter and Kingair trips required a co-pilot. Then she was a DC-3 co-pilot and Aztec/Cessna 180 Charter Pilot with minimal training and flew poorly maintained equipment with a company which went bankrupt. As a DC-3 Co-pilot with a Chief Pilot who only agreed to hire her because the “airlines will never look at you”, she mostly flew charters, which included loading up to 6000 pounds of freight.


Judy then sought an airline job. She was thrilled to receive a telegram from a regional carrier offering her a position and inviting her to discuss the work. Upon arriving for the appointment, she was informed that the Vice President refused to hire a woman. The company apologetically unhired her.


Judy continued to apply to airlines and on April 10, 1978 Air Canada hired their first female pilot – Judy! No doubt her application was coloured by her 1200 hours on a DC-3, an 11,430 kg aircraft with two 1,200 hp engines which cruises at 370 km/hr.

Judy was well accepted by Air Canada’s other pilots, likely because of her flying experience, determination and friendliness. Passengers frequently mistook Judy for a flight attendant, but she dealt graciously with them. Her first pregnancy gave Air Canada another challenge. They didn’t have a pilot maternity uniform. Other pilots had never needed one. Soon after Judy’s second daughter was born, she divorced and became a single mom.


During her 40 year flying career Judy has logged over 23,000 hours in the DC-3, Twin Otter, Hawker Siddeley 748, DC-9, Lockheed 1011, Airbus 320, Boeing 767 and 777. In 2006 Judy was the first woman captain of the Boeing 767 and in 2010 the first female captain of the Boeing 777 in Canada. She has flown to major international destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Santiago Chile, Sydney Australia, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona,and most major Canadian and USA cities.


Issued a year after her May 24, 2015 retirement, the stamp features Captain Judy in front of a Boeing 767 in a photo taken by her husband Ron Swaisland. The First Day Cover, designed by Suzanne Wiltshire, includes portraits of Judy early and later in her career.


Now Judy is living another dream – aerobatic flying. she credits her mother as a strong role model who inspired her to believe she could do anything she wished to do. And in living her mother’s credo, Judy is inspiring many other women, particularly those in aviation!

                                                                                                                        By Marilyn Dickson


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!




We gave out four more type ratings this year, either Boeing 737 or Airbus NG. Congratulations everyone!
Here are this year's winners:


Inga Chalmers of Skywest (Tempe, Arizona, formerly from Russia)
Emma Farley of Shuttle America (New York, New York)
Carrie Regamey of Central Mountain Air (Calgary, Alberta Canada)
Diane Helly is a captain at Skywest. (Salt Lake City, UT)
Amanda Langer of Air Wisconsin (Norfolk VA) was a winner, but accepted a job with American Airlines. Congratulations!

Karen Guadagni: We had a very competitive group of women to choose from last year for our scholarships.

All four candidates from 2015 passed their checkrides with glowing recommendations and rave reviews.

Multi-engine Instructor Rating 2015:

Lenka Kubina—Originally from the Czech Republic, now residing in Oakley, Utah.

Lenka is a flight instructor at Trans Pac Academy.

Type Ratings 2015:

Tanya Kletke—Winnipeg, Canada. Tanya is a captain for Perimeter Aviation. Boeing 737NG Type.  

Connie Nicholson—Phoenix, Arizona. Connie is a first officer at ExpressJet. Airbus 320NG Type.

Jennifer Johnson—Houston Texas. Jennifer is a first officer at ExpressJet. Boeing 737NG Type.


Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a gift program that donates money to the charity of your choice.
They have added ISA+21 to their list.

Job Openings in Dallas

               I am the Flight Operations Administrator for Martinaire Aviation, LLC.  Martinaire Aviation is a Part 135 air carrier based in Dallas, TX, performing both scheduled and ad-hoc cargo operations throughout the United States.  We are currently looking to hire pilots in several areas.  Contact me at this email, please:

Thank you,

Leah Kirkwood
Flight Ops Administrator
4553 Glenn Curtiss Drive
Addison, Texas 75001
Tel: (972) 349-5703
Fax: (972) 349-5755


Beating the Odds

Siba Gqirana is nominated to be the next person in The Chain of Betters.

Welcome Jalyn Wadden


My background is like many other pilots, I grew up fascinated with and in love with airplanes. At sixteen I soloed and from then on I was flying. I moved into the regionals and flew for seven years before I heard the rumblings of an international airline called Emirates. Emirates did a road show in Detroit and everyone in the crew room was buzzing with excitement that Emirates was hiring CRJ pilots to fly Boeing 777s and Airbus 330s and paid really well. It sounded like a dream come true, but the one catch was living in the Middle East in a place called Dubai. It seemed so far away, and although I traveled internationally a lot I had never been to the Middle East. My then husband, who is also a pilot decided we would go for it. Fast forward six years later and I am a 777 captain at the age of 31!

My overall experience with Dubai, the Middle East, and Emirates has been good. Although, there are problems with too much flying combined with being so far from home time-wise, I am happy with having taken the leap overseas.

When I was hired I was the twelfth female pilot out of almost 2,200 pilots and the recruitment team was happy to see a woman’s face. From day one of the interview and everyday since then I can honestly say my perception of working here as been that I have been treated as an equal, with no preferential treatment and no discrimination. One simple requirement: perform to our high standards, just do the job we expect from you as a professional pilot. That makes me so happy. Most of our pilot group are expatriates from all over the world, I think over 90 nationalities. The majority are from the UK, Australia, the US, South Africa, and of course the UAE.

Most of the pilots were just happy to have a change of face in the flight deck since Emirates didn't hire female pilots until 2007. Their first was Kalina, a Brazilian woman, who was also the first female pilot at Varig.
The women before me were excellent at what they do and paved a very nice path for me and the other women who were joining us. To this day, I have been treated fairly and equally at work and living in Dubai. Dubai living offers a lot and it is what you make of it.

Almost 80% of the city is expatriates and it makes it a very culturally diverse city. It is a clean, safe, and conservative city. Emiratis in general are very welcoming. As long as your behavior and clothing are conservative you will be problem free. Some of the stories you read are when people overstep the limits of living in a Muslim country, and I mean push the limits with things I would find offensive back home. You don't have to cover up, I wear my standard shorts, tank top, and flip flops almost everyday. Weekends you see women dressed up to the max in short dresses, heels, and full makeup. There are many bars, clubs, and places to relax and have a drink if you want. There are tons of sporting activities available such as surfing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, scuba diving, volleyball, basketball, netball, soccer, the list goes on. Family activities include many parks, social events, indoor playgrounds all centered around kids and family. And of course, I have to mention music...tons of musicians come to the UAE for their world tours.

Almost six years later I still enjoy living in the Middle East. Again, the hardest part is being away from family and friends. It is not for everyone, but I believe it is worth a visit and taking a look at the city before making any decisions of what you think Dubai and flying in the Middle East.

Jerrie Mock: First woman to fly solo around the world!

The Ohio University Press has a new biography for middle grade readers:
Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world.
Jerrie Mock

The book is a Junior Library Guild selection and has received great advance reviews from major review media.

The Skin Deep

Hello members of the International Society of Women Pilots,

I'm reaching out to you because I believe a project I'm working on could be a really great fit. We are looking to offer an interesting and different tribune to one of your woman pilot.  

I'm part of The Skin Deep, an interactive storytelling collective based out of NY, that creates experiences that make you rethink the way you connect in the digital era. We are the creators of the Emmy-Award winning interactive documentary http://www.theand.us that explores modern relationship dynamics.

We are now working on a new interactive series called The Dig that will launch within the coming months. The Dig poses simple questions to complex relationships to explore socially-relevant issues and changing landscapes through family and relationship stories. We've explored a few of the following issues within our first few episodes: transitioning gender, marriage, technosexuality, and more. We think it could be very interesting to portray a woman airline pilot for our episode on long-distance relationship and we are looking for the perfect candidate.

I would love to chat with someone of your organization about it more. I totally understand if you are not interested in collaborating with us but maybe you can reference us to one person who could possibly help us?

Filming will take place within the coming 1-2 months. We're based in New York City but can travel.

I hope to hear from you soon,

Mériem Dehbi-Talbot | The Skin Deep


Click on the picture above to view the press release.
My name is Kirsten Kuhn and I’m the Media Director for the Rebelle Rally, the first women’s off-road navigation rally in the U.S. 
I wanted to reach out to you as we’d love to get this event on your members’ radar. 
Started by women for women, we’re launching our inaugural event this October. 
A competition first and foremost, but also a platform for the strong, independent woman of today - a challenge of precise navigation combined with the love of driving and adventure.  That said, we have a gut feeling pilots will fall in love with our demands on the ground.

The parallel between pilots and “Rebelles” are plentiful - pilots use heading and distances and also must have a sense of mechanics to check their plane.  Like you, we share a love for challenge and solutions.  Pilots also need to stay focused with their eye on the prize…this rally is a true thinking person’s competition where skill and determination go a long way.  Not a race for speed but a demanding event based on the elements of headings, hidden checkpoints, time, and distance using maps, compass, and roadbook.
Let the strategy begin.

If you feel like taking the ultimate road trip through the American West, or know like-minded women who would like to disconnect (no cell phone, computers or GPS allowed),
and reconnect with themselves, feel free to contact me anytime. 
I can provide additional information in a newsletter format with images if preferable, and am always available via email or phone for further details.

We love everything ISWAP stands for:  the black and white photo on the ISWAP website where “lady” and “women” are crossed out and the sign just said “pilots” underlined - it gave me goosebumps - I’m not a pilot (never say never…) but it certainly made me proud to be a woman. We’d be thrilled to share our passion for challenge, determination, skill-building and encouragement of women. For more information, click on the link button below!
To contact Kirsten with more questions:


Female airline pilots wish more women would join them


ISA+21 Members Lisa Mrozek and Karen Guadagni are featured in this article.

Linda Friedman and Pam Perdue (below) are United Airline 787 Pilots
Linda Friedman and Pamela Perdue 
Click the picture above to read the story on the "United Hub."
All woman United crew 
All-woman crew headed by Captain Kimberly Noakes and First Officer Jann Lumbrazo flew the  737-900ER from Seattle’s Boeing Field to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

 Our own ISA member Stephanie Gates Sun 
The March/April issue of the 99 News has an article by our very own ISA member Stephanie Gates Sun.


Need a new ISA pin?

New lapel pin
We have them in our ISA+21 store!
Bev pins Jenn
Beverley pins Jenn, the lead in the play, "Come From Away," with her old ISA pin!
The woman captain featured in "Come From Away" is our own charter member and co-founder, Beverley Bass.
Beverley will be the first to tell you that Bonnie Tiburzi was the first woman pilot for American.
Beverley was American's first captain, and landed in Gander, Newfoundland on 911.
A group of us saw the play in Seattle and loved it!

Texas Woman's University Donations

Don't forget to donate your ISA or personal memorabilia!

It is important to know that either organizational or individual “gift agreements” are negotiable

and tailored to your personal satisfaction.


The Woman’s Collection has devoted substantial resources to the history of women in aviation. Researchers, historians, educators, filmmakers, documentarians, and scholars find the TWU Woman’s Collection to be a rich and varied source of valuable information and visual resources. I have included suggestions on “What to Donate” to an organization’s collection or to your individual collection. See “We Want Your Story” under "Archives" in the main menu for more information about participating in TWU Libraries Oral History Program.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or Kimberly Johnson.


                 Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator,                    Captain Sandy Anderson (retired NW/Delta)

    Special Collections                                          ISWAP Liaison                         

       940-898-3743                                                 901-619-7934 cell



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