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HomeCome From Away

November 28, 2018


(YES, THE PLAY IS STILL ON Broadway... this is the traveling cast!)

The link is live for Come From Away LA. Limited number of $135 & $79 tickets... plus $5 Service charge! Karol will assign the seats on first come first serve basis.

Go to the HOME page, scroll down to Current Events Box (Angela Masson’s photo) and click on the link to buy!

Toronto, Ontario June 5, 2018

We had a fantastic evening!

A group of 72 people comprised of pilots, flight attendants, airline personnel and guests attended the show and 40 of of us attended dinner beforehand at Il Fornello. Mirvish provided us with great seats front and centre and arranged a question & answer session (talkback) with the cast and reception following the show.

Everyone was thrilled that Beverley flew to Toronto to see the play for her 102nd time with our group.
Dawn Wells, Lisa Graham, Tamara Scearce (all Air Canada!)

Toronto group at Come From Away

Michelle Gould (WestJet), Nicole Deckers (WestJet), Beverly Bass, Jessica Enke (Air Canada), Kristal

Our group also gathered on September 26, 2017 NYC on Broadway!

NYC sized down for the website

Thirty-eight planes were diverted into Gander, Newfoundland on September 11, 2001. This wonderful musical highlights ISA co-founder, Beverley Bass.

Interview with Beverley:

An oasis of kindness on 9/11: This town welcomed 6,700 strangers amid terror attacks

USA Today

Click on the photo (above) to read about the Tony Awards June 11, 2017.
Congratulations Christopher Ashley!

"The Canadian musical received 7 Tony Award nominations and won for best direction, with the award going to American stage director Christopher Ashley."

And read the interview that Deadline did with Jenn Colella:

Deadline: What was that first meeting with her like?

Colella:  We met in La Jolla after the last preview. We just embraced and it felt like I was meeting long-lost sister. She and Tom, her husband, hadn’t seen the show yet. They had no idea what they were about to see. And the next night was the opening and she was in the second row, blonde hair, this radiant smile, and I thought This is meta, I’m singing to her, tears are streaming down her face, she’s grabbing Tom’s hand as I’m singing, “I’m fine, Tom, I’m fine.” It was this extraordinary experience in pure love, and art reflecting life, and focus – all of these things at once. They’re a part of the family. We text constantly. She’s given me her original captain’s jacket and many of the service pins she’s garnered through the years.

The New York Times:

A Pioneering Pilot, a Broadway Show and a Life-Changing Bond

Beverley early years

Beverley Bass as an American flight engineer.

"COME FROM AWAY" previews began on February 18, 2017 in New York City at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre! Rave reviews... we are beyond excited that this play is based on one of our founding members!

Broadway Here We Come!
Broadway, Here We Are!

Beverley pins Jenn with her ISA pin
Jenn and a little Come From Awayer!

This little girl (pictured with Jenn Colella, the actress who plays Beverley Bass) came to see Come From Away on Broadway dressed as a pilot and of course wants to be a pilot! We are affecting them… one little girl at a time.

We want to encourage more women to become airline pilots. Both Bonnie and Beverley are ISA members. Join us!

Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo (pictured below) was American Airlines first woman pilot in 1973.

Bonnie Tiburzi

Beverley was American Airline's first captain in 1986.

Bev in uniform for website

Beverley, now retired, poses with her uniform jacket (pictured above)
in Fords Theatre lobby in Washington DC.

Now we can't wait to go see the play on Broadway!

Helen Richey (pictured below) was the first airline pilot in America in 1934. Central Airlines, a Greensburg, Pennsylvania–based carrier that eventually became part of United Airlines, hired Richey as a pilot; she made her first regular civil flight with them on December 31, taking a Ford Trimotor on the Washington to Detroit route. She eventually was forced to step down from the cockpit by the all-male pilots union. (Wikipedia)

Helen Richey

In 1973, Warner (pictured below) was the first woman pilot to be hired by a scheduled US airline since Helen Richey was hired as a co-pilot in 1934. (Wikipedia)

Emily Howell First jet captain

UAL pilots Missy Phillips, Jolanda Witvliet, Ashley Ogden are pictured in front of Emily Howell Emily J. Warner's exhibit at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver. Emily was a charter member of ISA+21, and she was on the Board of Directorsfor the museum. The display states that Emily was the first woman pilot to fly for a scheduled airline in the United States.

WOMEN CAPTAINS IN THE 1970s and early 1980s:

Frontier Airlines Captain Emily Warner flew as

captain on a Boeing 737-200
on June 21, 1976.

Captain Sharyn Emminger

Hawaiian Airlines Captain Sharyn Emminger, first officer Karen Squyers, and flight attendant Trude Asada flew from Honolulu to Molokai
on March 6, 1979.
Cheryl Peters Piedmont

F/O Cheryl Peters moved to the left seat of a Boeing 737 at Piedmont Airlines to fly as captain on October 5, 1982.

By the 1980s, women were beginning to move to the left seat at many airlines!

Women Captains in the 80s

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