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Qantas sponsored our entire conference this year in Sydney!

Alan Joyce, their CEO, says they can't hire the best pilots if they aren't considering 49.5% of the population.

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ISA+21/ In Memory Of

We have collected just over $25,000 in the weeks since Francesca died—enough for at least five scholarships in Francesca's name! We will keep collecting and help as many women as we can, in an ongoing memorial for years to come.

All money goes to CFI/CFII/MEI scholarships for women whose stated career goal is to be an airline pilot.

Please tell anyone who needs an advanced scholarship to go to our scholarship page for information.
Francesca Norris
May 19, 1994 – July 28, 2019

ISA+21/ In Memory of

Francesca Norris, 25, passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2019, due to a fatal airplane crash. Born on May 19, 1994 to Brian and Maria Norris, Francesca touched countless lives in her short 25 years. Known for her contagious joy, loving smile, quick wit, delicious baked goods, and perfectly painted fingernails, Francesca was a loyal and vivacious woman whose kindness was unending. She left a lasting impression on everyone she met and always lit up the room. Francesca was the flawless balance of adventurous, patient, and wise.


After graduating in the top of her class at Birdville High School, she attended Baylor University and graduated from the honors college as a University Scholar. Francesca was brilliant! She was sharp and cultured, yet humble and curious. Not only did Francesca love to learn, she loved to travel. While in high school and college, she became fluent in Spanish by taking trips to and studying in Spain. After college, Francesca spent a year in Thailand teaching English. Effortlessly, Francesca had the intelligence and ambition to do anything she wanted. Following in the path of her father and brother, who are friends with many members in our organization. Francesca chose to see the world as a pilot. There is no doubt that she had found what she loved to do.


Francesca treasured her family, faith, and friends. She was blessed with a loving, large extended family, which was always a priority in her life. Her love for family and friends was evident in all she did.

Throughout her life, Francesca cherished her faith and was involved at Good Shepherd Catholic Community. She had a heart of gold, always willing to help others with selfless love. Francesca was a person one could rely on whenever they needed her, she always had a piece of advice and a listening ear. Francesca will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

A celebration of Francesca’s life was held at Good Shephard Catholic Community in Colleyville, Texas. The turn out was incredible...there were over 750 friends, relatives, and a virtual sea of pilots in uniform. There was a flyover afterwards.

Cards and condolences can be sent to the family:

Brian, Maria and Alec Norris
7029 Herman Jared Dr.
North Richland Hills, TX 76182

                                                           Two killed in fatal crash...

Howard, (Yu Qiu) the student who was also killed in the crash was, by all accounts, a nice young man and a favorite at the flight school. This is all just so sad and such a huge loss to our aviation community.