Turbine Training Center Blog for Cessna 208 Caravan & Beechcraft King Air pilots
To those not in the know, it is often assumed that becoming a pilot is pretty much something the "good old boys" do, and that it is a closed fraternity. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, and when it comes to FEMALE AVIATORS AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING, they are more than welcome to participate.
"There really are a number of people," Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING CENTER in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, "who don't know about the history of Female Aviators, even in the role of Military Aviation."
With March being chosen as WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH, it is important to know that one of the areas remembered includes the WASPs of WW II. An acronym for Women Airforce Service Pilots, this bold and brave group tested military aircraft, as well as participating in domestic military flights, thus freeing up their male Army Air Force pilot counterparts for combat during the war.
"As the old Virginia Slims commercials used to say," Jason Wolcott, TURBINE TRAINING Vice President added, " 'you've come a long way baby,' as Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Christine Mau proves."
Jason was referring to the fact that Mau just recently became the first female F-35 pilot to begin training. Prior to her first flight, which took place on May 7, 2015, Mau participated in fourteen training missions in the Academic Training Center's F-35 full-mission simulator. And," he went on, "she made a pretty good observation about pilot's gender."
What Jason was alluding to is the fact that Lt. Col. Mau made the following comment: "The plane doesn't know, or care about, your gender as a pilot, nor do the ground troops who need your support."
(To learn more about this topic check out "Female Aviators" and "Lt. Col. Christine Mau.")