I flew CapeAir from Ogdensburg to Boston and returned on a CapeAir flight on the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance as she attempted to be the first woman to pilot a circumnavigation of the planet. I’ve got to tell you, I felt like I was flying with Amelia when first Chris, from Boston to Albany, and then Kira, from Albany to Ogdensburg served as the pilots. Both in their mid-twenties– each with a decade of flying experience–these two young women made me happy: this is what it’s all about. No big deal. Women pilots on a commercial airline…though I have to admit, it was a big deal for me.
I mentioned the experience to Brian Mann at a meeting the next day and he said he has had the same feeling flying CapeAir with young women often piloting. He said, for him, it seems tied to the advances achieved by women as Title IX opened up opportunities. In my mind, it’s linked with the fact that NCPR is still recognized by the federal government as a woman-managed broadcast entity. It’s great to get this recognition–and it’s great to feel pleased that young women are flying airplanes–but we know we still have some ground to cover if this is noteworthy rather than prosaic.
Well, I mostly wanted to share my pleasure with you–Kira and Chris were both terrific pilots–smooth sailing through somewhat rough skies, great landings. And, I wanted to thank CapeAir for providing an affordable transportation option for people of the region. The flight is spectacular, cutting diagonally across the Adirondacks, with every bump and creek visible, and every hidden wilderness laid out below you.
Tell me if you’re a woman pilot or if you’ve flown on woman-piloted aircraft.