I’ve been slacking lately! I’ve actually been much more into aviation more than I ever was in NYC and am LOVING it! It’s so nice that I can actually do things aviation related because more is going on and it’s also easier to get to with a car.
I attended my first Women in Aviation meeting with my new chapter. They’re great ladies. The president of the chapter and some other ladies work at a competing company in the area, we just have to overlook that. I’m so excited that I can get more involved with the local aviation community!
Luckily, there was an opportunity right away. I volunteered to help out at Lunken Airport Days at the WAI booth. I got to see so many cool planes and talk about aviation for a few hours. I was sad more people didn’t come up to the booth, but we obviously didn’t have enough cool free stuff since that’s all anyone cared about there. They told me other events there is more interest. We have some exciting events coming up though. There is the Wings of Women Conference in Dayton, the UPS Plane Pull, and iSpace. So many opportunities now available!
Hopefully, next week I’ll get to go gliding for the first time as well because I was put in touch with another woman in the chapter who flies them in the area. Being brought together by this organization is amazing!
Another great thing is since I work on airport property there are a lot of other companies and departments along the road I drive into work. My boyfriend picked me up from work this past Tuesday and we got to see ARFF practicing putting out an aircraft on fire. I drive past the burnt shell of it every day wondering if I’ll ever get to see it on fire and within the first month I got to see it happen! We pulled over and walked up to the fence to watch them in action! Hundreds of feet away we could feel the heat of the flames it was that huge and hot, nothing I ever want to be that close to! It was surprising how quickly they were able to put the fire out with just water (they were using diesel fuel, not Jet A). We ran into one of the firefighter’s brother and he told us they only do this about once a year and to stop by because they love giving tours. It’s on my list now, I highly suggest seeing if your big airport does these things to watch it since it’s very impressive!
That was on my bucket list of things to do here, I also accomplished driving under the runway when a 747 was taxiing over me. I’m getting spoiled by all these cargo 747s around. I’m currently watching them take off out the office window.
Just a quick update on what was happening, I hope to share more soon and get somewhat back into training. I’ll be writing more learning material soon too since October is fast approaching for my first class. Until next time!