Women Who Rock In Aviation

Women’s History Month is the time set aside to boldly recognize women! We love it because it’s what we do all day everyday. Since we’ve entered into the aviation community as a platform in 2020 numbers of women in aviation have risen! We’d like to think women continuing to lift one another in the aviation community has a lot to do with it.

In order to celebrate, uplift, amplify and connect more women in aviation we are highlighting women throughout this community in this blog feature to finish Women’s History Month with a bang!!!! We know the next list will be filled with even more aviatrices.

We hope you enjoy our list of Women Who Rock In Aviation!!!!

Jalyn Clark
Jalyn Clark
IG: @jvlyynn
Philadelphia, PA

Definitely a young woman to watch, Jalyn, also known as Miss Pilot, is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Aviation – Professional Pilot at Delaware State University. She is an Instrument Rated Private Pilot who is almost done with her Commercial Rating. Miss Pilot uses her platform of being a female pilot to engage in the empowerment of women of color, inspiring through words of wisdom to uplift the world to be a better place. As pilots, we fly high and flying high means to always reach for the stars. She embraces and inspires communities of women to reach for the stars and their dreams.

Favorite Quote: “There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” ~Bosa Sebele
IG: @pilot.Stephh

I’m currently a student pilot, hoping that will change to PRIVATE PILOT soon!I also have experience in the airlines. I was a NYC based flight attendant for about 5 years and then a gate agent the year leading up to the pandemic. When operations slowed down, I took the opportunity to move back home to California and pursue my dream of becoming a pilot.

Favorite quote (Long but very meaningful to me. My mom and I have matching tattoos of a lotus that symbolize and remind us of this quote) —

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud— the obstacles of life and it’s suffering. The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.” – Goldie Hawn
Marakha Gray
Marakha Gray
IG: @av8r_gray
Atlanta, GA

An amazing CFII and creator of We Continue to Climb – an organization which uplifts and provides opportunities for minorities in aviation, Marakha’s passion seeps through everything she does.

Favorite Quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”

~Walt Disney
Tarah McAndrews
Tarah McAndrews
IG: Tarah.Melissa
Pompano Beach, FL

My name is Tarah and I am a Commercial, Multi Engine and Instrument Rated pilot, currently working on my CFI certificate! My journey to get here was definitely an unexpected one, I never dreamed of being a pilot as a little girl and did not come from an aviation family. I caught the flying bug in my 20’s while traveling with another pilot flying around the US and back and forth to Haiti while working at a mission there. Although he is now in heaven, I can’t ever thank him enough for mentoring me and inspiring me to pursue this path I’m on. I know being able to do what I do is such a privilege and I hope to inspire and encourage others (especially you girls!) in the same way I was.

“I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.” -Ralph Albernathy

Blue skies!
TaoTao Wanma Tasangkha
TaoTao Wanma Tasangkha
IG: @_taotao

Air Traffic Controller. Public Figure. World Traveler.
Asha Ali
Asha Ali
Edmonton, AB Canada
IG: @asha_oud

I really love Flying because to me it feels like freedom. Every time I set foot in the cabin,I always experience the thrill or joy of flying. Plus it’s been my favorite form of transportation even before becoming a pilot. Plus being a pilot I have met an amazing community of people that I am grateful for.

My favorite quote by Leonardo da Vinci

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return”.
Katherine O’krepka
Katherine O’krepka
Dingmans Ferry, PA

I attend Delaware State University pursuing my bachelors in Aviation – Professional Pilot!  A quote that helps me reach my goals is by Henry Ford which states “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” I’m currently working on my Commercial Rating and hope to fly for the airlines soon! Safe skies 🙂
Mia Edage-Alleyne
Mia Edage-Alleyne
IG: @miaedaga
Commercial Pilot

Aircraft Dispatcher
Samantha Poirier
Samantha Poirier
IG: @samanthapoirier_

I am from Loveland, Colorado, and even though I have lived all over the US I was born and raised in Colorado and love it here.

I have done so many different things in aviation but my favorite is EMS. My medical crew has become my family. We are always in tough, tight landing areas in the mountains and intense situations and we all work together as a team. The job is rewarding and the fact that I can help someone out on their worst day is priceless to me.  When a patient comes back and says thank you for being there for me that day, is why I do this job.  No paycheck could ever replace that feeling of helping someone else out.

Fav Quote: “Never overestimate your skill level, never underestimate mother nature, and never be afraid to say no.”
Patricia Castro
Patricia Castro
Dominican Republic

Air Traffic Controller.
Cooper the Pilot
IG: @cooperthepilot

What I do in aviation…well that is always changing. Personally it is continuing to grow and train as a pilot. But for others, it is to encourage and lift them up to the skies with my bare hands if I have to! ASEL/ASES/REMOTE

currently training for Helicopter Add-On and Commercial Fixed Wing.

Favorite quote…”if I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Emily Herron
Beaver Dam, KY

I am a private pilot and I own a Piper J-3 Cub with my dad that has been in my family for almost 73 years. Most of my time is tailwheel time. I am also the Airport Manager at Madisonville Regional Airport in Madisonville, KY, the Vice-Chair of the Kentucky Bluegrass 99’s Chapter, and a lover of and advocate for general aviation. I also do fabric aircraft restoration and repair.

“Argue for your limitations and they are yours.” – Richard Bach
Las Vegas, NV

Commercial Pilot. Advanced Instrument Ground Instructor. 1st Generation Pilot.
Aish Shrestha
IG: @aishwaryasimi

I am from Nepal and currently live in Baltimore, MD. I am a student pilot pursuing my PPL, and an associates degree in Professional Flight. I work in Operations at a Part 135 Charter Company. I am honored to be helping spread the words of females in aviation as a Women with Wings ambassador, marketing assistant & treasurer for PreFlight Aviation Camp, and part of my incredible Maryland 99s sisterhood. I wish to be a commercial pilot one day, and build a flight school for women.

Favorite quote – “Adventure is worthwhile in itself”. – Amelia Earhart
Rumeisa Maresha
IG: @maresharumeisa

My name is Rumeisa Maresha and I am a sophomore at Green River College in Seattle, Washington, where I am completing my Associate’s Degree in Aviation Technology. For as long as I can remember, it has always been my dream to become a pilot. But, ironically, it was not often that I would see a plane fly by where I  grew up. Raised in a small village in Eritrea, located in East Africa, I used to stare at the occasional planes as they broke through the sky and disappeared into their next location. This reminds me of how my family and I escaped war in Eritrea and had to flee to save our lives. We sought asylum in Ethiopia when I was ten years old. We lived in a refugee camp for close to five years before moving to the United States. In each of my interactions with planes, I remember saying confidently, “One day, I will be the person flying this.” I have my instrument rating and plan on starting commercial rating soon. My aviation goal is to become an Airline Pilot.

Favorite Quote: “If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you can use the aircraft the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.” Chuck Yeager
Maiara Bessa
IG: @maaybessa

Aircraft Maintainer and Current Student Pilot.
Shaniya Noelle
Atlanta, GA
IG: @iamnyanoelle
Barbara Sutton
IG: @barbsutt
Brooklyn, NY

I am a mother, wife, student pilot, advanced ground instructor, and a lifelong learner. When my flying journey was abruptly paused, I didn’t let that deter me from following my dreams. I continued to pursue aviation on the ground. I got my AGI, and now teach private pilots the aeronautical knowledge they need to be successful. I also am in the process of  obtaining a masters degree in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Worldwide. I’m going to continue forward, and continue to strive to be the best in all endeavors going forward, and I hope to take to the skies again someday!

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop” -Confucius
Nathaly Campos
IG: _nathalymassiel

Flight Attendant.
Elizabeth Drazich
IG: @ldrazich
Eugene, OR

I currently work for a Part 135 operator in western Alaska where I fly Cessna 207’s full of cargo and people into remote villages that have no access to the road system. I fly everything from Amazon Prime packages to soda pop and elderly people going into

the larger village for their doctor’s visits to small babies going home from the hospital for the first time.

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
Dani Alarcon
IG: @berenice_alarcon10

Aircraft Maintenance Technician and Private Pilot.
Eliana Rothwell
Durango, CO

Eliana is a true aviator at heart. She serves as the current WAI Delaware Diamond Chapter President. She is also pursuing her Bachelor’s in Aviation – Professional Pilot at Delaware State University. We are sure to see her in a flight deck as an Airline Pilot sooner than later.

Favorite Quote: “It is ok to be afraid, what is not ok is to let fear paralyze you, don’t let fear hold you back from achieving your goals.” ~Olga Custodio
Cuju Wanjugu
IG: @cuju_wanjugu
Nairobi, Kenya

Check out Cuju. She is an Aircraft Engineer. Such an amazing future lies ahead of her.
Lisa Simpson
IG:  @travelisa_
Placerville, CA

I have wanted to fly since I was about 5 years old. For the past 22 years, I have been a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines and have traveled the world. I was able to go after my dream of flying and earned my Private Pilot Certificate 17 months ago, just in time for my 50th birthday. I fly out of Sacramento’s McClellan Airport and have done flights around Northern California. In addition to flying around home, my goal is to rent planes on a few of my favorite layovers. So far, I’ve rented in Kauai, Honolulu, Seattle, and San Diego. I love giving back to the aviation community. I am a member of the 99s, Women in Aviation, and the Civil Air Patrol.

My Favorite Quote: “life is an adventure…live each day to its fullest”
Cailey Stewart

Cailey is a bright star with an even brighter future. She obtained her Private Pilot’s License before graduating High School. Now she is a student at Delaware State University pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation – Private Pilot. She will be finishing up her Instrument Rating soon.

Favorite Quote: “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” ~Henry Ford
Ashley Gomez Barboza
IG: @gbashly
Costa Rica

my name ashley

I love to fly. lEver since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of flying high. I’ve always wanted to be a pilot.
Alejandra Paz
IG: @madrequeviaja
Los Angeles, CA

Alejandra is a Certified Flight Instructor who loves to be in the air as much as possible.

Favorite quote: “You are always responsible for how people remember you- or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.” -Kobe Bryant
Brittany Pink
IG: @thepinkaviatrix

Brittany is a Private Pilot and Assistant Air Traffic Controller. She brings her unique perspectives about aviation and life on her youtube channel The Pink Aviatrix. Be sure to follow her for some sure inspiration.
Lorin Pontoon
IG: @xopilito
Ashley Vanboven
IG: @ashleyvanboven
North Carolina

Ashley is a ramp agent and absolutely loves it. She has a serious passion for “big birds” with Boeing 777’s and Airbus 330’s being her faves.
Cynthia Morris
IG: @canary.fly

Cynthia’s passion for aviation began at an early age with her father as a pilot himself. She seeks to lead the way no matter where she is expanding diversity in aviation. Cynthia is in the process of completing her Commercial Rating.
Emily E. Maguire
IG: @maguireemily
Millbury, MA

I have been interested in aviation for as long as I can remember. Although I grew up hearing

that “it was too much work” and “a waste of money” I knew I had “the bug” before my first lesson. it. I am working towards the opportunity to get my

private and instrument rating so I can operate charity flights around New England for those in need of medical treatment and foster animals. I am also planning on eventually becoming a CFI since I thoroughly enjoy teaching others.

In a male-dominated industry, it is essential that women’s voices are included and amplified

because our perspective and opinions matter.
Jessica Whitell
IG: @jess_whitwell

I am thankful to have discovered flying, but often question why I had never thought it was an

option until I became a Flight Attendant in my late 20’s. For me, it took seeing other women as pilots before I considered it for myself. This is why I feel it is crucial for women’s voices to be amplified in aviation. By normalizing women in aviation through supporting each other, acting as role models, and spreading awareness to younger generations, we will create more opportunity for women to join the aviation industry.
Jillian Warren
IG: @jilli_the_pilot

At a young age, airplane trips were always a thrilling experience. My mom would tell me how my eyes would open widely with pure excitement during takeoff, and how I always anticipated that butterflies-in-your-stomach feeling when the wheels would finally leave the pavement. I decided that being a pilot was a possible path for me my senior year in high school. I’m currently a Private Pilot and long term I hope to become a pilot for a major commercial airline.  Some girls grow up to believe that becoming a pilot is something that only boys can do. In order to counter this stigma and belief, an important perspective should constantly be remembered and taught to our youth in order to fuel the potential fires for aviation. That perspective is ultimately this: girls can fly airplanes too.
Mikayla Turner
IG: @bucketranger
New York

I grew up in a small town in New York, not too far from my local airport. airport. I would watch planes and helicopters overhead and knew I wanted to learn how to fly. In 2019, I experienced my first flight in a helicopter while traveling. The flight was no more than 10 minutes, but from that moment on, I caught a case of the aviation bug. Flying a helicopter is fun and like nothing I’ve ever done before! Having the skies be your “office” and getting paid to fly as a career, sounds like the best job ever. The ultimate goal is

to earn my ATP rating, and then work for the National Park Service in their search and rescue

division. I have a great passion for helping people. This goal combines both my

love for providing assistance to others and my passion for flying.
Cecilia Delgadillo
IG: @_ceciliaisabel_
New York

I’m a student pilot,  Part

107 rated drone operator, aviation photographer and musician. I was born to fly. One day when I was 12 I decided to tell my parents I wanted to be a pilot. Fast forward a bit, I began flight training in 2020 and have absolutely loved it ever since. Flight lessons are always the

highlight of my week. Aviation is such a beautiful thing, I believe it is my duty to share it with the world. Only 7% of pilots are

female, and less than 1% are latina. We have to stick together. By sticking together we become stronger.
Alya Dignitya
IG: @alyadgnty
Tangerang, Banten

Aircraft Technician
Hlashila Komane
IG: hlashila_komane

My passion for aviation came to light during 2010, when I was in sixth grade. I was privileged to go to an urban school and one

day, my Social Science teacher gave us a lesson about how South Africa hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup soon after the Apartheid era. This historical event brought about good publicity and economic growth to the country. It also sparked new career interests for those who watched the Boeing 747 passenger jet fly over the Johannesburg stadium during the final World Cup tournament. It was that lesson that ignited a great passion within me. Since then, I made up my mind to become a commercial pilot

and fly passengers safely to and from their destination choice.
Amy Sanchez
IG: @amyoutsidethemusic

I am a private pilot and intend on becoming a bush pilot, flying primarily in Alaska and South Africa.Female pilots are multi-dimensional, driven,

strong, and compassionate, and I’d be honored to be in their company. I look forward to returning the favor in the future, inspiring other women as one of a small number of female bush pilots.
Tomica Adams
IG: @ladyofthesky
Professional Pilot

Tomica is an amazing aviatrix and living legend. She has flown the B737, B757, B767 and now the B777 while at United Airlines. She recently became 1 of 4 Black Female Captains at United Airlines. She’s an avid mentor to many and uses her skills, gifts and knowledge to lift the next generation of aviators through organizations like OBAP (Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals) and Sisters of the Skies.
Stephanie B.
IG: @stephannniiiieeeee

Fearless woman and current student pilot, Stephanie lives life on her own terms. She’s one of the newest co hosts on Cockpits and Cocktails – an aviation driven podcast. When she’s not hitting the mic you can catch her in the skies in her pink accented Cirrus flying wherever she wants.
Zahra Mohammadian
IG: @lara.amour747

Aircraft Engineer
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

Affectionately known as Captain Mama, Graciela is a proud Latina and Air Force Veteran. While in the Air Force she served as an Aviator- Instructor Navigator. Now she is using her passion for aviation to fuel the next generation. Graciela writes bilingual children’s literature which inspires children to fly.
IG: @hangar.queen12

Cassidy is an A&P/IA. She maintains a fleet of 18 warbirds for a flying museum. She’s been a mechanic for over 10 years and has a deep love and passion for aviation.

A Fave Quote: I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! ~Dr. Suess
Sherrexcia Rolle
IG: @rexyrolle

Rexy is the Vice President of Operations and General Counsel for Western Air. WEstern Air is a Bahamas-based black owned aviation business.
Beth Ramirez

Beth is the founder of Women With Wings. She created the organization in order to add more encouragement to female aviators around the world. The organization now has an ambassador program, a mentor/mentee program and has given out a scholarship. Beth herself is a Certified Flight Instructor while also being exceptionally active in pageantry. So much so, the first ever Women With Wings Pageant festivities kick off April 1st, 2022 so be sure to stay tuned.
Nathalie Quintero
IG: @stemforaerospace
Caracas, Venezuela

Nathalie is a force to be reckoned with. She migrated to the US to pursue her dream of becoming an Aerospace Engineer through her studies at Embry Riddle. She recently finished her Masters in Systems Engineering at Cornell. She works for Boeing as a Test and Launch Operations Systems Engineer for NASA’s Space Launch Systems Rocket. To top all of that off she created Stem for Aerospace to inspire youth about Aerospace. How amazing!!!!
IG: @doveandcrow

Hi I’m Sarah! I’m a student pilot working through my private certificate. I had a later start than most for a variety of reasons, but after a significant change/loss in 2020 I decided I couldn’t wait any longer. I immediately started working towards my private, and I hope to go straight into my instrument rating, with the goal to eventually get my tailwheel, high performance and complex endorsement as well (maybe throw in a seaplane rating, you never know, it’s handy in Kodiak). I’ve been really grateful for all that aviation has brought to my life so far. I’ve been lucky in my relatively short time flying to have some incredible experiences! I fly out of the PNW which offers daily incredible views, but I’ve also had a chance to fly in Kodiak with my uncle, and because of some chance encounters I also was given the opportunity to spend some one on one time with the Yak 110 and even get into the cockpit! Aviation has also brought some stellar humans into my life as well. It’s been a wild ride and I’m excited to see how it continues.

“Flight is the essence of the spirit. It nurtures the soul. It is awesome. Often ethereal. Glorious. Emotionally wondrous and all-pervading. Intangible.” ~Louise Thaden

IG: @toyianichole

I’ve recently started my aviation journey! After raising my kids and sending them on to college, I decided one day…I wanna be a pilot!

My goal in aviation is to educate and inspire people on how to become a pilot. Connecting with women and people of color will be a huge focus for me because representation matters. If I can do it, you can to — let’s be great together! Upon completing my training requirements, I plan to own my own airplane and help with Search and Rescue efforts.

Diana Trujillo
IG: @fromcalitomar

Diana is an Aerospace Engineer. She was Team Lead for the engineering team that created the robotic arm of the Perseverance Rover which landed successfully on Mars in 2021. She left her home to accomplish her goals and she’s doing just that. She became the first “Hispanic Immigrant Woman” to be admitted into the NASA Academy.
IG: @cclaudiacali

Student pilot (private pilot, instrument rated, with ATPL)

Hello! I’m Claudia from Italy! I’m a student pilot who just passed all of the 14 atpl exams! So excited to keep on doing what I love, which is flying. I’m currently studying for my conversions and my commercial license! Atpl has been hard, but I really worked hard on myself and i managed to succeed into getting this licence, the most important of all. Keep doing what you love, never stop dreaming and be proud of who you are becoming. Fly high!!!

Fave Quote: “up, up and away!”
Lauren Savage
Lauren Savage
IG: @laurenthesavage

Lauren is outstanding!!!! She is an Aerospace Engineer at Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs. She has both commercial and military aerospace engineering experience. Lauren is also a pilot and hopes to continue building hours to add to her already amazing astronaut application in the future. Talk about paving the way and being an inspiration.

Thank you to every woman who was listed. It was such an honor to learn about each of you. To this amazing aviation community, thank you for reading and we will see you with another list, next year!

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