Candidates for WAI Board of Directors
Vote via proxy or at the annual Membership Meeting during the WAI Annual
Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort on Thursday, March 14th at 11:00 am
in Nashville, Tennessee.
CDR. PAtRICIA L. BECKMAN
Commander Trish Beckman, U.S. Navy
(retired), currently flies for Boeing Test
of the Boeing 737, and as a Flight Navigator for ferry flights and engineering test
flights (737, 767, 777). She has more than
4100 flight hours in 71 aircraft types.
Beckman spent more than 28 years
on active duty in the U.S. Navy (eight
years enlisted and 20 years as an officer). Besides being a graduate of the
U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, she also
instructed there. She holds a BS in
Aerospace Engineering, an MS in Aeronautical Engineering, and a Masters in
Beckman is a Past President of Women Military Aviators, Inc. (WMA), and
is a founding board member of Women in Aviation, International. (One year
Lt. COL. KAtHLEEN CREVELING
Lt. Col. Kathleen Creveling got her start
in aviation in the U.S. Air Force. She
spent 10 years on active duty as a T- 38
instructor and C141 air refueling and
WAI ACtIVE At AOPA SuMMIt
Sunny skies, temperatures in the 90s and a sense of optimism greeted par- ticipants of the 2012 AOPA Summit held in Palm Springs, California, on Oc- tober 11-13. The event began with the traditional parade of planes from the
Palm Springs Airport down city streets to the Convention Center.
More than 400 exhibitors, ranging from aircraft manufacturers to the makers of pilot supplies and aviation advocacy groups filled the exhibit hall. The event was rife with hands-on learning experiences and
interactive experiences geared toward helping pilots take their flying to the next level.
Women in Aviation, International was represented by Chapter Relations Manager Betty Huck and several member vol-
unteers, including Deb McFarland, Meg Godlewski, Brittney Miculka and others from the local California WAI Chapters. All
participated at the WAI Breakfast, as well as the AOPA Aviator Breakfast the next day. Huck and Miculka presented a
scholarship seminar, as well as participated in the WAI Meet-ups each day.
Redbird Flight Simulations provided two full-motion simulators, one in the
configuration of a Piper Cub, the other a two-place design used by the Society
of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) for the pilot proficiency project. Pilots
were invited to fly one of 12 scenar-
ios that focused on honing the their
airmanship, decision making and
flight planning skills.
During the show speakers such
as aviation educator and humorist Rod Machado kept the crowd entertained
and provided one-on-one discussions at the Aviation Book Company booth in-
between seminars. Betty Huck spent the better part of three days talking with
and signing up new members. AOPA Summit is also a time of recognition for
many pilots. It wasn’t uncommon to see participants with badges expressing their aviation accomplishments, their role
at the Summit or years of membership. Kit Warfield (WAI #4734), a seaplane pilot and flight instructor from Seattle, sport-
ed more ribbons than a southern cotillion.
Next year’s AOPA Summit is slated for October 10-12 in Fort Worth, Texas. Find out more at www.aopa.org/summit.
by Meg Godlewski
WAI member Kit Warfield