Flying Above the Glass Ceiling

                                              Flying Above the Glass Ceiling   
                                                         By Captain Nina Anderson

                                                         ISBN 1-9781884820-94-6
                                                               $14.95    136 ppg

Are women still a novelty in the cockpits of airline and corporate aircraft?  Of the more than 600,000 pilots in the USA, 6 percent are women
and of that number, women comprise only 4 percent of the pilots that have Airline Transport ratings qualifying them to Captain commercial
aircraft. Women definitely are in the minority when it comes to their presence in the cockpit. Most passengers have seen or heard a woman
flight deck member while flying on an airliner. but few even know that they are an integral part of the corporate flight departments.  
In these tough economic times the image of executive transportation in private aircraft has been tarnished by the media. What isn’t told is the
story behind the incredible safety factor and time/money savings that this mode of corporate transportation delivers. And what has not been
widely publicized is the competence of the flight crews that deliver this safety factor whose training equals that of the airlines. In addition
these crews have additional duties that qualify them as managers, dispatchers, cabin attendants, and public relations emmissaries.
Retired corporate pilot, Nina Anderson not only tells her story but worked in collaboration with several other women pilots who forged new
territory in the 1970s and 1980s by being the first hired by their airline or their corporate flight department. In a time when women were mostly
excluded from executive positions, including the front office of a jet, these woman persevered. Their stories give inspiration to anyone who
has the qualifications to achieve their career goal but finds the door closed for any number of reasons. In her book, Flying Above the Glass
Ceiling she takes us through the accomplishments of women flyers from the 1800s right through present day, noting their specific struggles of
entering a man’s occupation and giving insight into what it was that kept them moving toward their dream. Giving us a glimpse of their
personal stories, their triumphs and disappointments, we are taught lessons that can apply to anyone persuing their chosen career.
Information presented is not limited to women aviators but encompasses many of the occupations that make up the category, aviation –
mechanics, dispatchers, flight attendants, aircraft brokers, engineers. Tips from successful aviation related business owners help the reader
to get a glimpse of how they can deal with discrimination, relationships, competition and a sexist attitude. This book is an entertaining read,
but more than that reveals the determination and passion of these women who all rose to success in the face of many obstacles. Included in
the book is a resource chapter that gives the reader outlets for flight training, employment services, pilot supplies, related organizations and
support groups.

Nina tells the fascinating “behind the cockpit door” stories of many significant female aviators.  I, for one, am delighted to share my
secrets and hope that you’ll use this re-source to help you advance your own pilot career.”
Captain Karen Kahn

The history of Women in Aviation is a hard earned story of the persistence of many brave and tenacious women who have overcome the
dominance of a male oriented profession. Nina Anderson and her literary companions provide abundant information to assist and
encourage young women to follow their interest in an aviation career. It takes persistence, passion and deter
Janice Barden, Founder and Chairman, Aviation Personnel International

The stories these women share, stories of perseverance and tenacity aligned with the highest degree of competence, best reflect the
characteristics of all women who have challenged themselves to become aviators. Flying Above the Glass Ceiling creates role models
for all aspiring commercial pilots to admire and follow. Those of us in the Ninety-Nines Organization of Women Pilots recognize the
enormity of the steps they took and congratulate Nina for presenting real-life examples of the problems they faced and how they solved
Susan Larson, President The Ninety-Nines, Inc., International Organization of Women Pilots

This book is far more than a tribute to the amazing women who persevered to carve out a permanent place for women in aviation. Flying
Above the Glass Ceiling is a celebration of human triumph over obstacles. A must read for anyone interested in pursuing and achieving
the dream of a career in aviation.
Captain Caroline Bryan, President, Women in Corporate Aviation

Table of Contents
Jan Barden

Chapter One
Fighting to Fly

Chapter Two
Women Airline Pilots – Finally!
Emily Howell Warner  
Bonnie Tiburzi
Julie Clark
Karen Kahn
Gail Gorski
Connie Tobias  

Chapter Three
Corporate Aviatrix
The Corporate Job
Nina Anderson
Katha House
Susan Anderson
Cher Hanssen
Valerie Wells

Chapter Four
A Look from the Ground
Anne Armstrong
Diane Levine Wilson

Chapter Five
Flying Today …Achieving Success!
Beth Jenkins
Kim Kosciusko

Lynn Thoma

Chapter Six
Resources for pilots
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