Stress is Relative
A Memoir by Rose Marie Kern
August 1st, 1983 was the day I entered the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City to embark on a totally new and exciting career path. The parking lot full of cars with license plates from every state in the nation was adjacent to the Will Rogers airfield. From that day on the sound of all kinds of aircraft wove accompaniment to the music of my life.
So what was it like to walk the corridors of Air Traffic Control in the years after the strike? As a young divorced mother I needed to have a good, solid career in order to raise my daughters in a safe and comfortable environment. I learned to stand my ground when others tried to trip me up and over time I became one of the best at my job.
Ever since I began this line of work people who meet me say “Ohhh, that is such a stressful job!”
Walk through my memories of the last 34 years and decide for yourself.
I had a blast at the 29th Annual Women in Aviation International conference last week in Reno! It was a blast and for any woman who works in aviation it was a real treat to see over 3,000 airline pilots, military pilots, engineers, mechanics, controllers, and private pilots all come together to celebrate aviation.
Of course, some of the topics were unique. This was the first time I’d seen a presentation on Flying While Pregnant, and ….(Read more here)
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Air to Ground
Winner! 2018 New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Awards
The FAA for the most part is a faceless entity dictating orders which pilots must follow to keep our nation’s skies safe. For over eleven years Rose has written monthly articles for many national and regional pilot magazines which provide easy understanding as to how the Air Traffic system works, and gives insights into the people and facilities pilots talk to every day.
Rose’s book, Air to Ground compiles the information from those articles useful to both student pilots and aviators who have long enjoyed soaring along highways in the sky. She shares both practical and humorous insights as well as glimpses into the bigger picture of Air Traffic Control.
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