Rose Marie Elected President of SouthWest Writers

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    Before I ever started articles and books about aviation, I sought out an organization who could offer advice and information on what it takes to be a successful author. I found SouthWest Writers (SWW)  located in my home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico.   SWW is a non-profit group comprised of over 350 authors, more than half of which have been published.  Their focus is to support both published and novice  authors in their efforts to improve their craft and further their careers.    At the first meeting attended in 2004, I met Jack Hickman, (Photo at right)  the editor […]

Future of General Aviation Article

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Hello Rose Marie, I have been reading your column in Plane and Pilot News religiously for several years and always enjoy your insight into weather and ATC.  However, this month you did something different and I wanted to let you know that I really liked it and would encourage you to keep this subject alive in future columns. It was thought provoking and I will be bringing this up at our next EAA meeting as well as the coffee gatherings at the airport. I just moved to NC from the Chicago area and would like to inspire the folks here […]

“Stress” Book Reviewed by Fly-Low

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Fly-Low Magazine book review gives “Stress is Relative” high praise. It has been my pleasure to write for Fly-Low magazine for the past ten years and this month (July Issue) the editor of Fly-Low magazine did me the honor of reviewing my latest book.   The editor/publisher of Fly-Low, Ralph McCormick is a pilot who knows what other pilots want to hear about.  Fly-Low focuses on the needs of general aviation pilots covering topics from air races and events to mechanical and legal issues. In his review he noted the details and miniscule workings of ATC pilots never see.  Since the […]

Women in Aviation International Conference

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  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.   Over 124 countries were represented including a colorful group from Uganda. Of course, some of the topics were unique.  This was the first time I’d seen a presentation on Flying While Pregnant, and a couple sessions on blending aviation careers and family.    One of my favorite sessions was […]

NMPW recognizes Air to Ground

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The annual New Mexico Communication Contest recognizes excellence in print, broadcast, electronic or Internet media, photography, marketing, public relations, graphic arts and journalism in New Mexico. Contest winners are announced in spring and awards are presented at New Mexico Press Women’s annual banquet. The 2018 New Mexico Press Women’s Communications contest awards have been announced.  The contest brings in thousands of entries each year in a number of categories.    This year Air to Ground won 2nd place in the Non-Fiction Books for Adults category! It has also been entered into the NMPW Zia Awards competition. Zia Book Award Women writers […]

A Wealth of Information

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Hello Rose Marie, I finished reading your book today. It was straight-forward, easy reading, and I enjoyed it. There is a wealth of information in it, and I learned things that are not published anywhere else, in any FAA textbooks, etc. You really did a good job of tying Flight Service with other branches of ATC. You must have had a fascinating career. I think this book would be very good for student pilots. If I get back into aviation and have students again, I will recommend your book for them. I last flew in 2003. So much has changed […]

Air to Ground now an E-Book!

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If you’ve been thinking you’d like to access all the information Rose Marie has gathered, but really didn’t want a physical book – you’re in luck!  Air to Ground is now available at Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book.  The cost of the e-book through their website is $5.99.  When you do a title search you must include Kindle (Air to Ground kindle) or only the print version will come up on the website. Instructor pilots across the nation have sent emails telling me that Air to Ground is a great primer for students and contains a lot of “I didn’t know that” […]

Future of General Aviation

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One of the biggest concerns of pilots across the country right now is the slow decline of General Aviation. The average age of pilots across the nation is now about 49 years old. Has the magic gone out of flying?    Anyone who has experienced the exhilaration of Oshkosh Air Venture would not think so, but the numbers nationwide paint a sad future. So why is this happening? A lot of reasons come to mind – the biggest one of which is simply that there are so many different ways that people can spend their money for personal thrills now. People […]

Modernization vs Privatization? How are they connected?

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Modernization versus Privatization During AirVenture there was a lot of talk about how ATC should not be privatized and their theme was “Modernization Not Privatization”.  To me, and a lot of pilots I spoke with, the combination of the two elements was confusing.  The reality is that Modernizing the Air Traffic System has NOTHING to do with Privatizing ATC, and many people have no idea what “privatizing” even involves.   Having lived through the privatization of Flight Service, I do have some insights to pass along.  I am neutral on whether privatization takes place or not, but I am very frustrated […]

The Total OSHKOSH Experience

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  Rose Marie’s Oshkosh Experience! Hey everybody!   I had a great time at AirVenture this year.  I gave a presentation on the History of Air Traffic Control and did 5 book signings during the event.   If you scroll down you’ll see my blog about what went on this week – a complete blow by blow of the personal experiences of a senior citizen/ex-ATC Specialist/woman galloping through a week of insanity.  Scroll down for a Day by Day Look at One Woman’s Oshkosh Experience – Modified Daily! Saturday July 22 (Opening Day minus 2) I am in the final stages of preparing […]