There’s absolutely nothing like Music. It affects the mood like nothing else. It has the power to lift you and even express the deepest depths of your feelings. It’s a connector. A conduit. Whether working out —-driving for a long trip, the perfect Play List makes that much better. So of course if you’re flying, the elevation you’d experience from an amazing playlist is nothing short of wonderful.
For our first playlist titled “Women DoIT Well’ we found it only right that we begin with some fun yet powerful songs from powerful women. We collaborated with Pilot, Model and Influencer, Jalyn aka Miss PILOT to bring you a diverse group of talented women who’ve shattered many ceilings in their own lives to hopefully encourage you while you’re on the journey of doing the same in your own life.
So get your autopilot ready and enjoy!!!! Let us know what you think.
Happy 1st International Black Aviation Day! We love this! Right in the middle of Black History Month, all around the world we take a distinct moment to celebrate the contributions of Black Humans in aviation around the world past and present.
This day has been long in the making and is finally here. Largely credited with its creation is Casey Grant. Grant was one of the first Black Women to serve as a Commercial Flight Attendant for Delta Airlines. She’s made it her mission to uplift the contributions of Black Aviators.
We know how important it is to share our stories. In sharing our stories it becomes a reality that others can now see. It allows others to see themselves —- therefore giving them permission to dream. Grant has also shared stories by authoring books “Stars in the Sky” and “Stars and Beyond.”
And now. We all have the opportunity to share and elevate the stories of the Black Aviators who have added so much to an industry where there are still few as far as representation is concerned. The great news is, that’s changing. The more we see it, the more we lift the generations that will come.
So once again, Happy 1st International Black Aviation Day. Cheers on many more to come!!!!
Check out this list of organizations built by Black Aviators who have paved the way and are building ramps of opportunities for others today!!!!
Meet the 2023 Davis McGill Grant Recipient Sashia Watson
WRW Team: How did your journey in aviation begin?
Sashia: My journey in Aviation began about eight years ago. It all started when I began studying for my ASVAB. I studied the mechanical section the most, In preparation for my test. I ensured I was familiar with tools, pulleys, and gear questions. The fundamental aspect of mechanical operations was a new field for me. So ideally, I felt it was In my best interest to gain greater knowledge about it ahead of time. I never imagined I would pass my ASVAB and get offered one job, and the job offer be an aviation mechanic.
WRW Team: Once you received your ASVAB Scores, what were your next steps in Aviation?
Sashia: The idea of working with my hands was always something I longed to do. To know I would be doing so shortly after boot camp was life-changing. I had the honor of working on C-2s and E-2s in Norfolk, Virginia. I moved on to a much bigger aircraft after, the E6-B Mercury in Oklahoma City. I love that I was able to learn about every aspect of these aircraft, weather it be about my specific job or something outside of my job rating during those times. I, more importantly, admire that there is always something to learn in aviation.
WRW Team: After working on so many amazing aircraft, how are you continuing your education to enhance your maintainer skills?
Sashia: My drive to further my knowledge lead me to the Aviation Institute of Maintenance in Duluth, GA. After stopping by for a quick tour, I knew this was exactly where I needed to be. My current short-term goal at the Aviation institute of maintenance is to complete my General written exam. After doing so, I plan to extend my program and pursue the Avionics Program. I plan to progress forward with my aspirations of completing my Aviation Maintenance Technician program. My long-term life and Aviation journey goals are to work for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Aircraft Inspector. This goal will take quite some time, but I’m excited to experience, explore, and complete as much as possible along the way.
WRW Team: Why is uplifting women in the aviation industry important to you?
Sashia: Being in Aviation has shown me how to work with, learn from and train others from all walks of life. Doing all three has opened my eyes to different perspectives on aviation. More importantly, women in aviation. It’s no secret that aviation is a male-dominated field. However, the very few women that I have met and grown to learn about in this field have made aviation that much more meaningful to me. Even though men and women are two different species, we can accomplish many of the same things. These include; Aviation Maintenance, flying aircraft, all the way down to the engineering aspects of aviation. This is why women’s voices need to be amplified in aviation because we bring a different perspective. We bring an enhanced view to troubleshooting, to designing, to preservation and prevention, and most importantly to safe maintenance practices. Women’s voices in aviation should be amplified because we are the Bessie Coleman, the Amelia Earhart, the Elsie MacGil and the Harriet Quimby of Aviation.