Saturday, October 18, 2014

Woman with New Hampshire ties to head Air Force in Pacific

Non - pilot to lead the Air Force

From: http://www.wmur.com/news/woman-with-new-hampshire-ties-to-head-air-force-in-pacific/29178974

HONOLULU —President Barack Obama has selected the first female non-pilot to head the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific.
At a packed ceremony in Hawaii, Lt. Gen. Lori Robinson received the highest rank in the U.S. Air Force -- four-star general.
 
Robinson, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, will replace a veteran pilot who is moving to another post.

“I realize that there is no other command more important to our nation’s security and defense,” Robinson said.

Robinson is the second woman in the Air Force to earn the four-star general rank and is the first woman to command combat forces in the Air Force.

The general she is replacing, Gen. Hawk Carlisle, said Robinson is more than able to fill the new role.
“She is absolutely capable at everything she does,” Carlisle said. “And as importantly, she is always there for every one of her brothers and sisters in the Air Force.”

Robinson’s father lives in Jackson, New Hampshire. She entered the Air Force in 1982 through the ROTC program at UNH.

Robinson said she hopes her early training in the Granite State will help her protect the world.
“Our international friendships have never been more important than today as we endeavor to safeguard and continue an environment that has fostered prosperity in the region and the world over the past decade,” she said.

Monday, October 6, 2014

In her father's flight path: Boom operator discovered air refueling at 15

From Air Force Times: http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20141005/NEWS/310050021/In-her-father-s-flight-path-Boom-operator-discovered-air-refueling-15

In January 2005, the Repp family boarded a Hawaii-bound KC-135 Stratotanker to escape a bitter-cold winter at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.
Aboard that space-available flight, Danielle, the second of three Repp children, climbed up front, put on a headset and watched an air refueling mission for the first time. She was 15.
Her father, now-retired Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Repp, had spent his entire 30-year career as a boom operator.
“It kind of clicked — that’s the job for me,” Danielle said of the experience.
She decided to head to college after high school and major in business. But the memory of the refueling mission lingered. In 2009, Danielle saw her older sister, Taryn, join the Air Force, become a medical technician and get stationed overseas.
“I was watching all that. I watched her tech school graduation,” Danielle said. “I saw all these opportunities in the Air Force.”
In 2012, three years after Taryn headed to basic, Danielle decided she, too, would enlist. Her No. 1 career choice: boom operator.
That she’d joined the Air Force at all surprised her dad. He’d tried not to push his children toward any particular career path. The military, Daniel had told them, was one of many options.
Now his two eldest children were beginning their Air Force careers just as his ended. Daniel had spent his first two years out of high school working. He joined the service in 1981 because, he said, “I was really looking to be part of something bigger, a greater cause.”
He went in without a job assignment and no clear idea of what he wanted to do. “While at basic training, they pull you aside and tell you these are the must-fill jobs and hard-to-fill jobs and see who might like to volunteer. I knew nothing about air refueling,” the retired chief said, but he signed up anyway.
“It was an exciting adventure” that took him to bases in Michigan, Oklahoma, California, New Jersey and Washington, he said. Daniel served as an instructor, squadron and group superintendent and a numbered Air Force evaluator before retiring from Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, in 2011 as Air Mobility Command’s functional manager.
When Danielle announced she was joining the Air Force, “we talked about all sorts of different jobs” in the service, he said. “I really wanted it to be her decision. I stayed away from trying to bias her. It was her choice. I gave her all the information I could, introduced her to people in various jobs.”
But Danielle was sure she wanted to refuel planes like her father.
“He was beyond ecstatic,” she said of her dad’s reaction.
Today, Danielle, a senior airman, serves as a boom operator with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron at RAF Mildenhall, England. Mindful of how watching the refueling mission at 15 impacted her life, she calls up tanker passengers to get a glimpse of the task as often as she can.
Father and daughter talk at least twice a week, their conversations often centered around work.
Being a boom operator “is very different for her in many ways. The mission is very different. What tankers do today is very dynamic. Schedules change rapidly. They’re all over the world doing work,” Daniel said.
He entered the Air Force during the Cold War when the focus was on nuclear deterrence. “Deterring the bad guys meant tanker and bomber crews sat alert for a week, in a facility adjacent to our loaded aircraft, separated from our families, waiting to launch at a moment’s notice. Every third week was a week on alert,” he wrote in an email.
“One thing that hasn’t changed is tankers are often in the background. They’re not on the front page,” Daniel said.
The Repp family’s Air Force story isn’t over yet.
Jacob Repp, the youngest, heads to basic training in January. He’s been selected to become an airborne linguist.
“I’m very proud of my girls and my son. I think they are not only doing what they enjoy, but the work has meaning and purpose,” Daniel said. “Sometimes, things work out better than one can hope.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ninety Nines return to Warwick for annual picnic and meeting

From:  - http://warwickadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140923/NEWS01/140929990/Ninety-Nines-return-to-Warwick-for-annual-picnic-and-meeting#sthash.A8HHSVfV.dpuf

Poor weather on Saturday, Sept. 6, may have prevented some of the ladies of the North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" from flying into Warwick Municipal Airport in their own airplanes for the organization's annual picnic and meeting. But that didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended.
"Holding our annual picnic at Warwick Airport has become a tradition," said recently elected Chapter Chair Shannon Osborne, who usually flies her own single engine Cessna 182 to the event. "We'll be back every year, for sure."
The "Ninety-Nines" has been home to women pilots since the early days of aviation.
The world famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, its first president, and 98 other early female aviators established the "Ninety Nines" in 1929.
The organization is an international non-profit association of licensed professional and private women pilots. Full membership requires that the applicant be licensed as a fixed wing, helicopter, balloon or glider pilot. And many of the almost 90 members of the Chapter also have instrument, commercial and other advanced ratings. Some have served as airline pilots or were even former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Five years ago, their "Ninety-Nines" display in the Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey was completed and open to visitors.
- See more at: http://warwickadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140923/NEWS01/140929990/Ninety-Nines-return-to-Warwick-for-annual-picnic-and-meeting#sthash.A8HHSVfV.dpuf


WARWICK — Poor weather on Saturday, Sept. 6, may have prevented some of the ladies of the North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" from flying into Warwick Municipal Airport in their own airplanes for the organization's annual picnic and meeting. But that didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended.
"Holding our annual picnic at Warwick Airport has become a tradition," said recently elected Chapter Chair Shannon Osborne, who usually flies her own single engine Cessna 182 to the event. "We'll be back every year, for sure."
The "Ninety-Nines" has been home to women pilots since the early days of aviation.
The world famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, its first president, and 98 other early female aviators established the "Ninety Nines" in 1929.
The organization is an international non-profit association of licensed professional and private women pilots. Full membership requires that the applicant be licensed as a fixed wing, helicopter, balloon or glider pilot. And many of the almost 90 members of the Chapter also have instrument, commercial and other advanced ratings. Some have served as airline pilots or were even former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Five years ago, their "Ninety-Nines" display in the Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey was completed and open to visitors.
Founded in 1972, the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's aviation and space heritage. The emphasis of the North New Jersey Chapter's display and video presentations is on the role of women pilots in modern times rather than the early history of the organization.
This past year, for example, one of its members, Marilyn Patierno, completed the 38th annual "Air Race Classic," a four day, 2,200 nautical mile flight from Concord, California to Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
Osborne, who served on the ground at each end of the event as a volunteer, reported that this was no easy task since very bad , including icing conditions and tornadoes en route, had forced many of the fliers to drop out of the race.
The annual picnic in September is the Chapter's official kick-off for the year's activities, including one on Oct. 11 at Lincoln Park Airport in New Jersey when the Chapter will host "Pennies-a-Pound."
"As part of our mission to educate and share the aviation experience with the community, we'll be offering airplane rides for 35 pennies a pound to a maximum of $50 per person," said Osborne. "Everyone can enjoy the beauty and exhilaration of a ride in a general aviation airplane."
The North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" continues to offer scholarships for flight training, which are open to any male or female student pilot with an earnest desire to further aviation achievements.
For additional information visit: www.nj99.org.

Poor weather on Saturday, Sept. 6, may have prevented some of the ladies of the North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" from flying into Warwick Municipal Airport in their own airplanes for the organization's annual picnic and meeting. But that didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended.
"Holding our annual picnic at Warwick Airport has become a tradition," said recently elected Chapter Chair Shannon Osborne, who usually flies her own single engine Cessna 182 to the event. "We'll be back every year, for sure."
The "Ninety-Nines" has been home to women pilots since the early days of aviation.
The world famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, its first president, and 98 other early female aviators established the "Ninety Nines" in 1929.
The organization is an international non-profit association of licensed professional and private women pilots. Full membership requires that the applicant be licensed as a fixed wing, helicopter, balloon or glider pilot. And many of the almost 90 members of the Chapter also have instrument, commercial and other advanced ratings. Some have served as airline pilots or were even former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Five years ago, their "Ninety-Nines" display in the Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey was completed and open to visitors.
- See more at: http://warwickadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140923/NEWS01/140929990/Ninety-Nines-return-to-Warwick-for-annual-picnic-and-meeting#sthash.A8HHSVfV.dpuf
Poor weather on Saturday, Sept. 6, may have prevented some of the ladies of the North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" from flying into Warwick Municipal Airport in their own airplanes for the organization's annual picnic and meeting. But that didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended.
"Holding our annual picnic at Warwick Airport has become a tradition," said recently elected Chapter Chair Shannon Osborne, who usually flies her own single engine Cessna 182 to the event. "We'll be back every year, for sure."
The "Ninety-Nines" has been home to women pilots since the early days of aviation.
The world famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, its first president, and 98 other early female aviators established the "Ninety Nines" in 1929.
The organization is an international non-profit association of licensed professional and private women pilots. Full membership requires that the applicant be licensed as a fixed wing, helicopter, balloon or glider pilot. And many of the almost 90 members of the Chapter also have instrument, commercial and other advanced ratings. Some have served as airline pilots or were even former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Five years ago, their "Ninety-Nines" display in the Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey was completed and open to visitors.
- See more at: http://warwickadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140923/NEWS01/140929990/Ninety-Nines-return-to-Warwick-for-annual-picnic-and-meeting#sthash.A8HHSVfV.dpuf
Poor weather on Saturday, Sept. 6, may have prevented some of the ladies of the North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" from flying into Warwick Municipal Airport in their own airplanes for the organization's annual picnic and meeting. But that didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended.
"Holding our annual picnic at Warwick Airport has become a tradition," said recently elected Chapter Chair Shannon Osborne, who usually flies her own single engine Cessna 182 to the event. "We'll be back every year, for sure."
The "Ninety-Nines" has been home to women pilots since the early days of aviation.
The world famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, its first president, and 98 other early female aviators established the "Ninety Nines" in 1929.
The organization is an international non-profit association of licensed professional and private women pilots. Full membership requires that the applicant be licensed as a fixed wing, helicopter, balloon or glider pilot. And many of the almost 90 members of the Chapter also have instrument, commercial and other advanced ratings. Some have served as airline pilots or were even former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Five years ago, their "Ninety-Nines" display in the Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey was completed and open to visitors.
Founded in 1972, the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's aviation and space heritage. The emphasis of the North New Jersey Chapter's display and video presentations is on the role of women pilots in modern times rather than the early history of the organization.
This past year, for example, one of its members, Marilyn Patierno, completed the 38th annual "Air Race Classic," a four day, 2,200 nautical mile flight from Concord, California to Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
Osborne, who served on the ground at each end of the event as a volunteer, reported that this was no easy task since very bad , including icing conditions and tornadoes en route, had forced many of the fliers to drop out of the race.
The annual picnic in September is the Chapter's official kick-off for the year's activities, including one on Oct. 11 at Lincoln Park Airport in New Jersey when the Chapter will host "Pennies-a-Pound."
"As part of our mission to educate and share the aviation experience with the community, we'll be offering airplane rides for 35 pennies a pound to a maximum of $50 per person," said Osborne. "Everyone can enjoy the beauty and exhilaration of a ride in a general aviation airplane."
The North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" continues to offer scholarships for flight training, which are open to any male or female student pilot with an earnest desire to further aviation achievements.
For additional information visit: www.nj99.org.
- See more at: http://warwickadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140923/NEWS01/140929990/Ninety-Nines-return-to-Warwick-for-annual-picnic-and-meeting#sthash.A8HHSVfV.dpuf
Poor weather on Saturday, Sept. 6, may have prevented some of the ladies of the North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" from flying into Warwick Municipal Airport in their own airplanes for the organization's annual picnic and meeting. But that didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended.
"Holding our annual picnic at Warwick Airport has become a tradition," said recently elected Chapter Chair Shannon Osborne, who usually flies her own single engine Cessna 182 to the event. "We'll be back every year, for sure."
The "Ninety-Nines" has been home to women pilots since the early days of aviation.
The world famous pilot, Amelia Earhart, its first president, and 98 other early female aviators established the "Ninety Nines" in 1929.
The organization is an international non-profit association of licensed professional and private women pilots. Full membership requires that the applicant be licensed as a fixed wing, helicopter, balloon or glider pilot. And many of the almost 90 members of the Chapter also have instrument, commercial and other advanced ratings. Some have served as airline pilots or were even former members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Five years ago, their "Ninety-Nines" display in the Aviation Hall of Fame at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey was completed and open to visitors.
Founded in 1972, the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey is dedicated to the preservation of New Jersey's aviation and space heritage. The emphasis of the North New Jersey Chapter's display and video presentations is on the role of women pilots in modern times rather than the early history of the organization.
This past year, for example, one of its members, Marilyn Patierno, completed the 38th annual "Air Race Classic," a four day, 2,200 nautical mile flight from Concord, California to Cumberland, Pennsylvania.
Osborne, who served on the ground at each end of the event as a volunteer, reported that this was no easy task since very bad , including icing conditions and tornadoes en route, had forced many of the fliers to drop out of the race.
The annual picnic in September is the Chapter's official kick-off for the year's activities, including one on Oct. 11 at Lincoln Park Airport in New Jersey when the Chapter will host "Pennies-a-Pound."
"As part of our mission to educate and share the aviation experience with the community, we'll be offering airplane rides for 35 pennies a pound to a maximum of $50 per person," said Osborne. "Everyone can enjoy the beauty and exhilaration of a ride in a general aviation airplane."
The North New Jersey Chapter of the "Ninety-Nines" continues to offer scholarships for flight training, which are open to any male or female student pilot with an earnest desire to further aviation achievements.
For additional information visit: www.nj99.org.
- See more at: http://warwickadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140923/NEWS01/140929990/Ninety-Nines-return-to-Warwick-for-annual-picnic-and-meeting#sthash.A8HHSVfV.dpuf

Friday, September 12, 2014

Oct 3 at IWASM: The Life and Times of Blanche Noyes


Oct 3 - Dinner with a Slice of History - The Life and Times of Blanche Noyes; a Pioneering Aviatrix - 6:30 pm
This talk shares the rich, colorful history of Blanche Noyes, from her beginnings as a local dramatic stage actress to an award winning air race pilot to one of the most accomplished aviation authors. 

Called the Dean of Women Pilots, Blanche Noyes was one of aviation's most passionate advocates. 

Presenter Dan Zaleski is a local aviation researcher. He enjoys talking and sharing about anything that flies. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm with the presentation to follow. Tickets are $15 non-members, $13 members. Please RSVP soon- seats are limited!

Check out IWASM.org - that's the website of the International Women's Air and Space Museum - for other events: http://iwasm.org/wp-blog/3451-2/ 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lt. Alicia Makoutz deploys as the only female pilot in the Minn. Air Reserves to fly C-130 cargo planes

From MPLS Star tribune: http://www.startribune.com/local/274421721.html

Lt. Alicia Makoutz deploys as the only female pilot in the Minnesota Air Force Reserves to fly C-130 cargo planes.
 
 
Four years ago, 24-year-old Alicia Perry boarded a C-130 cargo plane as a senior airman for the Air Force Reserve. She was heading to Afghanistan on her first deployment. For the long flight over she carried a tote stuffed with playing cards and the latest exercise magazines.

There’ll be plenty to keep her busy Tuesday as she leaves on her second deployment. She’ll be flying the airplane.

Now an officer and sporting her married name on her flight suit, Lt. Alicia Makoutz is the only female pilot in the Minnesota-based Air Force Reserves and one of only a handful flying the large military cargo planes.

She and about 100 other members of the 934th Airlift Wing are scheduled to depart for a 120-day deployment that is likely to include missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The deployment as a pilot fulfills a girlhood dream for Makoutz, whose twin brother is also in the Air Force.

“All growing up, if you asked me what my dream job is, I’d say to be a pilot,” she said. “If you asked me now what my dream job would be? To be a pilot. Not many people can say that.”

Stationed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan during her first deployment, Makoutz worked on the ground in aviation resource management — military speak for tracking crew members’ training, flight hours and aircraft logs. It was her foot in the door. She learned she was accepted to flight school while in Afghanistan.

There were several flight schools, survival school and officer training school. Her husband, Chris, uprooted his business to be with her during 13 months of pilot schooling in Laredo, Texas.

Much of her training was in full-motion simulators, the higher-tech equivalent of Google maps where trainers load data for a real airfield and the student pilot makes the flight on computer screens, accurate down to the barns whizzing by in the landscape below.

But nothing compared to the first time Makoutz actually flew.

“Finally it came true,” she recalled thinking. “I do remember taking off. In the simulator you don’t have the windows down by your feet. That was the first time I actually saw the ground rush under me. I thought, ‘This is the real deal. I’m actually doing it.’ ”

She has always preferred the idea of piloting the hulking and reliable C-130s over fighter jets. She likes the teamwork required and she speaks affectionately of the deafening but reassuring hum the plane’s four turboprop engines make. At 28, she hopes to make flying the planes a career. She says she has never felt targeted because of her gender.

“It’s not a male/female thing; it’s, ‘Hey, you’re a pilot,’ ” she said. “Some people say, ‘Oh, you’re the only girl pilot over here.’ They just assume there’s negative aspects to it. I’ve never felt that way.”
But the club of female pilots remains an exclusive one. In the active duty Air Force, 720 females make up 5 percent of the 13,811 pilots. In Minnesota, another female pilot is rotating in to the reserve wing and there are two female C-130 pilots flying for the Minnesota Air National Guard.

“There are very few women in the military and much smaller female-to-male ratio in the pilot world,” she said. “It’s not an easy thing to be in. When you see one, you say, ‘Hey, we got one more,’ and just give a thumbs-up.”

Americans still going over

The deployment comes when many at home might think things are winding down after more than a decade of war. But the missions reflect the still-tenuous nature of the area. The Youngstown, Ohio-based unit the group is replacing recently delivered humanitarian cargo to thousands of Iraqi refugees isolated on a mountain after fleeing the Islamic extremist group ISIS.

For security reasons, the Air Force is vague about where the group will be stationed, but they are expected to fly missions delivering people, cargo and humanitarian aid to parts of southwest Asia, including Afghanistan and Iraq, the Horn of Africa, and other parts of the Arabian Peninsula.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

OT: Get a Speaker Pod before the rest of the world!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/introducing-the-speaker-pod

This is an OT post about an IndieGoGo campaign called the Speaker Pod. If you love listening to music on your smartphone, you'll love it even more if you listen to it on the speaker pod.

I'm helping out a friend, so please check out his campaign and if you can help - for which you'll receive a Speaker Pod or two, depending on the amount of your pledge, please do so.



If you love to listen to music wherever you go and are tired of carrying cables around, the Speaker Pod is for you!  Join the Pod People!

Speaker Pod represents big sound in a small package. With its innovative acoustic mechanism, Speaker Pod delivers sound that is crisp, clear, and full-bodied. Sound emanates from your phone's speakers and envelops your ears, with no need for wires, cables or Bluetooth!

Our Speaker Pods, which come in snazzy green or basic black, have a starting cost of just $24!
Unlike our first iteration of this technology - the Boom Bx - Speaker Pod is powered by a rechargeable battery. Not having to buy batteries equals a savings cost to the consumer, and is of course a benefit to the environment. All the user has to do is use a mini USB (included) to charge their Speaker Pod.

The Speaker Pod has a simple on/off switch, which is much better than a push button when it comes to quality. (We discovered this with our Boom Bx, which had a push button. We quickly learned that an on/off switch is much more reliable.)

Simply turn the Speaker Pod on. Then, turn on your smartphone or MP3 player  and start playing music. Place this device on the Speaker Pod, and immediately the music, crisp, and clear, will soar out into the room.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Women in Aviation to Honour Captain Koki at Akwaaba

From: http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/women-in-aviation-to-honour-captain-koki-at-akwaaba/185661/

In partnership with the organizers of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Women in Aviation (Nigeria) International-Glowing Wings Chapter said it would honor Capt. Irene Koki.
Capt. Irene Koki is the first Woman in the World to captain the World’s newest Plane -the Boeing B787 Dream liner and would yet again receives recognition for her pioneering role in Africa’s Aviation Industry.  She was recognized at Akwaaba in 2009 as the first African Lady Captain of a Commercial Airliner.

Women in Aviation, International with headquarters’ in the USA, is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to the advancement of women in all Aviation career field and interests with over 10,000 Professionals all over the world.

The President of the Glowing Wings Chapter- Mrs Ify Megwa who would be leading her Chapter to the fair said: "We deemed it fit to honour one of our own, Capt. Irene has accomplished a feat no female has ever attained in Africa. In doing this, we are not only recognising her for been exceptional, we hope this will encourage more females to reach extraordinary heights in their Aviation careers and also encourage young women to consider aviation as a career too.

"So, we couldn’t think of a better medium to present this award to her other than Akwaaba, a credible platform that has consistently honored pioneers in Africa over the years."

Rwandan First Female Pilot with Rwandair Esther Mwange will also be honored at the event.

Akwaaba: African Travel Market is  the only annual international travel fair in West Africa, drawing attendance from over 15,000 delegates from over 20 countries worldwide and the largest platform to meet with Travelling Public, Airlines, Hotels, Restaurants, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, State Tourism Boards, Foreign Trade and Tourism sectors and similar industry suppliers across Africa