Author – one of best aviation journalists
Subject- retired FAA attorney, drone advocate and one of 1st Part 107 pilots
Both excellent Women Aviation Role Models
In a New York Times article, one of aviation’s most respected reporters, Christine Negroni, has written about how drones serve as a useful enticement of students to try subjects which they might not have ordinarily tried. The author’s aeronautical insights been found in The New York Times, Air & Space,the HuffingtonPost ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Air & Space Magazine, Executive Travel Magazine, Parade, and a number of local newspapers and television stations. Ms. Negroni’s opinions have also frequently found here for her unusually insightful analyses of a variety of aviation subjects:
- 2012 Aviation Safety Data release creates two reactions, both valid, one pointing to a New Proactive Approach
- Aviation Writer makes Excellent Point on PED controversy in the Midst of Many Unsupported Opinions
- TWA 800 remembered 20 years later
- The Wright Brothers Airplane Factory: Preserving Aviation History
- Redundant Authority over Lithium Ion Battery Ban on Airlines
- Perspective on an Aircraft Crash: Insights into the Investigation Process
- Two early lessons from AC 759, both suggest greater human vigilance
- Airline Action at all levels is needed to stop Flight Attendant Sexual Harassment NOW
Unlike many others in the Fifth Column, this journalist knows her subject and describes the technicalities of this business accurately.
Her NYT article begins with a story about Girls in Aviation Day. There she met a Loretta Alkalay, a retired FAA regional counsel and now drone enthusiast, advocate and one of the first FAA certificated Part 107 remote (i.e. drone) pilots.
At this event sponsored by Women in Aviation, Ms. Alkalay captivated the audience as she launched her Phantom (one of 5) quad copter into the air and held it in a hover. Ms. Negroni observed:
“The students, ages 12 to 17, looked eager to give it a try. And that is the point.” “From programming, software coding, 3-D printing, it’s limitless,” Ms. Alkalay said. “Everything you do with computers and airplanes or helicopters, you can do with drones.”
There is a long list of aviatrixes for students to try to emulate:
And there are some, not as a celebrated, women professionals in this field:
The contributions of Ms. Alkalay and Ms. Negroni in their attracting others to follow their examples, qualify them as Women Aviation Role Models.
 Ms. Alkalay technically reported to the author of this post. A fact which she never willingly acknowledgedShare this article: