Two Women in Aviation who are role models

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Two Women in Aviation

Joan Sullivan Garrett 

pioneer in aviation medical health and safety


Elizabeth Lund 

senior vice president and general manager of Airplane Programs for Commercial Airplanes,

Women in Aviation is an estimable organization with an extraordinarily worthy mission:

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests.

Among their activities is to identify women who may serve as role models for future aviation professionals. Joan Sullivan Garrett and Elizabeth Lund have the character, dedication, safety culture and professionalism others should admire.


Joan Sullivan Garrett



Joan Sullivan Garrett


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Joan Sullivan Garrett was born on August 2, 1949. She was born into a family of nurses and received an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Mesa Community College in 1978. As a single mother of two, she became a critical-care registered flight nurse and Chief Medical Officer. In 1983, she realized while working on a helicopter evacuation flight in the San Tan Mountains that more lives could be saved by improving the way professionals respond to remote emergencies. It was her experiences there that inspired her to create MedAire (a service dedicated to providing aviation and maritime sectors with travel risk mitigation solutions) in 1985.

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Through MedAire, Garrett called for having better medical supplies onboard and a higher standard of first responder training. As a result, she exponentially improved the standard of care and overall safety of crew and passengers. In addition to MedAire, Garrett founded MedLink two years later which has been dubbed the “911 of the sky.” MedLink provides the flight crew with the ability to contact ground-based medical assistance who will then connect them to emergency room physicians.

However, Garrett did not stop there. She has written a number of white papers relating to medical and health subjects and is a world-renowned expert in . She has consulted with government agencies and airlines such as British Airways and The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. One of Garrett’s most notable achievements was her congressional testimony in 2001 that caused the Federal Aviation Administration’s final ruling requiring U.S. airlines to carry automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and enhanced emergency medical kits on all domestic and international flights.on board aed

Through Garrett’s foresight and innovation, she has preemptively limited the number of possible in-flight health catastrophes. MedAire provides the standard safety solution on all new aircraft from leading manufactures and serves over 150 airline clients. It also increases the safety of the crew and passengers in more ways than one as it offers an array of security solutions which protects them as well as the aircraft and operations.

Garrett is the recipient of many awards including Flight Safety Foundation’s Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award 1997; she was named Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001 and won the Spirit of Enterprise Award from Arizona State University in 2007. In 2017, Garrett received the National Business Aviation Association’s prestigious Meritorious Award and the International Aviation Women’s Association Woman of Excellence Award for her significant contributions to the industry. 

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Boeing names new jet-production chief as 787’s woes slow rebound

The leadership change comes at a critical time for Boeing

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(Bloomberg) — Boeing Co. has promoted supply-chain chief Elizabeth Lund to oversee production of its commercial jetliner programs, including efforts to bolster manufacturing quality and resolve production lapses that have halted 787 Dreamliner deliveries.

She succeeds Mark Jenks as senior vice-president and general manager of airplane programs. The move is effective immediately, Stan Deal, chief executive officer of Boeing’s commercial airplane division, said in a memo to employees Thursday that was viewed by Bloomberg News.

The leadership change comes at a critical time for Boeing, which is working to restore its reputation for engineering prowess and quality workmanship after two fatal crashes of its 737 Max jetliner that prompted a 20-month global grounding. 

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As the Chicago-based company speeds up the manufacturing pace of the best-selling single-aisle jet, it has uncovered a series of tiny structural gaps with another marquee airliner, the 787 Dreamliner. Deliveries have been halted as Boeing and U.S. regulators grapple with the so-called “nonconformities.” American Airlines on Thursday said the disruptions would force it toElizabeth Lund CV curtail some international flying next summer.

Lund, an engineer by training, had previously led operations at the company’s Everett factory north of Seattle before taking responsibility for the planemaker’s internal and external supply chains in 2019.

Jenks, who is retiring, will stay on through early 2022 to help with the transition, Deal wrote. He cited Lund’s “deep experience” from previous stints as senior leader of the 777, 777X, 747 and 767 programs as well as overseeing product development.






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