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Stories of passion, power, and breaking into the aviation industry

Available Now! A Book by Fig Factor Media.

100% of the book proceeds will benefit the #PILOTINA Scholarship for young Latinas ages 17-24 to support them in their aviation and aerospace careers.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Latinas in Aviation

by Jacqueline S Ruiz is a celebration of the rarest women in the industry, told through stories of their triumphs, their falls and their most crowning achievements. Hear from retired veterans as well as new graduates, pilots as well as aviation administrators, military and civilians, all with a unique passion for aviation and its impact on our world. Each author inspires, entertains and sets the stage for the next generation of Latinas who look to the sky with a dream.

Amazing Support

We have wonderful support from organizations that have direct connections to our authors and support women in aviation. A few organizations that are currently supporting us are Airbus, Aeromexico, Chicago Department of Aviation, JW Aviation, Women in Aviation International San Francisco Chapter, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 461, In Spire, and Simply Fly School.

Book Preface by EVELYN MIRALLES

Evelyn Miralles is a pioneer and visionary who served as the Chief Principal Engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Her work from the Virtual Reality Laboratory at NASA has been integral to the advancement of “Human Spaceflight Exploration”, training U.S. and International Astronauts to perform one of the most dangerous excursions of their lives, Spacewalking, and working outside a spacecraft in micro-gravity. Currently Miralles serves an important role in academia as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Information Initiatives and Technology at the University of Houston in Clear Lake, Texas.

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

CURRENT POSITION
Air Force Veteran, Bilingual Author & CEO of Gracefully Global Group, LLC

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
KC-135R Aerial Refueling Tanker

FAVORITE QUOTE
“On the other side of fear is the best version of yourself.”

FUN FACT
I’m the author of the award-winning, bilingual Captain Mama children’s aviation book series – the first-ever book series in two languages about women flying airplanes!

Olga Nevarez Custodio

CURRENT POSITION
Lieutenant Colonel, USAFR, Retired
Captain, American Airlines, Retired

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
The T-38. I was the first Latina woman to fly it.

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Querer es Poder.”
“Where there is a will, there is power.”

FUN FACT
I recently appeared in a Modelo beer commercial.

Jacqueline Pulido

CURRENT POSITION
Flight Instructor & Airbus 320 Captain

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Airbus 320. The more you fly it the more you love it.

FAVORITE QUOTE
“If God is your copilot, switch seats.”
“The Lord will guide you always.” Isaiah 58:11

FUN FACT
I was the first woman pilot at Volaris Airlines.

Andrea Palacios

CURRENT POSITION
Captain Embraer 190, Conviasa Airlines

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
The Embraer 190. It’s my home away from home!

FAVORITE QUOTE
“It is necessary to love to fly.” -Amelia Earhart.

FUN FACT
I can’t stand insects and as a child, a scorpion stung me at a hotel in Orlando-Florida.

Jessika Hernández

CURRENT POSITION
Flight Instructor at JW Aviation

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Tie between the Boeing 747 and the F-18 “Super Hornet”

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Life is too short to choose anything that doesn’t light a fire inside of you.”

FUN FACT
My friends say that I love my milk with a splash of coffee and as a Colombian, I probably should be better at my coffee etiquette.

Maria Elena Alvarez

CURRENT POSITION
Transformation Manager at Airbus Defense & Space, Executive Coach

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
The Eurofighter Typhoon

FAVORITE QUOTE
“The sun always shines, even if you do not see it
because it is hidden behind the clouds.”
– Rafaela Camps, my mother

FUN FACT
I was born in Cuba, grew up in Spain, married a German in England, and now live in Germany.

Maria Laskowski

CURRENT POSITION
Multinational Account Manager, Aeroméxico

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Boeing 787 Dreamliner
More space, more amenities…it’s beautiful!

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Traeume nicht dein Leben, sondern lebe deine Traeume”
(Don’t dream your life; live your dreams!)

FUN FACT
I met my husband in Vegas.

Lizbeth Alvarado

CURRENT POSITION
Air Traffic Controller, O’Hare International Airport

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
B1 Lancer. It’s a heavy aircraft that maneuvers like a fighter plane!

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Life doesn’t always turn out like we expect it, and that’s OK!”

FUN FACT
I work in a tower even though I’m afraid of heights.

Susana Lissette Ibarra

CURRENT POSITION
First Officer, Kuwait Airways

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Airbus350. Beautiful, spacious, sophisticated and my dream airplane to fly!

FAVORITE QUOTE
“The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself, and shine amongst those who never believed she could.”
–Unknown

FUN FACT
If someone told me years ago that I’d one day be living in Kuwait, flying for Kuwait Airways, I would never have believed them.

Jacqueline Prences Valle

CURRENT POSITION
Internationally Certified Pilot & Owner of Nevería
Michoacána, LLC

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Cessna 210. I have so many good memories of that plane!

FAVORITE QUOTE
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

FUN FACT
I personally make all the popsicles we sell at my business.

Ana Uribe-Ruiz

CURRENT POSITION
Co-President, Bay Area Chapter, Women in Aviation International

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Piper Archer II
I like the low wing planes!

FAVORITE QUOTE
“The sky is never the limit; it’s the beginning of a journey!”
It’s my personal motto!

FUN FACT
Back in Ecuador, I was a ballerina for eighteen years and even danced professionally.

Amanda Grace Colón

CURRENT POSITION
Aircraft Mechanic & Accident Investigator

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
SR71 Blackbird
Used for NASA high-speed, high-altitude aeronautical research.
Hope to see one someday in a museum!

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known.”
–Carl Sagan

FUN FACT
I hope to someday go to Mars.

Daniela raquel Carabajal

CURRENT POSITION
Corporate Pilot

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
F4U Corsair and the Challenger 300
It’s “my office” these days!

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Querer es poder.” –Maria Carabajal (my mother)
(“Where there is a will, there’s a way.”)

FUN FACT
I used to be a gymnast and hope to someday try aerobatics.

Ana Paula Gomez

CURRENT POSITION
First Officer, Copa Airlines

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Aerobus 380. I hope to fly one to longer routes one day.

FAVORITE QUOTE
Rely on faith.

FUN FACT
I am the only Mexican woman pilot at Copa. The air traffic controllers know me by my accent!

Castalia Serna

CURRENT POSITION
Deputy Commissioner, Concessions & Customer Service

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Boeing 747. My husband is from France and it always took me comfortably across the Atlantic to see him when we were dating.

FAVORITE QUOTE:
“Challenges bring opportunities.”

FUN FACT
Growing up, I was always the oddball.

Yasmine Abu Arab

CURRENT POSITION
Flight Instructor at ATP

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit

FAVORITE QUOTE
“There’s more to life than being a passenger.” – Amelia Earhart

FUN FACT
My bucket list goal is to take acrobatic flying lessons.

Melissa Montiel Jimenez

CURRENT POSITION
First Officer

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Boeing 777–such a classic design!

FAVORITE QUOTE:
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

FUN FACT
I’m a pilot that’s afraid of heights and thinks skydiving is completely illogical. Fly the airplane, don’t jump out of it!

Linda Pfeiffer Pauwels

CURRENT POSITION
American Airlines Boeing 787 Captain & Check Airman

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Boeing 787. The way it feels when it flies is incredible.

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Dolium volvitur: An empty cask is easily rolled.”

FUN FACT
In addition to English, I am fluent in French and Spanish, and studied Sanskrit.

Sandra Granados

CURRENT POSITION
BBJ Lead Flight Technician, Gary Jet Center

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Boeing 747- It is and will always be the “queen of the skies” and my forever “wow!”

FAVORITE QUOTE
“Don’t ever negate your gift. Embrace it, nourish it, strengthen it, and share it.”

FUN FACT
I recently visited my seventy-third country.

Jeannette Collazo

CURRENT POSITION
Aspiring aviator & President of Lurdez Consulting Group, Inc.

FAVORITE AIRCRAFT
Remos GX
It’s the plane that helped me love aviation.

FAVORITE QUOTE
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference “ -Reinhold Niebuhr

FUN FACT
I’m a study in opposites—I love kickboxing and meditation.

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