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Carla Flor Forges Pathway for More Women in Aviation
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s a professor at the Pennsylvania College of
day is a new learning experience. This is exactly what I
Technology in Williamsport, Penn., I met Carla
like. I like knowing that every day will be different and
S. Flor in the fall of 2008. She sat in the front
unique and use my intelligence and abilities to perform
of the classroom as one of a handful of new students
the job given to me and send my planes on time and in
transferring into the program.
great condition.”
Flor chose her vocation early and attended Aviation
When Flor graduated from Aviation High School in
High School in Long Island City, N.Y. Aviation High
2008, she already had earned an airframe and powSchool operates as a Part 147
erplant license. Her license
school that prepares students
allowed her to transfer into
for careers in aviation maintethe Pennsylvania College of
“Many times, males think that
nance and the aerospace indusTechnology, a member of the
females are weak or are not
try. The school boasts a fleet
Aircraft Electronics Associaof aircraft and a small hangar.
tion, as a junior in the aviacapable of completing a task.
In order to earn both ratings,
tion department. As a result,
We may not have the biggest
students must attend the school
she was enrolled in avionics
for five years. Only a small
courses and studied among
muscles, but we sure can get
percentage of Aviation High
students who had been at Penn
the job done with high levels of
School students qualify for the
College for two years.
fifth year, but Flor was among
But Flor had a special chalattention to detail while keeping
those earning the privilege.
lenge. Half of her courses
it above and beyond standards.”
So exactly what led her to
were at the junior level with
choose aviation maintenance at
third-year college expectasuch an early age?
tions. The other half of her
“I believe the aviation field
college coursework was at the
is incredible,” Flor said. “Not only does it allow one to
freshman level. In spite of the challenges, she did well.
explore all the different types of aircraft out there, but
As a high school graduate with a mechanics license,
it also keeps the mechanic learning all the time. Every
Flor had many options. She could have gone straight

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Avionics News February 2013

Point of Communication
AEA Now
The View From Washington
International News and Regulatory Updates
Portable Powerhouses, VHF to GPS
Member Profile
Wires, Cables, & Connectors
Avionics News Through the Years
The Place To Be
A Conversation With...
Member Profile
AEAviators
Develop Your Best Salesperson
Business Basics
Trailblazer
What's New
Marketplace Classifieds
Before & After
Avionics News February 2013 - Intro
Avionics News February 2013 - Cover1
Avionics News February 2013 - Cover2
Avionics News February 2013 - 1
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Avionics News February 2013 - 3
Avionics News February 2013 - Point of Communication
Avionics News February 2013 - 5
Avionics News February 2013 - AEA Now
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Avionics News February 2013 - The View From Washington
Avionics News February 2013 - 15
Avionics News February 2013 - International News and Regulatory Updates
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Avionics News February 2013 - 18
Avionics News February 2013 - 19
Avionics News February 2013 - Portable Powerhouses, VHF to GPS
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Avionics News February 2013 - 23
Avionics News February 2013 - Member Profile
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Avionics News February 2013 - Wires, Cables, & Connectors
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Avionics News February 2013 - Avionics News Through the Years
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Avionics News February 2013 - The Place To Be
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Avionics News February 2013 - A Conversation With...
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Avionics News February 2013 - Member Profile
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Avionics News February 2013 - AEAviators
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Avionics News February 2013 - Develop Your Best Salesperson
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Avionics News February 2013 - Business Basics
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Avionics News February 2013 - Trailblazer
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Avionics News February 2013 - What's New
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Avionics News February 2013 - Marketplace Classifieds
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