Avionics News February 2013 - 60
TRAILBLAZER: CARLA FLOR
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cising his rights as a general aviation pilot and aircraft
owner. Although he could have made the trip by car,
he preferred to land his piston twin at LaGuardia.
As an AEA member, Penn College has been able to
take advantage of donations arranged through the association. A significant portion of the equipment used by Flor
were the result of these donations, and Flor is grateful.
“The equipment we used at Penn College was very
modern and up-to-date,” Flor said. “It definitely
helped me in knowing how to use the test boxes we
had. One particular test box I use most often is the
nav/comm test box for troubleshooting purposes, or
for operational checks on CRJ 900s.”
According to Flor, she wanted to experience college
life. She participated in many college events, includ-
ing the inaugural Career Services’ Etiquette Dinner,
which gave students a learning opportunity at Le
Juene Chef, Penn College’s fine dining facility operated by hospitality students, faculty and staff.
“My experience at Penn College is something that
will remain in my memory forever,” Flor said in reflection. “It was great. The college gave me the opportunity to get hands-on experience and a great education that I actually use on the field. One may know all
kinds of theory, but the way one learns is by doing the
work and putting all pieces of the puzzle together.”
Learning and working in a male-dominated field
can present challenges to any female. So far, Flor has
not experienced any problems.
“I found that all my classmates were very helpful
and involved with the whole group,” Flor said. “Everybody helped everybody. I really enjoyed knowing
that they didn’t set me aside or exclude me from the
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