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" There's no instructions for being a
mom, you figure it out and make
it work for you. "
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Merek, had just woken up from his nap and
was cooing contentedly, and my 19-monthold son, Shawn, had just gone down for a
nap, giving us a serendipitous opportunity
to take some time out of our hectic day to
chat over the phone about how we juggle
life as a wife, mom, pilot, and professional.
Fewer than 8 percent of active FAAcertificated pilots are women, so it can be
difficult to find other moms to connect with
in aviation, leading to a feeling of isolation.
To find out how moms continue flying recreationally and professionally while raising
a family, I reached out to AOPA members
and women in Female Aviators Sticking
Together (FAST). We swapped stories and
advice about the importance of our spouses
and support systems, enjoying some " me
time, " inspiring our children, and continuing careers that we love.

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Matteson balances her marriage with her
husband, Myles, a criminal prosecutor; raising their boys, Sealand and Merek; leading
an offer development team for global asset
manager Vanguard Group; and training to
be a better pilot. Instead of sacrificing flying,
as her father had done for work and family
obligations, she plans to use general aviation
to " create unique shared experiences " with
her husband and sons.
" It is not easy, " said Matteson,
who earned an instrument rating in
Pennsylvania on November 6, 2020, at
31 weeks pregnant with Merek. " I'd like
to say that I had a magic recipe for making it all work, but it's really a challenge.
Ultimately, I know that to be personally
satisfied, I need to have something for
myself that challenges me and allows me
to grow. Flying scratches that itch for me,
and it's something exciting to share with
family and friends. " She and her husband
take turns pursuing their passions on the
weekends, her to fly and him to train as a



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