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in 2000 to help other families. She resumed
flying after a year for what she calls " air
therapy, " which helped her to " remember
what my life was about above and beyond
the loss. It brought joy back into my life. "
The couple had a daughter, Kaylee, and
Stants fondly recalls dashing from a North
American T-6 flight in her flight suit with
messy open-cockpit hair to pick up a pink
princess cake and get home for her daughter's eighth birthday party. Kaylee is healthy
and now 20.

Juggling act
Juggling family, a career, and a hobby like flying, which sometimes takes you away from
family, requires creative scheduling. I fly on
my least busy days, Mondays and Fridays,
typically before work because I know if I put
it off to the end of the day, work, my family's
needs, or something else will push it aside. If
I do fly of the evening, once my favorite time
to fly, I struggle with the guilt of missing my
son's bedtime routine.
Moms who fly for a living schedule
their routines to protect the time they have
with their family when they aren't working.
Dawn Cook, a Delta Air Lines first officer and co-founder of the FAST Facebook
group, learned to create a balance in 2013
after returning home to Charlotte, North
Carolina, from an overnight flight from
Bogota, Colombia, to John F. Kennedy
International Airport, where she was
based at the time, and scrambling to get her
then-10-month-old daughter to a swimming lesson. The pair arrived five minutes
late, her daughter spit up in her hair, and
Cook lost her shoe in the parking lot while
dashing in. " But I was like, 'I'm here. We're
doing this.' " She later worked out a plan
that would allow her daughter to miss a few
classes and make them up later. " There's no
instructions for being a mom, you figure it
out and make it work for you. Take it one
day at a time. " 	

Life lessons
Being a pilot also defines a part of many
of our lives and starting a family doesn't
change that. Emma Heering, captain of
a VistaJet Challenger 605 in Edinburgh,
Scotland, completed simulator training at

Connect with other women pilots
and moms through this sampling
of Facebook groups: Pilot Moms
(there are two groups), Mommy
Pilots of The 99s, The NinetyNines, Female Aviators Sticking
Together, Ladies in Flight
Training, and Women in Aviation
International.

Speaking up
for moms and
caregivers

While the military, airlines, and
large corporations have policies
regarding flying while pregnant and maternity leave, other
areas of the industry don't. Hera
Aviation Group is working to
change that.
Jessica Webster created Hera
Aviation Group in 2019 after she
says she was passed over for
upgrade to captain at a Part 135
air taxi/charter because she was
a new mom. The nonprofit works
" to improve diversity, inclusion
and belonging, create flexible workforces and develop the
framework for organizations to
build collaborative programming
that better support caregivers, "
she said.
One of the group's outreach
efforts is to " improve human
resources policies to support
families in aviation, " according to
the website.
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