Monday, December 21, 2015

Postcards from the Sky

The aviation world is a man’s world—it always has been, and it continues to be so today. In fact, women make up a mere 5 to 6 percent of the total pilot population worldwide. But from the first time Erin Seidemann experienced what it was like to see the world from a small plane’s perspective, she was hooked—and she’s spent much of her time since then fighting her way into becoming one of that 5 to 6 percent.

Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix tells of the struggles and adventures one encounters as a woman in the male-dominated space of aviation. With humor and equanimity, Seidemann recounts her varied experiences as a female pilot—from the chauvinistic flight instructor she makes the mistake of falling in love with to the many, many customs agents who insist she can’t possibly be her plane’s owner (“Where’s your boyfriend?”)—while at the same time giving insight about just what makes flying so incredible . . . and so very addictive. Frank, funny, and full of adventure, Postcards from the Sky is an entertaining foray into a world few women have dared enter.

My Review

I finally found a book that helped me get out of my book reading slump. I sat down to read this book and a few hours later I was done with it. I enjoyed reading all of Erin's adventures. I like that she stood her ground in the male driven world of aviation. It is women like Erin that are good role models for other women. I have always been fascinated by the aviation world. I did take some flying lessons and have about 20 hours under my belt. It has been years since I have taken lessons again but I have not given up my dream of one day getting my pilot's license.

Reading this book I really did feel like I got a sense of who Erin is as a person. I enjoyed this because when I am reading memoirs I want to get to know who the person is that I am reading about. The pictures featured in this book were cool as well. One of my favorite parts was towards the end when Erin and her friend went to Airventure in Oshkosh, WI. I have been there twice before. It is held annually in July. I would like to go back some day but I think I will skip the camping experience.

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