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AIAA LA-LV 3/19 Section (Town Hall) e-Meeting
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 11 AM PDT
Soar or Die!
The real reason more kids don’t go into aviation
What keeps our future pilots firmly planted on Earth?
Ms. Syd Blue
Commercial Pilot, Author,
Owner of an aerial surveillance company protecting national security assets and infrastructure from California to Texas
What’s the #1 thing kids ask about flying? People often think money is the biggest factor keeping kids from going into aviation, but there is also another major deterrent. Kids contact me from my YouTube channel (YouTube.com/FlyGirlFlyGirl) which has had 250,000 views and ask me questions. Can you guess the thing they want to know the most? You may be surprised.
It’s why I wrote « FlyGirl, » a novel read in middle schools and featured at the FAA library. A major trend in kids of this generation, I also hear this question when I speak to schools. Helping kids overcome obstacles such as this starts with inspiring them with our future in the sky and space. Novels with science elements pique interest in astronomy, aviation and science– I’ve heard from kids who decided to go on a STEM path (bioengineering, piloting, etc.) after reading « Circle » or « FlyGirl. » It might have been the bioengineered seal-skin jet (don’t worry, no animals were harmed!) or the X planes inspired by Edwards AFB as I was flying through their airspace doing aerial surveillance. In « Circle, » an extraterrestrial girl crashes into our world and has to get home with the one thing her civilization needs to survive. (The kids love the strange material her jet is made out of.) Please see SydBlue.com for more info.
And « FlyGirl » is about a 16-year-old girl who learns to fly the hard way and in the process becomes Pilot-in-Command of her life.
Syd Blue is a commercial pilot who owned an aerial surveillance company protecting national security assets and infrastructure from California to Texas.
As Chief Pilot, she flew low through practice war zones such as Camp Pendleton, timed flights through testing sites such as Edwards AFB and cut across Final Approaches such as Las Vegas McCarran, all to safeguard the country.
Her 2 tween novels made Amazon’s top 1% and are read in middle schools along with her STEM curriculum.
Syd Blue has written, edited and produced for a TV station, production companies, book publishers and national magazines. She has had over 40 articles published and she supervised writing staffs at magazines and a news service. She also produced an award-winning documentary, local TV shows, commercials and short films.
Two of her movies are in development with producers who have 1.2B at the box office.
« I’ve been on a mission to encourage kids to learn to fly because the journey itself is so empowering! »
Disclaimer: The views of the speakers do not represent the views of AIAA or the AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section.
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