Guilford Woman November 2014 : Page 19

Article by Debbie Faircloth | Photography by Sara-Anne Caudle/Sara-Anne Photography B ringing the gift of flight to women in the Piedmont Triad, The Diva Flight Experience offers its partic-ipants the opportunity to transcend personal boundaries, combat inner fears, and rediscover the Diva within. erating Diva Flight, MayCay also works with TAA’s Ae-roCamp, a program designed to give young people, ages 12 through 18, a unique opportunity to explore the vast and exciting world of aviation and aerospace as well. She asserts that Diva Flight, however, is a journey into one’s self, one’s aircraft, and one’s desire for something more. “It is a privilege to share the joy of flight with others. My goal is to encourage and empower women of all ages and from all walks of life to go for their dreams— whatever they maybe, to use their own wings to fly high in life.” The creator of and driving force behind Diva Flight is none other than MayCay Beeler, seasoned FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Airline Transport Pilot, and spirited TV personality. “I believe that a woman’s place is not just in the home or even in the workplace,” she notes. “I believe that a woman’s place is in the cockpit. Flying is the magic that empowers women with the realization that nothing is impossible.” Though Amelia Earhart and Anne Morrow Lindbergh are well-known female aviators, the field of aviation re-mains primarily a man’s world. Only six percent of li-censed pilots are women. MayCay strives to use her passion for flying to change the statistics and allow women the opportunity to sit in the pilot’s seat—at the controls. “Most women take on traditional roles only to lose themselves in the process, and their quest for personal fulfillment is put on hold to nurture the needs of others,” she observes. “It has been my experience that as natural caregivers, women help loved ones achieve their full potential, yet may be too sidetracked to reach their own. They’ve lost touch with their personal power— their innate free spirit. I am determined to change this.” Under MayCay’s tutelage and individualized direction, women can go up in a 21st century state-of-the-art per-sonal aircraft, the sassy Liberty XL-2, smartly equipped with Full Authority Digital Engine Control, and experi-ence, first hand, the power of piloting the aircraft. Ac-cording to MayCay, it’s no coincidence that taking control of an aircraft is comparable to taking control of one’s life. “I’ve seen shy, fearful women who lack self-confidence and self-esteem literally change in an instance by par-ticipating in The Diva Flight Experience. I think women discover that if they can learn to fly a plane, they can then accomplish almost anything else in life.” The Diva Flight Experience is offered exclusively through Triad Aviation Academy at Piedmont Triad In-ternational Airport in Greensboro. No previous flight experience or preparation is required. In addition to op-MayCay and the Sky Arrow-Surveillance Aircraft Guilford County Sheriff's Air Support Unit Looking for that perfect holiday something—a way to honor your spouse or daughter on their birthday—or a one-of-a-kind adventure for your special graduate? For a unique gift your loved one will never forget, book now with The Diva Flight Experience through Triad Aviation Academy at (336) 369-2804, located conveniently at 1030 PTI Drive in Greensboro. Souvenir photos, logbook, smiles, spunk, moxie and fly girl bragging rights included along with a fresh outlook on life! GUILFORDWOMAN.COM | 19

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