Erin Seidemann was born and raised in New Orleans. She attended Loyola University New Orleans and graduated cum laude with a degree in English writing. She recently earned her commercial multi-engine pilot rating. She has been flying for 13 years and has owned an airplane since before she earned her pilot’s license. Her current plane is a twin engine Piper Seneca. You can find more of her writing and information about her book at www.agirlandherplane.com.
10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room E
Postcards from the Sky
10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix
Erin Seidemann’s tales of her her struggles, adventures, and relationships as a woman making her way in a world very much dominated by men: aviation.
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 fi rst 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 fi ghting 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 fl ying 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.
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