Mirelle, from Women in Aviation Worldwide suggested I write an article for them. I thought for a while about what I should write – I mean, that’s the organization that had the First-To-Solo contest, so I should write about that right? But I thought, what’s the most important thing I have to say to the world about my involvement in aviation?
And I realized it’s something that my blog followers have already seen the blow by blow of as it was happening. When I was trying to get my medical certificate, I googled to see how other people with Aspergers had fared in the same process, and all I could find was an FAA article with an account of a commercial pilot’s medical certificate being revoked based on a new diagnosis of Aspergers. I felt pretty alone at the time, and wondered, has no one ever dealt with this before me?
If there had been an article like the one I wrote yesterday – if I could have found that in those weeks, I would have felt so much better. So I hope that if someone else in the world is going through the same thing, that they’ll find this and be comforted and reassured, and if there’s someone out there who thinks that they shouldn’t bother trying because they have Aspergers, that they’ll think again.
Anyway, here’s the link to the article: http://www.womenofaviationweek.org/americas/canada-i-have-aspergers-syndrome-can-i-get-a-commercial-pilot-license/article-450/
I think there something very important and valuable about leaving something that’s better than what you had yourself. To try to improve on how you parent vs how you were parented, or as in this case, to leave hope for others when you found very little yourself.
I know, it felt good to be able to do that. I didn’t want to do a horn tooting look-at-me-I’m-so-awesome article, and I knew a wistful share-the-magic-of-flying was probably both done to death and preaching to the choir. But someone’s setting me up on a soapbox, and if I’m going to say something, I want to say something worthwhile, and this is something I can offer that no one else can.
Did you ever get your CPL
I did; you can check the flying tags on my blog for more updates.