Engineering and Manufacturing
Pennant celebrates Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
Embracing just what Women of Aviation Worldwide Week is all about Pennant International showcased three of its long-serving female staff members.
The week was aimed at raising global awareness for females of all ages with careers in aviation and celebrates the anniversary of the world’s first female pilot licence (March 8, 1910).
Gloucestershire-based Pennant International Group cannot just talk the talk of furthering women’s careers in engineering and aerospace, it can walk the walk too with female staff in key roles in the firm which supplies ILS solutions, training equipment and technical services for the civil and defence industries.
Jacqui Chapman, Pennant’s head of technical services has been part of the Pennant team for over 20 years.
Ms Chapman career began when she delighted her headmistress by choosing an engineering career – making her the first in her school’s history to do so.
Following this decision, she headed to university and then joined the British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division on their graduate scheme to work in the training systems department, spending her time developing equipment to train operators and engineers of their Hawk aircraft.
Throughout her time at Pennant, she has been part of programmes that have developed a wide variety of aviation training equipment particularly for maintainers utilising various technologies.
Ms Chapman now heads up the team supporting Pennant’s customers who are offering opportunities in aviation to the next generation.
She said “I’ve come a long way from the little girl who paddled in her wellies in drip trays under Royal Navy Sea Kings that my Dad was maintaining”.
Tammy Halter from the R4i Division of Pennant is said to have “a wealth of experience within the aviation industry”, serving in the Royal Australian Navy in 1987 as an ATC (now known as Air Avionics Technician).
This follows a family of five generations in the military, starting with her Great-Grandfather in the UK in World War 1.
According to Pennant she has a passion for the Iroquois helicopter. In 1988 Ms Halter received her “birdy” badge with a “C” rate on this specific model.
She has also completed 1500ft static line jumps and received a Captain’s Commendation in April 1991.
“The Navy taught me the importance of being part of a bigger team, working together towards a common goal and with all hands-on deck. This is part of who I was in the military and is still very much a part of me and how I have run my business for the last twenty (20) years,” said Ms Halter.
Melissa Pennline from the R4i Division of Pennant “has worked on delivering numerous Military Air programs when working at industry primes and airlines in technical documentation”.
Ms Pennline started her career at Miami Air International on the B727 and B737. During that time, she also created the paint scheme for a passenger B727 that was retrofitted as a Cargo aircraft.
Following a move to PA, Melissa then trained in Toulouse, France (with Airbus to modify the SGML technical documentation for distribution to all Maintenance and Operation crews) and worked at Boeing – where she was nominated as one of the 10 leading Women in Aviation.