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Unread post06 Jun 2021, 21:40

Navy Quietly Rolls Out First Maternity Flight Suits
05 Jun 2021 Hope Hodge Seck

"The Navy welcomed its first female aviators in 1974. A mere 47 years later, it's giving pregnant pilots a flight suit that fits them. The service quietly issued the first maternity flight suit to Lt. Cmdr. Jacqueline Nordan, a mobilization program manager in the Naval Air Force Reserve, as part of an early distribution program, officials said this week. Several other pregnant members of the command also received the uniform in a test run to determine its usefulness, Navy spokeswoman Amie Blade told Military.com....

..."Prior to the maternity flight suit, pregnant aircrew have generally collected larger sized flight suits and gone up through additional sizes throughout their pregnancy, potentially needing three to five additional flight suits," Nordan, who has previously been assigned to an EA-18G Growler squadron, said in the release. "Wearing a larger-sized flight suit results in longer hems and sleeves, potentially presenting a safety hazard in the aircrew cleared to fly during pregnancy." She added that baggy and oversized flight suits simply look unprofessional....

...It was actually the safety hazard of the larger flight suits that prompted development of the maternity uniform, Blade said. "A single adjustable flight suit can expand across multiple trimesters depending on each pregnancy, saving pregnant aircrew the added expense associated with purchasing multiple flight suits, as well as the cost of tailoring larger-sized flight suits historically purchased to accommodate the changing pregnant form," she said. "The expandable side panels allow aircrew to wear their usual length arms and hems, decreasing the risk of safety hazards."

But most pregnant naval aviators are still stuck on the ground. While the Air Force has moved in recent years to create policies allowing pregnant pilots to fly for a greater portion of their pregnancies if they choose, the Navy has yet to follow suit.

According to Navy guidance updated in 2017, pregnancy is considered a disqualifier for flying duties, although aircrew members may request a waiver requiring approval from a local board of flight surgeons.

"Designated Naval Aviators who are authorized to fly during pregnancy shall perform flight duties in a Medical Service Group 3 capacity only," the guidance states. That category refers to aviators limited to operating aircraft with dual controls and accompanied on all flights by a pilot or copilot with a less-restrictive medical qualification.

Single-pilot, ejection seat and high-performance aircraft that can pull more than 2 Gs are entirely off-limits, as are planes that conduct shipboard operations and those with cabin altitudes that exceed 10,000 feet. And after the third trimester begins, flying is banned entirely.

In 2019, the Air Force got rid of a medical waiver requirement for pregnant pilots who wanted to fly later into their pregnancies. It also expanded the standard flight-duty window for pregnancy by five weeks, allowing pregnant pilots to fly from weeks 12 to 28 if they choose. Later the same year, Lt. Col. Jammie Jamieson, a member of the Air Force Women's Initiative Team, said the service was evaluating the science with an eye to further reducing restrictions.

The Air Force has also taken steps to design and buy maternity flight suits, launching solicitation and test efforts in 2020...."

Photo: "Lt. Cmdr. Jacqueline Nordan, Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve's (CNAFR) mobilization program manager, poses in the first Navy maternity flight suit. CNAFR was recently selected to participate in a preliminary rollout of a new maternity flight suit in a step to better support expecting mothers. (Stephen Hickok/U.S. Navy)" https://images02.military.com/sites/def ... 00x800.jpg


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Unread post09 Jun 2021, 19:06

Argentina Female Police Helicopter Pilot Lorena Olmos
República Argentina Se mujer piloto policía Lorena Olmos
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Unread post10 Jun 2021, 13:26

Female F-16 PILOT TRAINING GRADUATE
https://www.primepublishers.com/towntimesnews/news/community_news/pilot-training-graduate/article_1597b7f0-c949-11eb-a7fe-7f5cfc6bd2b9.html
U.S. AIR FORCE 1ST LT. GENEVIEVE ZASADA of Watertown recently graduated F-16 Pilot Training at Holloman AFB in Washington, D.C. on February 12. Lt. Zasada is a graduate of Watertown High School and attended Naugatuck Valley Community College before earning her BBA at the University of Hawaii with a degree in finance. Her parents, Paul and Fay Zasada, reside in Watertown. She is assigned to the 121st Fighter Squadron in Washington, D.C.
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Unread post20 Jun 2021, 02:48

She Was a Pioneering Navy Submarine Officer. Now She's Headed to Space
18 Jun 2021 Karli Goldenberg

"Lt. Cmdr. Kayla Barron, one of the first women to serve on a Navy submarine, is now one step closer to being one of the first women to walk on the Moon. Barron, 33, who commissioned as a Navy officer in 2010, was selected by NASA out of a pool of approximately 18,000 people to join the 2017 astronaut candidate class...."

Photo: "Kayla Barron poses for a portrait at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on July 12, 2019. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)" https://images04.military.com/sites/def ... n-1800.jpg


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