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Member Spotlight: Heidi Roth Selected for the Professional Pilot Leadership Initiative

March 13, 2024

Two of our Northwest Section members were recently selected for the The International Ninety-Nines Professional Pilot Leadership Initiative (PPLI)! The PPLI is a mentoring program which connects members with other supportive fellow Ninety-Nines. It will helps to develop and enhance leadership talents and qualities and assists in strengthening and advance career progress.

Today we're spotlighting one of the ladies chosen for the program: Heidi Roth (Columbia Cascade Chapter).

Heidi Roth

How did you get started in flying?

I grew up flying with my dad, but started working towards a career in 2021.

What are your aviation goals and where are you currently?

My long term goal is to work for the airlines; I am just short of halfway to my ATP. I am currently a Part 61 flight instructor helping people achieve their goals. I find happiness in helping others whether it is through instruction, safety pilot flights, just for fun flights, or simply sharing my knowledge through conversation.

How do you think the PPLI will help you?

I have a very small aviation community filled with various pilots and experience but the majority are male. I want to use the PPLI to connect with other female pilots with similar goals and aspirations and eventually pass on my experiences, advice and motivations for other aspiring female pilots.

Is there any advice you would give to other women looking for a career in aviation?

To never give up! No matter how many people don’t believe in you, prove them wrong. There are people out there that care and are willing to put time and effort into your career.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about yourself? What do you love to do?

When I am not flying, I enjoy spending time with my niece and nephew, swimming and hanging out with friends.

About the PPLI:

The PPLI aims to accelerate the advancement of women in all pilot professions, facilitate dynamic mentoring, and enhance our leadership role in the aviation community. The program provides highly motivated 99s with the tools to develop their careers and leadership abilities. Through guided activities and formal mentoring partnerships, it strengthens and expands the network of women pilots.

This highly-structured, formal leadership and mentoring program is unique. The mentor and mentee will communicate on a weekly basis to discuss the mentoring prompts and guided activities. Participants must commit to meeting the program expectations for the entire duration of the 18-24 month program.

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