A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air

A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air

by Erika Armstrong


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A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air by Erika Armstrong

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome aboard your flight. As you step onto my aircraft, take a quick glance into the cockpit. Yep, that’s me sitting in the captains’ seat, and that’s my first officer laughing about how he accidentally locked himself out of his hotel room. Naked. Again.

We’re both a little ripe from flying for the last five days, but we’re still smiling because we have spent years and thousands of hours training and living an uncommon lifestyle to be up here for you.

For the next few hours, you have to turn your life over to us. It’s hard to trust others, and there are moments when you don’t have a choice about being in control. During those moments, you’ll just have to tighten your seatbelt and trust that others will get you through the storm.

Our route today will take you through a segment of my life up in the air, and you will see things you could never imagine. Since I have been locked in the cockpit with men for several thousands of hours over the years, I have been given a perspective few get to experience. To help you see a different perspective, too, I am giving you a checklist to use as we move along our route. It will take you from gate to gate, and when we’re done, we will have both learned a little more about what it takes to fly.

Now…just sit back and relax. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

Erika Armstrong has worked every aspect of aviation in her twenty-five years in the industry, including an international corporate airline captain. She is an award-winning staff writer for Colorado Serenity Magazine and is a professional pilot columnist for Disciples of Flight, NYC Aviation, Contrails, Flying, LinkedIn, and Business Insider and is the owner of Leading Edge Aviation Consulting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933016146
Publisher: Behler Publications, LLC
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 642,590
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

With twenty-five years in the aviation industry, Erika Armstrong has worked in every aspect of aviation, and is the first modern woman airline captain of a commercial Boeing 727 to write a book about her experiences.
She is an award winning staff writer for Colorado Serenity magazine and is also a contributing writer for Mountain Connection, General Aviation magazine and former editor/writer for Air Line Pilot Association. Most uniquely, Erika was an international corporate, airline, Red Cross and 24-hour air ambulance pilot/captain. Even though she isn’t currently flying the heavy iron, she is entrenched in aviation. Erika owns Leading Edge Aviation Consulting and is currently a flight coordinator for International Jet Aviation Services.

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A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Bookish_Picks More than 1 year ago
Erika Armstrong, or should I say Captain Armstrong, is an inspiration, not only to women aspiring to a career in aviation, but also to those struggling to find their way out of a difficult relationship. Looking at Erika Armstrong, you would think she has her life well put together. She is a highly successful pilot, with the respect of her colleagues and friend alike. But, she’s hiding a dark secret. He life is not as together as it seems. She is entrenched in a controlling and abusive relationship. Thankfully, her inner strength came through and she managed to escape and become one of the most respected figures in modern aviation. Some may find parts of her self-penned biography difficult to read, and frustrating too. But, Captain Armstrong, writes with such insight and humor, that you wont be able to put this book down. It is exciting to know that her journey is not over yet, and there could be another memoir to come.
Jamztoma More than 1 year ago
A Life Worth Reading for Our Own Success and Recovery A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air is a biographical book by a female pilot named Erika Armstrong who loved and enjoyed her career with a passion. She writes it by using aviation jargon to describe her professional and personal experiences that are a combination of laughs, tears, and triumph by the end. In this book, she reveals her struggles of being a woman pilot, her joys of meeting the man of her dreams, the pain of spousal abuse, and of course the light at the end of the tunnel. Erika is a survivor and she was always the breadwinner in her and her husband’s household. What I liked about this book most of all was how Erika defied her unique position of being a female in an all-male occupation. She tells of the time when she had to face sexual harassment from a male colleague to the unfairness of a female employer who she thought would take care of her since she was of her gender. Erika mentions one incident while she was piloting a flight between Mexico and the USA where there was a false bomb threat and the commotion that came about because of it. Erika also recalls 9/11 and what she was doing on that dreadful day. Another aspect of the story is where Erika delineates how she met her husband and how she pursued him to eventually getting hitched This is a wonderful how-to-recover-from-a-fall instructional book for the oppressed because it features someone who fell from grace but instead of crying and dwelling on the problem this someone did something about it and was able to climb back to the top. It has a lesson for both men and women alike that if you don’t cry out for help, or if you don’t get out and do something about your problem situation, you will never get out of it alive. Erika Anderson was overridden with oppression from someone she thought was the love of her life but it was acquaintances and luck that came to her rescue. You should read her story, it will help you get a positive perspective on life if you are stuck at the bottom and don’t know how to get out of it.
ValeryElias16 More than 1 year ago
A Chick in the Cockpit: My Life Up in the Air by Erika Armstrong is much more than a simple re-telling of what it is like to be a female pilot in a male dominated industry. About a third of the way through the book, it gets much more interesting than that. Armstrong tells a strong personal story that involves domestic abuse, and how she gets out of a terribly abusive and dangerous marriage. Written from the heart in plain language, Armstrong details the way her two lives, one as a professional pilot, the other more personal side as a wife, cross over and intertwine. This book is the story of a woman who forged a career despite rampant discrimination, and also overcame personal challenges. A highly inspirational read, would recommend for a glimpse into the aviation industry coupled with personal drama.