Elizabeth A. Tennyson, AOPA vice president of publications and executive editor of Pilot magazine, is featured on the current cover of another prominent international aviation magazine.
Tennyson wrote the first-person account of her rising career at the request of the editor of Aviation for Women, the official magazine of Women in Aviation, International. WAI is an organization supporting nearly 7,000 women working in various aviation and aerospace careers.
Tennyson's cover story in the January/February 2003 issue describes her start in journalism and details her effort to turn her avocation of flying general aviation airplanes into a vocation.
"The stories I hear from members of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) are my story, too," she writes. As executive editor, she manages the day-to-day editorial and production operation for AOPA Pilot, the world's largest aviation magazine.
Tennyson is a private pilot with an instrument rating, a skydiver, and hang glider pilot. She joined AOPA in 1998 as director of special publications. In 1999 she was named managing editor of AOPA Flight Training magazine. In May 2002 she was promoted to vice president, publications, and executive editor of AOPA Pilot. Prior to joining AOPA, Tennyson was editor in chief for three magazines for National Jurist publishing. Before that, she worked as a writer and editor for the Associated Press in Los Angeles, Miami, and Raleigh, N.C. She also did work for AP Radio during that period.