Laurie Jessup, left, and Karlie Beth Buntin
For many years, AOPA Flight Training has sponsored scholarships that allow two deserving students to attend the International Women in Aviation conference. Today Karlie Beth Buntin and Laurie Jessup are attending seminars and working in the magazine's booth on the last day of the sixteenth annual conference, which is being held in Dallas. Buntin started flying at age 18 while attending Western Oklahoma State College and is now a senior at Oklahoma State University; she plans to obtain flight instructor and airframe and powerplant certificates as well as an MBA, and eventually would like to own her own flight school and maintenance shop. The aviation bug bit Jessup when she discovered hang gliding while pursuing a nonaviation degree and is now studying aviation maintenance at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville, Wisconsin. An enthusiastic student pilot, she would like to work as an A&P and flight instructor, possibly in Alaska. Application for the AOPA Flight Training scholarship is through Women in Aviation, International; forms are available on the WAI Web site in the fall.
March 12, 2005