Not having grown up in an aviation family, Davis never imagined she would take the career path that led her to where she is today. For her full-time job, Davis currently serves as a U.S. Air Force chaplain, and previously held ranks as a staff sergeant and aircraft electrician. In her spare time, Davis is pursuing her private pilot certificate with the goal of earning her instrument rating and hopes to one day fly a Cirrus SR22.
Davis created Women Rock Wings not only to inspire and bring women in aviation together but also to support Women Rock Wings members with the costs associated with flying, which Davis feels is one of the biggest barriers to entry within the industry.
In between her busy schedule of military and civilian commitments, AOPA reached out to Davis to find out what led to the creation of Women Rock Wings, what her overall mission is for the growing group, and what she hopes to accomplish in the future.
Why did you originally get involved in aviation?
Originally it was my enlisted career in the [U.S.] Air Force that led me to aviation. All enlisted entrants into the Air Force take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). I tested well in the mechanical portion of the exam. Trust me, this was not expected at all. Due to my test scores, the options for a career field pool were larger. Aircraft Electrical and Environmental Systems Specialist popped out from all of the other jobs. My recruiter … really encouraged me to consider the field. He did mention not too many women, especially Black women were in that career field. I ended up saying to myself, “If I was going into the Air Force, then I’m going to go for it all.” So, I went for it. And I will always be glad I did.
What led you to continuing your aviation career in the military?
I transitioned from aviation within my military career almost six years ago. I also moved from being enlisted to earning the privilege of being an officer. Currently, I proudly serve as a chaplain. It’s one of the greatest privileges. My role as a chaplain is what reconnected me to aviation. While on duty in summer 2018, I came across something you don’t see often in the Air Force or military overall— currently serving Black pilots. I had to introduce myself.
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