Women In Aviation International

Women in aviation do not mind the smell of jet fuel or getting oil stains on their work attire. These women have played a tremendous role in the aviation industry since its inception. 

LEVIATE is powered by Women in Aviation

The aviation industry emerged in 1903 with the 12-second flight of the Wright Brothers, and women have made significant contributions since its inception.
 
A few notable names through history: Blanche Scott was the first woman to fly in 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first licensed woman pilot, and the first woman to fly across the English Channel.
 
Bessie Coleman became the first African-American woman pilot. She attended the most famous flight school in France– the Ecole d’Aviation des Freres Caudron in 1921. Katherine Cheung, in 1931, became the first woman of Chinese ancestry to earn a license and became the first woman glider pilot and recipient of the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Award. Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She set many other records. Flying from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio.

Many other firsts followed. (Click here to read more)

There are many unsung heroines of World War II. Among these, WASP, the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (see photo).   There is no doubt this industry is made better because of these, and all the extraordinary, women in it. We are proud to recognize their contribution and carry on their tradition.


LEVIATE is better because of them…

and we want to highlight some of the women that are a part of our LEVIATE family.


Daughter to an Air Force Special Forces Officer, Rebecca Davidson has jet fuel running through her veins. She worked through all her flight ratings and A&P certificate at LeTourneau University. She was introduced to the industry as a student flight dispatcher, eventually becoming dispatch manager. She raced in the Air Race Classic in 2015, the iconic all-women-transcontinental air race that began in 1977 replacing the Powderpuff Derby that had its inception in 1929. Becoming an aerobatic instructor, Rebecca quickly gained notoriety earning the Greg Koontz aerobatic instructor scholarship. She also boasts many hours under her belt flying King Airs conducting iceberg surveys for NASA in the Alaskan and Canadian arctic zones.
As one of our Citation XLS+ pilots, Rebecca enjoys providing excellent service to our clients.


With a love for aviation since an early age, Lynise Martinez sought to acquire her Airframe and Powerplant Certificate from an FAA Part 147 school. Her aviation career has spanned from working under Part 121, 135, and 145 facilities across the US. Lynise has handled a variety of aircraft models including Bombardier, Hawker, Beechcraft, & Cessna and her dedication and aptitude have gained her recognition within the industry.

Her love for this subject matter led her to share her knowledge. Consequently, she became an instructor at an FAA Part 147 technical school. Lynise describes herself as a busy body. She likes to stay active in the aviation field even in her free time. As our maintenance controller, Lynise is an invaluable asset to the Leviate group.


Edelweiss Sorianosos originally hails from San Diego but now calls Dallas her home. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Administrative Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Currently, she holds her FAA Certified Dispatch license. She has made her mark in the aviation field. Edelweiss has held many hats in her previous roles within retail customer service & concierge. However, she wanted to apply her skills and dispatch knowledge in the field of business aviation.
As our Senior Flight Coordinator, Edelweiss is dedicated to getting to know our customers. In addition, she provides personalized service and ensures that our clientele have an extraordinary and comfortable flight experience. A self-proclaimed foodie, Edelweiss likes to cook and experiment with different regional culinary styles in her spare time. When not at the chef’s table, you’ll likely see her riding her motorcycle, discovering the landscapes of North Texas.


Having grown up traveling her entire life, Erin Bailey comes to us from a finance, banking, and real estate background. Her family has strong connections to the aerospace industry. It was only a matter of time before she entered the trade. She chose Leviate to do so. She has become a company pillar as Director of Fleet Sales. Erin enjoys staying active with trail running and of course traveling to find new places to hike and explore. 


TRAGEDY turned into LEGACY

On Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021, at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff. This crash claimed the lives of two young pilots, one of whom was Remington Viney. Remington’s notable experience spanned that of the most seasoned pilot at just 26 years old. Leviate is proud to contribute to the Remington Viney Legacy Found. This fund was established in part by her family to support the encouragement and advancement of women in aviation careers.

Remington graduated with honors from Sun Prairie High School in 2012. As a result, she earned an Associate Degree in Tactical Aircraft Maintenance. She then received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UW-Madison in 2017. Remington was passionate about any adventure that life had to offer and she obtained her pilot’s license in high school. While in college, she was the captain of the Wisconsin Flying Team. Additionally, she was a founding member of the Women in Aviation, Madison chapter. She enlisted in the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 2013. She proudly served through several deployments and obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Remington pursued accreditations and licensing to receive her commercial pilot’s license in addition to becoming a flight instructor.

She was working on her degree in Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics. It is with great honor that her family has established this memorial fund. This fund is in support of educational and charitable human service projects in Wisconsin, or with regional or national merit. Remington was passionate about many things in her life. These included; being vegan, finding ways to advocate for animals, improving our planet’s environment, and locally-owned businesses, especially those supporting women. Above all, one of her greatest passions was aviation. Remington was highly involved with many local flight programs & associations. This is why grant award preference will be given to organizations supporting women pursuing an interest or career in aviation.


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