We are delighted to announce that WG#2082 Michelle Petrina will be our speaker for the Whirly-Girls educational session at HAI HELI-EXPO in Anaheim. She is a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) in Montana and will be speaking on Check Ride Success, and including a discussion of the opportunities for fixed-wing add-on ratings based on helicopter certificates. There will be a question and answer period after her talk.
Michelle grew up in a small town nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains. She was the first in her family to graduate college and has spent the last 30 years chasing the dream of flight in single engine airplanes, multi-engine airplanes, turbine airplanes, jets, tail wheel airplanes, sea planes, and most recently helicopters. In 2018, she added her commercial, instrument, CFI, CFII and ATP helicopter certificates to her fixed-wing ratings.
In June 2008, she became the first women in the state of Montana to become a Designated Pilot Examiner for fixed-wing aircraft. Michelle fought fires in California as a co-pilot in the Sky Crane and completed Sikorsky 76 training with CAE in Morristown. As she says:, “I empower women to discover their greatness through their journey of flight!” She has devoted countless hours in service to the community through Civil Air Patrol, Wings of Rescue, and Angel Flights. Michelle’s greatest accomplishment is raising her two children as a single mom in Montana.