Meet Janice Driscoll, Chief Flight Instructor!

As part of our celebration of PFT women in aviation, we’re featuring Janice Driscoll, our Chief Flight Instructor, in this blog post!

Janice’s love for aviation began at a young age, as her parents had their private pilot certificates and she would fly along with them. She finally took flying lessons herself as a young woman in Readington, NJ and was “hooked”! She says “I had some great instructors that encouraged me through my training, even when I was struggling they kept me on track all the way to my instructor ratings.”

When asked what she loves about her job, Janice says, “ I love instructing. I love being a mentor to students. I love seeing their progress and accomplishments. Their expressions of joy on their 1st solo or when they pass their check ride. It’s an awesome feeling for me to know that I in some way helped them.” What Janice loves about Piedmont Flight training in particular is “the comradeship of our flight instructors. We are like a family ready to help each other out. We have a wonderful school, with great aircraft and awesome crew.”

Janice has some advice for young women considering a career in aviation: “It’s an awesome career, not always easy, sometimes darn right hard….but do not give up. If you are struggling, find a mentor, someone you can talk with, share your thoughts, your struggles and your victories…someone who will keep you focused and on track.”

Our School Will Remain Open With Enhanced Health Precautions and Procedures

Piedmont Flight Training takes concerns about COVID-19 very seriously. Our number one priority is the safety of all students and staff. We have been proactive in educating our students and staff in reference to healthy protective measures and will expend every effort to continue to do our part in the protection of public health and follow appropriate guidance as necessary from the CDC and NC government authorities.

Critical Infrastructure Sectors
There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof. Presidential Policy Directive 21 (PPD-21): Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience advances a national policy to strengthen and maintain secure, functioning and resilient critical infrastructure. This directive supersedes Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7.
 
Aviation is Part of Our Critical Infrastructure Sectors
Aviation includes aircraft, air traffic control systems, and about 19,700 airports, heliports and landing strips. Approximately 500 provide commercial aviation services at civil and joint-use military airports, heliports, and sea plane bases.  In addition, the aviation mode includes commercial and recreational aircraft (manned and unmanned) and a wide-variety of support services, such as aircraft repair stations, fueling facilities, navigation aids, and flight schools. Source Link