Stacy Sheard

Philadelphia, PA, US
Field of Work 
Helicopters, Aeronautics, Aviation
Jet Aviation
Job Title or "Student" 
Helicopter Pilot / Helicopter Captain
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Aeronautics / Aviation
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
When I was about 11 or 12 years old, I used to watch helicopters fly over my house - I just thought they were incredibly cool! I was a good student in several subjects, but not the best in math or science. Someone told me that you had to be good in math if you want to be a pilot - and math was definitely NOT my strongest subject. Telling anyone that I wanted to become a pilot usually drew giggles and laughter, thus confirming my fears; I stopped telling people I wanted to become a helicopter pilot....but it was always secretly in the back of my mind. I kept moving toward my dream (and sometimes backward), but eventually found a way to fly! When I think of how far I've come from that shy little girl who used to look up at the sound of helicopters flying always makes me smile!

I am currently a Corporate Helicopter Captain for Jet Aviation, often flying from Philadelphia to New York City & all over the NorthEast.

Before that, I spent the several years as a Helicopter Test Pilot for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (they make Black Hawks), test flying helicopters, flying them to their destinations, and training helicopter pilots all over the world.

I began my career in U.S. Military Intelligence working at the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Russian analyst, and later I was accepted into U.S. Army Flight School to fly Hueys and Black Hawks. After leaving the military, I began flying civilian helicopters; I flew helicopter Tours, Emergency Medical helicopters, News helicopters, and VIP helicopters in Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon & Los Angeles. I even flew helicopters for the movies and television while living in Los Angeles!
Writing/blogging, Working outdoors, Pets, Dance, Computing, Poetry, Reading, Travel, Sports, Acting, Other
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I have been a Role Model many times.
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Program Affiliation 
NGCP Collaborative FabFem, Other
Other Program Affiliation 
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Women Soar, You Soar. Helicopter Association International (HAI). Women in Aviation International (WAI). The Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots. International Women Helicopter Pilots (WGs).
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