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Retired United Airlines Pilot Phyllis Cleveland Event

June 26, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

Presentation will Recount 9/11 From the Cockpit of the 747 She Was Piloting During the Attack

Forest Hill’s monthly speaker series this month will feature accomplished and retired pilot Phyllis Cleveland who will speak on Wednesday, June 26 at 3:30 pm.  Cleveland began flying in 1969.  During her presentation she will share stories of her lifelong experience in the aviation industry, including piloting a flight from Japan to the U.S. during the 9/11 attack.

Cleveland began working for United Airlines (UAL) in 1989 and retired in 2007.  While at United Airlines she was on the Accident/Incident Team; was the Boeing 747 Tech and Safety Representative; the Pacific Regional Safety Rep; the Maintenance Safety Coordinator; on the UAL Flight Operations Quality Assurance team; and part of a 12 man Ad Hoc Flight Operations Team that reported directly to the Vice President of UAL Operations.

Cleveland was in the air flying from Japan to the U.S. during the 9/11 attack on the U.S.  Other major events during her years at UAL include flying U.S. troops during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Boeing 747 Tech Advisor on the TWA 800 (747 New York) accident, and part of a five person team that performed aircraft maintenance facility inspections in Korea and China for a planned outsourced off shore maintenance contract.  She was honored in 2003 with the D.B. Robinson Air Safety Award for lifetime achievement as an aviation safety advocate. To date she is the first and only women to receive this award.

Before Cleveland’s airline career she was an Aviation Safety Inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) – one of the first women hired by the agency in 1983.  For fourteen years prior to the FAA she was a Flight Instructor and Chief Pilot for a FAA/Veterans Administration/California State approved Flight School and Air Taxi operator.  She also taught advanced college aeronautics courses, was a corporate pilot, AIRCO (air reconnaissance) pilot for the State of California (CalFire), and flew Traffic Watch in Stockton, CA.

The discussion will be held at the Forest Hill Fireside Lounge at 551 Gibson Avenue, Pacific Grove.  To reserve a space at this free event or to get more information, RSVP here or please call Forest Hill at 831-657-5200.


June 26, 2019
3:30 pm