Berks woman, 51-year-old pilot, awarded by the FAA | Regional News from Berks


BERN TWP., Pa. – It wasn’t enough for Sandy Moore to just smash a glass ceiling. She wanted to fly through.

“I’ve been a pilot for 51 years,” said Moore, a Bechtelsville resident.

Inspiring women to fly high, Moore is poised to receive one of the FAA’s most prestigious honors.

“I’ve never been on a day where I would say, ‘Oh my God, I have to go fly,’” Moore said. “It was ‘Wow, I’m going to fly today.'”

It all started when she got on a plane at the age of 11. She and her sister were invited to visit the cockpit.

“I got to see this beautiful view out the window,” Moore said, “and I knew one day I really wanted to do it on my own.”

Looking at flight schools, Moore said she was turned down because she was female. She eventually made her way, earning her private pilot license and commercial license at the age of 30. After the recession, she changed her flight plan.

“My love, my true love,” said Moore, “teach others to fly.”

Moore was a flight instructor at Reading Regional Airport for several years, teaching others to fly to their dreams. For his five decades of flawless flying, Moore is set to receive the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the FAA. Less than 7,000 pilots have already received this honor.

“I’m proud of her,” said Moore’s husband Bruce Moore, who is also a licensed pilot. “She didn’t have this because of my support. She would have had it somehow.”

Pilot Sandy Moore

Moore said more women are breaking down barriers in aviation and she wants to see the next generation spread its wings.

“If you want it enough, you will find a way to get your license,” Sandy Moore said. “Go out there, fall in love and you’ll get hooked.”


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