FLYING HIGH — Judy Grilli and Sharon DeVos celebrate with their sister Julie Clark as she was presented an award from Caroline Trinkwalder, left to right, at the International Council of Air Shows convention. Courtesy photo

Cameron Park Life

Julie Clark inducted into air show Hall of Fame

By January 31, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The evening of Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, marked the closing of the International Council of Air Shows convention where thousands of delegates gathered for education sessions, to book air show performers and where performers put on their “game face” to make connections and book air show events.

It also makred a significant acheivement for Cameron Park pilot Julie E. Clark, who was inducted into the International Council of Air Shows Foundation Air Show Hall of Fame

Clark’s career in aviation began with a desire to become an airline pilot, just as her father Capt. Ernest Clark had been. A pilot for Pacific Airlines in the 1960s, Ernest Clark and all on board fateful flight 773 were killed by a deranged passenger on May 7, 1964. Prior to the days of the required locking cockpit door, a suicidal passenger stormed the cockpit, struggled with Capt. Clark, his co-pilot and a flight attendant before succumbing to their injuries and the eventual crash of the airplane. Subsequent FAA regulations requiring the use of locking cockpit doors were written for Capt. Ernest Clark and flight 773.

Undeterred by her father’s death, Julie reached her goal and became one of the first 21 female airline pilots in North America. Remarkably, throughout her 28 years as an airline pilot (achieving the title of captain in 1983), Julie simultaneously maintained a career as an air show pilot. Actively performing on the air show circuit today, Julie is looking forward to an active 2012 air show season.

In addition to this recent honor Julie is the recipient of more than 40 individual awards spanning the last three decades.

Special to Village Life

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