Meryl Jan Getline
(born June 1953) is an American pilot
, author, and columnist.
Born in Dayton, Ohio
, Getline grew up in San Diego, California
. She first became interested in flying while in college, and persisted despite a bout of airsickness during her first flying lesson. She attempted to join the military and become a pilot there, but circumstances constrained her to work mostly in air traffic control.
Her first position as an airline pilot was with a California-based commuter airline, during which time she earned a type rating on the McDonnell Douglas DC-10
. It is possible she was the first American woman to do this. She later joined regional airline Wien Air Alaska, which hired her during a pilots' strike. In 1985, she was hired by United Airlines
, also during a pilot's strike action
. In 2006, she retired eight years early from the company.
Getline holds a wide variety of airman certificates, including ATP, AMEL, commercial pilot, ASEL, rotorcraft, control tower operator, flight engineer, and ground instructor, as well as type ratings for the Airbus A320
, Boeing 727
, Boeing 737
, Boeing 777
, Cessna Citation
, and McDonnell Douglas DC-10
She currently resides in Elizabeth, Colorado
Getline has written a number of books based on her experiences as a pilot, and wrote a regular column for USA Today
from 2004 to 2006entitled “Ask the Captain,” in which she answered questions about air travel. She has also written for other publications, including the......