Amanda Farnsworth Flies Across the Atlantic to Honor History and Promote STEM
Amanda Farnsworth recently visited the Frist Campus to talk to students about a commemorative and educational transatlantic flight.
With a career in business, Farnsworth also holds a commercial pilot's license and serves on the board of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a general aviation advocacy group that is the largest such organization in the world.
Earlier this year, she planned and embarked upon a transatlantic flight in a single-engine Cirrus Vision SF50 jet. The mission, dubbed "Girls Fly Atlantic," came about with the help of AOPA and Cirrus Aircraft as part of AOPA's high school aviation-focused STEM program. Apart from helping develop curriculum, the flight honored W.A.S.P., the Women Airforce Service Pilots, of World War II.
The jet took off from Nashville and stopped in Frederick, Maryland; Goose Bay, Canada; Narsarsuaq, Greenland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Prestwick, Scotland; and Caen, France in Normandy where the team paid their respects to the fallen World War II soldiers at the beaches and cemeteries.
Farnsworth spoke with Ensworth history, math, and science classes since her journey touched on many aspects of those disciplines.
Amanda's relationship to Ensworth has deep ties as a parent of an alumna, Alexandra '14, and as a Board of Trustees member.