I am Lena Rabadi from Jordan. I became interested in aviation when I was 16 years old. After the high school in 1998 I joined the Royal Jordanian Air Academy where I learnt to fly. My first flight with my flight instructor Captain Ibrahim Rababah was very special and is a landmark in my life, since that and immediately after the wheels left of the ground I realized that this was exactly what I wanted to become and my dream to find my home between the clouds started to come true. Graduated in 2000.
In 2002 I joined Med-East Aviation Academy. I got my Flight Instructor License then worked for 4 years as Flight Instructor during which I received support from the GM Captain George Matta and training from the Chief Flight Instructor Captain Ibrahim Danoun who believed in my abilities and the potential I have. At the beginning I was hesitant because I don´t know how students will accept a female pilot to be their Flight Instructor. But once I started I was surprised that students insisted to fly with me. My first flight as a Flight Instructor was another landmark in my life and in the aviation history where I earned the honor of being the first female flight instructor in the Arab world. It was a great experience in which I created a great reputation in the field and gained the respect of the people even being a flight instructor is not an easy job, it requires skills, accuracy and it is a very big responsibility because flight instructor plays the major role in creating future airline pilots.
In 2006 proudly I joined the Near-East Group as the Vice President for certification for a Flight School ¨Ayla Aviation Academy¨ which in a very short period of time became one of the best school not only in the Arab World but in Europe, America and the Far East. After certification, I worked as the Head of Flight Operations for three years.
2009 I joined the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission as the Licensing Unit Manager in which I was the first Female pilot who acts as the unit manager since the establishment of the Civil Aviation Authority in Jordan.
Now boasting more than 5000 flying hours in my logbook.
In 2011 I resigned to start a completely different type of life. I got married and moved out of Jordan. I am now a wife and a mother of two kids which is full time job. I miss working in the aviation field because it is really interesting and very special.