Local author Kim Jochl will present her newly published book, The Aviatrix, Fly Like a Girl, on WATA 1450 AM radio with Gary Smith in Boone at 8:40 a.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 6, as well as at the Watauga County Library at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Flying is terrifying to many people, and piloting an airplane is a domain seemingly dominated by men. When flying slowly but surely came to scare her to death, Kim set out to overcome her fear by earning a pilot’s license. She figured the more she knew, the less she’d be scared. In theory that was true; in practice it wasn’t so simple. She knew it would be an incredible challenge, and one that might end in failure. The one-hundred and fifty-three page, non-fiction narrative is a candid, sometimes funny, definitely scary, firsthand look into one woman’s journey to becoming a pilot in the challenging mountain terrain of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee.
The Aviatrix is available online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Aircraft Spruce, Pilot Shop, and in a handful of western North Carolina locations like Fred’s General Mercantile, The Elizabethton Municipal Airport, Tri-Cities Aviation, the Appalachian State University bookstore, Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum, Reid’s Café, Lowes Foods in Banner Elk, Lees McCrae College bookstore, Barnes & Noble Asheville Mall, and Sugar Mountain Sports Shop.
Kim grew up in Lee, Massachusetts, spent eight years competing around the world as a member of the United States Alpine Ski Team, and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She is the vice president at Sugar Mountain Resort.
Kim is working on her second book, a memoir. For more information browse through www.kimberleyjochl.com.