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Points North

Points North, Ep. 20: In transit

Credit: NASA Photo/Carla Thomas

This week on Points North, female pilots are underrepresented in the commercial aviation industry. That’s been true for a while, but a program in northern Michigan is making progress. Plus, the plight of fudge at local airports and a story from Michigan’s maritime past.



Local aviation students navigate male-dominated field

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NMC aviation students Hannah Beard (left) and Jessi Martin (right) prepare for a cross-country flight in their single-propellor plane.

Across the world, there’s a dramatic airplane pilot shortage. According to Boeing, America will need over 200 thousand new pilots in the next two decades. 

Despite the growing demand, some demographics are still extremely underrepresented in the industry, including women. But at Northwestern Michigan College the number of female aviation students is far above the national average.

Hear how women are finding new ways to navigate the male-dominated field.


Check your fudge separately, TSA says

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A picture from the security line at the Pellston Regional Airport blew up on social media last month.

Every summer millions of visitors fly into airports across the state, and the Transportation Security Administration has a very specific request for passengers in Michigan.


The TSA is keeping an eye out for fudge when you go through security.

The evolution of the historic steamer, City of Traverse.

Credit Grand Traverse Historical Society
The brand new steamer, City of Traverse, first came to its namesake community May 1, 1871.

A trip by boat across Lake Michigan is much more rare than it was a century ago. But in the early 1900s passenger steamers were the main way vacationers got Up North for the summer. 


Shaun Anchak of the Maritime Heritage Alliance has the story of one steamer’s evolution.

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Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.