About Benét J. Wilson

Benét J. Wilson is a freelance aviation/travel journalist and blogger based in Washington, D.C.   I’m also director of media relations for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The opinions expressed on this blog are strictly my own and do not reflect the views or opinions of my employer.

I’m a trade journalist who has covered issues as diverse as aviation, employment and training, welfare reform, economic development and agriculture/agribusiness.  I also spent five years on “the dark side,”  in senior corporate communications positions at two airlines and an aircraft engine manufacturer.

I’ve  spoken extensively at conferences and seminars on topics including airports/security, new media and  social media trends.

I’m on the board of directors for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aviation Communication program, I co-chair the National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism Task Force and I’m a member of the Online News Association, Women in Aviation International and Black Social Media Professionals.  I worked to help create McGraw-Hill’s Social Media Council, created to craft a policy and help business units navigate the latest tools and technology.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from American University.

You can also find me in the places, below.

Email: benet AT aviationqueen DOT com

Facebook: Benét J. Wilson

Flickr: RegAviationQueen

LinkedIn: Benét J. Wilson

Skype: RegAvQueen

Twitter: @AvQueenBenet

3 Responses to “About Benét J. Wilson”

  1. TG Byrne July 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Benét,
    I though you may be interested in UK aviation adventurer and entrepreneur is the first (ever) to fly the length of Japan on his global record breaking flight and heading for the US. Norman Surplus has resumed his attempt to be the first person fly a gyrocopter around the world. Norman arrived at Shonai Airport Yamagata Prefecture and is expected to fly from there to Vladivostok Russia soon. After Russia his next stops will be Alaska, Canada and the continental US. This is subject to weather conditions and flight permissions ongoing

    With the pilot open to the elements, this endeavor combines danger, adventure and a compelling story about the pilot – entrepreneur and cancer survivor. Norman is working with cancer charities during his flight raising awareness and money. Norman Surplus is resuming the “second half” of his attempt to be the first person to fly a gyrocopter around the world whilst raising awareness and funds for cancer charities after his own experience. On leaving Japan Norman, 48 year old father of two from N. Ireland, heads for the Far East and will expect to take up to 11 days to fly across. After that, he will attempt the flight over the chilly, pack ice strewn, Bering Straits to Alaska and then follow the Alaskan highway down through Yukon and the North west territories in to the USA.

    The “first half” of the gyrocopters flight has seen it fly almost 18,000 km across mountains, desert, forest fires, sandstorms and open sea. Norman has also flown into the record books during 2010 achieving the longest distance ever flown across the globe by a gyrocopter. Norman is the co-founder of green energy company B9. His flight was interrupted in the Philippines last year because of the threat of dangerous weather patterns.

    He intends to fly approximately 520 miles from in Japan to Vladivostok crossing the treacherous waters of the Sea of Japan He will be in his red flying suit and bright yellow gyrocopter and will be available for interviews. Norman has already been featured on Al Jazeera Asia Pacific and many other media in the last year.

    Kindest regards,
    TG Byrne–
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  2. Mike May 8, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    Interesting website and accomplishments. I can’t get over though those who use race as a “shout out” to who they are. For instance, The “black” this organization or membership. “I’m Black and I Travel”? Really? How about I’m Black and I drive a car” or “I’m Black and eat hotdog”. How far does race have to be used to subdivide the people.?

    Just curious cause I enjoy the articles and information. “I’m white and I travel” or “The National Assocation of White Journalist” MMmmmm….now when that is said…has a bit of a racicst tone to it…
    Let the knowledge of aviation or whatever you do get you notice. Not your race.

    • Aviation Queen May 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

      Mike-thanks for the comment. I think if you read my blog, you can see that I do allow my knowledge of aviation speak for itself. I also happen to contribute to a blog that mentions race in its title. I can’t control the names of other blogs.

      I am proud to be a member of NABJ, so i see no reason not to include it as part of my bio. NABJ, by the way, was created because for decades, blacks had little to no representation as journalists in mainstream media news rooms. We were also not allowed to join journalism organizations because of our skin color. Again, I appreciate your comments and hope you’ll continue to read exactly because I do have great aviation knowledge! :)

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