MembersFemale Orthodox Pilot Flies the Netanyahus

Nechama Spiegel Novak made history when she became the first female Orthodox Jewish pilot to fly an Israeli prime minister abroad.

By Israel Today Staff |
Photo: GPO

Novak, as seasoned El Al pilot and a mother of four, flew the Netanyahus to Greece where the prime minister met with Greek and Cypriot officials.

 

Unlike most of El Al’s pilots, Novak was not a pilot in the Israel Air Force. Instead, she learned to fly in the US for the express purpose of becoming a commercial pilot. “Being a pilot has always been a dream of mine. My husband is very supportive, and he is helping realize this dream,” said Novak at the time of her flight training in 2015.

 

Besides her working in such an unusual field, Novak’s family lives a typical life in...

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