Zoe Dell earned her commercial pilot certificate with multiengine and instrument ratings, and she went to work for Piper Aircraft in the early 1960s as a spokesperson. Later, she flew as a demo pilot for Piper dealer Monarch Aviation in Monterey, California. Erv Nutter owned Elano Corporation, an aerospace engineering firm and supplier founded in 1950 in Ohio—and the two met while she was on a business trip in Dayton. Zoe Dell became president of Elano's small aircraft division and a company pilot. In 1986, General Electric purchased Elano to support its aircraft engine division. The company merged with Unison Industries in 2004. In 2008, Zoe Dell was honored as a Living Legend of Aviation.