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April 16, 2010
By Alton K. Marsh
Why aren’t more women flying? Research conducted under a Wolf Aviation Fund grant is aimed at finding out.
Colorado pilot Penny Hamilton was awarded the grant to partially fund national research to conduct in-depth interviews with female general aviation students and pilots regarding their flight training experiences.
According to the FAA, only 6 percent of all pilots in the United States are women.
“Why? That is the big question,” said Hamilton, who has a PhD. “This research project is looking at what barriers do women experience and how might their success rate be improved.” Visit the Web site related to the research to learn more.
Penny Hamilton is an award-winning aviation education researcher with academic degrees from the University of Nebraska, Columbia College, and Temple University. She earned her private pilot certificate almost 20 years ago. She is a founding board member and current volunteer secretary of the Friends of the Granby Airport and the Airport Support Network volunteer for AOPA. She is a member of the Ninety-Nines, Colorado Aviation Historical Society, Colorado Pilots Association and Women in Aviation International.
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Candler Field Flying Club is a young group focused on teaching young people to fly.
Thought about participating in a charitable flying event? Many nonprofit groups host a day at the airport in which volunteer pilots can give flights to eager fledglings. Check with your local airport about what may be scheduled for 2014.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.