December 2, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
Men and women across the world are celebrating the Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots this year by giving introductory flights to girls and women. As the year draws to a close, Delta Air Lines A330 pilot Karlene Petitt is putting up $100 for a drawing to motivate pilots to take a woman flying before the end of the year.
To be eligible for the drawing, participants must take a nonpilot girl or woman flying, write up a flight report with photographs of their logbook and passenger, and e-mail the documentation to Petitt and Mireille Goyer, organizer of the Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots events.
Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to earn a pilot certificate on March 8, 1910. Goyer launched the events in 2010 to celebrate the centennial and to encourage more women to become pilots by introducing a record number of nonpilot girls and women to flying during the year.
“All the hard earned breakthroughs would not have been possible without their strong will power and the open mindedness of those men who supported their efforts,” Goyer’s website explains. “As we, today, stand in receipt of this legacy, let's gracefully pay it forward to the next generation of women pilots. Let's introduce a record number of women to aviation.”
Participants who register their flights on the Centennial of Licensed Women Pilots website will be eligible for awards for the woman pilot who introduced the most nonpilot girls and women introduced to aviation in 2010, the most unusual introduction flight of a nonpilot girl or woman, and the “most female-pilot-friendly airport in the world in 2010”—the airport with most nonpilot girls and women introduced to aviation.
With her sights on the latter category, Petitt is organizing an event at Renton Municipal Airport in Washington state to offer free flights to nonpilot women. Goyer is encouraging pilots around the world—men as well as women—to show support for the local effort by conducting introductory flights at their home airports.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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