November 16, 2011
By Jill W. Tallman
After earning the title of Most Female-Friendly Airport in March, Frederick Municipal Airport is all set to try again in 2012. And organizer Victoria Neuville says the 2012 Women Fly It Forward event, to be held March 10, will be even bigger.
The 2011 event was held in conjunction with the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, and sought to introduce women and girls to flight. With help from local pilots, aviation enthusiasts, and AOPA, 185 girls and women took rides in general aviation aircraft.
Neuville had barely taken a deep breath before she plunged into preparations for 2012. Flights in small aircraft will, of course, be the centerpiece of the day. But the goal of this year’s event is not only to introduce many women to aviation, but to ensure that a participant can pursue her aviation dream with a flight training award, she said.
“Last year inspired many future women aviators,” Neuville said. “I can’t wait to introduce more girls and women to our flying community.” A tethered hot air balloon will be on display, ensuring there’s “something for everybody,” she said.
Frederick’s Women Fly It Forward is one of numerous events that will take place March 5 through 10 in celebration of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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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