March 12, 2012
By Jill W. Tallman
EAA President Rod Hightower underscored the message of “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference” by bringing three of his four daughters to the Women in Aviation International conference in Dallas, March 8 through 10.
EAA’s Young Eagles program will celebrate 20 years this year, Hightower said. The program has flown 1.6 million young people between the ages of 8 and 17 since its inception.
Thirty percent of those 1.6 million Young Eagles have been females, Hightower said. “In the course of the last 20 years, we have created 18,800 certificated pilots,” he said. Just over 9 percent of those are female. “We’re moving the needle on female aviators and we’re very proud of it,” he said.
Empowering the future is what EAA is all about, Hightower said. “Empowering other women and especially young people to follow their dreams and pursue their passion is the core of EAA.” He listed some of the association’s initiatives:
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Flying over Manhattan en route to Nantucket for the event. Nantucket Flying Association President Chris McLaughlin introduces the documentary "Shady Lady" before a packed audience at the Dreamland Theater.
Pilot Skip Gibbs regularly uses his Bonanza A36 to bring medical volunteers and supplies to remote areas of Mexico. Just before sunset, Gibbs was flying to the historic city of El Fuerte in the state of Sinaloa where LIGA International Flying Doctors of Mercy has been doing good works since 1934.
Crosswinds Aviation partners with Michigan’s Howell High School and the Young Eagles to create a GA education program.