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:
Experimental Aircraft Association,
Women in Aviation International
Red Bull Air Racing has returned for 2014, with Paul Bonhomme, twice a world champion of past years’ competitions, claiming a victory.
A documentary film tells the story of the “first to fly and the first to die for the United States in the Great War.”
AOPA President Mark Baker flew four women and girls on two flights March 4 as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week activities designed to introduce more women and girls to aviation.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.