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:
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
Experimental Aircraft Association,
Women in Aviation International
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
A midair collision involving two aircraft participating in an EAA Young Eagles event near Buffalo, New York, claimed the lives of two occupants of one aircraft.
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