January 8, 2014
By Jill W. Tallman
During the week of March 3 through 9, airports and pilots in five continents will introduce girls and women to aviation through free flights, aviation activities, and more.
This year’s event celebrates “pushing the limits,” according to U.S. Team Leader Victoria Neuville Zajko, and honors 100 years of female aerobatic pilots and 50 years of women who flew solo around the world.
An opening ceremony will be held March 3 at 10:30 a.m. at College Park Aviation Museum in College Park, Md. Guest speakers include wing walker Jana McWhorter, aerobatics and Reno race pilot Jacquie Warda, and world aerobatics champion Aude Lemordant. That event will be recorded for online viewing via the website.
A First-to-Solo challenge sponsored by Sennheiser will award $1,500 for flight training to the first girl or woman who takes a flight during Women of Aviation Week and then documents a solo flight. King Schools Inc. will award a Get It All online private pilot course to the first U.S. girl or woman to solo after having flown during Women of Aviation Week.
The airport that registers the highest number of nonpilot girls and women introduced to aviation throughout the week will be named "Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport Worldwide," and a similar designation will be given to a flight school that achieves the same goal.
As in previous years, Frederick Municipal Airport, AOPA's home airport, will hold a Fly It Forward event during Women in Aviation Week, offering free introductory flights to girls and women.
Last year’s international event introduced more than 5,000 girls and women to aviation, Zajko said, and pilots are encouraged to organize events at their airports. Pilots can find more information or register their own events at the website.
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The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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