Christina Tindle’s annual weekend programs for women pilots have proved so popular that in 2017 she’s opening them up to women who are involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as well as women adventurers.
Tindle, of Hailey, Idaho, held the first Woman Wise Airmanship Adventure in 2011. She said she came up with the idea because women are not getting their money’s worth out of flight training.
Tindle said she doesn’t subscribe to the “no pain, no gain” model of flight instruction. Instead, participants learn through laughter, connection, awe, and managed risk taking, she said. Debriefings “are not the typical aviation debriefings,” she said. In addition to reviewing the skills learned, participants will discuss the impact of the skills on their lives.
“It’s a really fun getaway for women and we’re about personal growth and bonding and networking,” Tindle said. “The people from the first group are still connected and communicating.
“It’s really inspiring for me. I get as much out of it as the women who come.”
The 2017 event is scheduled to be held July 6 through 9 at Cascade Airport in Cascade, Idaho. The roster of instructors includes Rich Stowell, who will focus on aerobatics and spin training; Rich Bush, a backcountry flight instructor; Lisa Martin, who will offer floatplane instruction; Cammie Patch, who is bringing a gyrocopter; and backcountry flight instructors Stacy Burdell and Christine Mortine.
Martin came to the first weekend adventure in 2011. She was so inspired that she earned a flight instructor certificate and has been teaching ever since, Tindle said. “Everyone loves flying with [Martin],” Tindle said. “She’s calm and inspiring and has good, crisp feedback.”
Participants can fly their own airplanes or use aircraft provided by the instructors, Tindle said. They can camp for free at the airport, or stay at the nearby Ashley Inn. Attendees don’t need to have pilot certificates to register. The fee is $399. For additional registration information, see the website.