on ThE road
FUn in ThE
SuN ‘N FuN
Are you going to the Sun ‘n Fun
Fly-In, March 29-April 3 at the
Lakeland Linder Airfield in Lakeland, Florida? Come see us in our
booth in the Exhibit Hall, and listen for Women in Aviation, International’s radio show on Sun
‘n Fun radio daily (usually right
around 10:00 am).
Dr. Peggy Chabrian is scheduled to give two education forums. Know someone who needs
to know? Send them her way!
Everything You Need to
Know about Learning to Fly,
but Were Afraid to Ask
presented by Dr. Peggy Chabrian
Wednesday, March 30
10:00 am in Tent #5
Not Just for Kids!
presented by Dr. Peggy Chabrian
Thursday, March 31
10:00 am in Tent #7
WAI Connect Breakfast
Friday, April 1
Call for reservations and details
Centennial Of Licensed Women Pilots
Numbers Are In!
On March 8, 1910, Raymonde de Laroche of France became the first woman to earn a pilot license worldwide. In September of the same year, Bes- sica Medlar Raiche, a Wisconsin native, became the first woman credit- ed to have soloed an airplane on the North American continent. And in
1911, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to earn a U.S. pilot’s certificate (learn
more about that in the WAI/EAA/Ninety-Nines joint effort WomenVenture event
this summer at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin).
One hundred years later, to celebrate the achievements of these trailblazing
women, flight instructor Mireille Goyer (WAI #7700) conceived of the Centennial of
as a way to spur
on pilots to introduce girls to aviation. Perhaps it was just her timing, or her innovative methods, but however you
want to explain it, Goyer’s initiative inspired pilots to introduce 1,647 girls and
women to the joys of flying in 29 countries on four continents. The flights were in
balloons, gliders, ultralights, airplanes, floatplanes, and helicopters.
Through the year, pilots competed for awards in four categories: Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in the World, Most Dedicated Woman Pilot in the World, Most
Supportive Male Pilot in the World, and Most Unusual Introductory Flight. The
competition for each award was fierce. Nearly 120 flights were made on New Year’s
Eve alone, the last day of the competition.
Oshawa Airport near Toronto in Canada earned the title of Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in Canada and in the World with a total of 475 flights conducted
by more than 50 pilots lead by Lesley Page. Renton Airport near Seattle in the United
States earned the title of Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in the United States and
first runner up in the World with a total of 407 flights. Karlene Petitt (WAI#46404),
an Airbus 330 pilot for Delta Air Lines, led the pilots of Renton Airport, who set the
current world record for most girls and women introduced to flying in one day and
one location, standing at 173 flights. Kpong Field in Ghana earned the title of Most
Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in Ghana and second runner up in the World with a
total of 97 flights.
In the Most Dedicated Woman Pilot in the World category, the winner, Amanda
Sargent (WAI #8532), a helicopter pilot and instructor in Seattle, Washington, conducted a total of 119 flights; 67 of these flights took place on New Year’s Eve.
Male pilots joined the campaign eagerly and introduced 995 girls and women
to flying. The Most Supportive Male Pilot in the World in 2010 was Andrei Floroiu
of New York. As a part of his FLYforMS campaign and with the help of Keith Siilats
and the FLYforMS team, he introduced 157 girls and women to flying. Peter Morton
of Renton, conducted 45 introductory flights to become the first runner up for Most
Supportive Male Pilot.
Clark Morawetz of Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, conducted the 2010 Most Unusual Introductory Flight; a marriage proposal that almost went wrong. “The ultimate winners were the hundreds of girls and women who discovered flying thanks to this
campaign. May they fly forward the gift they received,” says Goyer.
So what does Goyer have planned next? During Women of Aviation Worldwide
Week, March 7-13, 2011, pilots around the world are invited to introduce more girls
and women to flying and compete for similar awards. For more information about
the 2011 competitions, please visit www.WomenOfAviation Week.org.
For more information about the Centennial of Women Pilots campaign as well as
view all the flights conducted in 2010, go to www.CentennialOf WomenPilots.com.✈