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Women Fly Worldwide This Week
It’s Women of Aviation Worldwide Week and Canadian Aviator columnist Mireille Goyer, who heads of the effort and the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide is flying all over North America checking on the increasing number of events aimed at interesting girls and women in flying.
Only about six percent of pilots are women and while legal barriers were the root cause of the disparity, it’s now a social and cultural phenomenon. Goyer says there is no lack of interest among girls to take up flying but many believe they are unable to pursue the goal.
The week involves dozens of locally organized events in which volunteer pilots take girls and women flying for free. The experience is carefully documented to assess the impact of the effort and there are a variety of prizes and other incentives offered. Flying and information events are being held in several countries, including Australia for the first time.
The week got off to a challenging start because of something pilots are all too familiar with. The marquee event of the week, to be held at College Park Airfield near Washington, was snowed out when the latest of a seemingly endless string of winter storms battered the east coast. The venue for the event was closed for the day because of the snow. The online video portion of the event was salvaged when the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association offered use of their video facilities for the feed. Wing walker Jana Leigh McWhorter, Women of Aviation Worldwide Week U.S Team Leader Victoria Neuville Zajko, Aerobatic pilot Jacquie Warda, and Aerobatic pilot Melissa Pemberton took part in the alternative effort.
Many of the flying events are happening this coming weekend.
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