Just in! If you drive by Renton Airport in the greater Seattle area in Washington state, you won't be able to miss the beautiful new banner on the airport fence.
Karlene Petitt presents the 2010 "Most Female Pilot Friendly Airport in the United States" trophy to the City of Renton
Oshawa, 2010 World's Most-Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport, celebrated their awards by throwing a big party
Friday's Flyer: meet Jonathan, the heart and soul of Kpong Field, Ghana, and Centennial of Women Pilots award winner
When I launched the Centennial of Women Pilots campaign in early 2010, Jonathan was one of the first persons to contact me. He said, "We will introduce 100 girls and women to flying on March 8 for the 100th anniversary of the first woman pilot license."
And they did! It took 4 pilots flying ultra lights all day long to make it happen but it did not phase them out. Some of the girls and women came back the next day and sung to them to thank them.
Friday's Flyer: meet Gail, unrelenting introverted nerd, aerobatic pilot, and Centennial of Women Pilots award winner
Gail discovered flying at the age of 10 and loved it. However, a lack of female role model combined with terrible eyesight and a long learning curve for psycho-motor skills kept away from pursuing her interest.
But, during a party, she met a female pilot and her husband-to-be who also became her instructor. That was 1993. A few years later, she was a pilot herself and the owner of a succession of cool airplanes.
In March 2010, now a role model for women interested in flying, she took passengers flying in freezing cold temperatures to celebrate the Centennial of Women Pilots.
Announcing more awards, more competitions, more girls and women introduced to flying, and more rewards...
Join us as we celebrate the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week. Compete in the Fly It Forward campaign, make your creativity shine in the Promote It campaign, or send in your photos to win the photo contest. Too much fun!
For more information, please visit www.WomenOfAviationWeek.org.
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, Bessica Medlar Raiche, a Wisconsin native, became the first woman to solo an airplane on the American continent.
One hundred year later, to celebrate the achievements of these trailblazing women, pilots introduced 1647 girls and women to the joys of flying in 29 countries on 4 continents. They conducted the flights in balloons, gliders, ultralights, airplanes and helicopters.
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 1st runner up in the World with a total of 407 flights.
The winner, Amanda Sargent, a helicopter pilot and instructor in the Seattle area, United States, conducted a total of 119 flights, 67 of these flights took place on New Year’s Eve. Flying a balloon, Allie Dunnington of Bristol, England, the 1st runner up, introduced a total of 65 girls and women to flying thorough the year in 3 countries. Flying her own Cessna 172, Lesley Page of Oshawa, Canada, the 2nd runner up, overcame her aversion for taking passengers along and introduced 54 girls and women to flying.