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Girls Fly Too

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Girls Fly Too!
Out of 24,505 professional pilots in Canada, only 1,356 of them are women. Out of 19,601 aircraft engineers, only 560 of them are women. Less than 3% of the technical positions in the Royal Canadian Air Force, such as pilot or maintenance technician, are held by women. Canada is not alone – the US shares similar statistics and many countries have yet to announce female firsts in aviation, aerospace and space.

It would be easy to conclude that women are unwelcome in these fields. Instead, studies have shown that a common perception persists that aviation and aerospace are reserved for men. Since society observes mostly men employed in these fields, this perception is continually reinforced.

The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! free outreach events and other initiatives aim to change this perception by specifically welcoming women to the airport and giving them an interactive, hands‐on introduction to aviation, aerospace and space.
2016 show
Occurring during the week of International Women's Day, the 2016 show took place on the North Ramp of the Abbotsford International Airport, near the Cascade Aerospace hangar. Attending were aircraft from Conair, The RCAF, USAF, US Navy, Canadian Coast Guard, Nav Canada and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Also present were the RCN Dive Team and Bomb Disposal Unit, RCMP and Abbotsford Police Tactical and Canine Units.

The blustery weather did not prevent 8 light helicopters from taking up several hundred lucky flyers over the weekend. Nor could the rain wash the smiles from their faces afterward.

It should be mentioned that the helicopters, pilots and fuel were all donated free of charge for the event. In attendance (out of the rain) were NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence and CSA Space Engineer Isabelle Tremblay, who gave inspirational presentations throughout the weekend, inspiring another generation of girls to consider a career in aviation.




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About the Author

About Is a secret (Jessie_C)
FROM: BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA


Comments

Brilliant! Just the sort of thing there should be much more of for girls and women. Plenty is done to promote youngsters, but usually with a male bias. Blokes seem to have an attitude that the sky is theirs and I can only think of a single situation where a woman has received any encouragement to fly, being given free private flying lessons(by Blokes, I'm pleased to say.) Supplying equipment and FUEL for free is amazing. Glad you enjoyed yourself, Jessica. Cheers Karl.
MAR 20, 2016 - 09:06 AM
Nice one Jessie Many thanks for the report. Those statistics make for pretty shameful reading in this day and age... All the best Rowan
MAR 22, 2016 - 01:56 AM
Here in the states, one field after another seems always be opening its arms to qualified women. I had the pleasure to have met with on a few occasions the female CEO of Rite Aid Drugs stores several years ago. Other then her being a chain smoker, she really impressed me. On one occasion a few years ago I was booked on a flight from West Palm Beach Florida to Islip New York. Of course the weather was horrendous, and every flight was cancelled by ours which was scheduled to depart at 9am but didn't get airborne to 5pm. The approach and landing at Islip was rough to say the least, but the pilot and crew did a fantastic job of putting it down on the numbers. when we departed the plane, the Pilot and crew greeted us. She was the prettiest Blonde Pilot I've ever met!! I'll fly with her any day of the week. Joel
MAR 26, 2016 - 08:27 PM