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Women Pilots and Women of Aviation Worldwide Week March 4 -10, 2013

November 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Women Pilots and Women of Aviation Worldwide Week March 4 -10, 2013Amelia Earhart – the world’s most famous woman aviator – received her first flight training in Long Beach, California strapped into a Kinner Airster prop plane back in 1920. It cost $10. A lot has changed since then but one thing hasn’t – the life of a woman aviator is still a challenge.

March 4 through 10, 2013, are the dates of the upcoming Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, and organizers say the 2013 event will focus on opportunities for women in the aerospace industry. The theme ties in with the fiftieth anniversary of the first space flight by a woman, conducted by Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova on June 16, 1963.

Free flights for women and girls, static displays at airports, and special guests are planned at numerous locations in the United States, Canada, and Europe (source).

“No country harbors as many female astronauts as the United States does,” the nonprofit Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide said on its website. “The goal is to welcome a female astronaut at each major U.S. event because … most astronauts are first, pilots. What could be a more exciting inspiration for a young woman to earn a pilot license?”

Victoria Neuville, team leader for U.S. events, said her goal is to have at least one event—called Fly It Forward—in each of the 50 states.

Fourteen states thus far have scheduled Fly It Forward events for 2013. Once again, there will be worldwide competitions for airports that introduce the greatest number of women and girls to aviation. The flight school that introduces the greatest number of women during that week will be named “most female-pilot-friendly training center worldwide,” and a prize also be awarded to the “most supportive male pilot worldwide”—the one who takes the greatest number of girls and women flying during that week.

Neuville urged interested pilots or aviation groups that would like to sponsor an event to register at the website.
If each event introduces just 100 girls and women to aviation, and just 2 percent of those women are motivated to become private pilots, Neuville explained, that could equate to a 10-percent increase in the annual number of new women private pilots.

Florida Women Pilots

In 1912, the 21 year old Floridian Ruth Law purchased her first aircraft directly from Orville Wright. This would be the beginning of many firsts for her, she would soon become the first woman to make a night flight, the first woman to loop an aircraft, and the first woman authorized to wear a military uniform. Florida was also the home to another record breaking aviatrix, Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier, the first to fly a bomber across the Atlantic, and the first woman who to earn a Distinguished Service Medal (source).

Now it is your turn to have your first! Following the examples of the Floridian aviatrices of the past, to date two Florida events will take place during March 4-10, 2013 for Women Of Aviation Week. On the space coast, in celebration of 50 years of women is space, there will be special tours of the Kennedy Space Center on March 8th. The following day is a Fly it Forward event where non-pilot girls and women will receive free introductory flights.

Will these first time flyers become the Ruth Laws and the Jacqueline Cochrans of the future? What “firsts” will these Florida women achieve? We’ll have to wait to find out, but it all starts during the 2013, Women Of Aviation Week!

Flight Training Schools for Women

All major flight training schools and colleges are co-educational and offer co-educational facilities and conveniences. One popular co-educational flight training school is Aviator College in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Several of the faculties are female and they have first hand experience about the difficulties a female flight student can face.

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How Visiting the Air Zoo can Help Your Flight Training

The Air Zoo, formerly known as the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum was founded in 1977 to preserve the history of aviation for future generations. Known as the number one aviation museum in the world, it is a great environment for flight training students to learn about the legacy of flight and more.


Inside the almost 200,000 square-foot facility, The Air Zoo’s aircraft collection has no rival. The Air Zoo prides itself in housing the “Giants of history, performance, accomplishment, and reputation.” Some of these giants include a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, an FA-18A Hornet, an F-14 Tomcat (the star of Top Gun), and an SR-71 Blackbird spy plane.


The Air Zoo even features an SBD Dauntless, which was fully restored after spending nearly 50 years under water.


The Air Zoo has a Murals and Art facility that is home to some of the greatest original paintings, prints, and sculptures. Some works were created by major artists such as Kirk Newman, Jean Flower, Alan D’Estrehan, and many more.

The Air Zoo features the Guinness World Record’s largest hand-painted indoor mural called the “Century of Flight.” Created by renowned flight artist Rick Herter and his assistant Tony Hendrick, the mural reaches an astonishing 28,800 square feet and took longer than 14 months to complete. It was painted with 400 gallons of oil paint.


In addition to the phenomenal aircraft and artwork, the Air Zoo is also home to several educational exhibits.

The National Guadalcanal Memorial Museum is a nationally-recognized memorial commemorating the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II. The campaign was known as one of the longest and bloodiest campaigns of the whole war. The memorial features a large collection of artifacts, dioramas, narratives, and the Wall of Honor spotlighting 20 men who earned the Medal of Honor for their sacrifices on the island.

The newest exhibit is the first of its kind in the Midwest. The Fly Girls of World War II, showcases the inspirational history of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). It features original uniforms, a history mural, photo collages, a timeline, and a mosaic that includes each of the 1,102 WASP.

Student Pilots

If you are interested in becoming a pilot, visiting the Air Zoo is an exceptional experience that will only enhance your flight training and education. It may even give you a new appreciation for the legacy of aviation.

Explore the Air Zoo website to plan your visit.