Women Can Fly, a series of three special Saturday events scheduled for June 2013, will introduce aviation to more girls and women of all ages in Virginia.
Three separate events will be held as follows: Saturday June 8 at Warrenton-Faquier Airport; Saturday June 22 at Hampton Roads Executive Airport and Saturday June 29 at Lynchburg Regional Airport. For more details see www.WomenCanFly.org.
The event will provide a variety of enjoyable and educational experiences, including classroom presentations, tours of flights schools and maintenance facilities, simulation opportunities and a flight in a general aviation aircraft. The events will be held rain or shine. If flying is not possible, you can still learn a lot about flight by participating in the ground activities.
By providing information with hands-on experiences and demonstrating the sheer fun of flight, our goal is to encourage participants to fly recreationally, become a private pilot, or pursue a career in aviation. Representatives from the airlines, military, business and recreational aviation will be invited to showcase aviation's diverse field for career opportunities.
Today, women pilots only represent 6% of the total pilot population. Women Can Fly intends to improve upon this statistic by making an appeal to all future female pilots.
Women Can Fly is co-sponsored by The Ninety-Nines, Inc. (International Organization of Women Pilots), Liberty University, Freedom Aviation, Virginia Department of Aviation, and participating airports. Mark your calendars for these three special Saturday events in June.
Volunteers are needed to fly the girls/women and for ground crew. Go to www.WomenCanFly.org to sign up. Registration for the free flights can also be accomplished on that website.
Toy Airlift 2012 was a fabulous success! Finally we have broken the 1000 mark in toys given to the military and over $1000 in gift cards for McGuire's Veterans Hospital! That’s a mark for which we have been aiming for several years.
The low clouds kept any planes from flying in until near noon but once they started, they all just kept coming and it was great to see them! Surprisingly the guys from Martinsville WV actually said they had VFR all the way as they delivered toys collected. Another group had planned to fly from the Hillsville/Galax area but could not so they left by car at 0430 and drove six hours to make their delivery! Now that is dedication!
We were thrilled to meet our newest member Li Yang from the Blacksburg area as she and Sara Morris flew in from LYH and helped serve food. They also brought donations they had collected.
The ladies from the Eastern PA Chapter Ninety-Nines were unable to fly out of their area due to heavy rain so they shipped their donations which were 35 toys and $520 in gift cards for the Veterans’ Hospital. There were a couple of late deliveries which brought our totals to 1005 toys for the military, 91 gifts to the hospitalized veterans and 55 gifts for the homeless veterans to give their children and $1070 in gift cards for McGuire’s Veterans Hospital.
Everyone who attended appeared to be having a big time! At 10 AM about a dozen children waited at the fence to greet Santa David Hinkle as he made a grand entrance in his beautiful red and white Monocoupe. After posing for pictures, he greeted the soldiers then made his way into the terminal as the children accompanied him. Many of them gave their donations directly to Santa and his elf which thrilled the children. About noon Santa Hinkle was relieved by Santa Jim Anderson of Wing Nuts and his elf grandson who finished out the shift. Around 2 PM they waved to everyone and departed in N75612 a C-172/180 hp on their way back to the North Pole!
We again had great music all day which began with the LC Bird Choir. They even led the children in making certain gestures to the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. The little kids loved that! Following that group, the violin students of Wing Nut Randy Allen’s Bon Air Strings treated us to numerous Christmas carols. They were great! Walt Street, retired soloist with the Army Band, again gave a fantastic performance assisted by his niece Carolyn.
There was a nice front page story with pictures in the Petersburg Progress-Index on 12/11. You can see it on line at http://progress-index.com/news/santa-flies-for-toy-airlift-1.1414621, Does anyone know how to contact Max and Chase Creasy so they can see their picture with their children in that article? There was also a front page article with pictures in the Hopewell News on 12/11 which you can see at http://www.hopewellnews.com/article_5103.shtml#.UMj7P2_LSSo
Again, thanks to everyone and we look forward to seeing you next year for an even more successful Toy Airlift. Mark your calendar now for the second Saturday in December.
We are thrilled to have another new member, Li Yang. Here is a thumbnail bio she has given us. Several of us did meet her when she attended the Toy Airlift. Hopefully she will e at future meetings.
Some things about me: I am Chinese (that explains why my name is so strange) 24 years old. My husband is studying in Virginia Tech so I moved to the US on December, 2011. We live in Blacksburg, VA, which is close to Sara Morris so maybe we can meet one day. I did my private pilot training here in Blacksburg this year and got my PPL this August, so I am still a new inexperienced pilot. I fly Piper and Cessna have 100+ hours in power plane. Currently I am doing Glider training at Blue Ridge Soaring Society (New Castle Glider Port) with their scholarships, and close to solo glidering now. Since glider flying time counts as total flying time so it is a cheaper way for me to get a few hours, but most importantly I believe the variety flying benefits flying skills. With my license I am trying to do something useful for the community, I am also a member of Pilot N Paws started from last month, so far I have flown 2 missions and saved 11 dogs, I am very proud of that :_) My goal is to continue flying and become a professional pilot one day, and develop a career from there.
I would very much like to attend 24th meeting at FCI, but my in-laws are coming to visit us from CT, so I can not meet you all this month. I believe I would be able to see you all on 12/8 annual toy lift day! I will have a look at the Toy Lift event and talk to some people at my home base airport BCB, later will let you know how it goes.
The Women Can Fly Day sounds very interesting, since I am right in a university town, maybe I can help to spread the words as well. I will drop Sara a line, thank you for the detailed message, it must took you a while to write to me.
FAA MEDXPRESS SYSTEM FOR OBTAINING YOUR MEDICAL
The following was copied from the FAA MedXPress Web site:
“The FAA MedXPress system allows anyone requiring an FAA Medical Certificate or Student Pilot Medical Certificate to electronically complete the FAA Form 8500-8. Information entered into MedXPress will be transmitted to the FAA and will be available for your AME to review at the time of your medical examination.
NOTE: A medical examination by an FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) is required to complete the certification process. The FAA MedXPress system is not available for submission of Agency ATC exams at this time. “
Starting 10/1/12, anyone going for their medical must first complete FAA form 8500-8 online. This online form is the same one we have previously completed by hand in the AME’s office, so at least that will look familiar.
After completing the form online, you will be issued a confirmation number. On arriving at your AME’s office, you will give him/her that number; they will pull up your online form. Once your examination is accomplished, they will complete your form and forward it electronically to the FAA.
So yes, you must now have an e-mail address to accomplish this process. You must also obtain a log-in from the FAA website at https://medxpress.faa.gov BE SURE TO TAKE THE CONFIRMATION NUMBER WITH YOU TO GIVE TO YOUR AME.
Virginia Chapter member Sara Parmenter age 88 was interviewed by reporter Bill Lohman for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and it appeared in last year's 6/11 Metro Section. Additional pictures with Sara talking about her love of aviation can be seen at http://www2.timesdispatch.com/online/slideshows/ She does a great job of describing what we all feel when in the air. Be sure your sound is turned up!
Sara also received her Wright Brothers Master Pilot award June 9th at a gathering at the Military Museum Airport in Hampton Roads.
The June 15 meeting location has been changed as Faith is unable to host us due to a conflict. We will meet at 12 noon at the Timberwood Grill, 3311 Worth Crossings in Charlottesville. Their phone is 434-975-3311.
We will be making final adjustments to our new Virginia Riley Aviation Award so that it can be publicized right away. We need everyone's input so do plan to be there. We will also be deciding on where our next meetings will be held for the next several months. Wouldn't you like to host a meeting? You would get to choose details like the location and program details. Go ahead and e-mail Chair Sharon Blodinger with your offer right away.
All women interested in aviation are encouraged to attend whether you have a license or not. We love to mentor student pilots!
SARA’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
My New Year’s resolution was to eat less junk food but that did not last long at all. During the first week of January I was flying my “new” Champ with my instructor who weighs around 200 lb, putting us near gross weight right off.
We flew down to Dinwiddie Airport to pick up some unusual chickens a friend there had for me. He knew I had raised them along with peacocks in the past. He had also found a box of Hostess Twinkies for me which I had not been able to find. We picked up the large box of chickens and the Twinkies, packed them into the plane and flew to Chesterfield for lunch. I was concerned about the weight but the plane handled OK.
Just as we landed I saw Mike Alexi from the FAA coming across the tarmac waving at me. I panicked fearing he was going to find we were over gross weight. I sent my instructor Ron to cut him off and delay him. In order to distract him, I opened the box of chickens and dumped them out onto the tarmac; they went flying everywhere, up onto other planes and all over the place! Mike Alexi started trying to round them up hollering “Stop! I am from the FAA and I am here to help you!”
While this was going on I was trying to get rid of the box of Twinkies by the only way I knew how, I started eating them all, stuffing them in as fast as I could go! So you see keeping that New Year’s resolution was completely impossible!
The following was copied from The Ninety-Nines ListServ dated 8/25/11. The author was Mirelle G. (further personal info unknown).
A few months ago, women pilots in the U.S. made headlines. "The number of women pilots has significantly increased over the last decade," claimed the headlines.
After noticing that the great increase in the number of women pilots was driven by a change in the length of validity of student pilot certificates, I contacted the FAA to obtain statistics for 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010 so that I could take a look at the numbers on my own. So how are we doing?
In 1980, one in 4,224 women in the U.S. held an "other-than-student" pilot certificate; in 2010, the ratio had become one in 5,623.
Barely registering in bar graphs depicting the pilot population, the percentage of women pilots in 2010 is 5.39% of the pilot population holding an "other-than-student" pilot certificate and 5.15% of the for-hire pilot population.
High growth did take place, but it was between 1960 and 1980, a period that saw the number of women pilots go from 4,218 to 26,896. In 2010, there were
27,451 women holding an "other-than-student" pilot certificate in the United States. An increase of 555 women pilots over three decades.
There is some good news. Since 1970, the number of for-hire women pilots has increased at a steady rate of 3,000 per decade.
However, when we compare the progress of commercial women pilots to other professions previously male dominated, the progress seems dismal.
Interestingly, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the percentage of commercial women pilots (4.3%) is about half of the percentage of female boat captains and operators (8.2%), nearly a quarter of the percentage of female police and sheriff's patrol officers (15%), and close to one eighth of the percentage of female doctors and surgeons (31.8%).
Many factors can explain the current state of the women pilot population and its slow progress. I invite you to view all the data and consider some of the factors by reading this article <http://www.womenofaviationweek.org/five-decades-of-women-pilots-in-the-unit
Frederick Airport in Maryland, home airport of
AOPA, earned another distinction during Women of
Aviation World Week in March 2011. A total of 22 pilots
gave free introductory flights to 185 girls and
women to claim the title of Most Female Pilot
Friendly Airport in the World.
"This accomplishment set a new world record for
most girls and women introduced to flying in one
day and one location...," said organizer Mireille
Goyer, a Vancouver, BC flight school owner. Most
of the flying took place outside the sunbelt but
regardless of location there were some gritty
performances turned in by volunteers trying to
hook girls and women on aviation. For a complete
list of winners, click here.
For instance, there was Diana Stanger, of Port
Lavaca, TX who flew 98 girls and women, by
herself, in her Eurocopter EC120 to become the
Most Dedicated Female Pilot. Casey Cowan in
Arlington, WA, USA, braved the rainy weather
to win the "Most Supportive Male Flight Instructor
in the World" title. A total of 707 girls and women got
to go flying that day and that's about one percent
of the female pilot population worldwide said
Goyer. For more information see
As a Dec. 31 deadline approached for an airport to earn recognition from theCentennial of Women Pilots as the Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in the World, Oshawa, Ontario, reclaimed top honors from Renton, Wash., by giving 262 introductory flights so far this year. Renton pilots have given 184 flights. Kpong Field in Ghana has given 97 flights.
Oshawa accomplished its top-flight performance by introducing 118 girls and women to flying on Dec. 18. Two weeks earlier, Renton had established a one-day record for “most girls and women introduced to flying in one day and one location” with 173 flights, pushing its yearly total to 184. Renton still maintains the one-day record.
The year 2010 is the centennial of the year in which Raymonde de Laroche of France became the first woman to earn a pilot certificate worldwide, on March 18. The introductory-flight events are part of the worldwide Centennial of Women Pilots campaign that seeks to introduce a record number of girls and women to flying “as a salute to the women pilots of the last hundred years as well as an encouragement to girls and women everywhere to discover the joys of flying,” said a news release from the organization.
Oshawa private pilot Lesley Page organized the local event, enlisting 13 pilots and 15 volunteers from Oshawa and Buttonville (CYKZ), with support from municipal officials, airport personnel, and local media.
Page and Oshawa City Councilor Bruce Wood previewed the event on KCDO radio. (Listen to the lively interview).
Other awards to be issued in the centennial event include Most Dedicated Woman Pilot, Most Supportive Male Pilot, and Most Unusual Introductory Flight.
Do we now know why women comprise only six-percent of the pilot population? Answer: The study lists the top ten barriers and top ten things these women and men suggest we should be doing to help more women achieve their pilot certificates. These are listed on the Teaching Women to Fly home page.
Plus, 101 positive suggestions for other things that could be done are on the Summary button at _www.teachingwomentofly.com_
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