January 1, 2011 update: I am holding the $100 drawing on January 6th to allow everyone to get their flights logged. I will announce the winner on the 7th!
To enter, you need to click on the link and follow this blog. Then leave me a message with your first and last name and how many women you flew.
Example: Karlene Petitt, I flew 2~ (I'm not counting my A330 passengers)
Then check back on the 7th to see if your name is posted.
This is my part in a grassroots effort by women, for women, but we need MEN to help, too.
It's been 100 years since the first woman earned her pilots license. To celebrate this anniversary, Mireille Goyer had a vision of introducing "2010" new girls and women to aviation this year. For all who signed up, only 25% followed through. She's a bit short of her goal with only a little over 500.
Did you know that in 1910, Raymonde de Laroche was the first woman pilot to earn her pilot's license? During that year, only 3% of all pilots were women.
Raymonde de Laroche
100 years later, Ari Fuji of Japan becomes the first female captain of a major Japanese commercial airliner. Way to go Ari!
Throughout the years there have been a multitude of firsts for women. But, today, women still only represent 6% of all pilots.
With 7 weeks until the end of the year, I'm asking for your help.
In honor of the 100 years of licensed women aviators, I'm holding a drawing and giving a $100 bill to one "Man or Woman" who introduces a girl or women to flying.
- Fill up your plane with a women or girls. Balloons. Gliders. Blimps.
- Take them to work, if you teach in a Full-Flight Commercial Simulator.
- Take a photo of your logbook entry of the flight.
- Take a photo of your passengers, or the women in the seat of the simulator.
- Write up a flight report in word format with women/girls names, the uniqueness of your flight, and a little about you.
- Sign up to follow this blog and then....
- Email "Everything" to me at Karlene.Petitt@gmail.com and to Mireille at firstname.lastname@example.org
To register go to: http://www.centennialofwomenpilots.com/
You can see how you're doing in her contest, plus she has incredible facts on the history of women in aviation.
Every entrant, pilot and passenger, will receive a digital certificate. Your flight will be posted on her websight. Trophies will be given for:
- Most women friendly airport.
- Person who introduced the most non-pilot women and girls to aviation.
- Most unusual introduction, aircraft type, location, registration, or passenger uniqueness.
- Go to your FBO and enlist support. Encourage them to create their own contest.
- Meet with the airport manager, can they help?
- Not a pilot? Email this link to pilots you know!
- Work for an aviation related company? Sponsor a contest.
- Get creative. Pass the word. Let's make Mireille's dream come true.
- If you want me to make your a flyer, ask.
What can you do to help? Post your ideas below.
If you are planning an event, let us know-- and email me at Karlene.Petitt@gmail.com and request a "Flight Proof Sheet" --- The easiest way to log your flights.
Enjoy the journey!