From FlightTraining.org: Women of Aviation Worldwide Week 2013 to focus on aerospace
(Websites mentioned below are all: http://www.womenofaviationweek.org/contests/invention/)
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.
“No country harbors as many female astronauts as the United States
does,” the nonprofit Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide said on
“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.
Neuville organized Fly It Forward events at Frederick Municipal Airport
in Frederick, Md.—AOPA’s home airport—in 2011 and 2012. Frederick
Municipal earned the title of Most Female-Friendly Airport in 2011, when
185 girls and women took rides in general aviation aircraft.
She’ll also helm the 2013 Fly It Forward at Frederick Municipal, and said it will be a weeklong event rather than one day.
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.
New to the Women of
Aviation Worldwide Week is the You Are An Inventor contest, open to
girls aged 13 to 19. The contest invites participants to design a new
padding system or new type of adjustable space suit that improves
freedom of movement for tomorrow’s space explorers. The top prize will
be a one-hour conversation with a group of astronauts from several
countries via Web conferencing. Entries may be submitted beginning Jan.
7, 2013; the deadline is Feb. 8, 2013. See additional information and
eligibility requirements on the website.