Local airport sponsors free flights during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
As part of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week 2016, The South Texas International Airport at Edinburg, Calhoun Air Center and pilot Dianna Stanger are hosting a spectacular opportunity for girls and women of all ages to take an exciting free ride in a private airplane or helicopter during the Fly It Forward Challenge®!
Fly It Forward® is a call of action to all pilots to extend the tradition to girls and women.
Pilots will be giving away free Fly It Forward® flights from March 7th – 13th.
Individuals and groups will learn about the history of women in aviation, find out what training is needed to fly an aircraft, and explore the many great career paths in aviation available for females. Static displays from the US National Guard and Coast Guard will be on the grounds.
Only 6% of the pilot population is female — this event helps to promote the many careers in aviation and potentially help increase that percentage in the future.
Dianna and her team have participated in the Fly It Forward® Challenge since 2011 and have flown over 1,500 girls and women of all ages at 4 different airports.
“Since 2011, Texas has outshined all other southern states in terms of number of events held, Fly It Forward® flights given, and world titles won during the annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week celebration,” says Mireille Goyer, President of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide. “Texas’s competitive spirit and its sense of humanity are embodied by Texan female pilot, Dianna Stanger, who has personally introduced more girls and women to aviation than any other female pilots, worldwide.”
Fly WOAW is very important as an opportunity to help expand the number of female pilots and aviation awareness to the public, The South Texas International Airport at Edinburg and Calhoun Air Center is proud to sponsor the challenge in our area.
Multiple challenges and contests such as the Fly It Forward® Challenge, the First to Solo™ Challenge, the Pink Paper Plane Challenge™ add fun and rewards to the overall experience.