Protect Veterans' Access to Flight Training
At 10:30 am TODAY, May 21, Rep. Brad Wenstrop (R-Ohio) is addressing an amendment that would seriously limit veterans’ funding for flight-training degree programs. If you oppose this action, contact the heads of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee NOW to prevent the inclusion of amendments that restrict GI benefits for flight training.
- Jeff Miller can be contacted at 202-225-4136 or http://jeffmiller.house.gov. Much of the support for eliminating flight training has come from the Republican side of the aisle.
- Corrine Brown has generally been supportive of efforts to maintain veterans’ benefits but needs to know the depth of opposition to H.R. 476. Her office phone number is 202-225-0123.
You can read HAI's discussion of the issue here.
Whirly-Girl President takes International Title for the Third Time!
Some individuals go well beyond averages and that is what happened during the Women of Aviation Week an annual international competition. In fact, Dianna Stanger singlehandedly conducted 111 flights to introduce 441 girls and women. She wins the “Most Dedicated Female Pilot Worldwide” title. Since 2011, Stanger has introduced 900 girls and women to flying as part of the Fly It Forward™ Challenge.
Talking about being a female pilot is one thing. Stanger demonstrates her passion and inspires those around her. When asked about her favorite part attending the Albuquerque event, Kelley replied: “The flight and the pilot! We got to ride in the helicopter with Dianna, and she was so down to earth and fun”.
The week long Women of Aviation Worldwide Week "Fly it Forward Challenge" event at Albuquerque, New Mexico's International Sunport (KABQ) was an astounding success, with over 700 free "first flights" in private aircraft given to females during the week of March 28.
The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too!
In 2012, Kirsten Brazier (WG #1372) established The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too!, an outreach initiative to share her passion for aviation and energize more females to discover the amazing opportunities available to them in aviation, aerospace and space.This year marks the third time in four years that The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! set a new worldwide precedent for the largest event of its kind. Over 9,800 participants attended the aviation and aerospace discovery event for women, and 1741 females flew -- for free.Brazier, a fixed-wing and helicopter pilot based in Canada, is on a mission to inspire more women to pursue aviation and aerospace trades.“The majority of our target female audience have no experience with, or exposure to aviation. Before we can engage and inspire females with the limitless opportunities available in aviation, aerospace and space, we must first attract them to the airport and grab their attention,” said Brazier. “We can think of no better way to do this than by taking them flying for the first time – the first flight experience is so incredible we just have to share it!...We welcome all ages to our events because it’s never too late to spark an interest in the many facets of aviation, aerospace and space.”“From shop floor to top floor we’re inspiring future leaders!” Brazier exclaims.
Do-Si-Do In the Sky
Through research into the U.S. Army Helicopter Square Dance Team, we have a chance to view the Whirly-Girls inspiration for the original logo.
The film, Do-Si-Do in the Sky, follows the helicopter square dance team in its heyday of the 1950s.
Many thanks to all who helped us celebrate our 60th anniversary at HAI's Heli-Expo in Orlando, Florida! Our banquet and events were a great success. The Annual Awards Banquet took place on March 1 with a key note speech by Matt Zuccaro, President of Helicopter Association International. Fourteen women were awarded scholarships valuing more than $100,000 at our 60 year anniversary celebrations, and our Livingston and Emeritus Circle awards were presented. You can read more about them here. Members took photos after our hovering:
We have new job postings on our members only job page -- last updated 26 April 2015. Take a look!