In 2011, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) did not just sponsor Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, it also brought hands-on support to the largest Fly-It-Forward event in 2011 and helped the Frederick Airport Community win the Most Female Pilot Friendly Airport Worldwide title.
Today, The Ninety-Nines, Inc. has announced that it plans to promote Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week and encourage its members, worldwide, to celebrate Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week by organizing events to celebrate women pilots’ history, raise awareness of aviation’s opportunities among girls and women, and introduce girls and women to aviation.
“It is our pleasure to work with Women Of Aviation Worldwide toward a common goal,” said Susan Larson, President of The Ninety-Nines.
“The most effective way to do it… is to do it,” said Amelia Earhart, one of the 99s’ founding members. “We welcome such a can do attitude and are looking forward to The Ninety-Nines’ contribution to the success of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week for years to come,” says Mireille Goyer, founder of the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week celebration.
The 99s was founded in 1929 in Long Island, New York with 99 members. It has grown to include approximately 5,000 members in 35 countries. Membership is open to any woman who holds a pilot certificate of student or higher. The organization sponsors the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship program, an e-network designed specifically for professional pilots, another for student pilots, and a successful mentoring program.
We are so delighted that associations are collaborating to support the goal of further exposing women to the joy and passion of flight and encouraging them to follow their dreams. Industry-wide collaboration is the key to welcoming more women to aviation.