Fly It Forward Challenge
Salute the girls and women in your life that inspired you and/or supported you.
Take a non-pilot girl or woman on a short flight to introduce her to the joys of flying. Together, let’s welcome a record number of girls and women to aviation during Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.
One flight, one community at a time. Worldwide.
Friendly worldwide competitions
A trophy for the winner, plaques for the runner ups, and various prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
- 2014 ‘Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport Worldwide’ – airport with most non-pilot girls and women introduced to aviation from March 3 to March 9 2014
- 2014 ‘Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Training Center Worldwide’ – training center with most non-pilot girls and women introduced to aviation from March 3 to March 9 2014
- 2014 ‘Most Dedicated Female Pilot Worldwide’ – female pilot who completes the most flights (number of female passengers divided by number of passenger seats for the aircraft used) during daylight hours to introduce girls and women to aviation from March 3 to March 9 2014
- 2014 ‘Most Supportive Male Pilot Worldwide’ – male pilot who completes the most flights (number of female passengers divided by number of passenger seats for the aircraft used) during daylight hours to introduce girls and women to aviation from March 3 to March 9 2014
NOTE: Aircraft used to compete in these competitions must be certified for maximum 7 seats including the pilot and co-pilot seats.
You can make a difference
“It was great, my daughter was a little hesitant but once she was in the air, she did not want to come down! This was her first plane ride and she now wants to be a Pilot and a Veterinarian.” — Irish, Marysville, WA, USA
“It was intimidating and exhilarating all at the same time to “fly” for the first time!! During my career here at the FAA, I’ve always wondered what it was like to be a pilot and got my first taste of it!” — Diana B, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
“It was incredible! I’m even thinking about getting my private pilots license because of that amazing flight. Daren was an extremely good pilot and I cannot thank him enough for providing a lifetime experience in the sky.” — Laura, Hainesport, NJ, USA
Together, we are changing perceptions and sparking vocations, one flight, one comunity at a time, worldwide. Help us introduce the next generation of women pilots to aviation.
Click on the ‘Individuals’ or ‘Organizers’ tab to learn more.
As a pilot, you have already proven that you like to take on challenges. During Women of Aviation’s Worldwide Week, stand up and be counted. Introduce the next generation of female pilots to aviation.
To become an official pilot participant, you must:
- Be a pilot
- Hold a valid pilot license or permit (balloon, glider, ultra-light, airplane, helicopter, etc.)
- Be current for the carriage of passengers per the requirements of the country in which your pilot license was issued
- Use an aircraft carrying appropriate passenger liability insurance
- Register as a participant in this website (click here to register for free)
- Locate potential non-pilot female passengers (i.e., not any holding pilot licenses) who have not flown in a 7-seat or less aircraft, willing to go on a flight with you from March 3 to March 9 2014
- Organize and conduct the flight in VFR weather while respecting all applicable regulations
- Complete the flight report form, include a photo of your logbook entry, and attach photos of the flight, if any
One flight at a time. Worldwide.
Although many first flights are offered by pilots acting individually, there is no doubt that events that bring the community together with the aim of improving it generate a special kind of rewarding and invigorating energy.
Bring fun and fulfillment to your aviation community while empowering the girls and women of your neighborhood. Become an WOAW week event organizer.
One community at a time. Worldwide.
Learn more about becoming a WOAW week event organizer here.
“Thanks again sooo much for taking us flying today, it was an experience of a lifetime and makes me want to learn myself. Ah who knows, maybe I will get to live my dream one day like you did as well. Flying gives me the feeling of being carefree and all worries seem to disappear while in the air. Kind of like a piece of heaven looking over everyone. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”—
“I’m still feeling exhilarated by Saturday’s experiences! Wow! Once again, thank you very much. I hope that you might be able to share with me the photos of my flying experiences. Maybe, someday, it’ll show my first steps into this world…that may culminate with me flying. Never say never! I am so thankful you created this day. I feel enriched from the experience, in the air, and with all the people I met.”—
“What a delight it was for me and my daughter to experience the wonder of flight. We were fascinated to discover the history of the sea plane we flew in. Such as, Harrison Ford learning to fly the Beaver for the movie Six Days/Seven Nights as well as the anticipated PBS release of the Beaver’s documented journey to reach the North Pole.
I enjoyed flying so low that all of our surroundings were so vivid.
You inspired me and my daughter that we as women can obtain anything we set our sites on.
Thank you for gifting this to all the women and girls of our community. GIRL POWER ” —
“For my husband, a photo of our daughter on her first flight is a very big deal. Emiko’s great grandfather had his license and loved to fly, and I know he would be very proud of what you have accomplished here. He would want his great granddaughter to have every opportunity to experience the joy of flying, as he did.
Thanks for bringing that dream a little closer. She’s not even two. She blew kisses to the other airplanes on the way down, and talked about the flight the whole way home. I know the experience will stay with her, and with us, for a long time to come.” —
“It was life changing for both my daughter and her best friend. They loved it so much that Hannah will be applying for Aviation High School!! She loved the helicopter the best. Maria like both the plane and the helicopter and said she now wants to become a pilot so she can med-evac animals to care facilities!”—
“As I was up in the sky in that tiny 4-seater Cessna, I felt a connection to the people throughout history who have cast themselves into that void…. to the people who sailed from one Polynesian island to another guided only by stars and wind… to the Russian “night witches” in World War II gliding low over the trees to accomplish their mission… and to all the brave people who have done amazing things throughout history, just because they believed they could.”—
“Great to meet you yesterday, & thank you so much for organizing such an awesome event! I’ve always been nervous about flying, yet yesterday was so fun & exciting.”—
“Had so much fun!! How old is too old to become a pilot or even a helicopter pilot? Anyway, I had a great time with my friends Karen and Linda. I just love being up in the sky! All of the female pilots were so enthusiastic, fun and inspirational. If you do something like this again I would be happy to help organize.”—
“I had so much fun yesterday, especially since I got to take the controls of the Beaver for a few minutes! I definitely wasn’t expecting that, and it was an amazing experience. I loved flying in the helicopter too; Emily is an awesome pilot. But I think the best part was when my friend Elisa said “I want to do this now” and asked what she would have to do to get a license.”—
“THANK YOU so much for giving us the opportunity to fly yesterday. My sister and I had such a great time and the flight was so beautiful, truly a moving experience (my sister was the teary one!). We talked about flying lessons all the way home and for most of the evening. Mission accomplished!!!!”—
“Thanks so much for organizing this amazing event! My 13-year-old niece was thrilled by the experience — especially when Tom let her take the controls. She began researching flight training for teenagers as soon as we got home. Sunday was a very special day in our lives. Thanks again, and all the very best to you!”—
“It was a great day out and I thoroughly enjoyed the flying and meeting all my fellow flyers.”—
“Thanks very much. Thank you for inviting me and to Sharon for taking me up, It was great fun.”—
“Thanks for the certificate – very nice too – and thanks again for the flights, I enjoyed it so much and am up for flying again whenever you want.”—
“It was a fantastic day, I feel very honoured to have been certified! Thanks so much…..I’m up for it again, any time.”—
“I so enjoyed my flying experience yesterday afternoon. Many thanks for taking Hannah and I up in the skies – I’m in awe of your flying skills!”—
“As soon as they landed, Jan told her husband that he had to come to Mississippi and fly with her new friend Janet M. in her Varga. She also told him that she was OK for him taking flying lessons.”—
“It was really fun to be involved!”—
“Thank you for organizing this event! I loved it!”—
“It was a beautiful day in Nova Scotia. Lots of fun. This was a great initiative.”—
“Both young ladies had huge smiles on their faces afterward. I think they’re hooked!”—
“We had a beautiful day for flying and had a lot of fun! Thanks for the opportunity!”—
“I have been talking about this to everyone I meet…. and everyone( women and men) have been interested and excited! It was a delight to fly with another women who was interested 30 years ago in flight… and who knows.. is now more interested and may pursue it further.”—
“It was fun and we ran into another woman pilot, Monika P., also flying non-pilot girls.”—
“We wanted to thank you again for a great day yesterday. The girls did not stop talking about it all night. You provided great memories for them. Thank you again.”—
“We all wanted to say thank you so much for giving us an outstanding opportunity today! We can’t stop talking about the amazing experience we had.”—
“They were so excited and you have left them with some wonderful lifetime memories. You have affirmed to them that all things are possible if you want to work hard enough to get there.”—
“I used to think that I had to get all my ratings and become a successful professional pilot before I could make a difference in aviation. I have recently learned, however, that I can make an impact regardless of my piloting title.”—
“It’s such a great opportunity to see for girls to see what opportunities are out there in a field that’s more male-dominated, so it’s really cool.”—
“I’m glad they gave us this opportunity. It was totally awesome… I really commend the women who did this.”—
“It’s a great idea because I would never do it otherwise.”—
“FABULOUS! A huge thank you goes out to our pilot Lesley, her husband, the other pilots and helpers for making this so much fun for all of us. Lesley, you are truly an inspiration!”—
“That was simply amazing. Thank you.”—
“Loved it! I’d do it again in a heartbeat!”—
“It was just SO refreshing to see the women really excited about flying(and of course talking planes at my hangar). Other pilots opened their hangars for tours and the Airport staff and volunteers from the COPA #4 were really helpful. The response was just amazing.The Copa group is already planning next years Woman in Aviation event.”—
“So many great questions and such incredible interest. It was a great way to spend a Saturday. The weather was excellent and, despite the winds, the air was relatively smooth.”—
“That was SO fun.. I wanna buy a plane now… lol…Thanks so much for doing that for all of us!”—
“The young ladies with whom I shared a ride were tickled. One of them said she’d be on an adrenaline high all day when they got out of the plane! )”—
“What an awesome time! There were smiles for miles including my own. I had a blast watching all the ladies go and return from the free flight.”—
“I was so impressed with how the day progressed and the positive experiences received by all participants. Looking forward to future events like this in Frederick.”—
“My girls were thrilled and will remember this for the rest of their lives. I believe it really did have the desired effect of stirring their interest in an aviation career.”—
“I have a huge fear of flying and my daughter had never flown. This was a real stretch for us to do this and IT WAS AWESOME! Thank you for offering this experience to us.”—
“It was fantastic! We had a wonderful pilot, Luz, who allowed both my teenage daughters to take a turn flying the plane. It was a blast, they were THRILLED, and both want to take flying lessons now. (I loved it too, and was jealous that it wasn’t practical for me to have a turn as well.) We all feel very grateful for this program.”—
“This was a wonderful event. I never realized how much fun it could be flying in a small plane. It’s so much different than flying on a commercial airline. It’s opened up a whole new world that I hadn’t considered before.”—
“I had a great time. Dick, our pilot, was great. I so appreciate the opportunity. I flew that day with my mother 70yrs myself 49 yrs and my 12yr old daughter. What a treat. Thank you!”—
“Amazing. I was really scared at first but after a while I calmed down and enjoyed it very much. My instructor Mike was very good and I learned things that I will never forget. My parents kept going on about how generous people had been with their time and the donation of the plane and fuel. Kindness matters.”—
“My pilot was very kind and loves flying.”—
“This was truly a memorable experience. I was able to share this flight with my 14 year old daughter and her friend. We all thoroughly enjoyed the 15 min flight that took us around Port Lavaca.”—
“It was amazing! I didnt know a lot about flying or small planes at all, and I got to ride in a Cirrus and learned so much from TJ. He was very friendly, answered all my questions, and was so enthusiastic and inspirational about becoming a pilot!”—
“It was so amazing. i have never been any higher than the rides at the fair. heights give me a thrill so I just loved it.”—
“It was exhilarating and inspiring. I loved how it felt to look down a know that you were just hovering above the rest of the world, and they didn’t even know. It made me feel special and different. I loved it all, it was so exciting. And the whole experience just opened my eyes to the hope that I could actually learn to fly, it wasn’t as impossible a dream as I’d always assumed.”—
“My pilot was polite, really nice, and was so thrilled to know I was interested in flying. She was so enthusiastic, it really spilled over to the rest of us flying with her. Everyone was really nice and encouraging, as well.”—
“I loved it, flying girls and women from 10 years old to their 30′s and older. One young lady in particular (I’m guessing between 18 and 22) was super excited. she did not expect to take the controls, but I encouraged her to do so. She yelped when the plane reacted to her input, and her smile and obvious joy made my entire day in the rain worthwhile.”—
“It was great, my daughter was a little hesitant but once she was in the air she did not want to come down! This was her first plane ride and she now wants to be a Pilot and a Veterinarian.”—
“My 7 year old daughter and I had the opportunity to take a helicopter ride. She was a little quiet at first but soon her comments were written all over her face. She loved it, as did I! “—
“It was incredible! I’m even thinking about getting my private pilots license because of that amazing flight. Daren was an extremely good pilot and I cannot thank him enough for providing a lifetime experience in the sky.”—
“Down-right fun and opened my mind to the possibility of becoming a pilot myself someday soon. what a great opportunity to see what it would be like to fly.”—
“It was amazing, so exciting yet peaceful when you get up in the air.”—
“Fabulous,blood pumping,amazing. The female pilots are inspiring.”—
“My pilot, Sandy is FABULOUS! Her flight was very thorough and FUN!!!”—
“Fantastic!! The kids had a brilliant time and now everyone is excited to one day learn to fly helicopters.”—
“It was absolutely amazing. Wonderful, Wonderful time. Well organized and our pilot was fabulous. Explained so much. Quite a interesting women. Would go again in a heartbeat. “—
“It was intimidating and exhilarating all at the same time to “fly” for the first time!! During my career here at the FAA, I’ve always wondered what it was like to be a pilot and got my first taste of it!”—
“Again, thank you for giving us the opportunity to experience how it feels when you fly… It was one of the most fascinating and “adrenaline pumping” times of my life. I am so glad that I got to experience it!!”—
“Our mission far exceeded our expectations. These girls had a blast! I found it amazing, after the flights many of the ladies changed their profile pictures on Facebook to their flight photo. How fun!”—
“I just wanted to say a huge “THANK YOU” for taking my friend and my daughter up on Saturday. I had a great experience! It was very peaceful and breath taking. I can see how easy it could be to be addicted to flying. Thank you for that experience.”—
“As I have never been up in an airplane before, (let alone fly one!) the plane ride you gave us was very much appreciated. The ride you gave us also opened my eyes to the world of flying, and how much fun it is!”—
“I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful flying experience we had with you yesterday. I am so happy that Mia and I had a female role model like you. Mia spent the rest of the afternoon drawing pictures of us in the airplane, and I spent the rest of my afternoon dreaming of taking some flying classes. We were lucky to do this. Thanks so much.”—
“Thank you so much for a wonderful experience on Tuesday. You were so kind and made the flight very interesting explaining every thing as you did. I was glad C. sat in the front with you because she came up with very good questions that you answered so well. It was a morning I won’t forget. I am glad that you and D. met last Friday. You never know when you strike up a conversation with someone where it will take you. It was a pleasure to meet you. “—
“I just want to take a moment to let you know how very much I appreciated you taking your valuable time to share your passion with us on Tuesday morning. I will never forget the experience and will probably never get another opportunity like it again. I loved every minute.—
You lady pilots are amazing in your quest to introduce women to the flying experience and in doing so will change some lives. I only wish I were younger so I could pursue such a dream. Its amazing how special moments come to us in life when we least expect it. This was one of those special times. “