Anyone, anywhere in the world, regardless of gender, race or affiliation, can plan an official Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week activity. Small or large, each activity makes a difference.
Come and join our global effort to introduce girls of all ages to the multiple facets of the air and space world during Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week.
Participation details are included in the WOAW Week Activity Organizer Kit. Download your copy today! Register your activity to give it legitimacy, make it easier for girls of all ages to find it, and ripe additional benefits.
Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week brings forth a specific opportunity for all actors of the air and space industry (individuals, businesses, organizations, training centers, flying clubs, government departments, etc.) to celebrate past and current Women Of Aviation’s contributions to the industry while welcoming the next generation of Women Of Aviation with open arms.
One mission. One week. Action in your own way.
The format of activities is entirely up to the organizer and not supervised by iWOAW. However, whether or not they include Fly It Forward® flights, activities organized within the spirit of the celebration of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week must include the following key elements:
- Female-centric attractions and hands-on activities designed to not only make girls and women feel welcomed but also uniquely valued and qualified;
- Women and girls as a majority of guests;
- Original and media worthy elements;
- Activities that include Fly It Forward® flights must make safety the number one priority. All participating pilots must be properly licensed for the aircraft used and passenger carriage, and all aircraft must be properly insured;
- Activity reports must be received by March 14, 2018, midnight, to qualify participants for title and prizes.
Outside of these basic guidelines, let your imagination soar.
You know your local community, your local customs, your local infrastructure, and your local limitations better than anyone else, find a way to create an interesting and exciting event that will be beneficial to your community.
Any type of aircraft certified for the transportation of passengers, legally registered, and properly insured is acceptable. However, when competing for the titles, aircraft may not have more than 6 seats, total.
Not sure how to go about it? Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Although we recommend that Fly It Forward® flights be offered free of charge during the week, it is not mandatory. Commercial operators may request a fee for flight. In that case, the offer should be women specific and significantly different from other offers proposed throughout the rest of the year.
- Fly It Forward® Flights
- Interactive Static Display
- Aerospace factory & Control Tower Tours
- Aircraft building activities
- Preflight quiz contest
- Miniature airport activity
- Pink Paper Plane activity
- Documentary screening
- Industry booth
Examples of what others did
Community funded free flights, static displays, and VIP guests – Yellowknife, NWT, CANADA
A commercial helicopter operator organized a ‘ Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too!’ event with free flights for school age girls. All flight expenses were funded through donations by more than 20 local businesses and government agencies. A significant static display of airline, military, commercial, and private aircraft included aircraft crews to answer questions. Many VIP female pilots, mechanics, airline CEO were on hand. Food by a national fast food chain was available.
Free flights by volunteer pilots, industry booths, static displays, and VIP guests – Frederick, MD, USA (video)
The Frederick Airport community organized an event with free discovery flights for girls and women thanks to a collaborative effort among multiple local flying associations, local military bases, and a wide base of dedicated volunteer pilots and ground support agents. VIP female pilot guests brought additional interest and uniqueness. Funds raised were used to reward volunteers with a community dinner and offer prizes to a few girls and/or women who went on their first flight.
Free flights by volunteer pilots and VIP guests – Peterborough, ON, CANADA (video)
Organized by a local flight training center and local flying organizations, this event featured local free flights as well as fly-in free flights provided by volunteer pilots. A meal was offered to pilots as well as a fuel cost reduction incentive. Ground support volunteers provided flight briefings and presentations of aviation opportunities.
Free flights by volunteer pilots, industry booth, VIP guests, historical flight reenactment – Headcorn, U.K. / Le Touquet/FRANCE (video)
Organized around the celebration of an historical international flight, this event featured simultaneous attractions and activities including industry booths, regional food and entertainment, speeches by VIPs at two airports in separate countries as well as a coordinated group flight between the two airports. Volunteer pilots flew in to one or both airports with female first time flyers. Incentives for pilots to participate included gift bags, prize, meeting VIPs, free entertainment and a gala dinner.
Hands-on airline simulator flying and private guided tour of facilities – Dublin, IRELAND (video)
CityJet, an Irish regional airline owned by Air France-KLM, invited the transition year female students of Loreto Balbriggan, a local secondary school, to come to their facilities. The girls were greeted by First Officer, Sheena Chapple, and Captain Sean Burke-Daly. Each girl had the opportunity to fly Sheena and Sean helped each girl fly the Avro RJ 85 simulator and answered questions about careers in aviation. Donal OShea and Declan Gernon, conducted a private tour of the CityJet hangar and answered questions about the workings of the aircraft and engineering.
Women’s day at the museum – Garden City, NY, USA
Organized by the New Jersey chapter of the 99’s, girls and women were invited to flood the lobby in solidarity for the women of aviation past, present, and future. Women pilots were on hand to answer questions about flight, careers as well as where to start learning to fly. The museum and IMAX was open for their regular tour schedules.
Ask for your Event Organizer Handout for more details or tell us about your planned event for the upcoming Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week (March 3-9 2014). We provide automated registration for all events.
Pink Paper Plane Challenge™ – Maltepe University, Istanbul, TURKEY (video)
Organizers at Maltepe University designed a poster and used social media to invite students to participate to the Pink Paper Plane Challenge™. Using the official template, students and professors built as many Pink Paper Planes as possible before launching them. A video recording was produced.
Official Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week activities receive the following benefits:
- 2,500 WOAWie Points (enough to purchase one WOAW Organizer kits for 25 guests) awarded to the listed activity organizer
- Activity participants and supporters become eligible for awards and prizes
- Activity is listed in the week’s official website, WomenOfAviationWeek.org, for maximum visibility and legitimacy
- Legal corporate entities (businesses, chapters of associations, etc.) involved in the organization or support of the activity may receive the iWOAW Certified Women Friendly designation for free (a $285 USD value)
To receive and maintain the official status, activities must follow set guidelines and be approved by iWOAW as an official Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week activity.
Official WOAW Week activities must:
- Display the official Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week logo in a prominent position in all products used to advertise the activity (poster, registration page, website, signage, badge, etc.) over a white background and in a size sufficient to maintain readability of the logo’s type, and
- Clearly state that the activity is held in celebration of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week in all verbal and printed communications concerning the activity plus add the hashtag #WOAW18 to social media posts related to the activities, and
- Clearly state that flights, if any, are part of the Fly It Forward® Challenge in all verbal and printed communications concerning the activity plus add the hashtags #Fly It Forward and #WOAW18 to social media posts related to the activities, and
- Clearly state that Pink Paper Planes activities, if any, are part of the Pink Paper Plane Challenge™ in all verbal and printed communications concerning the activity plus add the hashtag #WOAW18 to social media posts related to the activities, and
- Register the activity before activity registration deadline.
There is no doubt that activities who bring the community together with the aim of improving it generate a special kind of rewarding and invigorating energy. The individuals who take the lead in their community and spend countless hours organizing, motivating, nurturing, and rallying their communities are priceless but too often unsung.
iWOAW and its allies want to celebrate and reward those who go out of their way to help and motivate others. Our organizer contest is designed to reward the most outstanding organizers.
There are two award categories for each activity class (activity including Fly It Forward® flights or other activity). The contest relies on a point system which credits organizers that perform qualifying tasks in association with the WOAW week event.
Four trophies awarded annually
- Most Productive Organizer Worldwide
- activity including Fly It Forward® flights – awarded to the organizer who earns the most points. In the case of equal point levels, the organizer with the highest average review rating will win.
- other activity – awarded to the organizer who earns the most points. In the case of equal point levels, the organizer with the highest average review rating will win.
- Most Acclaimed Organizer Worldwide
- activity including Fly It Forward® flights – awarded to the organizer of an activity hosting more than 50 who received the highest average review rating as reported by guests and volunteers. In the case of equal average review ratings, the organizer with the most reviews will win.
- other activity – awarded to the organizer of an activity hosting more than 50 who received the highest average review rating as reported by guests and volunteers. In the case of equal average review ratings, the organizer with the most reviews will win.
How to participate
List of qualifying tasks and their point values
- 10 points per 10 guests visible in group photo (one photo per event)
- 20 points per girl/woman who reports her experience at the activity venue
- 20 points per pilot, helper or VIP who reports his or her experience at the activity venue
- 100 points per industry business or association supporting the activity that requests the iWOAW Certified Women Friendly designation before March 14, 2018, midnight
- 150 points per activity (e.g., flights, tours, speakers, etc.) offered at the venue (photo proof required)
- 200 points per 250 to 500 words article documenting the activity’s multiple facets submitted by the organizer in our website
- 250 points per printed, radio, or TV news report referring to Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) and/or any of the Week’s challenges (proof is required)
For the purpose of the contest, all tasks must be completed between September 15, 2017, and March 14, 2018, and reported.
To get started, download an activity organizer guide.
Making a difference is the most rewarding aspect of participation. However, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) offers many more rewards to organizers.
To become eligible to win awards and prizes for themselves as well as render their participants eligible to receive rewards from iWOAW, organizers must file a post activity report before March 14, 2018, midnight.
Organizers who file a post-activity report receive 2,500 WOAWie points for reporting plus 50 WOAWie points for each participant report we received for their activity.