Women in aviation are being celebrated worldwide this week as part of Women in Aviation Worldwide Week. Events all over the world aim to both celebrate the contributions of women in the field of aviation and encourage girls and young women to pursue opportunities for careers in the aviation industry. The week coincides with March 8, which is International Women’s Day and also the anniversary the day French pilot Raymonde de Laroche became the first female pilot to receive a pilot’s license.
UVU School of Aviation Sciences has long appreciated the contributions of women to the program here, which has tripled the number of female graduates in the past ten years, and whose team of excellent flight instructors is led by Chief Flight Instructor Diane Hagar. UVU’s successful flight team at NIFA’s SAFECON event in 2013 was led by team captain and flight instructor Kristen Verdi. You can hear from Kristen here:
A delegation from UVU’s School of Aviation Sciences, which includes Dean Wayne Dornan, students, flight instructors, and aviation staff, is attending the 25th Annual Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, Florida this week. Keynote speakers at the event include pilots, astronauts, engineers from Boeing and NASA, the first female pilot and first female commander of a space shuttle, and NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman.
Here are some possible ways you can celebrate women in aviation this week from right here at home:
Pick up a good book, such as West with the Night, by Beryl Markham.
Read a news article about some of the many women who have contributed in ways before their time, such as the Night Witches.
Check out the short list of the Top 10 Pioneering Women of Aviation: