Women Can Fly Events Target Youth For Aviation

Bringing the next generation to the airport.

Women Can Fly event
Volunteer pilots donate first flights during the Fredericksburg airport Women Can Fly event.Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star

On Saturday, June 22, the Old Dominion chapter of the Ninety-Nines, Inc., and the Virginia Department of Aviation, sponsored the fourth in its series of Women Can Fly events at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The event carries on a legacy started six years ago intended to bring women—especially young women and girls—to the airport to expose them to general aviation.

At the event, women aged 8 years and up are offered flights given by volunteer pilots in their airplanes, along with a pre-flight briefing that introduces the participants to the airplane. Representative pilots from the military, corporate, and personal aviation attend to talk one-on-one with those interested in learning more about aviation, including career opportunities. Specific activities for each location can be found on the website as well as a sign-up form for flights.

The event was the second one hosted at Shannon, and two more will take place this year—one on Saturday, June 29 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport near Warrenton, Virginia, and on September 21 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. Both events will be held rain or shine.