iWOAW Announces a Social and Technological First

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Vancouver, January 28, 2013 – In partnership with PlaneFinder.net, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) is proud to announce a social and technological first.

Thorough Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 4-10, 2013, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide and PlaneFinder.net will collect the flight tracks of commercial flights operated in part by a woman in a technical capacity as well as the flight tracks of female introductory flights conducted worldwide.

The project named “Women Color The Skies” will combined the collected flight tracks to create an online animated and interactive visualization of the current involvement of women within the industry as well as the level of engagement on the part of the industry to encourage more to join.

Professional women of aviation involved in commercial flight operations in a technical capacity such pilot, air traffic controller, dispatcher, mechanic, engineer, etc. are invited to report their week’s professional activities at www.womenofaviationweek.org/contests/women-color-the-skies-challenge to see the flight tracks of their flights added to the online visualization.

One of the key highlight of the week is the mass introduction of girls and women to the sensations and magic of flight in small aircraft. The pilots who introduce girls or women to flying during the week can see their flights added to the online visualization by reporting their flights at www.womenofaviationweek.org/event/acting-individually.

According to numerous studies, perceptions that the air and space industry is for men constitute a main barrier to women’s increased participation as women fear isolation and limited growth opportunities if they choose the field. About 2% of aircraft mechanics, 6% of aircraft pilots, and less than 12% of aeronautical engineers are women.

“Using PlaneFinder.net’s exciting technology, we are hoping to help put to rest some of the justified worries many women have when considering a career in the industry,” says Mireille Goyer, Founder and President of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide. “It is critical that women realize that other women are currently actively involved in the industry. The online interactive visualization is a concrete step towards achieving that.”

For details about the “Women Color The Skies” project, please visit: www.womenofaviationweek.org/contests/women-color-the-skies-challenge

Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, held annually during the week of March 8, aims to foster diversity in aviation by celebrating history, raising awareness, and sparking vocations as thousands of girls and women are introduced to aviation through industry-wide collaboration.

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) is a not-for-profit consortium of businesses and organizations from around the world whose mission is to foster diversity in the air and space industry through outreach, education, and advocacy.
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iWOAW Announces Its Newest Video “Women’s Questions About Flying Small Aircraft Answered”

The Institute asked girls and women what they wanted to know before going on their first small aircraft flight then answered the most common questions in this new video

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Vancouver, January 12, 2013 – March 4 to March 10, 2013 will mark the third annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week.

According to numerous studies, perceptions that the air and space industry is for men constitute a main barrier to women’s increased participation. About 2% of aircraft mechanics, 6% of aircraft pilots, and less than 12% of aeronautical engineers are women.

Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week aims to raise awareness of the opportunities available to women in the air and space industry and awaken aviation vocations within the female population while celebrating women’s historical role in the industry by encouraging industry stakeholders to welcome girls and women to their facilities and offering them an insider view.

One of the key highlight of the week is the mass introduction of girls and women to the sensations and magic of flight in small aircraft.

While there are many videos discussing in details what to expect during the first flight lesson, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide could not locate a video that addressed the common questions and concerns that girls and women considering to go on their first flight in a small aircraft have.

The team at the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide walked the streets of cities in several countries to ask girls and women what they wanted to know before they would feel comfortable flying in a small aircraft.

A series of common questions was tallied and pilots answered these questions in an honest and direct manner in this new 5:45 video viewable at www.YouTube.com/user/WomenOfAviation.

More than sixty events organized for Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week are in planning stages throughout North America, Europe, and Africa. More are added every day. The majority of these events include introductory flights for girls and women.

Female first flight candidates registering to participate in a Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week event at www.WomenOf AviationWeek.org will be encouraged to view the video.

“A first flight in a small aircraft is a magic and highly emotional experience,” says Mireille Goyer, Founder and President of the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide. “This video will help girls and women set aside any concern they may have and allow them to fully enjoy every second of their experience.”

Although the video was developed with the thousands of girls and women who are introduced to flying in a small aircraft annually during Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, it answers questions that most people unfamiliar with flying small aircraft have and it may be valuable to any pilot about to introduce someone to flying.

Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, held annually during the week of March 8, aims to foster diversity in aviation by celebrating history, raising awareness, and sparking vocations as thousands of girls and women are introduced to aviation through industry-wide collaboration.

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) is a not-for-profit consortium of businesses and organizations from around the world whose mission is to foster diversity in the air and space industry through outreach, education, and advocacy.
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