More flight training cash available for girls of all ages in 2016

Wendy Rose, First to Solo Winner in 2015
Wendy Rose, First to Solo Challenge Winner in 2015
Wendy of Alabama won the 2015 First to Solo™ Challenge

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) is proud to announce that support from iWOAW’s business members and public donations make it possible for iWOAW to offer additional flight training cash prizes to First to Solo™ Challenge winners in 2016.

Wendy Rose, an Alabama resident, never thought of learning to fly before she heard of the First to Solo™ Challenge. Instead, she focused on giving opportunities to her daughter, Dana, who dreams of becoming an astronaut. It was her husband who learned about Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week and the First to Solo™ Challenge in early 2015 who suggested that she takes on the challenge.

“I wasn’t sure at first. However, I decided to set my goal on becoming a pilot and fly my little girl high in the sky, to be closer to the stars, until she can get there and higher on her own,” said Rose.

Seven weeks after her first small aircraft flight experience, Rose became the first woman among eligible First to Solo™ Challenge candidates to solo. She won $1,500 in flight training cash and a Sennheiser headset. She now wants to become a flight instructor.

In 2016, iWOAW will offer flight training cash to two additional eligible women who solo promptly after discovering flight during Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, bringing the number of annual recipients to three. The winner, first finalist, and second finalist will receive $2,500, $1,500, and $500 in flight training cash respectively.

Our annual exit surveys among women and girls who attend Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week activities consistently show that 72% of them never thought of seeking information about aviation opportunities prior to hearing about the week’s activities. The surveys also show that their exposure to aviation during the week changes their perceptions dramatically. Indeed, 78% of the respondents state that they are considering aviation for pleasure or a career as a result of the experience.

The First to Solo™ Challenge is designed to turn enthusiasm into tangible action. It provides a cash incentive for women to start flying lessons promptly after their first small aircraft flight experience during their week.

Due to the exponential growth of the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week movement and its worldwide scope, iWOAW made it a priority to expand the First to Solo™ Challenge rewards to incentivize more aviation vocations among the female population and promptly close the wide gap between genders in aviation.

“Most outreach initiatives are restricted to age groups that are not in position to act for at least another decade,” says Mireille Goyer, iWOAW’s Founder and President. “Statistic data shows that nearly 50% of all pilots, male and female, learn to fly in their 20s, not their teenage years. The Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week initiative breaks ranks with the standard industry approach by targeting girls of all ages, worldwide.”

To become eligible to win the First to Solo™ Challenge 2016 prizes, women must go on a first small aircraft experience by attending an official Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week activity or buying a discovery flight at their local flight training center from March 7 to March 13, 2016 and then report their flight at the week’s official website before March 15, 2016.

2016 Theme – “It’s a jungle out there. 60 years of female bush pilots.”

Ada Rogato

Ada RogatoIn 1956, Brazilian Ada Rogato boarded her Cessna 140 to fly throughout the Amazon Jungle landing in newly opened forest clearings and visiting Indian villages. She was the first human being to do so. The epic trip took 163 hours of flight time.

To celebrate her accomplishment, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) selected “It’s a jungle out there. 60 years of female bush pilots.” as the official theme for the 6th annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week to be held March 7-13, 2016.

The week scheduled around the anniversary of the world’s first female pilot license earned by Raymonde de Laroche on March 8 1910 addresses a key barrier to women’s participation in the industry’s technical fields namely the lack of awareness of aviation and aerospace opportunities available to them.

During the week, aviation enthusiasts, businesses and organizations invite girls of all ages to visit local airports and industry facilities and experience for themselves the thrill of aviation.

Each year, iWOAW organizes multiple challenges and contests rewarded with world’s titles and prizes, including up $2,500 in flight training cash for the top three First to Solo™ Challenge participants.

Official activity organizers are encouraged to feature elements to highlight the annual theme and celebrate all female bush pilots who serve as the human lifeline to many remote communities across the globe.

“Too many women are not aware of women’s long and rich history of contributions to the industry,” says Mireille Goyer, iWOAW’s Founder and President. “By annually selecting a theme based on women’s notable breakthroughs, we are aiming to restore women’s roots and rebuild their aviation identity.”

Everyone, regardless of gender, affiliation, or geographical location, is invited to celebrate and engage the female population.