Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Women Fly it Forward - Frederick, MD Stats

A lot of people have been asking me the specifics on the event, like the number of planes, how many ground volunteers, how many women are registered, and so on.  So I thought I would share a few of those tidbits with you tonight!
  • 256 women are registered for free flights
    • 26 women are on the waiting list (and growing!)
  • We have 28 volunteer pilots
    • 8 female (we are working to change that, aren't we?)
    • 20 male
  • 15 ground volunteers (all pilots or student pilots!)
  • 29 aircraft
    • 1 hot air balloon
    • 2 helicopters
    • 26 fixed wing aircraft
  • 6 display aircraft
  • 9 aviation vendors/displays
  • Over 300 people expected for a day of fun at the airport!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Registration is closed for the Frederick Fly it Forward!

Registration is closed for the Frederick Women Fly it Forward event!  The excitement about has been overflowing, barely any publicity has been done but the news has been infectious!  Registration is now closed for the March 10th event in Frederick, but a waiting list is now available.  We have been getting many notes of thanks from participants and even a few messages along the lines of,  "OMG I can't wait!"  Either can I.  I look forward to seeing you all on the 10th!  Just 18 days to go!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Crewing for MD's Largest Hot Air Balloon

The wait is over, Tailwinds Over Frederick received their new balloon this weekend, now the largest hot air balloon in all of Maryland!  See below for the first inflation of Tailwinds from Saturday morning!  Want to see more?  Go "like" Tailwinds Over Frederick on their Facebook page and check out all the photos of the new balloon!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Registration will close Tuesday for Women Fly it Forward FDK!

For the first time flyers: Due to overwhelming demand and excitement for the free flights, registration will close Tuesday, February 21st.  Those who register after this date will be put on a waiting list and emailed when a slot opens up in the order that registration was received.  Please do not hesitate to come to the event if the free flights are full, there is still a lot to see and do on March 10th!

For the pilots: We are also full for planes, thanks to all that have volunteered!  If you are still interested in flying this event, I would be happy to put you on a "backup" list in case we need more pilots or someone backs out at the last minute.  Please let me know if you are interested, it would probably work out best if you were based at or very near FDK.  I could use one more aircraft that can hold 6.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fly it Forward FDK Surpassed 200 Registered Women!

Wow!  We just hit over 200 women registered for Women Fly it Forward on March 10th.  Registration will be closing soon!  So if you know a lady that would love this opportunity, have her sign up no later than this weekend!  I will start a waiting list and notify ladies in order when a slot opens up.  Also, some pilots have expressed interest in flying on other days during Women of Aviation Week.  If you would like to do so, please tell me what days, times, and how many seats you have available and I will announce these for registration.  Excitement is in the air and we can't wait to share the skies with all these brilliant ladies!

Monday, February 13, 2012

FDK Fly it Forward Needs Your Help!

ATTENTION! Women Fly it Forward has an overwhelming amount of interest, so much that I am going to have to cut off registration to free flight participants and we still have several weeks to go! I would rather not stop so many girls who are interested in flying, however, I am worried about the congestion of aircraft at FDK. What I need to ensure that my pilots don't get too tired flying all these girls and that this event stays safe, is planes capable of flying 6+ individuals. If anyone has or know of someone with an aircraft that would work for this event, please contact me at womenflyitforward@gmail.com.

Friday, February 10, 2012

First time flyer at Fly it Forward FDK '11 wins video contest!

Esther of Silver Spring, MD to represent the next generation of American women pilots in Europe

At a time when most women’s opportunities were often limited to raising a family, a few adventurous women set off to demonstrate that women were capable of achieving far more.

In 1910, Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to earn a pilot license; in 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry; in 1912, Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel and Hélène Dutrieu the first woman to pilot a seaplane.

Today’s women are equally adventurous and passionate.

In December, we announce a video contest for American women. The prize? An all expenses paid trip to represent the next generation of American women pilots at the “Across the Channel: Women Unifying Nations” event taking place simultaneously at the England’s Headcorn Aerodrome and France’s Le Touquet Airport on March 10, 2012.

The videos were amazing and two finalists, Esther from Maryland and Elizabeth from Florida, emerged. Then it was time to vote for the winner. If doubts existed about how motivated the finalists were, there are erased by the unbelievable website traffic that they generated by encouraging people to vote for them.
After carefully reviewing all available statistics and ensuring that nobody voted more than once, Esther French, a young journalist from Silver Spring, MD, who discovered flying at last’s year record setting “Fly It Forward” event at the Frederick Airport, MD, edged ahead of Elizabeth Williamson, a TV production technician from Altamonte Springs, FL.

We are therefore pleased to announce that Esther is the winner of the video contest and will serve as the official representative for the next generation of American women pilots at the event as well as the American reporter at the event. You will be able to follow her adventures by clicking on “Daily Trip Report” in this website.

More than 13,000 visitors trying to vote caused some technical issues and a lot of frustrations. We did our best to maintain the integrity of the contest in the face of adversity.

Taking into account this occurrence, we offered to our runner up, Elizabeth, a choice of prizes: the flight lesson as listed in the original prize description or accommodations during the event and a flight across the channel during the “Across the Channel: Women Unifying Nations” event on March 10. We are delighted to announce that Elizabeth has chosen to travel to Europe and will take part of the event. Europe will be delighted to welcome more American guests.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

What is there to see and do at Fly it Forward?

The 2012 Women Fly it Forward event on March 10th at Frederick Municipal Airport keeps getting bigger and better!  What will you be checking out first?

  • FREE airplane flights for women of all ages who never have been in a small aircraft before
  • FREE tethered hot air balloon flights for all from 10:30am-12:30pm from Tailwinds Over Frederick
Displays & Guests!
  • Era Alaska pilot, Sarah Fraher from the Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska
  • Wing walker and aerobatic pilot Jane Wicker and her Stearman, Aurora
  • USAF 1st Helicopter Squadron with a female flight crew and a UH1 Huey Helicopter
  • The USAF 79th Medical Wing
  • ...and more!
  • Tour Frederick's new control tower and get one of the best views of the event
Flight Simulator!
Contests & Prizes!
  •  Flight Training Essay Contest valued at over $3,000! Sponsored by Aviation Insurance Resources and Frederick Flight Center
  • Flight Lesson Essay Contest sponsored by the Sugarloaf Chapter of the Ninety Nines
  • Women of Aviation Week Awards: The Most Female Pilot Friendly Airport Worldwide, Most Dedicated Female Pilot Worldwide, Most Supportive Male Pilot Worldwide, Most Dedicated Female Flight Instructor Worldwide, Most Supportive Male Flight Instructor Worldwide and The Spirit of Women of Aviation Worldwide
  • Random drawings for pilots, ground volunteers and participants
  • Goody bags for pilots and ground volunteers
Booths & Vendors 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Women DO WANT to Fly!

I have over 140 participants signed up for Fly it Forward so far, and there is still just over a month to go!  My inbox has been bombarded, literally receiving an email every minute from a potential participant, sponsor or volunteer.  So why are the number of pilots dwindling?  Why are only 6% of them female?  The interest is there.  What do we have to do to make these numbers climb?  Discuss below!

P.S. When I am done replying to all these emails I will take the time to give a more thorough Fly it Forward update! :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Women of Aviation Week Video Contest Finalists

The finalists are up for the Women of Aviation Week "Across the Channel: Women Unifying Nations" video contest!  Go cast your vote now!  The present women in the lead is Esther, who took her first small airplane flight at the Frederick Women Fly it Forward event last year!


Friday, February 3, 2012

Women of Aviation Week News


"It was my turn at last. Everybody was expectant. I was eager to get into my seat and be off. My heart was not in my mouth. I felt impatient to realize the project on which I was determined, despite the protest of my best friends," said Harriet Quimby about her thoughts before she took off from Dover, 100 years ago.


The beginning of the 2012 Women Of Aviation Worldwide is just 30 days away. From 62° of latitude North in Yellowknife, Canada, to 38° of latitude South in Geelong, Australia, and within hundreds of degrees of longitude, girls and women are about to discover that aviation is for them too, thanks to you. There is so much excitement building. Victoria, who is heading the Frederick Airport community and intends to make sure that the Frederick Airport community retains the title of "Most Female Pilot Friendly Airport Worldwide" in 2012 has managed to motivate over 130 girls and women to sign up for a flight. Other airport communities have their eyes on the trophy and some very strong challengers are emerging.
Of course, all the over titles are also up for grab: Most Dedicated Woman Pilot, Most Dedicated Female Flight Instructor, Most Supportive Male Pilot, and Most Supportive Male Flight Instructor.

We have more prizes than ever this year thanks to the support of our pro-diversity sponsors, Airbus, Sennheiser, Goldstripes Aviation, AOPA, Baron Services, Aircraft Spruce, OSRM, Powder Puff Pilot, Windtee, Barry Schiff, FFPULM, and many more local sponsors. In fact, the total value is well over $11,000 USD. Did you notice for example that there are four Sennheiser S1 Digital headsets, worth $1,095 each, available to win? If you have not taken a look at the list of prizes recently, please take a look now.
Many event organizers have fund that local businesses are eager to help with the cost of making a difference in the community and that's heartwarming.


As Headcorn in the U.K. and Le Touquet in France ready to hold a great celebration for the centennial of Harriet Quimby's flight over the English Channel, pilots at 100 different locations in the U.S.A are getting ready to join the party by introducing at least one girl or one woman to the joys of flying at 100 different airports on March 10, 2012. One flight is sufficient to qualify an airport. Take this opportunity to tour the various airports in your area.
To salute 100 years of women seaplane pilots, I encourage all seaplane pilots to be particularly active in 2012. How about a record of female flight introductions in seaplanes?


Each pilot that participate to the "Across the Nation: Women Unifying Nations" in Europe will receive a unique t-shirt. Featuring photos of Harriet Quimby before and after her flight across the Channel and the white cliffs of Dover, this t-shirt cannot be bought. Our sponsor, Airbus, wants to reward each event organizer with one of this exclusive "Across the Channel: Women Unifying Nation" t-shirt.
To be eligible to receive this t-shirt, you must announce your upcoming event on the website by February 15, 2012.


The finalists of the "Across the Channel: Women Unifying Nations" video contest are announced. You have until February 7, 2012, midnight, to vote for your preferred representative.
She will fly to Europe on the largest and most comfortable airline jet in the world, the Airbus A380, take the train to travel underneath the English Channel, discover the region around the Headcorn Aerodrome, fly from England to France on Harriet Quimby's footsteps, attend the dinner in Le Touquet City Hall's room of Honors, and meet Women Of Aviation from around the world.


Have you noticed the temporary tattoos? They guarantee fun at your event and give all the girls and women that go on a flight to brag to the world about their experience. "I am a girl. Today I flew a small plane." What a statement! These can be free for VIP Club members. However, to have them in time for your event, you must request or order before Feb 15 2012.
We have a winner for the Women Of Aviation Worldwide Jacket! Alicia Sikes of Quakertown, PA is the winner.

T-shirts and WOAW embroidered jackets are available but time is flying by. If you want either one before Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week (March 5-11, 2012), don't wait.
Whether you are planning one special flight or planning an event to celebrate the 2012 Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, have fun! 

Fly safe,
Mireille Goyer
Intl Team Leader