Aviation and Aerospace Headlines: Women of Aviation Week

Mar 11, 2016

All-female crew coordinates landing at YVR for Women Of Aviation Week

*Photo Courtesy of Global BC

An all-female crew in the air and on the ground landed an Air Canada flight at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) — something that is not often seen in the field of aviation.

The landing marks the start of the sixth annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week (WOAW), a global initiative designed to bring awareness to aviation opportunities available to women in the air and space industry. The event is organized by The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (IWOAW).

Today in Canada, there are 24,332 licenced commercial pilots, but only six per cent are women. Of the 1,772 Canadian air traffic controllers, only 15 per cent are female, and just two per cent of aircraft maintenance technicians are female.

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Langley pilot’s annual Girls Fly Too event returns to Abbotsford airport


Langley pilot Kirsten Brazier was honoured last Saturday at the International Women’s luncheon at Newlands Golf and Country Club, and now the event for which she was recognized —The Sky’s No Limit, Girls Fly Too — is set to take to the air at the Abbotsford International Airport.

The free event this Saturday and Sunday will see more than a 1,000 girls and women take to the skies for the first time as a way to get females interested in flying.

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Prince George Airport Authority unveils mascot


*Photo Courtesy of Prince George Airport Authority 

The Prince George Airport Authority has added one more employee to the roster.

Monday marked Amelia Bearheart’s first day on the job as the PGAA’s mascot.

“We were looking for an interactive way to connect with the community and felt having a mascot would allow us to have a presence at community events,” said PGAA marketing manager Lindsay Cotter.

“Once that decision was made, we began the process of bringing her to life. It was an incredible journey choosing every detail that makes up Amelia. We hope the community loves her as much as we’ve enjoyed making her.”

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Women in Aviation Series: Expanding Horizons with Air Canada Pilot, Kelly Jamieson


*Photo Courtesy of Apex

Kelly Jamieson is extremely enthusiastic about flying Airbus A319s up and down the west coast for Air Canada rouge, but her passion for aviation extends well beyond the flight deck. She’s been instrumental in the success of two provincial chapters of Women in Aviation, and she’s presently serving as a director of the Aviation Leadership Foundation, non-profit organization based in British Columbia.

The British Columbia Aviation Council (BCAC) recognized Kelly in 2014 for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of aviation in British Columbia. She was presented with the Robert S. Day Award at the BCAC’s Silver Wings gala for her work in building the Aviation Leadership Foundation’s Mentorship Program. Kelly will begin her Masters in Leadership this summer and she looks forward to joining Air Canada’s training department in the future.

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YVR Airport shows their support


*Photo Courtesy of Vancouver Airport 

The tower is lit up pink in support of Women of Aviation Week!

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