Free airplane rides offered for women and girls March 8
GAZETTE FILE PHOTO John Smith, an employee at the Northampton Airport and flight instructor, helps Dee Dice of Florence and her daughters Louisa and Siennna get settled in before taking off during the women in aviation program last year. Purchase photo reprints »
NORTHAMPTON — Women make up 6 percent of certified pilots, but Fly it Forward, an event at the Northampton Airport, is seeking to change that.
On Saturday * from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteer pilots will offer free airplane rides to women ages 6 and up in an effort to pique their interest in aeronautics. “Aviation studies have shown the lack of female role models, as well as very little knowledge about historic aviation heroines, as top barriers to women succeeding in aviation-related careers,” said Rich MacIssac, chief flight instructor and manager at the Northampton Airport.
Displays about women in aviation as well as women pilots will be featured during the weekend, along with volunteer pilots from the Northampton area.
For more information on Fly it Forward, contact Holly Lurgio at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rich MacIssac at 584-7980.
*The date of this event is corrected from a previous version.
— NICK BOLDUC