Women of Aviation Worldwide Week

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Women of Aviation Worldwide Week
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Women of Aviation Worldwide Week logo
Observed by Men and women, worldwide
Type International civil awareness week
Date Week of March 8
2013 date March 4–10  (2013-03-04 - 2013-03-10)
2014 date March 3–9  (2014-03-03 - 2014-03-09)
2015 date March 2–8  (2015-03-02 - 2015-03-08)
2016 date March 7–13  (2016-03-07 - 2016-03-13)
Duration 7 days
Frequency annual
Related to First female pilot license worldwide

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week {abbrv. WOAW Week} is an annual holiday during the week (Monday through Sunday) that includes March 8.

Women of Aviation Worldwide Week is officially defined as "an international celebration of all women of aviation, and their contribution to the betterment of the air and space industry."

History[edit]

In January 2010, Mireille Goyer launched an international grassroots initiative to celebrate the centennial of the first female pilot license worldwide earned by Raymonde de Laroche on March 8, 1910. Her call to "Fly it forward" encouraged pilots from around the world to introduce record numbers of girls and women to aviation during, what was then dubbed, "Women Pilots' Week" as a salute to the pioneering women pilots of 1910.[1][2]

In 2011, the initiative morphed into "Women of Aviation Worldwide Week" as the world celebrated the centennial of International Women's Day.[3][4][5][6]

Each year, a theme is selected to highlight the anniversary of significant international historical achievements of some outstanding women of aviation.[7][8][9]

Activities and observances[edit]

The week has been celebrated in 39 countries on 5 continents.

Women-centric events take place at airports and aerodromes around the world as well as in museums and aerospace businesses. Special commemoration flights are often conducted.[10][11][12][13]

Numerous international contests rewarded with titles and trophies are held. This includes the annual competitions for the "Most female pilot friendly airport worldwide", "Most female pilot friendly training center worldwide", "Most dedicated female pilot worldwide", and "Most supportive male pilot worldwide" titles.[14][15]

The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide {abbrv. iWOAW}, a not-for-profit global consortium, manages the contests and tracks the activities of the week. It is led by an all volunteer Board of Directors including air and space industry leaders from around the world. Its mission is to foster diversity in the air and space industry through outreach, education, and advocacy.[16]

List of title winners[edit]

Year

Most Female Pilot Friendly
Airport Worldwide

Most Female Pilot Friendly
Training Center Worldwide

Most Dedicated Female Pilot Worldwide

Most Supportive Male Pilot Worldwide

2010[17]

Winner

Oshawa, ON  Canada

N/A

Amanda Sargent, Renton, WA  United States

Andrei Floroiu, New York, NY  United States

First Finalist

Renton, WA  United States

N/A

Allie Dunnington, Bristol  United Kingdom

Peter Morton, Renton, WA  United States

Second Finalist

Kpong Field  Ghana

N/A

Lesley Page, Oshawa, ON  Canada

Dick Smith, Renton, WA  United States

2011[18]

Winner

Frederick, MD  United States

N/A

Dianna Stanger, Port Lavaca, TX  United States

Leith Barnhill, Arlington, WA  United States

First Finalist

Arlington, WA  United States

N/A

Lin Caywood, Frederick, MD  United States

Doug Raine, Oshawa, ON  Canada

Second Finalist

Port Lavaca, TX  United States

N/A

Lesley Page, Oshawa, ON  Canada

Hubert Wren, Peterborough, ON  Canada

2012[19]

Winner

Yellowknife, NT  Canada

N/A

Kirsten Brazier, Yellowknife, NT  Canada

Derrick Robinson, Yellowknife, NT  Canada

First Finalist

Frederick, MD  United States

N/A

Megan Tyler, Yellowknife, NT  Canada

Robert Ferlisi, Yellowknife, NT  Canada

Second Finalist

Peterborough, ON  Canada

N/A

Lesley Page, Oshawa, ON  Canada

Hubert Wren, Peterborough, ON  Canada
Ron Haslam Peterborough, ON  Canada

2013[20]

Winner

St Andrews, Winnipeg, MB,  Canada

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, Waterloo, ON,  Canada

Kirsten Brazier, Yellowknife, NT  Canada

Frank Roberts, St Andrews, Winnipeg, MB,  Canada

First Finalist

Yellowknife, NT,  Canada

Calhoun Air Center, Victoria, TX  United States

Megan Tyler, Yellowknife, NT  Canada

Geoff Furniss, Yellowknife, NT  Canada

Second Finalist

Waterloo, ON,  Canada

Rockcliffe Flying Club, Ottawa, ON  Canada

Dianna Stanger, Victoria, TX  United States

Glen Sibbeston, Yellowknife, NT,  Canada

2014[21]

Winner

Langley, BC,  Canada

Calhoun Air Center, Victoria, TX,  United States

Dianna Stanger, Olivia, TX  United States

Frank Walcher, Parksville, BC,  Canada | Tom Keane, Victoria, TX,  United States

First Finalist

Victoria, TX,  United States

Rockcliffe Flying Club, Ottawa, ON  Canada

Diana Jemson, Strathalbyn, SA  Australia

George Tecklenborg, Abbotsford, BC  Canada

Second Finalist

Lachute, QC,  Canada

Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre, Waterloo, ON  Canada

Marguerite Varin, Lachute, QC  Canada

Euan Harrison, Caloundra, QLD,  Australia

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