By Gillian Slade on March 6, 2018.
It could be a week when dreams take flight.
Women and girls of all ages who are interested in learning to fly can experience a 15-minute flight with a female pilot in the skies over Medicine Hat — absolutely free between March 10 and 16.
Super T Aviation is offering the flights in celebration of Women of Aviation Worldwide week.
“We’re trying to inspire and show girls we don’t have barriers,” said Larissa Lindsay, pilot and dispatcher for Super T Aviation.
Less than 10 per cent of pilots in the aviation industry are women, said Lindsay.
Lindsay wanted to be a pilot since she was a kid. It was the lifestyle, sense of adventure and the travel that appealed to her.
“Definitely not comparable to anything else,” said Lindsay.
Mention learning to fly and there is excitement in her voice.
The first time she had a flight she remembers the thrill of the engine noise and being extremely impressed at how quickly the aircraft lifted off the runway.
Learning to fly is a challenge but there is the thrill of learning to manoeuvre the aircraft, learning to fly a floatplane and land of water, and landing at destinations you have never been to before, said Lindsay. Every flight is different because the weather and wind is different and there will be different air traffic.
You can actually start learning to fly at the age of 14 and earn your wings at 17, said Lindsay, who is now working on her commercial rating, multi-engine and instrument ratings.
Super T Aviation is unusual in that it is owned by a woman — Terri Super — and has two female instructors.
“It’s rare to find a female-owned aviation business,” said Lindsay.
In 2010 Super T Aviation took second place in introducing the most female pilots to aviation in one location during women pilots week.
Women of Aviation is an independent, not-for-profit, global industry dedicated to promoting gender balance in the industry.
If you are interested in learning to fly and would like to book a 15-minute-free-flight at Super T Aviation, call 403-548-6636.
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