Mary Latimer issued a challenge in March 2015 at the Women in Aviation Conference a challenge to other Flight Instructors, DPE, or Flight schools to match her numbers.
We all know that women pilots are small in numbers, the average is 1 woman to 20 men. This has not improved much in a very long time. Mary as a DPE had declared 2014 the year of the Woman Pilot after she gave a checkride on January 1, 2014. She set out to try and successfully test 3 women applicants a month. Up until Oct 2014, she was successful. October she unfortunately had to stop temporarily due to no fault of her own due to delays in renewal of her DPE. Now that all sounded good until she reviewed her numbers as a DPE as a whole. She tested 90 applicants in 2014, 30 of those were to women. that is 1 in 3 woman successful applicants!
Mary's challenge is for someone to meet her numbers (or beat). She will pay a $1000 out of her pocket to whoever can. Now that doesn't mean an instructor can send in three applicants and one be a woman, Can you do it, can your school, or is your local DPE even willing to try? You could make a difference in the number of women in aviation, but also in aviation itself!. What will you do to attract more women as students and help them complete their training, or further their training?
Mary will be speaking at the American Bonanza Society International Conference in Oct this year. She will be teaching her Companion Pilot Course (often known by others as a pinch hitter course). She is to receive $500 in speaking fees for this event. She has decided to put that into a scholarship for some lady to complete or further their training, scholarship details to be announce later. She issued a challenge to others to match that and expand the reach of the scholarship, the more money the more students it will ultimately help. Elizabeth Hawley has stepped up first to match the $500, so it now sits at a $1000. Imagine if 2 more meet that challenge, or maybe 4, a lot of worthy aviation students could advance further into the skies!
The challenge is before you, now go fly the plane!
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