Wednesday, January 01, 2014

A look back at 2013, Part 2: Who has inspired your dreams of flight in 2013?

The mission of Girls With Wings, Inc., is to use women in aviation as role models to inspire girls to reach their full potential. By doing so, we also intend to grow the pilot population. So I asked the question on the GWW Facebook Page,
Who has inspired your dreams of flight in 2013?

A look back at Girls With Wings: Please share!

Sometimes it's hard to imagine what others think of GWW. I know what it means to me! So I asked: Please share with me what Girls With Wings has meant to you, and what you think it means to others.

From our GWW Facebook Group:

  • Amber Phillips Community

  • Lynda Meeks Yes, I definitely think we have the community part down People keep asking me how many pilots we've made or dreams we've inspired. How does one track that? I'm hoping to get others to speak up!

  • Caylee Johanson Encouragement and a group to keep me accountable & motivated!

  • Amber Phillips Hopefully! I've found out recently I'm trying to cram too much in.. I just can't wait to help with this more! As odd as it sounds, winter is busy for me, personally. Hope the other ladies can give some encouraging words. It's always fun to hear their stories too

  • Dave F Ryan To me Lynda, it is an open doorway to share and and direct women to, who are interested in flying, though lack the pathways to go further than a desire to be up there while down here looking up there.

  • Christina Vance Halli To me it's putting a face on the term women pilots/aviators...something my generation didn't get to see...having real role models.

  • Lynda Meeks Thank you all for contributing! It does mean a lot to me. I spend a LOT of time on the internet trying to maintain all of these connections, but it warms my heart to see the GWW community grow!
 From the GWW Facebook Page:
  • Brad Koehn Discipline, devotion, hard work for a noble cause.

  • Amy Blechman Girls with wings means inspiration , hope , and peace of mind because it provides us with living examples of women who go after their dreams and help uplift and motivate each other to achieve what they dream about ..peace of mind because it provides us with living examples of women who go after their dreams and help uplift and motivate each other to achieve what they dream about .. That to me is peace of mind ... To know that it can be done ... That someone like me can do it no matter how long it takes and what obstacles I will encounter along the way .. I've seen it with my own eyes ! Thank you Lynda !

  • Girls With Wings Thank you for your input! I hope to gather these comments and put them as testimonials on the new website

  • Samantha Cerchero To me it means instilling passion and focus in a fast-moving, distracting world. It means a community of strong and wonderful girls and women, all coming together to support and nurture a love of aviation

  • Gecyca Martin I think this page posts a lot of great aviation info/articles/photos. While Mostly geared towards younger girls- I enjoy it. I am in my mid twenties and planing to attend flight school in a couple of yrs. I "liked" the page, because I was looking for aviation info/inspiration. I am fascinated by aviation, and cannot wait to learn to fly!

  • Mahdi Khosravi Girls often have a fear of flying, and very few of them are interested to fly. I think they should be more familiar with this issue and your page is really great for this job.

  • Olivia Rose Donahue It means that there are people out there willing and wanting to help you achieve your goals! It's wonderful to know there are still such good and well meaning people out there. My future career has always been my main material focus in life and it means everything to me when someone tries to help me to achieve it. My career, which is flying as I have decided, will be more than a job to me but a source of happiness and inner contentment to me. I don't know what I'd do if I wasn't satisfied in my everyday job. Thank you soooo much to you who try to make our dreams possible; you are the greatest and are my friends for life!

    It warms my heart to read these comments. I hope to continue growing this community in the New Year. Please visit our Facebook pages to stay in touch. 
    Best Wishes to all of you, 
    Lynda Meeks

A look forward at 2014, Part 2: What are your plans to grow the pilot population in 2014?

Another question that I am often asked (the first being what has GWW been able to do?), is what can GWW accomplish? Besides our 2014 Spring Scholarship Program? So I asked the question on the GWW Facebook Page (as nothing ever gets done alone),
What are your plans to grow the pilot population in 2014?
From Aviation Queen Benet Wilson Get my PPL and add to the numbers!! Visit her website.

  • Niccole Radhe I want to start a scholarship in the name of Eli Moore. He would have been an awesome pilot and loved every minute of it too!
  • Amber Phillips Give tours at my work to introduce young kids and women to the aviation field in it's entirety.

  • Caylee Johanson Using my PPL to take others flying and just share my excitement and love for flying with others!!!

  • Donald Gates Elliott Donate an airplane for youngsters to learn to fly... 
  • Alyssa White Big plans to help young girls want to learn.

  • Shannae Terrill I'll be getting my PPL in 2014! So excited! Happy and safe flying everyone. 2014 is going to be a great one.

  • Elizabeth Williamson Get my PPL and start taking other women flying.

  • Tara W Finally finishing my private license!! Only 10hrs away!!

  • Blair Carruthers 1. Interest free start loans to working students (or parents) so every applicant can start flight training, regardless of income level. Ask for details.
    2. Subsidised ab initio flight training on the A320 Jet simulator (flyajet sim) at Bankstown Sydney
    for prospective jet pilots including Intro flight followed by on-going weekly simulator flight training at music lesson prices. A320 ground school to learn A320 systems and avionics and multi crew dynamics. Suitable for applicants from primary school age up (depending on aptitude).
    3. Cost share flights on private aircraft with an IFR rated pilot for Flyajet sim students who want to try real flight (available to all).
    4. Free tours of training schools at Bankstown, including light sport, helo, ppl and professional flight schools and aircraft familiarisation.
    5. Light sport licence training from age 14 (full licence at 15) at Bankstown.
    6. Subsidised Inspirational flights to inspire new aviators, open to all ages. (Youngest observer passenger was 6 y.o). Occasionally free seats available.
    7. To licensed pilots a free program to fly aircraft around the world and to have access to advanced high speed recreational aircraft for sale, hire or training. See


    As a sport pilot I am committed to promoting aviation everywhere and to the early flight training model for commercial and recreational pilot candidates alike.

  • From Twitter: 
    Ron Klutts @Captain_Ron: "I have 2 students about to take check rides, a third in progress to solo, and 2 more students ready to start."
    So become one or make one!

    May I suggest to everyone that you take others flying whenever possible. Don't fly alone unless you have to!!

    Visit the Girls With Wings Group on Facebook to add your suggestions.