Women-Can-Fly Event Shows Women: You Can Fly!
July 9, 2016
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  • Even with a woman running for president there are still several areas where women are under-represented. Women make up only 6 percent of all trained and licensed pilots.

    Saturday, girls of all ages got to see the Shenandoah Valley from a bird’s eye view.

    Volunteer pilots took them up in planes as small as a two- or four-seater, up to an 18-seater, to show that women can fly.

    For the first time ever, Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport hosted the Women Can Fly event.

    Pilots took time out of their day to volunteer fuel, their planes, and knowledge to some girls and women looking to fly.

    Event organizers said it is important to get girls interested in flying and to let them know the sky is for all genders.

    Valerie Dollady, who got to ride in one of the planes, said: “Sometimes we look at something like this as a man’s world or that women can’t do it and the kind of event where you can ask questions and he says you know, if you can drive a car and you have some coordination, you can fly a plane –and that is really encouraging.”

    Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport staff said more than 300 people came out Saturday and got to create a memory that hopefully they will never forget.

    Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport event organizers hope to make this an annual event because the girls and women had such a great time.