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Teaching Women to Fly Research Project Summary
The Teaching Women to Fly Research Project was partially funded
through a generous grant awarded by the Alfred L. and Constance
C. Wolf Aviation Fund. Researcher and pilot, Dr. Penny Rafferty
Hamilton, began an in-depth study to identify strategies to
improve female success in General Aviation in October 2008. The
study was completed in August 2010.
The original Wolf Aviation Fund grant
application indicated an extensive literature review would be
conducted. A large bibliography is published on the “More
Reading” button at
surveys and/or interviews with 100 female pilots-in-training,
unsuccessful women flight training students, and/or low-time
general aviation female pilots, and 50 male or female flight
instructors would be completed to identify barriers to women’s
success rate. Positive ideas to increase the number of women
pilots would be generated.
Because of overwhelming General Aviation
media interest, aviation organizational support, and inspiring
national interest from flight training students, pilots and
instructors, the number of completed surveys and/or interviews
was 296: 54 female current “pilots-in-training” and female
flight student drop-outs, 157 female pilots of varying
experience and ratings, 52 female and 33 male highly-qualified
flight instructors. Pie charts reflecting responses are
the “Results” and “Instructors” buttons.
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