We’re thrilled to be supporting our member, Karen Morss, as she sells her books at the San Carlos Airport. We’re lucky to have such amazing female aviators at our local airport. You can buy Karen’s books here: http://flying-poodles.com/
San Carlos Airport hosted their first airport day in many years this past June thanks for great efforts by many, including Gretchen Kelly, our new Airport Manager at KSQL. So exciting to see our home base attract hundreds of people from all walks of life. At our booth, Karen Morss displayed her World Record patch and handed out coloring books for children. We hope we were able to inspire some women to pursue their dreams in aviation.
The Kaher family generously donated their KSQL hangar for our January breakfast. Despite the chilly breeze, we had a great turnout and wonderful morning. Excited to kick off 2013!
The Northern California Aero Club honored Captain Julie Clark with the Crystal Eagle award at Hiller Museum. During this evening, Julie announced she would be retiring herT-34 Mentor to this San Carlos Airport museum once she finishes her flying career. Our members were thrilled to meet Julie and listen to her story.
Our Co-Presidents and Historian spent a sunny day at KPAO spreading information to the community about Women in Aviation, International. Here they met Dakota, an eighth grader, who just took her first flight thanks to the Young Eagles program. She spent the remainder of the day volunteering at our booth. She’s looking forward to becoming a commercial pilot one day.
Our Co-Presidents, Director, Treasurer and member (Anita) attended the Northern California Business Aviation Association Luncheon hosted by Cessna. The room was filled with aviation professionals from all backgrounds eager to connect. We’re looking forward to participating in more of NCBAA’s events.
SFBA Hosts Captain Laura Ilunga of SAWIA (August 2012)
Our chapter was thrilled to have Laura stay with us in the Bay Area for local excursions and meetings with our group. Her week-long stay concluded with a Happy Hour event with twelve of our members where everyone had a chance to learn more about her recent deployments in the Congo flying the Oryx helicopter. Laura is currently the Team Leader of SAWIA (http://www.sawia.org/) and a great inspiration to women aviators worldwide.
Reid-Hillview Airport Day (June 23, 2012)
Co-Presidents Pam & Kelly attended the local airport day with our SFBA booth. Hundreds of children came through and some had just experienced their first flight in an airplane thanks to the EAA Young Eagles program. The kids enjoyed face painting at our booth and also learning that women fly airplanes too.
Career Fair in Redwood City (May 15, 2012)
Our SFBA at the Career Fair for 5th and 6th graders in Redwood City was a great success. Here the students were able to try on headsets, listen to live air traffic control, learn about the phonetic alphabet and make paper airplanes giving them a chance to win a prize for soaring them through the holes.
Adventures Day in the Sky at Watsonville Airport (April 28, 2012)
Our members flew out to Watsonville to participate in the Adventures Day at the Watsonville Airport. Here we had a chance to teach the kids how we talk to controllers and other pilots when we are flying. They took turn trying on our headset and walking home with a Polaroid photo of themselves along with our homemade, jolly rancher lollipops.
Trip to South Africa to meet with SAWIA (Jan-Feb 2012)
Four of our members traveled to South Africa in support of SAWIA, South African Women in Aviation & Aerospace. They participated in the first Soweto Aviation day at Kutlwanong school program. This special program is for a select 300 high school students in the township of Soweto who are looking to further their education. SAWIA was able to present the opportunities in aviation and the career options in the field with a special emphasis on women in the industry. It was an honor for our group to assist in this project and learn from these dedicated students. The journey next took SFBA to Durban where our members were flown in a South African Air Force helicopter by the female President of SAWIA. The journey came to an end in Cape Town. Throughout the two week visit, there were countless, honest discussions amongst aviators on the status of women in field as well as history, politics and culture.
Reid-Hillview Airport Day (June 25, 2011)
The SFBA booth was present for face painting at the RHV Airport Day. The kids learned the different parts of the airplane that were drawn on their faces or hands. Jason was out to help direct planes and support the SJSU Aviation Department.