Flight Event Targets Girls

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Renton Airport in Washington State is claiming the title of Most Female Pilot-Friendly Airport Worldwide after 170 girls and women got introductory flights on Sunday. A total of 10 pilots flying seven aircraft, including one helicopter, flew the back-to-back hops at the airport, which is just south of Seattle. Records are kept for such events and the day in Renton beat Kpong Field Airport in Ghana for the title. The Ghanians managed 97 discovery flights at an earlier event.

The event was organized by Delta Airlines A330 pilot Karlene Pettit, who learned to fly at Renton Airport. The Boeing Employee Flying Association also hopped on board and there were also female air traffic controllers on hand to answer questions. The day was sponsored in part by Centennial of Women Pilots, which is encouraging pilots to introduce girls and women to aviation to help mark the 100th year of female licensed pilots.