Women of Aviation Worldwide Aviator Hits Milestone

Pilot Diana Stanger prepares one of the over one thousand girls she flew as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide Week.

Female pilot steps up to give girls first helicopter experience during Women of Aviation Week in Albequerque, New Mexico event.

Helicopter pilot and 2017 recipient of the Whirly Girls Livingstone Award, Diana Stanger completed the mammoth task this week of flying over one thousand girls on their first experience in a helicopter as part of Women of Aviation Worldwide week activities. The event is held yearly over the week in which International Women’s Day is celebrated and has become an incredibly popular and successful event annually where women and girls of all ages are invited to experience aviation for the first time in either fixed wing or rotary flight.

Excited WOAW participants await their first flight in pilot Diana Stanger's Airbus H135. Photo by Ronnie Johnson
Excited WOAW participants await their first flight in pilot Diana Stanger’s Airbus H135. Photo by Ronnie Johnson-Bogart

For Stanger, based in Texas, it was a chance to give back at the event she has been participating in for several years held annually at a different location in the USA. Her goal this year however, was to equal or better the amount of female passengers during this years event that she had flown over all previous years, thanks in part to her ability to carry more passengers in her new Airbus Helicopters H135, able to carry up to seven passengers on each flight. Stanger did exactly what she set out to do during the annual WOAW week, flying just over one thousand girls, mothers, and even grandmothers over the weeks activities. WOAW staff reported that Stanger flew girls from eight months old, to 81 years old during the event that was so well attended that they eventually ran out of flight spots for girls hoping to get a flight during the WOAW event. All was not lost however, with WOAW providing all who shows up at the Albuquerque event, a day filled with aviation activities both in the air and on the ground.

All of the passengers who had the chance to fly aboard Stanger's Airbus H135 left with big smiles after their first helicopter flight. Photo by Ronnie Johnson.
All of the passengers who had the chance to fly aboard Stanger’s Airbus H135 left with big smiles after their first helicopter flight. Photo by Ronnie Johnson-Bogart.

Despite the many hours spent flying, Stanger who has been selected as the most dedicated female aviator by WOAW several times, was still all smiles as the WOAW event came to a close, having flown almost sun up to sundown each day to make more than one thousand girls and women’s dreams of flight a reality, some for the first time in a helicopter. Stanger and many hundreds of volunteers and fellow pilots will be back again next year to do it all again to continue to promote aviation as a career path for females.

 

 

 

 

 

To watch a video provided by WKOB Albuquerque on the event, click below.

To learn more about WOAW for next years events, click HERE

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