Sky’s No Limit for Women in Aviation
Pilot in Training Mackenzie Kerr and three “future” pilots, Raylee Hancock, Ava May Rivard, and Emily Sigiuon-photos 250News
Prince George, B.C. -The Prince George Airport Authority has kicked off Women of Aviation Week with a message and a mascot.
Of the one million pilots world wide, only about 50 thousand are women and only 1,450 are commercial pilots. So there is no shortage of opportunity for females, that’s the message Mireille Goyer, a pilot and aviation educator, who launched the Women of Aviation Worldwide Week 5 years ago, delivered to students at Blackburn Elementary.
Also on hand to share her story with the 200 or so students, was Mackenzie Kerr, who at 19 already has 26 hours of flight time under her belt. For Mackenzie, flight is a family thing as her grandfathers were pilots. Mackenzie says she hasn’t seen any barriers to her learning to fly, but clearly it is a male dominated field “I have a male instructor and I have a lot of males in school and ground school as well, so that can be a little intimidating, but you can’t let it stop you.”
The Prince George Airport Authority also introduced their new mascot to the students. “Amelia” is a bear, decked out in pilots jacket, scarf and goggles,
(at right, ‘Amelia’ gets a hug from a Blackburn Elementary Student)
Kerr is currently study Natural Resource Management ” I want to have it ( pilot’s license) in my back pocket, just so I can travel around BC or Canada where I need too so I can do Natural resource management wildlife tracking and stuff like that, so it’s an easy way for me to travel around but I think one day I will use it for my career as well.”
For Kerr, the message is simple, gender is not a barrier “Find the opportunities, and chase them, you can’t let not having a lot of females around stop you from chasing after your dreams”