Girls Fly Too! sets precedent

Over 9,800 participants attended aviation event

Thousands of girls and women from around the Lower Mainland were able to take part in a aviation and aerospace event held recently in Abbotsford.

Thousands of girls and women from around the Lower Mainland were able to take part in a aviation and aerospace event held recently in Abbotsford.

For the third time in four years The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! annual aviation and aerospace event set a new precedent for the largest outreach of its kind.

On March 7 to 8 over 9,800 females and their families from around B.C. and beyond gathered at the Abbotsford International Airport, according to a news release.

Among the attractions was the opportunity to experience flying. Females of all ages who hadn’t flown in a small aircraft before were invited to register in advance for a free helicopter ride.

Participants were also able to climb through the various civilian and non-civilian aircraft and ask questions of the flight and maintenance crews.  Joining many other commercial and general aviation exhibitors, the Canadian Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Cadets and RCMP attended with aircraft, crews and recruiters.

An immersive space experience, riveting a real aircraft, learning how downed aircraft are found by search and rescue crews, flight simulators, air traffic control simulators, live ATC radar feed to the YVR Airport, the dismantling of aircraft engines and rotor heads, lockwiring fasteners and a tactile examination of various aircraft structures were included among the activities.