The annual Girls Fly Too! event takes place Oct. 5 and 6 at Abbotsford Airport. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Girls Fly Too! event returns to Abbotsford Airport

Event includes free flights for girls, as well as displays and hands-0n activities

The annual “The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too!” event comes to the Abbotsford Airport this weekend, offering visitors a chance to take a free flight, hear from female astronauts and try their hand at aviation mechanics.

The event had originally been scheduled for March, but was postponed because some of the resources needed to run the event were not available until after the B.C. wildfire season.

Girls Fly Too! is organized by the Achieve Anything Foundation.

The event runs Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It is open to everyone, but the goal is to show women and girls the opportunities available in the fields of aviation, aerospace, marine and defence.

All activities are free and hands-on.

The opening ceremonies include the U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue doing a demonstration jump for only their second time in Canada. (The first time was at last year’s show.)

Guest speaker will be Richard Mills, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of minister counsel, mostly recently serving as U.S. ambassador to Armenia.

Special guest at the opening ceremonies is Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper, who spent 13 years as an astronaut with NASA, logging more then 27 days and 15 hours in space.

She flew on Mission STS-115 on space shuttle Atlantis with Canadian astronaut Steven MacLean in 2006 and Mission STS-126 on space shuttle Endeavour in 2008.

She completed five spacewalks totalling 33 hours and 42 minutes of extra-vehicular activity time.

Girls Fly Too! also includes free flights for female first-time fliers of all ages to draw them to the airport and pique their interest in further exploring the hands-on ground activities. Registration for the free flight can be done online at girlsfly2.ca.

Girls Fly Too! is open to everyone, and attendees can expect to see aircraft and tactical assets from the Canadian Coast Guard, RCMP and municipal police, cadets, search and rescue organizations, and Canadian and U.S. armed forces.

Also on hand will be civilian and education partners.

RELATED: Girls Fly Too event in Abbotsford postponed until October

RELATED: 2018 Girls Fly Too event

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Fraser Valley Bandits super fan celebrates 100th birthday

Abbotsford resident Gladys Sautter surprised by Bandits representatives on big day

Abbotsford Police remind drivers that school speed zones are back in effect

With partial reopening of schools on June 1, drivers cautioned to slow down

FVRD flooding evacuation alerts in effect

Unprotected areas affected include parts of Morris Valley Road and Lougheed Highway

Cyclist in his 50s victim of fatal crash near Hope Thursday

Police have ruled out speed, impairment as factors after a tractor-trailer struck a man in his 50s

Five Menno Place teams recognized for work during pandemic

Abbotsford seniors’ campus of care acknowledges staff efforts

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

New platform allows readers to make a one-time or ongoing donation to support local journalism

Two more COVID-19 cases reported by Langley long term care facility

One resident, one staffer have tested positive for the coronavirus

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

Suspect sought in alleged assault, hate crime on Metro Vancouver bus: transit police

The woman then allegedly punched the teenager in the head multiple times

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

Investigators probe death of CN employee at Surrey rail yard

Transportation Safety Board is investigating an ‘occurrence that took place during switching operations’

Trans Mountain starts B.C. leg of pipeline twinning project

Mostly finished in Alberta, Burnaby terminal expanding

Most Read