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    The Fly Day! ✈️

    The day finally arrived. Fly Day! 17 girls, and tons of community volunteers, gathered at the Punta Gorda EAA 565 Building at Punta Gorda Airport. We had everything from simulators to drones to crafts for the students to learn from. We also had an amazing guest speaker Sydney, a former Certified Flight Instructor at Aeroguard Flight Training Center. Our two amazing pilots were Bob DiCello and Terry Carbonell, both incredible and generous pilots. The girls had such a blast, and we even got one signed up for her Student Pilot’s Certificate and joining as a member of the Paradise Coast Ninety Nines. A huge success, considering most of the girls…

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    Workshop #3 – Complete!

    This workshop was originally supposed to be in October, but had to be pushed back because of Hurricane Ian. However, the attendance did not disappoint! These girls were amazing and attentive, and made teaching so much fun. We built wing ribs, learned about parts of the plane, made a flight plan, and did a walk around of the EAA Chapter 66’s aircraft. Aviation is hard work, but they pushed through and learned a lot! Thank you to the EAA Chapter 66 for lending us your building for this event! What an amazing venue for such an amazing group of young women.

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    Workshop #2 – Complete!

    The November workshop was small, but absolutely a blast! Due to Hurricane Ian, we didn’t have a great turnout. However, the young women in attendance blew me away. They were attentive, interested, and great listeners. It was great to have some two-on-one mentorship time with them, and share my experiences on a more personal level. We had the wonderful Amanda Grossman as our guest speaker, a Certified Flight Instructor at Naples Air Center! Our event was at RexAir flight training center, giving us easy access to watch the planes take off and land at Naples Municipal Airport. They even had a Cessna and a Jet that we could walk around…

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    Hurricane Ian Causing Setbacks

    On Wednesday, September 28th, Hurricane Ian hit the SouthWest Florida area, devastating Fort Myers, Sanibel, Punta Gorda, Naples, and Bonita. Due to the impact and damage of Ian, we have decided to post-pone the second Girls Who Soar workshop to December 3rd, 2022. We are wishing everyone good health and safety during this stressful time. As of right now, the November 12th workshop is still happening at RexAir in Naples, FL.

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    Coming Up!

    Workshop #2 is next month! We have 19 girls signed up already. So exciting! We will be hosting it at the Experimental Aircraft Association Building in Fort Myers, Florida. This facility has a simulator, plenty of tables and chairs, and is right next to the taxiway of Page Field Airport. I’ve been volunteering with the EAA for ages, so I’m excited to make use of the space for another exciting project. Pictures of the facility are below! At the last Paradise Coast Ninety Nines meeting, the Girls Who Soar Flight Day was officially made into a “Let’s Fly Now” event. “Let’s Fly Now” is a program originated and coordinated by…