One flight at a time: Abbotsford, B.C. program aims to boost number of female pilots
Kirsten Brazier has been running The Sky's NO Limit – Girls Fly Too! since 2012
Sky Simpson's been piloting a Hercules military transport aircraft for the last six years, but she still gets asked if she's really the captain.
"I really do get a kick out of the look of shock on some people's faces," Simpson said Saturday at an event at Abbotsford International Airport aimed at inspiring more women to pursue flying.
The annual event, called The Sky's NO Limit – Girls Fly Too!, provided hands-on experience with planes and helicopters..
Simpson said in her squadron of 60 pilots, she is the only trained Canadian female pilot.
The lack of gender parity in aviation is part of the reason Kristen Brazier launched the event in 2012.
"If you don't have someone in your network that is not an astronaut or a marine engineer, why would it it occur to you that you could do that?" she said.
"But if you did, you could say, 'Hey I could do that too."
Fewer than six per cent of professional pilots in the U.S. and Canada are female, Brazier said.