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Yellowknife airport very friendly to female pilots

May 11, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

May 11, 2012, Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Yellowknife Airport has been awarded "Most Female-Pilot-Friendly Airport in the World" following an event held during the international Women of Aviation Week, in which over 400 girls were given free helicopter rides from the airport.

“The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too!” event was one of many held across North America and Europe designed to introduce girls and women with a non-aviation background to the industry, but the pilots at Yellowknife were able to fly almost double the number of girls as their nearest competitor.

A ceremony is being held at the airport to recognize receipt of the award on Monday, May 14, from 3 – 4 p.m., during which a photographic display will be unveiled, with the Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, Yellowknife Mayor Gordon Van Tighem, and regional transportation minister David Ramsay in attendance. Mireille Goyer, initiator of Women of Aviation Week, will present the award to the airport, and to the four Trinity Helicopters employees who took part in the event and achieved worldwide recognition. Following the award ceremony, a leadership panel consisting of four female aviation role models will take part in a Q&A session with the audience of women and girls who will be attending the event.


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