Making Cousin Amelia Proud

My great-grandmother was an Ehrhart. She would refer to Amelia as “Cousin Amelia”, although they had never met. Their last names were spelled differently, Amelia’s being Earhart, but she is my 10th cousin and I think she would be really proud of what happened this past week.

I was invited to take part in the worldwide event, Women of Aviation Week, or WOAW. Its goal is to expose women and girls to aviation careers. Currently, women represent just over 6% of pilots worldwide, a huge disparity.

Pilots, both men and women, donate their time, aircraft, and gas to give free flights all week long to women and girls of all ages. Unfortunately, last Monday (the day I was to volunteer) was extremely windy in Northern Colorado and the event was canceled for the day. Luckily, the rest of the week was gorgeous and today I was able to take the flight.

Kathi, Luke and me

I’ve been flying many times in my life but today was the first time I was the pilot. It was exhilarating, a bit scary and I was sweating a lot. My friend, Kathi was in the back and I felt a lot of pressure not to kill her. The real pilot, Luke, was fantastic and gave me a mini lesson as we flew around looking at the Rocky Mountains, the Budweiser brewery and Colorado State University. Luke took over for the textbook landing.

Our new CSU stadium, taken by yours truly while flying with one hand.


I’m doing it! And sweating like a fiend.

I’d like to give a very sincere thank you to all of the people who helped make this event such a huge success. What a wonderful gift you have given so many of us. I think Cousin Amelia would be very proud!

Cover photo: Wikimedia Commons

18 Comments on “Making Cousin Amelia Proud

  1. Thank you so much for inviting me and not killing me🤣 What a great day to be a pilot and a passenger!

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  2. Wow Julie!! This is amazing! And I love that they are looking to expose women to aviation. That disparity between men and women pilots is large. Our oldest son went on a discovery flight here locally. He did everything except land the plane and loved it. Our other two teens have shown no interest, but we would definitely support their passion if they did. However, my only daughter (the youngest) is interested in Engineering, and I already know she is interested in not letting her gender stop her from anything…so we’ll see what the future holds!

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    • Very cool! It’s so exciting to see what your kids’ interests are as they become adults. Being supportive of passions is so important! It’s kind of funny because just today we learned that our youngest is changing majors from engineering to music. Quite a difference! And we’re open to the possibility that it could change again. Haha

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