Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Kirsten Brazier is aiming high with Girls Fly Too! event in Abbotsford March
By Kirsten Brazier, Abbotsford/Submitted
Pilot Kirsten Brazier sits behind the controls of a Bell Jetranger with
first-time flier Kirsten Peterson from Yellowknife, NT. Scott Lough
photo. Below kids love the view from above. Brenda Norris photo.
Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too!, annual events are part of an
outreach initiative founded by BC pilot Kirsten Brazier in 2012.
Events organized by The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! have
won several international awards and set two world precedents.
On March 7-8 over 10,000 Lower Mainland females of all ages will
gather at the Abbotsford Airport to celebrate this year’s The
Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! event for Women of Aviation
Worldwide Week and International Women’s Day.
Free flights are offered to females who have not flown in a small
aircraft before, participants can try their hand at many aviation
and aerospace activities, and civilian and non-civilian VIPS will be
on hand with aircraft to explore.
of the women employed at Boeing Canada’s Sea Island aircraft
manufacturing facility in the 1940’s, participants will have the
opportunity to rivet a real aircraft and see how aircraft are built.
They’ll also be able to walk on the moon and explore space with
Starlab 2.0, the portable planetarium presented by H.R. MacMillan
Families are welcome, and the entire event is free, thanks to
community minded partners such as the Carson Air Group, the
University of the Fraser Valley and other industry partners.
Out of 24,505 professional pilots in Canada, only 1356 of them are
women. Out of 19,601 aircraft engineers, only 560 of them are women.
Less than 3% of the technical positions in the Royal Canadian Air
Force, such as pilot or maintenance technician, are held by women.
“It would be easy to conclude that women are unwelcome in these
fields. Instead, studies have shown that a common perception
persists that aviation and aerospace careers are reserved for men,”
Brazier said. “Since society observes mostly men employed in these
fields, this perception is reinforced.”
Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! outreach events aim to change
this perception by welcoming women to the airport and giving them a
hands-on introduction to aviation and aerospace.
“The first flight experience is so incredibly amazing that we just
have to share it,” said Kirsten. “It’s often the catalyst that is
needed to inspire interest in aviation and aerospace, whether as a
pilot, air traffic controller, aircraft mechanic, or aeronautical
engineer. Opportunities are endless.”
The event is about education as much as it is about inspiring girls
and women. Therefore everyone - male and female alike - is
encouraged to participate or volunteer at the event.
Brazier is a professional pilot from the Lower Mainland, BC and she
holds Airline Transport Ratings for both aeroplanes and helicopters.
With over 20 years of flying experience, Brazier has enjoyed a
diverse career flying across Canada on wheels, floats, skis and
skids as well as two-crew operations in both aeroplanes and
Download the event schedule
The event is looking for volunteers. For more information, visit
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