Colorado aviation writer earns grant

Colorado writer and volunteer director of the Teaching Women to Fly Research Project, Dr. Penny Hamilton, was recently awarded a grant from the Wolf Aviation Fund to write an aviation textbook.

“Because our original 2008-10 research revealed the number two barrier to female success in general aviation training was ‘instructor-student communication incompatibility — Venus vs. Mars,’ we recognize the need to strengthen communication skills for GA flight instructors,” explained Hamilton.

The grant will be used to partially fund the production of the new Teaching Women to Fly: General Aviation Flight Instructor Communication Manual.

“This will be an easy-to-read textbook for flight instructors with self-study exercises and case studies to increase communication skills,” according to Hamilton.

Topics will include an introduction to recent female-male brain research and common communication barriers.

Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D. has earned academic degrees from Temple University, Philadelphia; Columbia College, Columbia, Mo.; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; and completed post-doctoral studies at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan. She is already the author of the history book, “Granby: Then and Now 1905-2005.”

She co-holds with her husband, Bill, a World Aviation Speed record set Oct. 22, 1991. Recently, she was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.

The new text book foreword will be written by Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame member (1992), retired airline Captain Emily Howell Warner. She is an experienced flight instructor with over 21,000 total flight hours. Warner has performed more than 3,000 check rides and pilot evaluations.

If you have ideas of information and topics which should be considered for the new text book, you can email her at or call her 970-887-2101.

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