Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in Rhinebeck, N.Y., will feature “Women Fly Weekend” Aug. 22 and 23 to help expand awareness among girls and young women about the fun of flying and potential for careers in aviation.
There will be a post-show reception at 4 p.m. both days “to facilitate discussion of opportunities with women pilots and other aviation professionals,” Aerodrome officials said. To encourage participation, girls 6 through 17 will be admitted to the air shows for $5. Accompanying parents will get the group rate of $15, said Hugh Schoelzel, president of Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Air Shows.
On Sunday, Lynda Meeks, president of Girls With Wings will conduct interactive workshops at 10 a.m. for pre-teens and a second one at 11:30 for older girls through age 16. Meeks has flown everything from helicopters in the military to the Citation X as a professional pilot.
“Our goal is to increase self-confidence in young girls by encouraging them to realize their potential through opportunities in aviation,” she explained.
To register for the seminars, send names with preferred session (pre-teen/teen) to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-752-3200. There is no charge for the Sunday workshops, but space is limited.
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome holds air shows featuring World War I and barnstorming-era airplanes at 2 p.m.on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 18. The museum and grounds are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Biplane rides over the Hudson Valley are available.
For more information: OldRhinebeck.org