For the past decade, women have been gathering at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture, capped off with a photo of all the participating women, wearing matching T-shirts, in Boeing Plaza.
Smack dab in the middle of this year’s photo was Debby Rihn-Harvey, an aerobatic pilot and retired Southwest Airlines captain who now runs a flight school and FBO in Laporte, Texas, called Harvey & Rihn Aviation. While busy giving flight lessons and checkrides, she also finds time to hold fly-in breakfasts, safety meetings, and other activities for pilots.
“We’re trying to do a little bit of that just to promote aviation more than anything,” she notes.
But even as busy as she is, she still finds every opportunity she can to mentor girls about the amazing opportunities available for them in aviation. [Read more…]