Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day was enacted in 2017 to honor Eula Pearl Carter Scott, along with all women pilots, and aviation and aerospace professionals. Scott was born December 9, 1915 in Marlow, and was an enrollee of the Chickasaw Nation. Pearl learned to fly at the age of 13 under legendary aviator Wiley Post. She became the youngest pilot in the United States with her first solo flight in 1929.
Kristy Slater, general aviation manager at Wiley Post Airport, is serving as the 2018 Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day event chair for the Oklahoma Airport Operators Association (OAOA). Slater said, “I am honored to be leading an event that recognizes the amazing work of women in aviation within the State. Today’s leaders are showing young women of all ages that the aviation and aerospace industry offers exciting opportunities ahead.”
“I could not be more pleased to see OAOA and Tulsa International Airport take on the task of continuing to commemorate the contributions of women to aviation and aerospace,” said Victor Bird, director of the Aeronautics Commission. “The scholarships and community involvement surrounding the event will help spark aviation and aerospace interest in young women. We have a pilot shortage and a need for a competent workforce to keep the state’s second largest economic engine operating. We hope the community will come out and support the event, December 6, and bring their young children to explore the Tulsa Airport and BizJet hangar.”
This year’s event will highlight two trailblazing aviators from the Tulsa community – Nan Gaylord and Jennifer Wise. Both Nan and Jennifer are FAA Designated Pilot Examiners and fulfill critical roles in today’s air transportation environment. Their success in and out of the cockpit has been recognized by organizations across the United States and their passion has inspired aviators from all socio and economic backgrounds to pursue their dreams.
Additional event details, including registration and sponsorship information, can be found on Facebook @OKWIAADay. Get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oklahoma-women-in-aviation-aerospace-day-luncheon-2018-tickets-49218217012.