LeTourneau University kicks off week of women-centered aviation
POSTED: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 28, 2014 - 12:14pm
Longview, TX — Two Pine Tree Middle School girls took flight Thursday at LeTourneau University’s Abbott Aviation Center.
Sixth grade students Ainsley Daugbjerg and Victoria Flanagan soared through the air in a Cessna 172 piloted by LeTourneau flight instructor Lee Foster.
Ainsley and Victoria were selected as part of a partnership between LeTourneau University and Pine Tree ISD to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career path. Next week is national “Women In Aviation” week.
“I was kind of surprised because I never heard we were going to do anything like this,” Victoria said. “I think flying a plane would be cool.”
According to Pine Tree Middle School Principal Lara Cavin, the girls were selected because they have excelled in math and science in a robotics class taught by Tege Millikin.
Laura Laster, director of flight operations at LeTourneau, said the university has made a conscious effort to make women feel welcomed as pilots.
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