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New Program Encourages Women to Get a Pilot's License

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A program to encourage more women to get their wings is taking flight in central Virginia.

About 100 women flew out of the Charlottesville Albemarle airport Saturday to learn what it takes to get a pilot's license.

“Women can fly” is the name of the program.

It was organized in central Virginia by a helicopter pilot so more women could experience the exhilaration of taking to the skies.

8-year-old Grace Terry and Nicole Wilkerson traveled from West Virginia to soar over Charlottesville on Saturday.

"It was awesome,” said terry.

“It was awesome it was a great experience to bring her too and see what flying was like and it is something she can do in the future,” said Wilkerson.

Female future pilots are exactly the reason a program called women can fly got off the ground two years ago.

Organizer beau Cole said, “What I am hoping is they can see that they can get involved in the aviation because only 6 percent of pilots in the U.S. are female and that is why we want to change this number.”

Nearly 40 pilots took women and their families into the skies from Charlottesville Albemarle airport.

Six helicopters and airplanes were parked on solid ground.

We have Pegasus here which is a medevac helicopter here you can just walk up talk to the pilot and look at the helicopter,” said Cole.

First, the women stood in line for a class in basics about planes and safety.

“They started to go really fast on the ramp and then you didn't even notice that you were starting to fly in the air,” said Madison Hutches from Albemarle County.

It takes several months and a few thousand dollars to get a pilot's license.

Test flights are also available for about $100.

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