The nonprofit GIFT Academy, launched by CFI Mary Latimer, aims to help women overcome obstacles in flight training by providing immersive, stage-specific instruction and lots of camaraderie, as well as guest speakers and field trips.
Latimer created GIFT in 2011 to address a need to provide women low-cost flight instruction in a supportive setting to help them advance. Yearly events have produced solos, checkrides, successful knowledge tests, and more. Pilots at all levels are invited.
New in 2022 will be a camp held June 23 through 30 at Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Washington. Arlington Municipal is the home of Glasair Aviation USA, which offers the four-seat Sportsman as an experimental kit or factory-built aircraft. The camp is limited to 15 participants. The registration fee is $300, which covers ground school for the private pilot knowledge test, lunch, and snacks for the week. Aircraft rental will be $125 per hour with fuel included.
Returning to Sheboygan, Wisconsin, August 8 through 12, GIFT Week will take place at Sheboygan County Memorial Airport. The registration fee is $250 and includes ground instruction, lunch, and snacks throughout the week. Aircraft rental will be $125 per hour with fuel included. Sheboygan GIFT Week also seeks volunteer flight instructors and ground instructors.
Vernon, Texas, the flagship location of GIFT Week, will host an event October 9 through 15 at Wilbarger County Airport. The registration fee is $175 before August 1 and $185 thereafter. Flight time is a minimum donation of $110 per hour, fuel included. To register, see the website. To volunteer, register here.