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June 2015

Jerrie Mock’s final wish

June 21st, 2015|

Jerrie Mock, the first woman who flew solo around the world in 1964, helped mentor and inspired me to circumnavigate the globe. I had the opportunity to honor her in a special ceremony in her hometown, Quincy, Florida. Read about Jerrie Mock's final wish at AOPA’s website.

Global Marathon

June 21st, 2015|

Shaesta will be a featured speaker at the DiscoverE, Global Marathon Engineering Expo. The Global Marathon is a free, online event for women in engineering and technology worldwide and coincides with International Women’s Day. Shaesta will speak on March 9th, 2015 at 11:30 (EST). More information at DiscoverE website.

ERAU Alumna Embarks on a Worldwide Expedition

June 21st, 2015|

Embry-Riddle graduate student Shaesta Waiz (‘10, '14, DB) is joining pilot and educator Capt. Barrington Irving this month for a Flying Classroom adventure. The two will fly into Australia and nearly a dozen countries in Asia in Irving's Hawker Beechcraft 400XP, which has been converted into a mobile instructional tool for children. Continue reading at

Riddle Grad Seeks to be the Youngest Woman to Fly Solo around the World

June 21st, 2015|

Shaesta Waiz is a young aviator who aspires to fly solo around the world. Her mission for the flight around the world is to inspire women to follow their dreams no matter how challenging they may seem. She is a graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and currently working on completing her thesis on her

Welcome Patty Wagstaff!

June 8th, 2015|

Aerobatic and Airshow pilot Patty Wagstaff joins the Dreams Soar initiative by becoming part of the advisory board. For over ten years, Patty has traveled to East Africa to give bush, recurrent and aerobatic training to the pilots of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) who protect Kenya’s elephants, rhino and other natural resources from poachers.

Girls need to see living aviation female role models

June 7th, 2015|

According to the Teaching Women to Fly Research Project, a key solution to the shortage of women in aviation include, “Girls need to see living aviation female role models”. With a solo flight around the world, Dreams Soar embraces this solution to inspire and empower women to pursue Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) related

Women Earthrounders

June 6th, 2015|

Did you know... The following seven women hold the "earthrounder" title by successfully circumnavigating the world solo. These ambitious women have broken several records in aviation and inspired a new generation of female pilots. Geraldine Mock, 1964 Mary Joe Smith, 1964 Shelia Scott, 1966 Gabby Kennard, 1989 Jennifer Murray, 2000 Polly Vacher, 2001 CarolAnn Garratt,