WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN FLYING RECREATIONALLY

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WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN FLYING RECREATIONALLY

Postby Suesing » Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:42 am

The only chicks i hear on the radio are chopper pilots and instructresses (feel so proud) but where the hek are the fly for fun lady pilots? I was under the impression the guys had released us from the kitchen.... :lol: how can we wake up this bit of the market ? after all , sport flying could do with a bit of oomph
O well , maybe this photie of my Mom and Dad might motivate all those closet lady pilots
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Re: WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN FLYING RECREATIONALLY

Postby HansK » Thu Apr 23, 2015 1:44 pm

Good question Sue. Maybe woman in general are naturally more into household things and let's face it, mothers with kids has got their hands full.
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Re: WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN FLYING RECREATIONALLY

Postby Big-D » Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:32 pm

Trikes are quite physical, I often found myself having to exercise some degree of strength in controlling the bar in turbulence (maybe it is because I am heavy and have to weightshift more weight) , my bet is that most ladies will find it tough to control the airy in the bumps - Could be wrong
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Re: WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN FLYING RECREATIONALLY

Postby Gyronaut » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:05 pm

Gyro's are much easier to handle, far more turbulence-tollerant, and some come enclosed with heating (Chicken or Beef?) usually you need deep pockets. There are only 4 female Gyro pilots in SA that I know of. Sad.
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Postby Bundy » Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:05 am

Gyronaut wrote:Gyro's are much easier to handle, far more turbulence-tollerant, and some come enclosed with heating (Chicken or Beef?) usually you need deep pockets. There are only 4 female Gyro pilots in SA that I know of. Sad.
I had the privilege of flying with one of them Len... :) Very good pilot...

I only know of 2 qualified (one an instructor I believe) and one training female trike pilot? I think David is correct, a trike can be a handful in the bumps and requires a fair amount of strength at times which may be off putting?

That said I cant see any reason why the Ladies are not more prevalent in all the other types? Men still outnumber them at least 10 to 1 I would say? Come on Ladies...GO FLY! (^^)

Far less egotistical and arrogant, I recon if the ladies outnumbered men by 10 to 1 the accident rate would be a fraction of what it is now... :wink:
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Postby D2O » Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:10 am

It depends on where you look vhpy

We have 2 very capable trike pilots from Rhino Park:

Shirley Rudd and Corne' Mostert.

They seem to handle trikes just fine!
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Postby Suesing » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:44 am

Absolutely no excuse, if i could fly a trike -anyone can. I used to be able to fold up the wing and put the cart on the trailer and drive off. Also, a single seater trike is a fanatastic machine for us chicks. Lovely and light and usually quiet nippy. And what about a Bantam -easy peasy....
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Postby Bundy » Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:30 am

David....we've managed to stir up the feminists?....You run....I'll hold them back...RUN BOY..... RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! :lol:

Only joking Aunty Sue! xxx

You are 100% correct. (!!)

I think it just needs a little more marketing...? As does the sport in general... :(
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Postby Suesing » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:27 am

Hey Al , thats exactly what im trying to do - very quiet at the moment - worse still, this is the best time of year to fly-good weather just going to waste.
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Postby witwillem » Mon May 11, 2015 8:26 pm

Ja the leprechaunse family het nou al 2 pilote, en die enejie is sy jong dogter en die anner een is sy se vrou , jy willie met daai antie neuk nie , sy is n toets piloot enne instructor , ja sy spesialiseer innie tenacity innie besem fabriek :mrgreen: witwillem
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Re: WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN FLYING RECREATIONALLY

Postby SOLO WINGS 1 » Tue May 12, 2015 9:08 am

There is no reason why the fairer sex shouldn't fly trikes! I personally taught a number of ladies to fly. A couple of them were really competent pilots.
Yes there is a fair amount of physical effort and strength required to manhandle a trike in strong winds, particularly on the ground. But, in beaut flying conditions, as we all know, there is nothing better than to fly a trike. Most people fly for fun and enjoyment. There is nothing enjoyable about flying a trike in windy and turbulent weather. I know.
So ladies, and most gents, go and fly in lekker weather!

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Postby Loco » Mon May 18, 2015 12:52 pm

Problem is you take off in perfect wx, wx becomes 'interesting' now what if you are a lady?

I've handed the bar to my wife on many occasions when we came back from a brekkie late morning and she was unable to handle the trike

Perhaps it could be because it is more difficult controlling the trike while in the backseat?
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Re: WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN FLYING RECREATIONALLY

Postby Thatchman » Tue May 19, 2015 6:22 am

I think its more because they can't follow directions and will get lost :lol:
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Postby Madman » Tue May 19, 2015 7:11 am

Or leave the bar and close their eyes as soon as they hit some turbulence ## ## ## :lol:
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Re: WHY ARE SO FEW WOMEN FLYING RECREATIONALLY

Postby Suesing » Tue May 19, 2015 9:54 am

Turbulence are not about strength....more about technique , infact , if you are using brute strength you are flying against the trike , rather than with it.

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