The Prince George Airport Authority welcomed a new furry friend Monday as it unveiled its official mascot at Blackburn Elementary School.
Her name is Amelia Bearheart, a black bear wearing flight goggles and boasting colourful pink paws. The mascot is named after famous female pilot, Amelia Earhart. She was the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
In honour of International Women’s Day, the mascot will be an ambassador for women looking to explore careers in the field of aviation as over 200 students welcomed her with high-fives.
The President of the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide, Mireille Goyer, says it’s important to get women involved in a primarily male-dominated industry.
“It’s to celebrate women of the past, those who are currently in aviation and encourage from outside and into the future a shift in the gender balance in our industry,” Goyer said.
Approximately 50,000 out of one million pilots are women and Canadian skies only boast 1,454 women as full-time commercial pilots.
This event seeks to strengthen that statistic and encourage women of all ages to pursue their goals as pilots and key members of the aviation community in Prince George and beyond.