Aviation for Girls


Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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W hen I was a little girl the first two major lessons I learned about flying were: There is no such thing as "driving" a plane. You can only fly one. And second: Flying is one of the most amazing experi- ences in the world. My family bought an airplane kit, called an RV-10 from Van's Aircraft, when I was 3. After two years of hard work building the kit (mainly Dad!), we had a beautiful four-seat airplane. I spent many hours during my childhood curled up in the back seat, playing with dolls, on flights to many different states in the U.S. Often, when we were on a long cross-country flight, I would climb up front and sit on Dad's lap so I could fly. It didn't take long to realize I love flying, and always want to be travel- ing somewhere new. Over the years, my love for the sky has never stopped. By the time I was 11 years old, I traveled to all 50 states—49 of them in our RV-10 with the exception of Hawaii, because we flew on a commercial airline. Thanks to this wonderful machine, I've had many experiences change the way I look at the world such as scuba diving with sharks and manta rays, hiking Bryce Canyon, fly- ing through the valleys in Alaska, watching Old Faithful erupt, and seeing treetops at Johnson Creek, Idaho. During all these travels, Dad started informally teaching me the basics of flying our plane. My first goal was to not only properly handle the airplane, but learn the many steps involved in the landing process. Quickly I discovered how important trim is in all aspects of flight. I'm Danielle Olson, WAI 74918. I live in Elk Mound, Wisconsin. I'm 16 years old, and I recently soloed a homebuilt, high- performance airplane. My parents are Tim and Andrea Olson, and I have one older sister, Colleen. Like Father, Like Daughter by Danielle Olson Photo: Courtesy Tim Olsen 2 0 17 10

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