Stamped With Care: Rising Female Pilots

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Stamped With Care: Rising Female Pilots

Scan of a stamp featuring Emily Crombez. Text on image:First female pilot to fight forest fires in the CL-415 waterbomber

Share some inspiration by mail this holiday season — by using a Canadian Aviatrix Postal Stamp from the Ninety-Nines, a women’s pilot association! These special aviator stamps are only available for purchase from the Ninety-Nines.

For young women aspiring to become pilots, the Ninety-Nines offer inspiring stories as well as scholarships.

Emily Crombez

Scan of a stamp featuring Emily Crombez. Text on image:First female pilot to fight forest fires in the CL-415 waterbomber

Piloting a powerful CL-415 is not for the faint of heart. “Flying low with sharp turns are just part of the job,” says pilot Emily Crombez. She began planning her career at age 15, and has now flown a sleuth of different aircraft from Bush planes to Boeing 737s. 

Learn more about Crombez in this feature story by Liv Dewar, from the Ingenium Channel.

Melissa Haney

Scan of a stamp featuring Captain Melissa Haney. Text on image: Air Inuit's First Inuk Female Captain 2016

Inspiring young ladies to fly, Melissa Haney is Air Inuit’s first female Inuk pilot. Top-notch skills and nerves of steel are required of pilots when landing on some of the unpaved runways in Nunavik, QC. The effects of climate change can be seen on the runway, through conditions such as fog from melting glaciers and permafrost, strong crosswinds, and bitterly cold temperatures. Haney takes them on with dedication, enthusiasm, and purpose as she serves the communities she loves dearly.

Read more about Haney’s aviation story on page 36 of Air Inuit Magazine.