Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 2, 2018
At the March 2, 2018, spring board meeting of The Ninety-Nines,
Inc, Sen. Paul Scott (R-Duncan)
and Sandra Shelton, Public and Government Affairs Liaison for the
Commission presented information on the first annual Oklahoma Women
in Aviation and Aerospace Day.
Senator Scott joins Oklahoma Aeronautics
Commission in advocating for Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day
On Friday, Sen.
Paul Scott and Sandra Shelton, Public and Government Affairs
Liaison for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, made a presentation
about Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day at the spring board
meeting of The Ninety-Nines, Inc. at their International Headquarters
in Oklahoma City. The pair were advocating for other states to create
their own commemorative day.
“Women have made such a tremendous impact in the aviation
and aerospace industries and their accomplishments and hard work
deserve to be recognized and celebrated nationwide,” said
Scott, R-Duncan. “It was an honor to visit with the leadership
of The Ninety-Nines and we hope they can help us in persuading other
states to create Women in Aviation and Aerospace Days in their own
states. I want to think the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission in helping
with this effort.”
The presentation made to the group of Ninety-Nines’ chapter
and state chairs from across the country, highlighted the journey
of how Senate Bill 230, which created the unique commemoration day,
The idea for the special day first came to Shelton, who worked on
staff in the House of Representatives at the time, when she met
famous female aviator Pearl Carter Scott, who had a major impact
on Shelton’s life. She wanted to commemorate the contributions
made by Pearl Scott and others by declaring a date in statute annually
honoring female achievements in aviation and aerospace. During the
2017 legislative session, Shelton approached Sen. Scott about authoring
a bill to create Oklahoman Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day.
Sen. Scott agreed to carry the measure and filed the bill on behalf
of the Aeronautics Commission.
“When we passed the bill, we knew how meaningful and important
the message was but we really had no idea how much enthusiasm and
excitement the legislation would create,” said Scott. “We
spoke to the Ninety-Nines with a desire to motivate other states
to select their own honoree and date, and emulate what Oklahoma
has been the first in the nation to create.”
Paul Scott has no known relation to Pearl Carter Scott. Representative
Scott Biggs of Marlow also successfully carried the measure through
the House of Representatives.
With the passage of the bill, the date is intended to inspire the
aviation and aerospace community to plan events highlighting airports,
women’s contribution to aviation past and present, and to
bring the excitement of aerospace exploration and learning to young
women throughout the State of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Women in Aviation
and Aerospace Day is annually commemorated on December 9.
The Ninety-Nines is the international organization of licensed
women pilots from 44 countries that promotes advancement of aviation
through education, scholarships and mutual support while honoring
their unique history and sharing their passion for flight.
Oklahoma’s Eula Pearl Carter Scott was born December 9, 1915
in Marlow, to father George, and mother Lucy, who was an enrollee
of the Chickasaw Nation. Pearl’s colorful life took her from
Marlow to the Chickasaw National “Hall of Fame”. After
learning how to drive at the age of 12, she soared to new heights
and learned to fly at the age of 13 under legendary aviator Wiley
Post. She became the youngest pilot in the United States with her
first solo flight on September 12, 1929. She later worked as a stunt
pilot where she performed until ending her career to focus on her
children and family.
The mission of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission is to promote
aviation, which includes ensuring that the needs of commerce and
communities across the state are met by the state’s 109 publicly
owned airports that comprise the Oklahoma Airport System, and helping
ensure the viability of the state’s aerospace industry.
Aviation Industry Facts:
The Oklahoma Aviation & Aerospace Industry produces just under
$44B in annual economic activity, making it the second largest economic
engine in our state. Three segments account for the $44B total:
Military aviation, $19.3B; off-airport aviation and aerospace businesses,
$13.9B; and the 109 commercial and general aviation airports, $10.6B.
Aviation & Aerospace supports 206,000 jobs totaling an $11.7B
payroll. The average salary in the industry is $73,300 making it
one of the highest average salaries in the state.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Scott: (405) 521-5780