President’s statement re: The Sky’s No Limit–Girls Fly Too! 2019 event

It is with deep regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances outside of the organization’s control, we must postpone The Sky’s No Limit–Girls Fly Too! 2019 event until after the B.C. wildfire season.

The Sky’s No Limit-Girls Fly Too! event will now be hosted from October 5 to 6, 2019, offering free flights to all female first time fliers of any age.
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The new date, Oct. 5 to 6, 2019, coincides with the week of International Day of the Girl, a Canadian-driven U.N. observance. For the past four years, our event has been graciously hosted by B.C. Wildfire Services at the Air Tanker Base at the Abbotsford International Airport. Unfortunately, a second year of extreme wildfires and flooding has some resources inaccessible to us; resources we need to run a successful event. Due to these factors, we were unable to secure replacement resources in time to meet the planned dates of March 9 to 10, 2019.

It takes significant time, money and resources contributed by many agency, industry, education and community partners — as well as the dedication of hundreds of volunteers — to provide an event of this nature at no cost for thousands of participants. It is in the best interests of all concerned to postpone the event until we have sufficient resources available to provide an incredible event.

We realize this may come as a considerable disappointment for many of you, particularly those girls and women who have been looking forward to enjoying their first flight in a helicopter. Rest assured, in just a few short months you will be able enjoy this — and many other amazing opportunities — at our free event. NASA Astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper has confirmed she will be there for both days on Oct. 5 to 6, 2019.

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For those of you that have booked your flights already, we are happy to assist you in transferring your flight to the new dates. Over the next few weeks we will be sending out emails to confirm this with you. We will also have more time to run regular social media challenges in advance of the event!

For those of you that have volunteered with us, we will be reaching out to you shortly to confirm your availability for the new dates.

Thank you to everyone for your understanding of this difficult decision that was necessary to make in order to protect the event and offer everyone the best possible experience. See you in October!

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