The first aviatrix Amelia Earhart, left, and today's version. (Source: CBS 5 News)
This Amelia Earhart, a former local news anchor and reporter, says she wants to inspire young women to get into aviation. (Source: Amelia Earhart)
Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
Meet Amelia Earhart. It's OK to do a double take or ask about her name - people do it all the time.
"My parents wanted to give me a good female role model and give me a name that would spark conversation and hopefully lead me to adventure, and it looks like that's what happened," said aviatrix Amelia Earhart.
Like her namesake, Earhart's passion is aviation. In June, she'll fly around the world in a Pilatus PC-12 NG turboprop aircraft. The trip will make 14 stops, take 14 days and cover more than 24,000 nautical miles.
"What could I do to get other people excited about aviation? That would be to fly around the world," Earhart said.
In addition to providing the most advanced cockpit technology, Honeywell Aerospace is making it possible to watch and hear every part of Amelia's flight in June.
"One of the key pieces of equipment that's going to be on the aircraft is what we call the SATCOM system. What the system enables is live transmission both of voice and video during the flight worldwide," said Michael Beazley of Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix.
Earhart, a former local news anchor and reporter, says she wants to inspire young women to get into aviation.
"There are so few women in flight. Six percent of pilots are female. So, we'd like to boost that number up and show that you don't have to be a tomboy to go out to the airport. All kinds of women are in aviation. I'm one of them, and luckily, I have the perfect name to hopefully get girls excited," Earhart said.
To learn more about "The Amelia Project," click here.
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