Today In Aviation History – March 15, 1930 – Daphne Paterson

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March 15, 1930.  Daphne Paterson becomes the first Canadian woman to obtain a commercial pilot’s license. Her first request for the endorsement was turned down on the basis that she was female. Her Instructor, Tony Spooner, who had been her biggest supporter from the beginning, challenged the powers that be, that the word “PILOT” in Regulations, did not specify MALE ONLY!   However, due to the fact that she would be the first woman Commercial Pilot, they panicked and introduced a brand new rule requiring a medical every three months instead of the current six months for a male Commercial Pilot.