Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle. Karlene Petitt lit up a fire in Renton, WA

BEFA's lounge overlooking the runway

Last Sunday, I had the privilege to participate to the world record setting event at the Renton Airport.

When I arrived, all the volunteers were already in place and the first girls and women to take an introductory flight were just coming back from their first small airplane flight with a smile on their faces.

The mix of aircraft which included a few Cessna 172s including one on floats, a Cessna 180, a Cessna 182, a Cessna 210, a Cirrus SR 20, a De Havilland Beaver on floats, and a Robinson R44 helicopter was a great representation of what general aviation has to offer.

The mix of volunteers was no less impressive. Airlines pilots active and retired, flight instructors, commercial pilots, air traffic controllers, aeronautic industry engineers and executives, and entrepreneurs were on hand to provide ground support and safe introductory flights to all the girls and women who took time out of their day and decided to give the experience of flying a chance.

None of this would have been possible without the help of City of Renton, Renton's Airport manager, Ryan Zulauf, and, of course, the Boeing Employee Flying Association and its manager, Wes McKechnie.

When all was said and done, over 170 candles had been lit and can now light up many more. Renton, WA, has many twinkling lights this holiday season.