About Remington Viney
On Tuesday morning, February 16, 2021, a small plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, claiming the lives of two young pilots, one of whom was Remington Viney. What makes Remington so notable is how experienced she was in aviation at just 26 years old—a young woman in a field predominantly made up of men. To honor her and inspire others, Remington’s family established the Remington Viney Legacy Fund through the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, in part to support the encouragement and advancement of women in aviation careers and interests.
Who Was Remington Viney
Remington Viney graduated with honors from Sun Prairie High School in 2012. She earned an Associate degree in Tactical Aircraft Maintenance and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UW-Madison in 2017.
At a young age she wanted to be a pilot, obtaining her pilot license in high school and serving as the captain of the Wisconsin Flying Team in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Remington enlisted in the Wisconsin Air National Guard in 2013 and proudly served through several deployments, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. She pursued accreditations and licensing to receive her commercial pilot license, eventually becoming a flight instructor. At the time of her death, Remington was working on her degree in Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics. To put all that into perspective, only 1.5% of airline captains, 5.1% of all pilots, 2.4% of aerospace mechanics, and 3% of CEOs, COOs, and other key aviation leadership positions are women, according to the Women in Aviation: A Workforce Report by the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute.
The Remington Viney Legacy
Remington was passionate about any adventure that life had to offer, always striving for the fastest, highest, and best ride. Today, it's her memory that inspires other young women to achieve their dreams.
She was just an incredible and special person, passionate about many things in her life, including being a vegan, finding ways to advocate for animals, improving our planet’s environment, and supporting locally-owned businesses, especially those owned and operated by women. One of her greatest passions was aviation.
Remington Viney Achievements, Education & Certifications
- Founding member of Women in Aviation – Madison Chapter
- Cirrus Instructor ○ Certified Flight Instructor with instrument rating
- Airplane multiengine land (AMEL)
- Certified drone pilot
- Captain – UW Flying Club
- Pilot for 7 Hills skydiving club
- Volunteer pilot for Pilots ‘N Paws
- Tailwheel endorsement
- Ray scholarship mentor
- Commercial Pilot Certification
- Participating member of several aviation clubs and programs
- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
- National Association of Flight Instructors
- Civil Air Patrol
- Young Eagles
- EAA,Chapter 93
- Badger Aviators
- Graduated UW-Madison
- Member National Honor Society
- Sun Prairie High School Honors
- Substitute teacher for SP Schools
- Leadership certificate from UW School of Business
OTHER LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Rookie Realtor of the Year for Integrity Homes (2020)
- PADI master scuba diver
- Airman leader in tech school
Women comprise less than 20% of the workforce in most aviation occupations. Remington Viney was one of those women breaking barriers and was well on her way to a professional piloting career. Our mission is to support women and girls whose dream is to fly. We provide annual scholarships for women to fund flight training, licensure, ratings, or endorsements. We will help change the trajectory of women in aviation, one woman at a time. Please, join us in our mission.
Remington took these photos while a colleague, Nancy Burton, was flying the plane. This is called a Glory. You can see the plane directly in the center. Glories are always located directly opposite the sun. They come about as the result of backscattering or the deflection of sunlight hitting tiny water droplets.