Girls in Avi­a­tion

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Women in Avi­a­tion In­ter­na­tional in­tro­duced 15,000 girls aged 8-17 to a po­ten­tial avi­a­tion ca­reer at world­wide events

Women in Avi­a­tion In­ter­na­tional’s Girls in Avi­a­tion Day 2018 achieved its goal of in­tro­duc­ing a record num­ber of girls aged 8-17 to the ca­reer and lifestyle pos­si­bil­i­ties of avi­a­tion.

Hosted 0n 13 Oc­to­ber by WAI chap­ters with par­tic­i­pa­tion by cor­po­rate mem­bers in­clud­ing air­lines, fixed-base op­er­a­tors, avi­a­tion mu­se­ums and flight schools, 15,000 par­tic­i­pants took part in events held in fif­teen coun­tries in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, Botswana, Canada, France, Ger­many, Ghana, In­dia, Ire­land, Kenya, Nether­lands, Nige­ria, Spain, United King­dom, United States, and Zam­bia.

Mil­i­tary, GA and air­line pi­lots served as role mod­els for the girls, who were in­tro­duced to many as­pects of avi­a­tion in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing, ATC, ro­tary flight, mede­vac op­er­a­tions, flight op­er­a­tions, air­port safety, and avion­ics. One vol­un­teer said that the high­light of her day had been when a nineyear-old girl ex­plained per­fectly how a glider could stay up in the air af­ter she vis­ited the four forces of flight ac­tiv­ity sta­tion.

“The girls were full of cu­rios­ity, with one par­tic­i­pant ask­ing the speaker why, not how, air­planes fly,” said WAI Outreach Di­rec­tor Molly Mar­tin. “Her an­swer was, ‘If you had wings, wouldn’t you fly, too?’” WAI Pres­i­dent Dr Peggy Chabrian added: “Some­times I won­der whether our vol­un­teers or our girls en­joy the day more. We know our girls leave the day hav­ing learned much and hav­ing had fun as well. As one girl said, ‘This was the best day of my life’, and you can’t do bet­ter than that.”

ABOVE: one of the 15,000 girls who en­joyed an avi­a­tion taster

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