Girls in Aviation
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