The annual International Girls in Aviation Day is set for 24 September, targeting teen girls to encourage them to pursue careers in aviation. Created by Women in Aviation International (WAI), the event connects women who are already working in aviation with girls who are curious about aviation as a career.
While the WAI website can connect girls to events near them, the organization has highlighted several events planned around the country including Chicago where both Boeing and United are based. The free day camp will include flying a simulator and information on such careers as air traffic controller, airline dispatch, pilot, aviation maintenance technician, aeronautical engineer or aviation management.
The Las Vegas Chapter of WAI will host its inaugural event this year and has teamed with the Girl Scouts (which now has an aviation patch), the Civil Air Patrol and the Experimental Aircraft Association to feature an aircraft static display, which also includes helicopters and gliders. Computer flight simulators will be available, in addition to building and competing with gliders.
Texas’s Alamo Chapter will host its second event at Stinson Municipal Airport and is focusing on underprivileged girls as well as others who are eight to 16.
The Gone with the Wind Chapter (in Atlanta, of course) will have the Delta Flight Museum to explore during its four-hour event, which is also open to boys. In the meantime, California Baptist University’s Blue Yonder Student Chapter will host girls in touring the flight line, learning about safety and aerodynamics, and will include a tour of a Boeing 727 cockpit. It will also hold a flight simulator landing competition and offer a tour of the Riverside Airport air traffic control tower.
WAI is also producing its second annual Aviation for Girls issue for distribution that day.