The aviation community will open its wings wide Sept. 26 to welcome girls ages 8 to 16 to the airport or into the cockpit as part of Women in Aviation, International’s Girls in Aviation Day. The effort aims to make girls “aware of the exciting and diverse jobs the aviation community can provide,” WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian said in a press release Sept. 21.
More than three dozen U.S. chapters will be hosting activities to help girls learn about navigation, radio communication, air traffic control, and career opportunities; they can even try their hand at flying a simulator. Chapters in Cameroon, Canada, China, Kenya, Nigeria, and Switzerland also will offer activities the same day, according to the association’s website.
To build recognition for the event, the group worked with governors across the United States to proclaim Sept. 26 as Girls in Aviation Day. As of Sept. 21, Women in Aviation said that 26 states had issued proclamations for the day.
To get involved with the event, or to share information with a girl age 8 to 16 who might be interested in learning more about aviation, visit the Girls in Aviation Day Web page to find the chapter (and contact information) near you.