Girls in Aviation Day, now in its fourth year as a global event, is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, but events connected with the project have already begun, and will continue through the fall. Women in Aviation International organizes the program, and lists more than 50 events in the U.S., with more in Australia, France, India, Zambia and many other countries. The project aims to educate girls, ages 8 to 17, about the many career choices offered by the aviation/aerospace industry. Last year, about 9,700 girls participated worldwide, and that number is expected to grow this year.
“When I think of all the girls around the globe whose lives will be changed by attending Girls in Aviation Day, I could not be prouder of our members,” says WAI President Peggy Chabrian. “We help them with educational materials, copies ofAviation for Girlsmagazine and ideas, but they plan their own unique events, using local resources and role models, and countless hours of their own time.”Events include tours of hangars, control towers and museums; speakers representing a range of aviation careers; introductory flights; and more.