Six Girls in Aviation Day events in September will kick off the Girls in Aviation Day worldwide outreach, planned for October 5, 2019.
The Women in Aviation International (WAI) Utah State University Chapter will hold its event on September 14, and expects 150 participants, while the WAI Gone with the Wind (Atlanta) Chapter expects 400 participants.
WAI Stars of the North (Minneapolis) Chapter was the first chapter to host more than 1,000 girls. This year, its event on September 21, 2019, will involve 2,000 girls. The relatively new WAI Bluegrass Chapter (Louisville, Kentucky) will hold its event as well on September 21 with an expectation that 800-1,000 girls will attend. The WAI Sooner Chapter at the University of Oklahoma will hold its Girls in Aviation Day event on September 21 as well to coincide with the university’s open house activities where they expect about 300 attendees.
The WAI North Texas Chapter’s event will welcome 3,000 attendees on September 21 to the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas’s Love Field.
The majority of girls who attend a Girls in Aviation Day event are currently under-represented in the aviation community. Many come to Girls in Aviation Day via their connection with a Girl Scout troop or involvement with Girls Inc. What is stressed at every event are hands-on, fun activities that represent the variety of aviation careers– pilots in all aspects of aviation as well as mechanics, air traffic controllers, engineers, technicians, and many other aviation careers.
“Although we love the power of these huge Girls in Aviation Day events, the power of Girls in Aviation Day comes not in the numbers, but from the connection between the girls and the adult role models when girls get to see people who look like them, look like their mothers, look like their aunts doing things, and holding jobs they had never imagined themselves doing,” says WAI Outreach Director Molly Martin. “Our desire to share our passion for our aviation vocations and avocations is what unites WAI members.”