Largely Volunteer organization has Outreach Events around the globe and all across America
Girls get first hand experiences about Aviation careers
STEM, pilot/mechanics shortages benefit BIG!!!
Massive recruitment effort to ensure aviation’s next generation workforce
With 118 individual events presented worldwide, Women in Aviation International’s October 5 Girls in Aviation Day 2019 reached approximately 20,000 attendees. Truly an international event, Girls in Aviation Day was celebrated not just in the United States but in 22 other countries in Canada and Australia as well as countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Girls were introduced to the career and lifestyle possibilities in aviation and aerospace through meeting role models, career panels, exploring airplanes and airports, and a host of hands-on, fun activities ranging from a sectional chart treasure hunt to making jewelry using A&P tools.
“Our primary goal is to introduce girls ages 8 to 17 to all the career opportunities aviation and aerospace offer,” says WAI Outreach Director Molly Martin. “We go beyond piloting careers to include air traffic controllers, mechanics, engineers, technicians and designers. In fact, one girl told me that she now wants to design aircraft interiors as her career. That’s a career she would never have even known of, much less considered, without Girls in Aviation Day.”
Interacting with young people typically nets blunt questions, and so it was with Girls in Aviation Day. One girl, hearing about a career in air traffic control, asked the controller, “If the airplane crashes, do you lose your job?” In calm, controller fashion, she replied, “We work very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Another girl asked the pilot/role model, “Why do pilots say ‘mayday?’ You should just say, ‘Hello, I’m crashing.’ “Standing in front of a corporate jet, the adult asked a group of girls, “Who knows what makes an airplane fly?” and a girl tentatively guessed, “Money?”…probably from a girl with aviation in her family.
Speaking about the WAI Cleveland Chapter event she attended, Martin added, “I’m in awe of this new generation of aviation hopefuls who were wide-eyed when the medevac helicopter landed and the female crew emerged from the aircraft; asked great questions of female professionals from NASA and FAA and others on the career panel; groaned in frustration as they crashed their flight simulator into the trees on the side of the runway and then whooped with joy when they greased their landing on their next try.” She concluded, “You only have to attend a Girls in Aviation Day event to know that this is making a difference.”
The next Girls in Aviation Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in conjunction with the International Women in Aviation Conference at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The international Girls in Aviation Day 2020 is planned for Saturday, September 26, 2020.
There are more Girls in Aviation Day events that will be happening this month…the complete list of Girls in Aviation Day events can be found [https://www.wai.org/events/girls-aviation-day-2019]
This is an incredibly impressive grass roots effort and looks to be VERY effective.
Congress mandated that the FAA establish a Women in Aviation Advisory Board. Such social programs, as meritorious as they may be, do not fit well in the FAA’s safety mission which is very demanding. Here is Secretary Chao’s announcement of the establishment of this advisory group. While the two initiatives are complimentary, the WIA global action looks to be more effective.
|U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces
Women in Aviation Advisory BoardFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Bobby Fraser
Washington – U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established the Women in Aviation Advisory Board.
“Our nation is facing a shortage of pilots and aviation professionals; there are great opportunities in this sector and we want to encourage more women to enter these exciting professions,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
The FAA is accepting nominations for qualified candidates to serve on the Women in Aviation Advisory Board at the Federal Register through October 29, 2019. The objective of the Board is to provide independent advice and recommendations to the FAA in supporting women’s involvement in the aviation field.
The Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration are committed to working with industry, academia and government to find ways to address the shortage of female professionals entering aviation careers by recruiting women through this committee, and providing them with clear pathways to aviation careers.
The work of the Board will focus on analyzing industry trends; coordinating efforts among airlines, nonprofit organizations, and aviation and engineering associations to facilitate support for women pursuing aviation careers; expanding scholarship opportunities; and enhancing training, mentorship, education and outreach programs for women interested in aviation careers.
“We must find ways to inspire women and young people to enter the aviation profession,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “We need pilots, mechanics, engineers and many other professionals to enter the aviation profession pipeline, and I look forward to working with the Secretary to boost the number of aviation professionals and keep our nation’s aviation industry strong and vital.”
The FAA is also accepting qualified nominations to the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force, which was established to develop and recommend initiatives to the FAA for encouraging high school students to enter aviation careers. Nominations may be submitted through October 30, 2019.
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 required the FAA Administrator to establish and facilitate a Women in Aviation Advisory Board and the Youth Access to American Jobs in Aviation Task Force.
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