Attracting the Next Generation to Aviation
The need for a robust generation of people to fly, build and maintain aviation is strong enough that AOPA, Signature Flight and Women in Aviation to move, independently, in the same mission—attracting young people to Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. That’s a good thing.
Signature Flight Support joins Women in Aviation International chapters and corporate members globally for an outreach event aimed at inspiring the next generation of women in aviation. More than 300 guests are expected to attend.
As a dedicated corporate member of Women Aviation International (WAI), Signature Flight Support is proud to announce sponsorship of South Jersey’s first ‘Girls in Aviation Day’—an event dedicated to addressing the aviation workforce shortage by introducing young women to careers in STEM and aviation.
The event will take place at Flying W Airport in Medford, New Jersey from 11:00am to 3:30pm on Saturday, October 13, 2018 with more than 300 young women and their chaperones expected to attend and enjoy aircraft displays, STEM and aviation activities and keynote speakers. Attendees serving in Girl Scouts of USA will also have the opportunity to earn the new Girl Scout Aviation Girl Fun Patch.
“Promoting careers in STEM, especially among women, is crucial to the health and viability of the aviation industry,” said Mark Johnstone, Group Chief Executive of BBA Aviation and CEO of Signature Flight Support.
Miss New Jersey 2018, Jaime Gialloreto, is set to attend this special Girls in Aviation Day., Jaime has logged both single and multi-engine time. Her introduction to flight training at the age of 19 brings her scope as the top female role model in the State of New Jersey to help empower more young woman to engage in STEM and aviation!
Girls in Aviation Day, in a strong effort to honor and pay tribute to those war-time heroes who were true pioneers to aviation, welcome Dr. Eugene Richardson, Tuskegee Airman, who trained for combat in both the P-40 and P-47 aircraft starting in February 1944. After his military career, Dr. Richardson spent 35 years in higher education, with a focus on teaching math and science. Through the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Richardson is thrilled to participate in this event sharing his stories and signing autographs.
Girls ages five to 18 are encouraged to attend. Additional information including logistics and registration information can be found by visiting GiadFlyingW.Eventbrite.com
AOPA has taken the STEM initiative by creating a free, innovative, aviation-based curriculum for ninth-grade students. The 1st year of high school courses are the start of a carefully planned a four-year program that includes three career and technical education pathways—pilot, aerospace engineering, and drones.
AOPA’s High School Aviation science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum was featured on ABC 7’s (WJLA) Spotlight on Education .Giving this initiative great exposure in Washington, DC.
An evening new segment highlighted the curriculum as being offered at Magruder High School in Rockville, MD, as an example of is one of 81 schools across the country.
AOPA’s VP of Program Operations, Elizabeth Tennyson, explained that the curriculum is part of AOPA’s You Can Fly initiative that focuses on building the pilot community through programs that include the high school learning curriculum, flying clubs, Rusty Pilots seminars, and other pilot-support mechanisms that make flying safe, fun, and affordable.
The last segment of the segment featured a student who is taking the classes on a pathway to the US Air Force Academy and a career as a fighter pilot.
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