Women in Aviation International (WAI) held its annual “Girls in Aviation Day,” September 24, 2016, which included 71 events worldwide. WAI chapters and corporate sponsors hosted 68 WAI events (15 of them held by collegiate sponsors), with 17 events held by international chapters in Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Zambia.
The average attendance at events was 81 participants, with the average age of participants ranging from seven to 15 years of age.
86.7% of the events took place at an airport, with the remainder taking place at schools and other venues.
Favorite activities of the participants included scavenger hunts, sitting in airplanes, working with aircraft maintenance tools, learning the phonetic alphabet, simulator flights, and rocket building.
“Girls in Aviation Day has become an event that is as compelling to the WAI membership, as it is to the girls in whom we light the aviation spark,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.”
The next Girls in Aviation Day will be held Saturday, September 23, 2017.
Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, call (937) 839-4647, or visit www.wai.org.