Women in Aviation International’s next Girls in Aviation Day is officially set for Saturday, September 23, 2017. With two years of successful experience in managing this international outreach, the third International Girls in Aviation Day is set to be enhanced and expanded to include more WAI chapters and corporate members.
The Australian Chapter will be holding a GIAD event in Canberra ACT. For more information on this event please contact event coordinator Lea Vesic
A survey of the WAI chapters that participated in the 2016 Girls in Aviation Day indicated:
- The average attendance at a Girls in Aviation Day event was 81 participants, with the average age of participants ranging from seven to 15 years of age.
- 86.7% of Girls in Aviation Day events took place at an airport, with the remainder taking place at schools and other venues.
- Favorite activities of the girls included scavenger hunts, “sitting in airplanes,” “working with airplane mechanic’s tools,” learning the phonetic alphabet, simulator flights, and making rockets.
Girls in Aviation Day gives our chapters and corporate members an opportunity to reach out beyond the aviation community to engage and inspire hundreds of young women in their local area,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “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, and we’re already looking forward to the 2017 event.”
The Royal Australian Air Force Flight Camp for Women Program runs throughout the year. In line with the international celebration of Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) the RAAF will be hosting a flight camp at the Pearce Air Force Base, WA. The week long camp offers women aged from 16-24 the opportunity to attend the RAAF Base Pearce and show them first-hand what its like to be a pilot in the Air Force. There will also be activities planned to experience some of other aviation roles including Air Combat Officers, Joint Battlefield Airspace Controllers (Air Traffic Control), Engineering and more.