Aviation for Girls

2018

Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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Did you know? Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world in 1954 in a Cessna 180 called Spirit of Columbus. 6 Take advantage of Women in Aviation Interna- tional's Girls in Aviation Day program. This special day every fall is designed for girls ages 8–17 to learn about all the opportunities available in the aviation/aerospace industry. Each Girls in Aviation Day event is unique and held at airports, museums, FBOs, or air- line headquarters. There are activity stations, demonstrations, static aircraft displays, and lots of photo opportunities to remember the day. Also, every March at the annual International Women in Aviation Conference, there is a Girls in Aviation Day too. Find an event near you at www.WAI.org/giad. 7 Find a mentor. Do an online search for local chapters of Women in Aviation International at www.WAI.org/chapters. With 120 chapters all around the world, you can find a chapter near you. Reach out to the chapters to see if you can attend an event, and meet members who can answer questions and provide mentoring. 8 Check out online ground schools. Search "online ground schools" and you'll find several options. Many of them offer "test flights" of the material for free. The schools are designed around short videos, usually about 15 minutes. Ground school can be done before or concurrently with flight training. Ground school should prepare you for the FAA Knowledge Test, in addition to prepar- ing you for flight. 9 Get a desktop flight simulator. Make sure it has rudder pedals. It's a game, but many of the games we played as children mimicked what we wanted to do when we became adults. 10 Get an aviation map known as a sectional (if you attend a GIAD event, you'll receive a com- plimentary training sectional map provided by Sporty's), a manual E6-B flight computer, and plotter. The manual E6-B looks like a big circular slide ruler, and the plotter is a combination ruler and a protractor. You will learn how to use them in ground school and can find videos online that are instructional as well. When you start flying, you'll need a headset to use in the airplane. Many flight schools have them for stu- dent rental, and you can often find them for sale online for about $169 on up. A kneeboard, which is sort of a lap desk strapped to the pilot's leg in the cockpit, is a very useful tool. During your flight, you'll be writing down information from air traffic control, the weather, etc. Remember, it's an investment to get your private pilot certificate. You can receive your certificate at age 17, and it's a project that takes time, money, and dedi- cation, so talk to your parent/guardian about ways to support you in this exciting journey ahead. © Christopher Miller 10

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