Aviation for Girls


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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Airports Worldwide! According to the World Atlas, the United States has the most airports and airfields recognizable from the air. But other countries are chock- full of airports too. Here is a list of the top 10 countries when it comes to airports. 1 United States 13,513 2 Brazil 4.093 3 Mexico 1,714 4 Canada 1,467 5 Russia 1,218 6 Argentina 1,138 7 Bolivia 855 8 Colombia 836 9 Paraguay 799 10 Indonesia 673 A mile of road will take you a mile, but a mile of runway will take you anywhere. Grand Canyon, Arizona: If you want to see one of the great natural won- ders of the United States, no airport gets you closer to the Grand Canyon than the aptly named Grand Canyon Airport. Once you land, you are just 8 miles from the entrance to the south rim of the canyon, where you can board a free shuttle bus for a three- to four-hour tour. Half Moon Bay, California: Landing at Half Moon Bay, you are minutes away from Mavericks, which is the home of the world's premier surfing competi- tion, the Mavericks Invitational, open by invitation to only the 24 best big wave surfers in the world. You are also a short car ride away from A ~ no Nuevo State Park, home to thousands of el- ephant seals providing some of the best wildlife viewing anywhere. Powers, Oregon: If you want to enjoy the outdoors, the airport in Powers, Oregon, allows camping right when you land. This airport has a grass strip (as opposed to a paved runway) and once you land, you're there! It's an easy walk into town, which is rich in the area's logging history, for shopping and meals. Every pilot has to sleep under the wing of her airplane at least once. Wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, boating, and fishing are all close by. I f you've traveled on an airline for a family vacation or other trip, you've probably flown out of one of the bigger, busy airports where several airlines pro- vide service. But did you know that there are loads of smaller airports that the airlines don't serve? These smaller airports are for pilots who have their own air- planes, and they are gateways to adventure. Flying to one of these smaller airports yourself, in your own airplane (or in an airplane you've rented) is fun in itself, but you'll have even more fun when you arrive—without the drudgery of a six-hour car ride. Here are some of our favorite airports, some of which are only accessible in your own airplane: Oh the Places You'll Go! Compiled by Patricia Luebke © Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives © jurvetson | Flickr | cc-by-2.0 © Scott Catron | WikiMedia Commons | CC BY 2.5 Aspen, Colorado: Pilots enjoy a challenge, and landing at Aspen can be just that due to its elevation and changing weather conditions in the mountains. But the trip is well worth it when you can access some of the best skiing anywhere. In addition to Aspen, other nearby ski destinations with their own airports are Telluride and Eagle/Vail, Colorado. 12

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