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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AVIATION FOR Girls 2016 15 Looking for Stick Time? If you are looking for a comprehensive listing of camps you are in luck. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) lists two dozen possibilities, ranging from day camps staged at museums and airports to full-blown overnight experiences you can find in the Let's Go Flying section of AOPA.org. Some of the stars of the list include the Civil Air Patrol, which holds encampments for its cadets all over the U.S. each summer where they learn to fly gliders and hot air balloons (an excellent introduction to flight for any budding aviator). Sev- eral aviation-oriented universities offer summer flight train- ing programs. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona, campuses offer numer- ous summer camps that explore topics ranging from robotics and aviation to computers and cybersecurity. From the flying side of things the school's flight exploration programs are designed to key into different phases of flight training, from pre-solo to post-solo cross-country phases of su- pervised flight. Parks College of St. Louis University offers a summer academy that includes UAV training. There are also faith-based camps: Mission Aviation Adven- ture Camps take place at six different airports across the coun- try. Really, there is something for every child's dream of avia- tion out there. You've just got to dig. Da Camps For those of you on a budget, many aviation museums hold day camps throughout the summer. The Seattle Museum of Flight, for example, holds Aerospace Experience Camps (ACE) day camps all summer long for 5-18 year olds, with specialized pro- grams broken down by grade level. If you are located in Central Florida there are a series of sum- mer day camps affiliated with Lakeland, Florida-based SUN 'n FUN designed for all school-age children excited by aviation and space. Financial Advice If you are hoping for a scholarship or stipend to help pay camp expenses, you need to start planning early. Most of the camps affiliated with either a museum or a college program have sti- pends for those with financial need. Even if you don't become a pilot, mechanic, astronaut, or aerospace engineer, the time you spend at these educational camps will turn you into a sky-lover, the kind who looks up fondly at the sound of an airplane overhead and cheer when rockets hurl toward the heavens. The kind of person who will always, always reach for the stars. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amy Laboda, WAI 14, is a freelance writer and founding board member of Women in Aviation International. Aviation camps can be found throughout the United States and in a variety of formats to fit your budget and schedule. They are a great way to explore your interests!

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