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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6 AVIATION FOR Girls 2016 Aircraft Mechanic "Just about every facet of aviation is in demand, but what we're seeing as part of the outreach programs at WMU is that the demand in maintenance is huge. We're having a hard time meeting the demand for workers in the manufacturing and skilled labor industry. With the increase in sophistication in aircraft systems, we'll continue to see more specialized trades, such as working with composite materi- als and advanced avionics." —Tom Thinnes, Recruitment and Outreach Manager, Western Michigan University E ver see an A&P mechanic sitting around doing nothing? Yeah, me neither. Most aviation mechan- ics are working overtime, serving mul- tiple clients, and juggling a variety of airplanes. It's a segment of the indus- try that's widely underrepresented by women, and often overlooked. But air- planes wouldn't fly without mechanics, and the number of airplanes out there today vastly outnumbers the mechanics available to fix them. This is particu- larly true in the general aviation world. The aging sector of the fleet requires by Sarina Houston The 5 Most In-Demand Jobs in Aviation 1 A pilot shortage is upon us, and the airlines are hiring pilots like crazy. But if you are just starting out on the road to be- coming a professional airline pilot, it remains a fairly long climb to the left seat at a major air- line. But pilots aren't the only job the aviation industry is short on—many other aviation careers are in high demand, either because of a shortage of workers or because the field is experiencing rapid growth, and in certain cases as a by- product of the pilot shortage. I did some research to come up with five of the most in- demand jobs in aviation. If an aviation career is in your fu- ture or you're looking to expand your horizons, you might want to take a close look at the opportunities in these fields. BONNIE KRATZ

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