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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14 AVIATION FOR Girls 2015 have fown daily for the past several years it's easy to for- get how awesome it is to take to the sky and fly! Giving people these discovery fights gave me a renewed sense of awe, passion, and excitement for general aviation and also for the career path I have chosen. I spent much of June in the Pacifc Northwest, in Ore- gon and Washington. Prior to this I had never been west of Colorado, so it was quite an experience getting to explore all these areas myself with "my own" airplane. It's a truly beautiful area of the country to fy in, despite some compli- cated weather presented by the Cascade Mountains. At the beginning of July, I was able to head farther south and explore San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Flying in this area was a new challenge, with complex air- space attributes and a high volume of traffc. I was able to truly use my instrument fying skills by fling and fying specifc ATC preferred routes and tower en route control routes. I was able to experience frsthand many things that I had only read about with intricate routing and navigating complicated airspace. It was scary, exciting, and exactly what I hoped this internship would provide for me in terms of learning opportunities and experiences. In mid-July, I headed to Lake Tahoe for the Truckee Tahoe Air Fair. I was particularly excited for this air show, as my long-time aviation mentor and friend Patty Wag- staff, WAI 480, would also be in attendance. I frst con- nected with Patty in Oshkosh more than 10 years ago where she saw my enthusiasm and let me spend time with her and her crew for the week. She encouraged me through every step of my flight training, and I've trea- sured having her as such an infuential person in my life. Although I've known Patty for a long time, I had never fown with her. In Truckee, I was able to take her up on a fight in my Skyhawk around Lake Tahoe. It was an awe- some experience to fnally give a fight to the woman who inspired me to become a pilot. Advice for Internship Seekers Don't let the competition keep you from applying—the Discover Flying Challenge is a ver y competitive internship, and at frst I was overwhelmed by how many people would apply for so few positions. Have confdence and put your application out there! A letter of recommendation never hurts, even if it isn't required— I submitted an extra letter of recommendation with my application. They help bring some color to it. Worst-case scenario they don't read it, but best-case, it helps you get the job. Have multiple people look over your application and résumé— the more people who read over it, the better. Don't be shy with your essay or résumé, because input from others is a valuable part of making your application the best it can be.

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