Aviation for Girls

2015

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 2015 15 Oshkosh In late July, I headed back to the Midwest for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and met up with the rest of the 2014 Discover Fly- ing Challenge interns. We planned to fy to Oshkosh in crews of two using three of our airplanes. This was my 14th trip to Osh kosh and I had never had the opportunity to fy in be- fore. I had studied the NOTAM cover to cover. This was the air show where I decided I wanted to be a pilot 14 years ago, and to be able to fly in now as a commercial pilot and CFI would be incredible. The team departed early in the morning as a fight of three from Chicago Executive Airport on the north side of Chicago. As we got closer to Ripon, Wisconsin, my excitement grew. We followed the VFR arrival procedures and got in the arrival line with all the other airplanes, and it wasn't too busy when we arrived. We were assigned Runway 36L—the big runway that goes right down the show line! I must admit it was hard to keep my enthusiasm at bay and just fy the airplane. I was assigned a landing on the yellow dot and I was reeling with excitement during the whole taxi, looking all around at the fa- miliar sights of the air show. This was the frst time I'd fown in, and it was everything I'd hoped it would be and more! Working the Oshkosh air show gave me a different per- spective on how the event is staged and conducted and I had a truly great time. As the amazing week there came to a close, I was able to ride back to Wichita on the Cessna Ci- tation M2. It was a surprising and delightful experience that I'll always remember and I hope it's not the last time I get to fy in a Citation! After Oshkosh, the internship offcially wrapped up back at Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita and we all went our separate ways. The other interns and I all agreed that it was the best summer we could have imagined as pilots be- ginning our careers. The Discover Flying Challenge was the experience of a lifetime and I personally feel so grateful to have been a part of an experience that stretched me, ultimate- ly making me a better pilot, and even more committed to my passion for fying than ever before. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julia Harrington, WAI 42869, is a flight instructor for Lewis University in Chicago, Illinois. Never doubt the importance of making a good impression to each and ever y person you meet—the potential employers can ask anyone's opinion of you, from the secretar y to a person you pass in the hallway. Ever y interaction you have is important. Get creative with the application— the Discover Flying Challenge required a few social media writing examples and instead of just typing them out, I formatted them and used icons from each social media website to make them look more realistic. This type of creativity makes you stand out! Be yourself in the inter view— especially with this internship, they were ver y interested to see our personalities come alive. As a spokesperson and face of Cessna, they wanted us to be lively and outgoing, so make sure you don't let ner ves keep you from showing your true colors.

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