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 2015 27 If I want to move to- ward aviation mainte- nance as a career, what are the next steps that I should be taking? I f you h ave n't a l ready done so, f i nd a mentor— a n ind iv idua l work ing in an area of aviation mainte- nance that you think you want to know more about— someone who can help guide and make suggestions for developing your aviation interests. They should also be able to help prepare you for what require- ments you will need to complete frst. One of the best ways to connect with a mentor is through WAI or the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM). I know I don't want to fly, but really am drawn to many things related to aviation. Besides flying, what other things are there to do in aviation? Aviation abounds with other opportunities and fun areas to work at or volunteer in. Aviation maintenance offers a vari- ety of areas to learn and demonstrate your skills. The variety includes the aircraft itself, avionics, engines, painting, detail- ing, interiors, parts/inventory, scheduling, organization, and paperwork. Working on aircraft keeps you on the ground, and can be rewarding and great fun! What kind of things can I do now to prepare myself for working on airplanes and helicopters? You can start small, such as working on bicycles and skate- boards, or other things that are readily available. Model air- planes, helicopters, and drones are a great way to learn about aircraft construction and maintenance. Building your own models helps you understand how everything works. Check to see if you have a local model airplane club near you! Open yourself to the possibilities that surround you. Starting can be as simple as working on your own bicycle, or helping a neighbor or friend out when she or he is working on a car or another project that involves building or repairing. Even just handing tools to someone that is doing the work and quietly observing is an education. Also, keep focused on your science and math classes. Check with your teacher to see if some of the class projects could be completed by applying them to aviation. Working on airplanes looks like fun, but are me- chanics always dirty? Also, someone told me I'd have to cut my hair. Is that true? Working on aircraft is fun! With today's technology and en- vironment, if using the proper clothing and safety equipment, aviation maintenance technicians remain a relatively clean team of great individuals. Yes, there are areas in maintenance where after working you will need to scrub especially well, but those are mostly engine or paint related. You could also consider becoming an avionics technician. Long hair can be a safety hazard in more environments than just aviation; however, there is no reason to cut it when there are plenty of ways to secure your hair that look great, and will keep you safe. ✈ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denise Waters, WAI 221, is an FAA-certifed A&P mechanic and repairman-LSA-airplane, and a pilot. T E C H T I P S D E N I S E W A T E R S GLOSSARY Aileron A hinged fight control surface usually forming part of the trailing edge of each wing of a fxed-wing aircraft; French for "little wing." Angle of Attack The angle be- tween the chord of an airfoil and the direction of the surrounding undisturbed fow of gas or liquid. CAA Civil Aviation Authority, in countries outside the U.S. Conventional Gear An aircraft undercarriage consisting of two main wheels, forward of the center of gravity, and a small wheel or skid to support the tail. ELT Emergency Locator Transmitter; emergency transmit- ters that are carried aboard most general aviation aircraft in the U.S. FAA Federal Aviation Administration FAR/AIM Federal Aviation Regu- lations/Aeronautical Information Manual; rules prescribed by the FAA governing all aviation activities in the United States. FBO Fixed Base Operator; a commercial business granted the right by an airport to operate on the airport and provide aero- nautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, fight instruction, etc. GA General Aviation; all civil aviation operations other than scheduled air services and non- scheduled air transport operations for remuneration or hire. ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization; UN organization that develops and suggests airline safe- ty standards and practices. IFR Instrument Flight Rules; one of two sets of regulations governing all aspects of civil aviation aircraft operations Knots Units in which a plane measures its airspeed; a knot is a unit of speed equal to one nautical mile (1.852 km) per hour or approximately 1.151 mph Nautical miles A unit used in measuring distances at sea, equal to approximately 2,025 yards (1,852 meters). NOTAM Notice to Airmen; a written notifcation issued to pilots before a fight, advising them of circumstances relating to the state of fying. PIREP Pilot Report; a report of actual weather conditions encountered by an aircraft in fight. Pitot Tube A pressure measure- ment instrument used to measure fuid fow velocity. Stall A sudden reduction in the lift generated by an airfoil when the critical angle of attack is reached or exceeded. Yaw Term used when an aircraft rotates around its vertical axis.

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