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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flightline, in the control tower, and in the cockpit, makes a difference every day. And as you continue toward your adventure in aviation, I want my story and the stories of so many others to inspire you so that you too will inspire future generations of girls to enter the world of aviation. September is a very special month. I am honored that my birthday, as well as my daughter's birthday are both during Girls in Aviation month. Plus, Girls in Aviation Day 2017 is on September 23 and falls right between both our birthdays! So, perhaps I was born to fly. I certainly feel that way! A successful career in the aviation industry takes hard work, commitment, and gutsy perse- verance! The payoff is a remarkable and exciting adventure whether your passion is flying, mainte- nance, traffic controlling, avionics, flight attend- ing, airport operations, or myriad other aviation opportunities within the military, private, or corporate sectors. I chose to become a pilot; you can become anything you want! You can learn vital skills for the profession in many capacities at a young age and delve deeper as you get older. Just know that if aviation is your dream, the right "flight plan" can become your future! Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour, WAI 39208, is America's first African-American female combat pilot. She is author of Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step, Battle- Tested Method for Accomplishing Goals that Matter. She is a professional speaker, coach, and consultant. www.VerniceArmour.com Get involved in STEM courses Abilities developed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs are valuable to learning the necessary skills in aviation. These classes are offered by your school or get involved with supplemental educational activities so you can build a strong foundation in computation- al thinking, technical applications, and problem solving. If you'll be seeking a career as a pilot or in another aviation-centric role, you will need to have a strong grasp of STEM skills. The earlier you start, the better! Identify a mentor and ask for help on your journey I was only the fourth woman in the Marine Corps to fly the AH-1W Super Cobra Attack Helicopter, so there weren't many female pilots available for men- toring. The biggest lesson I learned is your mentors won't always look like you or do exactly what you want to do. Honestly, as women and girls continue to excel, building mentoring remains essential to helping us continue to break barriers and succeed! Ask your parents to help you locate and contact the best possible choices for mentors. Learn to use the flight simulator If you want to be a pilot, technology is on your side for this one. There are many aviation apps and computer programs available to everyone. You can learn the basics of aviation, get in the cockpit and even control a simulated flight, or practice being an air traffic controller from your home! Discover your community and nourish it Look online for other girls who are interested in aerospace and aviation, and develop a commu- nity where you can support each other's growth and learn from one another. If a career in aviation is calling you, getting start- ed at a young age and learning as much as you can will increase your chances for future suc- cess. Begin taking the steps to get off the ground right now, and continue to soar as high as you can. Follow your dream and don't let anyone stop you. Stand up and stay gutsy! See you in the sky. FlyGirl's Flight Plan: Tips and Tactics to Help You Fly! 2 0 17 13

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