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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chance to become Young Eagles on the last day of camp and took their first flight in a single-engine propeller plane. While my boys were at that camp, I was able to meet some of the pilots who provided the Young Eagles flights for the kids at the camp. Some of them were involved with the Camden Aviation Youth Program (CYAP) offered by Camden's Catholic School Partnership. Its vision is to introduce the young people of Camden and Southern, New Jersey, to the dream of flight helping them to grow into well disciplined, educated, and con- tributing members and leaders of society. Recently, I spoke about avia- tion opportunities at five schools in the Camden area. I was happy to see a lot of young women in the audience. One 8th grader I met, Briana Roman, told me of her dream to be an Air Force pilot and an aircraft mechanic after taking a Young Eagles flight. Briana got a chance to follow her dream by attending the Ex- perimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Air Academy, a weeklong summer camp in Oshkosh, Wis- consin. She made friends who shared her aviation interests from as far away as Texas and Califor- nia. Among her favorite parts of camp, Briana enjoyed a helicopter flight and built aviation items in the workshop. As she enters her freshman year of high school this fall, Briana will be looking for opportunities to stay engaged in aviation. She would like to attend another aviation camp and the EAA AirVenture air show. I plan to keep in touch with her because I can't wait to see where her aviation journey will take her next! Aviation opportunities may be all around you, too. Do some research. Visit your local general aviation airport. Find out if there is a Young Eagles program, an EAA chapter, and a Women in Aviation International chapter. Look for aviation after school programs or summer camp op- portunities. Many of these might have scholarship opportunities as well. If you can dream it, then you can do it! Joanne Damato, WAI 6829, is a mom, pilot, and director of operations and educational development for the National Business Aviation Association. U P S i s H i r i n g First Officers Flight Qualified Management Aircrap Systems & Structures Engineers Simulator Technicians Aircrap Maintenance Management Trainees Flight Dispatchers UPS is an equal opportunity employer – race/color/religion/sex/ national origin/veteran/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity ©2017 United Parcel Service of America, Inc. UPS, the UPS brandmark and the color brown are trademarks of United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved. Flying W's airplane pool 2 0 17 21

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