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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You can learn so much, tweet by tweet, just from the 140 characters Twitter provides. Consider following both aviation people such as aerobatic champion Patty Wagstaff ( @pattyaerobatics ) or aspiring astronaut Abigail Harrison ( @astronautabby ), a college student whose goal is to be the first person to step foot on Mars. You can follow aviation-oriented organiza- tions such as the National Weather Service ( @nws ) and the Weather Channel ( @weatherchannel ). Weather is a crucial part of aviation whether you're a pilot, air traffic controller, or an airport manag- er. Check to see if your local airport has a Twitter account. Many do. And if you've never been to the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., put it on your I-must-go-there list, but in the meantime you can follow them at @airandspace to learn a great deal about airplanes past, present, and future. Of course, once Twitter notices you're following airplane/aviation tweeters, you'll receive loads of suggestion of who and what else to follow. On to YouTube where there are literally thou- sands of aviation-themed videos. You'll find flight instructors giving lessons, watch harrowing land- ings of huge airliners, see interviews with famous pilots and interviews with all-female flight crews, and so much more. One subject you may want to explore on YouTube is the WASP. That stands for Women Airforce Service Pilots, and they are the women who flew military aircraft, though not in combat, during World War II. They taught men how to fly and ferried airplanes from place to place for the war effort. These are amazing women, some of whom are still with us, although they are in their 90s and older by now. The WASP opened doors for future generations, including you. And if you're looking for an interesting topic for a school report, consider a feature on the WASP. You will never find a more heroic bunch. If you're lucky, maybe you'll find you have a WASP living nearby who you could interview in person. Other than learning a lot and enjoying your avi- ation self-education, the internet can also provide tangible benefits. Want a free airplane ride? Yes, you read that right: a free airplane ride! An organi- zation called the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has a program called Young Eagles whose goal is to introduce young people to aviation via an introductory airplane ride. Google it and see if there's a Young Eagles event near you. If so, you can enjoy your flight, and then take your interest one step further and take advantage of EAA's "Next Step" program for Young Eagles. In partnership with Sporty's Pilot Shop, you are given free online access to Sporty's study program for your private pilot written test—all for free and all just waiting for you. The internet can also lead you to aviation scholarships. If you're approaching college, any amount of money helps pay that tuition. Women in Aviation International is known for its scholar- ships—and WAI grants thousands and thousands of dollars each year both for scholastic scholarships and flight training scholarships. But WAI is not alone: There are many aviation-themed scholar- ships waiting for you to apply. Just Google "aviation scholarships" and see what's available to you. Social media can introduce you to every aspect of aviation that interests you. Through it, you'll become familiar with the people and airplanes that make aviation such a fascinating career or hobby. You'll learn the lingo and become informed so start your exploration of the aviation world which is at your fingertips. Patricia Luebke, WAI 1954, is a New York City-based freelance writer, editor, and marketing consultant. Did you know? Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in May 1930. 2 0 1 7 5

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