Girls in Aviation Day 2017 was held by the Women in Aviation San Diego Chapter at Jet Source, Inc. at the Palomar-McClellan Airport in Carlsbad, CA. With the help of the Women in Aviation Greater LA Chapter, our event was a huge success! 55 girls between the ages of 8 and 16 were in attendance to visit educational tables and hear a Career Panel speak - Air Traffic Controller – Christina Munro, First Officer at Virgin America – Jennifer Taylor, US Navy Pilot – LT Casey Olson, Airport Manager – Meadow Chase, and Aerospace Engineer – CJ Bixby. The day ended with an MH-60 helicopter fly-in and static display with an all female flight crew. Girls and their families were allowed to get in the MH-60 helicopter, take photos, and learn what it might be like to be an aviator. We hope we inspired an interest in aviation careers among all of these young women.
Each girl received a T-shirt and a Girls in Aviation Day goodie bag full of aviation-related items donated by our sponsors. Girl Scouts were given a scavenger hunt to earn the Girls in Aviation Fun Patch.
Thank you to all the organizations that came to educate and inspire these girls: AeroEd, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts, Aviation Explorers Post 120, Civil Air Patrol, Civic Helicopters, EAA Young Eagles, Miramar College Aviation Department, Pinnacle Aviation Academy, and The US Coast Guard.
Thank you to our sponsors for the day: The Palomar Airport Association, American Airlines, Southwest, Delta, Sky One Federal Credit Union, Empower UAV, the Allied Pilots Association, Net Jets, Astronaut Foods, and the United States Navy.
And a very special thanks to Jet Source President, Craig Foster who made this event possible.
GIRLS IN AVIATION DAY 2017 – September 23, 2017
Girls in Aviation Day participants and volunteers pose with an MH-60 helicopter and flight crew members
LT Caite Soper, LTJG Taryn Voller, LT Sarah Beth Rupp, and AWS2 Adriana Ramirez.
Many Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
BROWSE OUR GALLERY OF THE DAY'S EVENTS
Photos by Janene Shepherd and Barb Garwood