See what we did at GIRLS IN AVIATION DAY 2018

On Saturday, October 13th, WAI San Diego hosted another successful Girls in Aviation Day! This year marked the 4th anniversary of GIAD, and WAI reported that there were a total of 15,000 attendees, girls age 8-17, around the world. Some 103 chapters and corporate members planned 98 events in 14 countries including 36 states in the U.S.

Many Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!

For this year's Women in Aviation International (WAI) Girls in Aviation Day, the WAI San Diego Chapter and the USS Midway's Youth Programs Office will host up to 200 girls between the ages of 8 to 17 on a specially tailored, aviation-themed Youth Overnight Program.

The girls will visit every aviation-related part of the aircraft carrier, including an evening of observing the flight deck under the stars. They will sleep in authentic enlisted berthing spaces used by Midway Sailors, and will have dinner and breakfast in the original ship's Galley. The program will also include the students having time on the USS Midway's flight simulators.

The WAI San Diego Chapter President and Board of Directors will also be on the ship for the full program, and there will be a special guest speaker! Both WAI San Diego and the USS Midway Youth Programs Office are inviting specific groups of girls in the community to this event, focusing on less privileged neighborhoods along with schools and youth groups that participate in and benefit from outreach programs related to STEM and Aviation education and opportunities.

Space is limited to 200 and all girls must between the ages of 8 and 17 on October 5th.

If you are interested, APPLY by emailing your name and age to Jill Meyers at

The deadline for applications is August 31st, 2019.


Photos by Michelle Hylton and Lesli Bandy


The 2018 WAI San Diego event was held at the San Diego International Airport (KSAN). The day started with a  very impressive panel including Angela Shafer Payne, Vice President of Planning and Operations at KSAN; Linda Hapgood, Director of Supply Chain Operations for Boeing Global Services; Air Force Lt Colonel Amy Gangolea; and our very own 1Lt Paris Krula, Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Officer!

The San Diego Regional Airport Authority provided our attendees a private tour of the KSAN tarmac. The Air Force team from March Air Reserve Base gave the girls a tour of the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft which was flown in just for our event! Lunch was provided by Piedmont Airlines at the airport's USO garden, with two guests from the Southwest Airlines crew who later hosted a behind-the-scenes tour of Southwest Airlines Operations and ground handling.

Our chapter hosted 38 wonderful girls from our community with various backgrounds and aspirations in aviation. Each attendee received a WAI Girls in Aviation day T-shirt and several goodie bags full of aviation-related items donated by our sponsors. Our event's success is credited to our amazing volunteer chapter members and our event sponsors, shown below.