Girls in Aviation Day 2015
WAI San Diego's 2015 Girls in Aviation Day event was held on September 22nd at Premier Jet (now Atlantic Aviation), at McClellan-Palomar Airport. We hosted 45 girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 16, mostly from local community organizations including Girls, Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside.
The day included a career panel of eight women in different aviation jobs: an aerospace engineer, an air traffic controller, an airframe & powerplant mechanic, an airline pilot, a charter pilot, a Naval Aviator, a flight attendant, and the founder/CEO of a drone company. The kids had the opportunity to climb inside and learn about two different airplanes, an L-3 jet trainer and a corporate business jet.
Ten education-related organizations, including Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Miramar College, set up information tables and spoke about aviation academic programs.
Our local Navy colleagues flew in an MH-60 Seahawk helicopter with an all-female crew, definitely the highlight of the day! The girls talked with the crew and learned about helicopters and being a Naval aviator.
Photos from our 2015 event