More than 100 young women from 15 bi-state area high schools learned about future careers in aviation as they participated in the first ever Girls in Aviation Day Friday, Oct. 12, at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. Read more from St Louis University here. Now in its fourth year as a global event, Girls in Aviation Day is designed to introduce and educate girls 8 to 17 years of age on the many career choices and lifestyle possibilities offered by the aviation/aerospace industry.
Organized by Women in Aviation International (WAI) at St. Louis Downtown Airport, 100 girls from 15 area high schools were invited to an aviation full-immersion day. Partnering with St. Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering Aviation and Technology, WAI sponsored the event expose girls to careers in the aviation industry. Worldwide, 15,000 girls joined similar events in the US and abroad on the same day. The girls could climb into the cockpit of planes and helicopters, take turns in flight simulators, and talk with professionals in aviation related jobs. Pictured here, Girls in Aviation Day. Jaaliyah Ellis, (right) a senior at Francis Howell High School takes a turn in the flight simulator with her copilot Brianna Tate.