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Dreams take flight at Girls in Aviation Day

Marisa Warren, a senior at Incarnate Word, sits in the cockpit of a Cirrus SR 20.

At the first-ever Girls in Aviation Day in October, more than 100 young women from 15 bi-state area high schools were introduced to careers in aviation at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. The event was hosted by Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, in partnership with Women in Aviation International [WAI], and it’s the first of what they hope will be an annual event.
High-schoolers flew planes in high-tech simulators and climbed into the cockpits of various aircraft for an overview of the instrumentation.
“It’s been a terrific event,” said Stephen Magoc, MBA, Chair of the Department of Aviation Science at SLU’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. “We have 15 schools represented from around the St. Louis region, some public and some private, and this is our first time really introducing these young students to potential careers in aviation in this interactive way.”
In addition to the hands-on activities, the event featured a career expo, where the students had the opportunity to talk with representatives from more than a dozen companies and organizations in the aviation industry about job opportunities and the paths to take to secure those types of positions.
The goal of events like Girls in Aviation is to introduce more young women to the field of aviation, where there currently is tremendous demand for pilots, engineers and other positions.
To learn more about Girls in Aviation or opportunities to participate in future events, contact Rachel Rimmerman at Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology via email at parksevents@slu.edu. To learn more about Women in Aviation, visit wai.org.

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