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Women In Aviation Uses Technology to Help Girls Explore Industry Careers

Travel and gathering restrictions related to COVID-19 interrupted a lot of events last year and even into 2021. Women in Aviation International adjusted their flight plan and created a new way to bring the world of aviation to girls (and boys) around the globe. Last year ahead of the Girls in Aviation day on September 26, they launched the Aviation For Girls (AFG) app sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.

This app opens the world of aviation to thousands of girls who might not be able to attend an in-person event. With tons of free content, girls can hear from women in amazing aviation careers and apply for WAI scholarships. The app is free and available all year long.

New content will go live on the app on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Content includes age-appropriate tracks for elementary, middle, and high school students. The app also allows WAI to maintain contact with girls throughout the year with e-mail newsletters and resources.

Since WAI’s first annual international Girls in Aviation Day in 2015, the annual WAI event has grown every year since its first gathering of 32 events and 3,200 participants. In 2019, GIAD met more than 20,000 attendees participating in 119 events in 18 countries.

“WAI is thrilled to connect with girls all year, without geographic constraints, and on their schedule, through our virtual experience delivered in the Aviation for Girls App,” says WAI CEO Allison McKay. “WAI will continue our expanding program of encouraging and inspiring girls–no matter where they live or learn–all-year-round with a continuously growing library of content that is key to the GIAD experience. We’re grateful that the U.S. Air Force values the importance of Girls in Aviation Day and has partnered with us to help launch the Aviation for Girls App, allowing us to bring the world of aviation to so many all over the world.” 

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Its diverse membership includes astronauts, corporate and airline pilots, maintenance technicians, engineers, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers, and many others.

To download the app, smartphone users should visit the App Store or Google Play and WAI Events.