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Girls take flight

By: Bonnie Krueger

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 at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. Local schools that participated in Girls in Aviation Day included Parkway North High, Parkway South High, Westminster Christian Academy and Villa Duchesne.

The high school students flew planes in high-tech simulators and climbed into the cockpits of various aircraft for an overview of the instrumentation. Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology – in partnership with Women in Aviation International [WAI] – hosted the first of what they hope will become an annual event.

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 various job opportunities and the paths to take to secure those types of positions.

To learn more about Girls in Aviation, contact Rachel Rimmerman via email at parksevents@slu.edu. 

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