Event Aims to Inspire Young Girls Through Aviation
September 21, 2019
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    Young girls had the opportunity to talk to pilots and check out nearly a dozen airplanes Saturday at Bowman Field.

    The Bluegrass chapter of Women in Aviation hosted its third annual ‘Girls in Aviation Day’. The event is part of a national movement to get girls, ages 8 to 17, interested in a career in flying or maintenance and engineering.

    Organizers say its an incredible industry that has room for more women.

    “A recent Boeing report was estimating 10,000 pilots a year are needed for airlines and general aviation. So yes, they’re all asking to help get more young people interested in aviation, especially to pursue it as a career,” said Dr. Peggy Chabrian.

    ‘Women in Aviation’ has more than 130 chapters around the world.

    A $1,500 flight scholarship and a $1000 maintenance and engineering scholarship was also awarded during the event.

    Organizer say around 25,000 young women will be introduced to aviation this year through similar events.