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Getting more girls in Aviation

Ashleigh Went

“You can’t be what you can’t see”

It’s the collective motto that’s being echoed by women in sport, hospitality and many other industries that have been traditionally male-dominated – including Women in Aviation.

Women in Aviation, International is a global not for profit organisation that’s dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. This Friday 22 September, the Australian chapter of the organisation are holding a free event, Girls in Aviation, to explore, inspire and connect young girls and women interested in aviation.

The fact is that the gender stereotyping of careers happens at a young age, so it’s important for them to see women in a range of career roles to feel as though those careers and opportunities are open to them as well.

“Our diverse membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others” says event coordinator, Lea Vesic.

Women from all facets of the industry will be present at the event to speak to girls and women about their career experience and break down pre-conceived ideas about what it’s like to work in the aviation industry.

“We have a young lady who is just beginning her journey as a general aviation pilot, a distinguished Aeronautical Engineer and military jet pilots working for the RAAF. Along with our speakers, we have representatives who work in Air Traffic Control, Airport and Airline Operations, flying school operators and aerospace engineers.”

In addition, the RAAF will be flying in a HAWK127 Jet aircraft with a female crew to chat with participants and provide an opportunity to view the aircraft up close.

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The Australian Chapter of Women in Aviation, International was established a little over eighteen months ago.

“Since then we have grown from strength to strength, combining our passion and mission with the community and industry” says Lea.

“We provide year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI [Women in Aviation, International] also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members and young people national and internationally.”

The aviation industry is one which offers so many benefits to women, including the opportunity for travel, a fantastic community and the sense of pride that comes with working with people across many disciplines to keep airports running and airplanes flying.

“I believe people make a diference by living out their passion and in doing so, inspiring others to live theirs” says Lea.

“I have an insatiable love for flying and working with communities around me. I have been fortunate to meet people throughout my career who have inspired and motivated me to achieve my goals and I feel it is my duty to pay it forward to the next generation and particularly empower young girls to realise their full potential.”

If you’re interested in aviation – or know a young girl or woman who is –  it’s well worth heading to this Friday’s event for a dose of industry insight, and to be inspired by the incredible women who are a part of the aviation industry.

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the essentials:

What: Girls in Aviation Day 2017
When: 10am to 2pm Friday 22 September 2017
Where: Majura Park Theatre, Lancaster Place, Majura Park|
Details: For more information, visit the Girls in Aviation Day Facebook page or click here to register.

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Ashleigh Went

Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. She’s currently furthering her studies in nutrition, but also has a Bachelor of Communication and is a qualified fitness instructor with over five years experience working in a gym. Among other things, she’s a lover of great food, coffee and fashion. She can usually be found shopping for activewear, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue

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