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Local girls introduced to aviation during Girls in Aviation Day

DES MOINES – The Heartland Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) has announced an event will be offered to local girls ages 8 to 16 years to introduce them to the possibilities available in a career in aviation. The day’s activities will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Aviation Technology Academy School, 205 County Line Road, in Des Moines. More than 100 girls along with their chaperones are expected to attend.

“We want our local girls to see there are exciting careers available to them as engineers, astronauts, pilots, dispatchers, air traffic controllers and dozens of other jobs within the aviation community,” said WAI Heartland Chapter President Sara Arnold. “We will introduce the girls to role models and educate them in a fun and supportive atmosphere.”

The Heartland Chapter will join Women in Aviation International chapters around the world on Oct. 13 for an outreach event to inspire the next generation of women in aviation. Chapters all over the world are putting on their own unique programs, and U.S. states are proclaiming Oct. 13 to be Girls in Aviation Day in their state. Attendees will also be able to earn the new Girl Scout Aviation Girl Fun Patch.

“The program is $10 for participants who will receive a goodie bag and their chaperones are free,” Arnold said. “We look forward to seeing girls interacting with positive role models and considering aviation as they make their college and career plans.”

Register on Eventbrite or, email or or call 515-991-0866. Space is limited and reservations are required.  For more information, visit

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