New Delhi, October 14, 2018: Organizations in the Houston area will hold events Saturday to inspire girls to become pilots or aviation mechanics.
The goal is highlighting new job opportunities and, ultimately, enticing more women into the male-dominated fields. Just 7 percent of pilots and 2 percent of mechanics are women, according to Federal Aviation Administration data.
“The goal is just for the girls to see women doing the jobs and living the life in the aviation industry,” said Jessica Garcia, who flies corporate jets and is president of the Houston chapter of Women in Aviation International.
There will also be a photo booth, where the girls can dress up in uniforms for the military, pilots, flight attendants and mechanics.
“We want them to put the uniforms on and visualize themselves wearing them,” Garcia said. “Visualize themselves being in that position and the role.”
“It’s very inspirational, I’ve heard it before,” Garcia said. “It leaves everyone captivated according to houstonchronicle.com.“
Girls can be registered for the event at GirlsInAviationDayHouston.com. They need to be signed up before Saturday. Registration opens at 8 a.m. The event starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m.
United Airlines is also hosting an event Saturday. More than 40 students from the KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls will get to see United’s operations in Houston and learn about aviation from United’s pilots, customer service agents, maintenance technicians and other employees.
Garcia said getting more women into aviation could help address some of the industry’s issues, ranging from maternity and family leave to uniforms tailored to fit women’s bodies.
“Because our numbers are so small, we have to be our own best advocates,” Garcia said.