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CANCELED - Girls in Aviation Day

Due to logistical conflicts, EAA has canceled Girls in Aviation Day scheduled for Sunday, October 17, 2021. EAA apologizes for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused and is looking to reschedule for a future date.


EAA’s Girls in Aviation Day brings the world of aviation to young women to encourage, inspire, and develop their curiosity into a lifelong career. Girls in Aviation Day will feature hands-on activities, a behind-the-scenes tour of an airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic career, and presentations from prominent women in the STEM and aviation community.

Registration for Girls in Aviation Day begins at 12 p.m. Because limited spots are available for specialty activities, early arrival is encouraged. Specialty activities require parental registration and signed waivers. Parents are encouraged to stay throughout the day.


Speaker Lineup:

Dr. Nicolle Zellner 1 - 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Nicolle Zellner is a professor of physics at Albion College, planetary scientist, speaker, and STEM educator. Dr. Zellner was heavily inspired by the women of Mercury 13 and works to inspire other young women to enter the field of science and space.

Gigi Coleman 1:40 - 2:30 p.m.
Gigi Coleman is the great-niece of Bessie Coleman, the first African American female aviator. Gigi is picking up where her great-aunt left off by fulfilling her ultimate dream of running a flight school.

Sarah Gilliam 2:40 - 3:10 p.m.
Sarah Gilliam grew up with the dream of becoming a pilot and has five years of experience working in the aviation world. Her experiences include being a flight attendant, ramp agent, and FBO operations. Sarah Gilliam is currently in flight training and becoming closer to achieving her piloting dreams!

Emilia Tolbert 3:20 - 3:50 p.m.
After graduating from high school as a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, Emilia Tolbert chose to go to Spelman College and to Tuskegee University to ultimately earn her Master’s degree. As a pilot, Emilia Tolbert plans to leave behind a legacy to pave the road for future aviators for generations to come.

Laura Thomas 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Laura Thomas currently works as an air traffic controller (ATC).


Specialty Activities:

Girls can choose one of the following activities to participate in (sign up is first-come, first-served basis). Please note that some activities may have times that conflict with the speakers.

Option 1 | Zenith Riveting
Using supplies supplied by Zenith Aircraft, rivet together a three-ring binder to take home with you. An experienced educator will lead you through the steps to construct your binder out of sheet metal, rivets, and muscle power.

Option 2 | Computer Flight Sims
With the assistance of an experienced educator, you can learn how to fly on a flight simulator. Basics of flight are covered, including the tricks you need to fly a successful simulator flight. Your first flight plan — fly through St. Louis’ Gateway Arch.

Option 3 | Tour of Basler Turbo Conversions
What does it mean to be an airframe and powerplant mechanic (A&P)? What’s it like to be a young woman working with tools and engines? Take the shuttle over to Basler Turbo to get a tour from Ashley Haase and learn all about it!


Information Tables:

EAA – Learn about scholarships, GirlVenture 2022, Young Eagles flights, and student memberships.

AeroEducate – EAA’s free, online program for K-12 students to explore their aviation curiosity through STEM activities and projects that will open new possibilities in the aviation community.

FVTC – Learn all about the aviation department at Fox Valley Technical College.

WAI – Learn about opportunities for scholarships and mentoring through the Women in Aviation International table.

The Ninety-Nines – Founded in 1929, The Ninety-Nines is an organization of women in aviation. Find out about their mission, scholarships, and organization here.

Throughout the day, meet the Girls in Aviation Day speakers, explore the EAA Aviation Museum, learn about aviation careers, scholarships, education, and available clubs to further your aviation curiosity.

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