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Greater Delaware Valley ‘Girls in Aviation Day’

Marlton, NJ – February 28, 2024 On March 16th, Women in Aviation International (WAI) and Atlantic Aviation at Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) will host their first Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) Greater Delaware Valley at PNE. This event is an annual outreach organized by the nonprofit Aviation Influence, Inc. (AVi). GIAD aligns with the Greater Delaware Valley's goal of bringing more aerospace opportunities to the region. This FREE event aims to inspire the next generation of females in aviation. Currently, nearly 800 girls and their guests are expected to attend, with a wide variety of aerial displays, activities, special surprises, and STEM exhibits.

The top sponsors for this year’s event are The Boeing Company, with presenting sponsors Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Philadelphia Northeast Airport (PNE), Leonardo, CHUBB, Clay Lacy Aviation, Aviation Institute of Maintenance, FunD Av Consulting, Pilot Institute, Influential Drones, Civil Air Patrol, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and WAI corporate member and venue host, Atlantic Aviation.

Hundreds of young ladies and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the upcoming Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) Greater Delaware Valley event on Saturday, March 16th at Atlantic Aviation PNE. The event opens to registered attendees at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served by veteran caterer Franco’s of Marlton, a family-owned and operated establishment also involved in aviation. Attendees will enjoy static displays, fly drones, explore aircraft interiors, participate in various hands-on activities, and engage with STEM and aviation exhibits. Female attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with influential women across aviation, including a Tuskegee Nurse, airline and corporate pilots, engineers, aircraft technicians, air traffic controllers and dispatchers, wildlife experts, drone pilots, and cadets from the Civil Air Patrol, among others.Girls ages 8-17 are encouraged to attend

A special highlight to this year’s event is the historic World War II combat veteran aircraft, C-47 Placid Lassie. Placid Lassie is the lead aircraft for the D-Day Squadron’s upcoming 2024 Legacy Tour, involving commemorations across Europe this May and June for the 80th anniversary of D-Day and 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. A symbol for WWII education and honoring the Greatest Generation, the Placid Lassie crew are made up of seasoned and skilled corporate, airline and recreational pilots, mechanics, and historians ready to engage with a young audience.

Aviation Influence, Inc. (AVi) is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization founded in 2019 with a mission to serve young people in discovering STEM and aviation through outreach. Its six-member board of directors are seasoned nonprofit, aviation and STEM industry professionals dedicated to growing a pipeline of future talent across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and aviation. Their purpose is to elevate the interest, engagement, and enthusiasm of youth through hands-on STEM and aviation outreach locally and in underrepresented regions. AVi currently represents events in the United States. The demand for STEM-educated professionals has been well documented in recent years, and the same is true in the aviation industry. We all face a challenge ahead: scarcity of ‘diverse’ talent in the STEM/aviation workforce.

If interested in attending the event you can go to https://aviationinfluence.org

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