Women in Aviation International (Wai) Hosted Girls in Aviation Day
Women in Aviation International (Wai) Hosted Girls in Aviation Day

On September 24, the India Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) celebrated Girls in Aviation Day across the country, showcasing the aviation and aerospace domains to connect, explore and experience the aviation and aerospace industries. The objective was to celebrate Girls in Aviation Day, in the presence of dignitaries, NCC cadets and girls from various NGOs. Besides Delhi, the day was celebrated in Mumbai, Hyderabad and later Bengaluru.

The programme was attended by dignitaries and WAI (India Chapter) members, to create awareness among girls about various verticals of aviation as in career opportunities available to them. The girls in the age group of 11 to 17 enjoyed the sessions and the opportunity to speak to some of the stalwarts of the industry.

Radha Bhatia, Chairperson, Bird Group and President WAI (India Chapter), said, “With the global celebration we aim to empower more and more girls with the requisite skill-sets to take aviation as a viable career option. With the successful celebration of International Girls in Aviation Day, I aim to launch a scholarship programme for young deserving girls with support from industry and the civil aviation ministry.

Neelam Pratap Rudy, Vice President, Women in Aviation International (WAI) India Chapter, noted, “Celebrating women in aviation is set to lead women empowerment in the aviation industry. Successful women aviators can be instrumental in motivating the girls. With aviation expanding in the country, I foresee a sharp rise in jobs, and women can be at the forefront of the change.”

Addressing the WAI gathering, Phil Shaw, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India, stated, “The aviation sector in India offers endless opportunities for women as pilots, engineers, and managers. Women are breaking the traditional moulds and venturing into more adventurous areas. Organisations like Lockheed Martin need to offer support, recognise their ability to excel and provide them with proper education and training. With the support of organisations like WAI, I believe that more Indian women will continue to reach greater heights in the field of aviation. What Kalpana Chawla said after her first experience, I think, resonates very well with the audience we have with us here today. She said, ‘what you dream is what you become’, and I think we are doing just that today at this girl’s event organised by WAI.”

The India Chapter comprises a group of women professionals from various sectors of aviation. The aim of Girls in Aviation is to further expand the professional curve of girls into hitherto ‘unknown’ sectors of occupations in aviation and aerospace. It encourages women to move out of glamorous roles associated with the aviation industry and venture into more challenging jobs.


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