Facebook: USU Women in Aviation

LOGAN —  USU Extension, along with Cache Maker are giving girls between the ages of 12 and 17 an opportunity to consider a career in aviation.

It’s called “Girls in Aviation” and the first class was held last Wednesday, but due to circumstances, five more openings became available.

There are five more classes with a chance to catch up quickly for the rest of the course which picks up again this Wednesday, February 21st and runs through March 27th.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Friday, Maizy Abbott with USU’s Chapter of Women in Aviation talked about how she got involved.

“I decided to join the Women in Aviation program because I felt that I related to these young girls. I was once a little girl with a passion for flying and I didn’t know how to enter the industry. I haven’t really ever considered any other career options for myself after I got a book on Amelia Earhart when I was 7-years-old, Then I got to witness my sister go through the program and it really was just inspiring, so now we’re working towards inspiring the next generation of aviators,” explained Abbott.

The instruction, which is only $50 dollars also includes use of a flight simulator.

Our simulator is pretty cool, we have both a Redbird and a CRJ-700 simulator, so the CRJ is a bridge that we use from our propeller aircraft that we fly at Utah State to the airline jets that we will be flying in the future. So, it’s really quite unique that the girls get to have this opportunity at such a young age.”

The classes run through March 27th, each class is 1.5 hours in length with hands-on experience with not only flight simulators, but learning how to read instrument panels, learning how the aircraft is constructed.

Students will also learn how to fly a drone and actually be able to take a drone home, along with a backpack, t-shirt and water bottle.

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