EAA GirlVenture Kicks Off

Four-day camp gives girls hands-on experience from instructors throughout aviation at the EAA’s new educational center.

Some 85 girls are attending EAA’s GirlVenture camp this week in Oshkosah. [Courtesy: EAA]

You don't have to wait to be an adult to cultivate an interest in aviation, as some 85 girls attending the opening day of EAA GirlVenture, a four-day camp going on as part of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, are learning. 

During the morning, the second floor of the EAA Museum's new educational center found the girls attending lectures and presentations, including a private pilot ground school led by Certified Flight Instructor Judy Phelps. The girls created flight plans, learning and applying such skills as how to pick an altitude to avoid terrain and using a plotter to determine true course. 

The volunteer instructors at GirlVenture represent a wide gamut of aviation vocations from pilot, to air traffic control, airframe and powerplant mechanics and engineering. 

GirlVenture runs through Thursday.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.
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