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Special Thanks to Mayor
Baumann and the S. St.
Paul City Council.
Our First Ever Aviation Inspiration Day was
held Saturday May 28th, 2011, at Fleming
Field in St Paul, MN, a day devoted to giving
girls the opportunity to explore and create
an interest in aviation! For the first
undertaking of such an event, we were
thrilled at the turnout - more than 250
attendees! This was thanks in large part to
Col. Amy Lauria at the Commemorative Air
Girls With Wings presentation, but the
"graduates" of the course also received an
Young Eagle Pilots Mike and Joel. It was the
first time that the girls could follow up the
presentation on "everything you need to
know to be a pilot" with time logged in an
airplane. It was quite a hit!
Other organizations were invited to participate, like
Wipaire, a manufacturer of floats for seaplanes. We
offered rides on WWII airplanes and vehicles and a
vintage fire-truck. Life Link III even brought their Civil
Air Patrol, Little Rembrandts - who gave lessons on
drawing with an aviation theme, a CAF PX, etc.
During lunch, provided by Wipaire, we presented a panel of women in other
non-traditional careers, like Air Traffic Control, Engineering, Maintenance and
CAP. Note: all other activities were for the entire family.
This "first ever" event, as I called it above, is obviously not going to be the last.
The attendance to this event FAR exceeded our expectations, so mark your
calendar for next year. Based on some of the comments we received, we think
Yes, we had a wonderful time yesterday! We rode the firetruck and the Willy Jeep and saw the helicopter. My granddaughter, Ayanna,
keeps telling me that she is going to remember that day for the rest of her life, which means a lot, I must say. She also said that she
now wants to be in the Air Force. We had heard from someone who was there that the event would be repeated again in Sept. Is that
true? If so, you can count us in...she wants to fly again so badly. Her ultimate goal is to become an astronaut, and while I know that
the chances are one in a million, I am going to encourage her to go as far as she can in realizing that dream. I will sign up for the
newsletter, so that she can stay in touch with what you are doing. Ayanna won two door prizes....some earrings and a box of sidewalk
chalk which she plans to share with her twin sisters who are 5 (they have already put in their order to come with us next year!) I really
appreciated the wonderful lunch....thank you, Wipaire! I will continue to be a supporter of Girls with Wings, and hope to become
involved more in the future. Thanks again. - Leslie
I was unable to attend the Girls With
Wings event yesterday, but my husband
brought our daughter and some of her
friends. All of them thoroughly enjoyed it
and said they'd love to do it again. Our
daughter Katie was lucky enough to be at
the controls yesterday. She came home
and announced that she wants to be a
pilot. She said, "It was "beast!" (in kid
vernacular today, that is the highest
compliment.) My only complaint is that she now
wants us to buy an airplane, so I guess you can
tell that you achieved your mission. - Julia
It was great experience for my daughter. She is
super excited and couldn't stop talking about the
class after coming home. We will definitely be
I am a Girl Scout troop leader. We had 4 girls register for
the event. The highlight was the airplane ride with their
pilot, Kirk Lindberg, who took time to talk with the girls
and really engage them in the experience. We toured the
museum (mastering the vintage vending machine was a
hoot) , talked with the CAP, attended the 9am lecture,
rode the firetruck, jeep, and transport truck. The driver
(a mechanic) was very indulgent with the girls also. He
brought out helmets and let the girls wear them during
the rides and pose with them for photos. Lunch was a
generous donation and delicious. Thank you to Wipaire.
Your organization is providing a great service for girls. Our girls came home
with comments that it was the favorite of our year's events. Thank you for an
exceptional job in organizing and carrying out the event! - Nadine
We are looking forward to doing another Aviation Inspiration Day at Fleming
locations so ...... If you are a highly motivated individual (like Amy Lauria) with
access to a list of contacts within your area, well connected to a local airport,
with a nice terminal or other available building, perhaps a museum and facilities
on the field that can give tours, and enthusiastic organizations that would like
to participate, please contact me.
My girls had an amazing time at this event! My
daughter said that this was the best thing she did this
weekend (and we had an eventful weekend filled with
parades and Valleyfair)! She loved being able to fly the
planes, and she loved her hat she won (a pilot hat). My
other daughter had an amazing time as well! She
We toured Wipaire, went for a jeep ride, Army truck ride
and a fire truck ride with the Vulcans. We toured the
CAF museum and looked at all the airplanes. But the
best was when the girls got to ride in the airplane
courtesy of the Young Eagles. Zoe was actually able to
take the controls and fly the plane.
I even won a door prize, The Reno Air Race DVD. I
purchased the Penelope book and you were so kind as to
take the time to sign it.
What a day to remember! Thanks, Val
This event was really wonderful, my granddaughters were so happy and so
excited for this special day, they now are thinking about the possibility of
being involved in this awesome career. We would like participate in Girls with
Wings again next year. Thank you so much, for all special things that you
make possible for us. And thank you so much to all special team who work
with you. - Maria
And I think we eventually won these gals over: I actually found out about the
event through a list serve from a collaborative that I belong to in St. Paul. I
would definitely attend next year however I think the 3 kids that I brought
along to the event became bored at some point. I think it was because they
ran out of things to do. I brought my daughter (11) and two cousins (8) and
I believe that the younger girls are who became less interested as the event
went into the afternoon hours. They weren't so much interested in the
presentations so I didn't make them stay but I actually sat in on the
[speakers] around 1 p.m. and I thought each woman was amazing and I
enjoyed learning of their experiences. I will tell you that when we first arrived
my 11 year old daughter didn't seem too thrilled but as the day progressed
she seemed more interested and it really changed once she had the chance to
fly. I have to say that was the highlight of the event, I was so pleased with
the patience and enthusiasm of the pilot - he was great! He inspired my
daughter to want to fly. I will be looking more into opportunities for her this
summer. If I could add anything to the event, I would make it a bit more
hands on, more activities to better engage the girls but overall we enjoyed it!
Thanks for the opportunity! - Patrice
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is a 501(c)(3)
looking forward to having another class next year. Activities most definitely
exceeded our expectations. Thank you so very much for your time and
motivation provided to our girls! - Meena
especially enjoyed the patch my mom purchased for her for her Girl Scout
uniform! We will definitely attend this event again, anytime! Hopefully the
program could come more often as I believe this was so great for the girls! I
found out about this event from my mom, a member of the MN chapter of
the 99's. The girls loved the museum, they learned tons, and stayed for the
entire presentation all day long!! I guess my mom had to drag them out! -
I want to thank you for giving my granddaughters the opportunity to see
that women pilots do exist. I brought Zoe and Ellie Carik to the Girls with
Wings - Aviation Inspiration Day. We were only going to stay for an hour
from 8 to 9, but ended up being there until 1:30.
The girls never stopped smiling. They had so much fun.