My daughter just thinks that all moms fly the Space Shuttle.
— Air Force Col. Eileen Collins, first female Space Shuttle commander, 1999
Our young participants are enjoying creating meteorology in a jar!

Our young participants are enjoying creating meteorology in a jar!

Girls in Aviation Day 2018

We are thrilled to announce that for the third year in a row, our Willamette Valley Wings chapter will be hosting Girls in Aviation Day!

Event Details

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Location/Cost: The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum! The cost is $10 per person with a Golden Ticket. Download your Golden Ticket here!

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn about the incredible contributions women have made in aviation throughout history with hands-on activities like building gliders, flying a simulator, preflighting an actual airplane, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, visit our international organization’s site for fun facts and resources.


A little bit about a big event...

Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) is a global outreach day created by Women in Aviation, International to introduce girls from all walks of life to the possibilities in the aviation world. Local chapters in as many as 12 countries give girls unique experiences, hands-on activities, and inspiring mentors, to show them that any part of the aviation world can be theirs, too.


  • Preflight station

  • Flight simulators

  • Build your own gliders

  • Scavenger hunts with prizes

  • Speakers from the aviation industry

  • And much more!

Learning about the three axes of flight!

Learning about the three axes of flight!

What's more fun than playing with airplanes?

What's more fun than playing with airplanes?

WVW and GIAD: 2016, 2017, 2018...

Girls in Aviation Day has been held one Saturday each autumn for three years, and Willamette Valley Wings is proud to have participated in two of them. (We didn’t even exist when the first GIAD happened!) In 2016 we hosted girls, parents and family at our home base of Willamette Aviation, and in 2017 we partnered with the Oregon International Air Show to expand GIAD to an even larger audience. We don’t want anyone to be left out!

In two years, over 150 girls and family members have learned aviation history, the phonetic alphabet, aerodynamics, control tower and runway operations, how to build and fly a pocket-sized glider, how weather works, and some even got to fly an authentic airplane simulator! And we can’t wait to do it all again...