Girls Can Discover World of Flight and More at EAA's Women Soar You Soar Program July 19-22

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Women are fewer than 10 percent of the U.S. pilot population, but the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) wants to change that. EAA's unique Women Soar You Soar program, held in conjunction with the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in -- the world's largest annual general aviation event -- brings together high school-age girls with female mentors who are accomplished in aviation, technology and the sciences.

Mentors such as national aerobatic flying champion Debbie Rihn-Harvey connect with girls eager to discover aviation at EAA's Women Soar You Soar program in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The close-knit community between girls and the mentors creates a bond during Women Soar You Soar that is unlike any similar program within aviation or technology.

EAA’s Women Soar You Soar day camp program, which allows 100 high school-age girls discover more about aviation and all its possibilities from aviators, engineers and leaders during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, is scheduled for July 19-22 and now open for registration.

The Women Soar You Soar program is welcoming enrollees as well as female mentors from the aviation and aerospace fields. The program’s unique 100-to-25 attendees-to-mentors ratio provides a tremendous opportunity for young women to discover all the possibilities within the world of flight, with the possibility to ask questions of women who are already noteworthy and established in the field.

“The close-knit community between girls and the mentors creates a bond during Women Soar You Soar that is unlike any similar program within aviation or technology,” said Janine Diana, EAA’s vice president of people and culture. “Add to that the excitement and fun at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration – and it creates an unforgettable adventure for young women who are just discovering where they want to go in life.”

Activities over the four-day session for girls entering grades nine through 12 in fall 2015 include flight simulators, workshops, sessions with aviation personalities, and insider access during the AirVenture air shows.

Cost is $75 per participant and is in a day-camp format, with accommodations not included. More information and registration materials are now available at http://www.eaa.org/womensoar. The program also welcomes additional female mentors from all walks of the aviation and aerospace community, who want to give back to the next generation.

Women Soar You Soar is supported by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Women in Aviation International, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading, and Jerry and Lori Fussell.

About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at http://www.eaa.org/airventure. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit http://www.eaa.org. Immediate news is available at http://www.twitter.com/EAA.

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