Girls urged to reach for the sky in aviation day

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Nearly 100 middle and high school girls from area schools will visit Joint Base Charleston Tuesday to learn about job opportunities in aviation.

The learning series is part of the 7th annual Women in Aviation Day.

Base officials said Monday that the students will hear from women about the array of aviation jobs available, including pilots, loadmasters, flight nurses, and aircraft maintainers.

The students will also be able to tour a C-17 aircraft and learn about the career paths that women do not traditionally fill.

The career day is put on with the help of the 315th Airlift Wing and Women in Aviation, an international group that works to show girls greater opportunities for careers in aviation.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, less than 7 percent of the nearly 630,000 pilots in the U.S. are women. Further, only about 20 percent of non-pilot aviation jobs in the U.S. are held by women.

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