Transform beliefs about gender roles and inspire young girls to takeoff into their future.
What is PreFlight?
Out of over 580,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated pilots in the United States only 6.7 percent of them are women, and those numbers are not increasing. In fact, when compared to figures in 2010, the total number of female pilots has decreased nationally by 7.2 percent. The phrase “you can’t be what you can’t see” becomes a reality for young girls seeking female role models in a male dominated career field. Unless more girls are exposed to aviation in their formative years, it is possible that we will continue to see those numbers decline.
However that is not the only problem. A recent Boeing study predicts that North America alone will need over 100,000 pilots for the next 20 years, and over 600,000 pilots worldwide. This paints a bleak future for women in aviation, and the industry as a whole, unless a deliberate effort is made to leverage the other half of the population and show them that becoming a pilot is an attainable goal. That is why we need PreFlight Aviation Camp.
PreFlight is a nonprofit, five-day aviation camp for preteen girls, ages 11-14, held at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. We use aviation to transform girls’ beliefs about gender roles, increase their self-esteem and inspire them to become pilots. In the same way that a pilot must first perform a “preflight” before they can takeoff in their airplane, our camp is a young girls “preflight” into aviation.
Our hands-on approach to learning explores aviation through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Campers apply their knowledge first-hand and make lifelong memories when they pilot a simulator and fly an airplane on a private flight with one of our female instructors! All of our counselors are professional female pilots who empower the campers by connecting each topic to broader life lessons and teaching them there is no limit to what they can achieve.
Seeing is believing and by placing young girls in an enriching environment, surrounded by female aviators and role models, they begin to believe that becoming a pilot is a real possibility for their lives. PreFlight Aviation Camp will not only transform beliefs about gender roles, but will inspire young girls to takeoff into their future! We can’t wait for you to takeoff with us!
The color ORANGE in the logo is the color of ADVENTURE. It symbolizes the legacy of past female aviators. These women were drawn to the adventure of the skies, the challenge that the pursuit of flight offers, and the promise of unending exploration.
The color PINK in the logo is the color of HOPE. It symbolizes the journey of present female aviators. They are the hope who inspire the future generation to pursue their aviation dreams, and continue to carry the torch of those who built the legacy before them.
The color BLUE in the logo is the color of PERSEVERANCE. It symbolizes the path of future female aviators. When they look towards the welcoming sky, with no ceiling and no end, it reminds them to have perseverance toward achieving their goals and making their dreams a reality.