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“Girls in Aviation Day” – promoting aviation jobs to women

AIRPORT: Twenty young girls aged 11, attending the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. school in the Dutch part of the island, were able to discover the different aviation professions last Friday thanks to the “Girls in Aviation Day” event sponsored by the “Women in Aviation International” association and organized within the HeliRiviera aviation company located at the Grand Case airport.

The objective of the “Women in Aviation International” association is to help students discover the less feminized professions in the aeronautical industry. Throughout the morning, the young schoolgirls were able to see, thanks to several speakers, that many aviation jobs were not reserved for men but were accessible to women, as the participants who ran the various stands testified. Hopefully, this will lead to some future vocations and help to dispel preconceived ideas.

The young trainees had the chance to meet Kristina Tervo, an experienced corporate aviation pilot, to practice on flight simulators, to learn how to read a map, to use a drone or to know the job of a runway agent. When a plane has to take off or land, he or she must ensure the safety and smooth running of all operations. He performs different tasks such as helping to park the aircraft on the parking areas. He must also ensure the loading and unloading of luggage or goods.

The icing on the cake, during this morning enriching in all respects, the students had the opportunity to attend the takeoff of two military aircraft Bell MV-22 Osprey of the US Marine Corps in the framework of the Caribbean 2022 exercise. Did you say impressive?

Kelly Murphy, Director of Communications for Women in Aviation International, Ludmilla Cuzenard, Manager of HeliRiviera Caribbean and executive in charge of HeliRiviera Flight Academy (flight school at Grand-Case Airport), Ludmila de Weever, Member of Parliament of Sint Maarten and Sabrina Charville, Quality Manager at Grand-Case Airport were all smiling at the end of this event which was meant to inspire young school girls to fly. It is a pity that the Soualiga College was conspicuous by its absence.

The number of women in the aeronautics industry has increased over the past ten years, in a sector that offers great prospects, thanks to the commitment of companies and actions that help to deconstruct stereotypes.

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