Sunday, January 20, 2013

Coast Guard Air Station host "Women in Aviation" event

EGG HARBOR TWP. -  Women who are looking for a career field to get back on your feet might want to consider one that gets them off of the ground as the Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City hosted a "Women in Aviation" event Sunday to help encourage women to join the aviation field.

Women interested in aviation caught a brief glimpse of what a career in the air could be like.

As the Philadelphia chapter of "Women in Aviation" International Organization came to the Coast Guard Air Station in Atlantic City to educate interested women on the possibilities.

"The career options are endless and there's just nothing like the feeling of being up in an airplane looking down at the world it's indescribable," explained Jill Meyers, President of the Philadelphia chapter of Women in Aviation International Organization.

The "Women in Aviation" organization has more than 14,000 members worldwide, 13 members right here in the Greater Philadelphia Area and 30 more potential members wanting to learn more about aviation.

"One of the whole missions of women aviation is to promote education and promote aviation and aerospace as a career field," said Meyers.

And what better way to promote than with a demonstration.

"Yeah, I think it was a wonderful showing for most of them," said Lt. Jennifer Paulson, a pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard. I think it was their first time seeing a search and rescue demonstration as well as a coast guard helicopter flying that up close and personal, so I think it was a very rewarding and eye opening experience."

This event educated, encouraged and possibly persuaded   others to join members like Lt. Jennifer Paulson in the field of aviation, a field that Lt. Paulson says she wouldn't trade in for anything.

"I love what I'm doing, I'm pretty new to it, I've only been a pilot for a year and a half, so I still have a ton to learn and a lot of different stuff I want to experience," Lt. Paulson expressed. "So right now where I'm at in my life there is nothing else I'd rather be doing."

Sunday's event was the third meeting for the new Philadelphia chapter of Women in Aviation and the first one with U.S. Coast Guard.


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