EAA's Women Soar You Soar Will Inspire Young Women During AirVenture's Final Weekend in 2012

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (Feb. 15, 2012) — Young women will be inspired to reach for their aviation dreams as Women Soar You Soar, a four-day mentoring camp featuring inspirational women aviators, returns for its eighth year in conjunction with EAA AirVenture 2012.

Women Soar You Soar, scheduled for Thursday, July 26, through Sunday, July 29, will introduce 100 young women to aviation-based careers and a women-mentor network, providing encouragement and support to a possible career in aviation. They will participate in a variety of activities, including flight simulation, workshops, wing rib assembly, and mentor sessions.

The program is available to young women entering grades nine through 12 in fall 2012. During the first seven years of the program, hundreds of teenage girls have benefited from the experiences and guidance of women actively involved in the world of flight.

Attendees will also experience a variety of exciting AirVenture attractions taking place on the final weekend – including WomenVenture, one of the largest gatherings of women aviators and enthusiasts, and the widely popular Night Air Show on Saturday, July 28.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with inspiring aviation mentors engaged in a variety of aviation careers and experience what a career in aviation has to offer as we create the next generation of aviators,” said Elissa Lines, EAA vice president of business and donor relations. “These young women will undoubtedly come away excited about the opportunities they have before them.”

Among the mentors sharing her insights on aviation careers is noted aerobatics performer and Southwest Airlines captain Debby Rihn Harvey, who is serving as chairperson of the Women Soar You Soar Steering Committee.

Applications will be accepted through June 29, 2012, and are available online at www.airventure.org/WomenSoar. The cost is $75, which includes lodging at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, meals, and admission to EAA AirVenture. Registration scholarships are also available for young women meeting financial need requirements.

Space in the program is limited. Additional information can be obtained online or by calling the EAA Development Office at 800-236-1025.

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.airventure.org/. 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 www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.