Registration is under way for the Sierra Battle Born Chapter of Women in Aviation International’s second annual Girls in Aviation Day.

“(The goal) is to bring aviation to young women all over the world,” said Cmdr. Becky Calder, chapter president (in the photo with a girl who attended last year’s event).

“Girls in Aviation Day introduces career and lifestyle possibilities in aviation and aerospace to girls ages 8-18.”

It’s scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Atlantic Aviation, 655 S. Rock Blvd., in Reno. Admission is free, but registration is required at

Participants can expect to meet female pilots, air-traffic controllers, mechanics, hot air balloonists and engineers; they can also take part in hands-on activities related to aviation, said Calder, the first female fighter pilot to graduate from the U.S. Navy’s TOPGUN program.

“Participants will also be able to walk around some pretty cool aircraft that we will have on the ramp,” she said. “… It’s important for girls to see people who look like them doing things they dream of doing. I hope to inspire others to go after their dreams, or whatever it is they want in life.”

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