Girls Can Fly Day at Squadron 302

C/2nd Lt. Isabella Del Principe (left) supported Girls Can Fly Day on March 10.

Twenty-four Girl Scouts from the Cactus Pine Council participated in an event sponsored by the Phoenix Chapter of the 99s (the international organization of women pilots) and held at Deer Valley Composite Squadron 302 on March 10. Cadet Del Principe is a student pilot and a member of both CAP and the 99s.

The 99s hold two Girls Can Fly Days each year, one at Deer Valley Airport in the spring and one at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in the fall. The day is designed to introduce the scouts to aviation careers and pique their interest in attending the week-long aviation camp at the Girl Scouts’ Willow Springs Program Center in Prescott, Ariz., every year in June.

The girls were divided into three groups and rotated between activities that included:

  • Sitting in the cockpit of 930CP, seeing the instruments, and learning about primary flight training from Cadet Del Principe.
  • Working with 1st Lt. Don Fry and SM Jaemyung Kim on a flight simulator, learning to taxi and fly straight and level.
  • Participating in a variety of games set up in the hangar by the 99s.

In addition to those mentioned above, thanks to Squadron 302 members Maj. Mark Schadt, Maj. Chris Shehi, Capt. Gordon Helm, and Capt. Russ Miller for their support of this program. And also to Capt. Klara Olcott from the 388th Composite Squadron in Glendale who shared her experiences with the girls as a CAP cadet, a 99 (student pilot), and a Gold Award Girl Scout.