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Saturday, September 23, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sheltair Tampa

4751 Jim Walter Blvd, Hangar 5

Tampa, Florida
Girls in Aviation Day is an annual event put on by various chapters of Women in Aviation International with the goal of inspiring young people to expand their interest in aviation and explore the opportunities available in the industry.



Our keynote speaker this year is Niloofar Rahmani, the first female pilot in the Afghan Airforce since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. A copy of her book, Open Skies: My life as Afghanistan's First Female Pilot, will be available for purchase at the event.

Additional speakers include:

Priscilla Yecora-Tirado, Sheltair, Sales and Marketing Analyst: Beginning her journey into the aviation industry 12 years ago as a Customer Service Representative, Priscilla Yecora-Tirado is now helping to shine a spotlight on Sheltair via its Marketing Department. Her unwavering belief in storytelling, empathy, and integrity drives her to make a positive impact through her work. This may include press releases, advertisements, social media, cross-marketing collaborations, event planning, content creation, and so much more for our external and internal audiences. Aviation marketing professionals like Priscilla show us that there's an array of groundwork fueling the industry.


Social media Blogger Mindy Lindheim will share her enthusiasm and experiences in aviation. Mindy Lindheim from Orlando, FL is both an aviation professional and enthusiast. Mindy is an experienced aircraft sales professional, selling all types of aircraft for Lone Mountain Aircraft. Her multiple flight ratings allow her to fly demonstration flights and connect with clients on a pilot level. She has her single & multi-engine commercial pilot licenses, instrument rating, Citation 525S type rating, and is also a certified flight instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys flying and restoring her 1957 Cessna 182A and shares those adventures on her social media accounts. Check out her Instagram & viral reels at @schmiiindy

Melissa Rewis is a Program Analyst for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has worked for the federal government for nearly thirty years. Ms. Rewis has a diverse background and served in various roles ranging from U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Petty Officer to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Federal Air Marshal (FAM).

Sarge's Smokehouse BBQ will have their food truck available for guests to purchase lunch.

The Kona Ice truck will also be available to purchase chilly refreshments. 

There will be face painting and many other fun activities for young people!

Girls in Aviation Day Agenda:

10:00 am: Hangar 5 open for guests

11:00 am: United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater flyover and demo

11:30 am: Guest Speaker, Mindy Lindheim. Aircraft Sales, Lone Mountain Aircraft

11:45 am: Niloofar Rahmani. First female pilot in the Afghan Air Force.

12:15 am: Melissa Rewis. Program Analyst, US Department of Homeland Security

12:30 pm: Priscilla Yecora-Tirado. Public Relations, Marketing, Sheltair Tampa

Guests are encouraged to listen to the speakers, but are welcome to visit our sponsor tables throughout the duration of the event.

1:00 pm: Event wrap up.

Sarge's BBQ will have a food truck available for guests to purchase lunch. A Kona Ice truck will be available for cool treats. There will be face painting and other fun activities for young people!

Check out Mariah, Melissa, and Olivia representing Girls in Aviation Day on Fox News Tampa Bay!

Watch the interview on our Facebook page:

We thank our 2023 sponsors!

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We thank our photographer and videographer who donated their time and talents to this event.

Taylor Manning, Tailored by Grace Photography

Matthew Steinborn, Styno Studios

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Event T-Shirts are available to Pre-Order. We apologize, we are unable to offer shipping at this time.

Pre-ordered t-shirts will be picked up on the day of the event.

T-Shirts will be available for $20 at the event while supplies last.

Pre-Order a T-Shirt Now

T-Shirt will be picked up on day of event.

$20 per t-shirt


We have received your pre-order.Please pick up your T-Shirt at the event.Thank you for your support!

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Pre-Orders are no longer available but you can get a t-shirt at the event while supplies last.

Girls in Aviation Day FAQs

Do I need to bring my ticket to the event? Please bring your email confirmation, a printed ticket or the confirmation from your Eventbrite app.

Is there a fee to attend this event? This event is free to all who attend.

Do I need a ticket to attend this event? We want to know who is attending and request that you complete the Eventbrite ticket form and answer all the questions to the best of your ability. We do not share personal data and you will not be spammed.

Will this event be held outdoors? Aircraft will be on static display both in the hangars and outside. Please wear UV protective clothing, hat, and sunscreen. There will be a limited supply of bottled water available, please bring your filled water bottle. Refill station available.

Will food be provided? There will be a food truck available for guests to purchase lunch.

Where will I park? Signage for parking will be obvious. Enter 4751 Jim Walter Boulevard, Tampa, FL in your GPS to arrive at Sheltair. Parking will be near Hangar 5.

How can I learn more? To learn more about Women in Aviation Tampa Bay Chapter, go to our website Here you can sign up for our monthly newsletter or become a member.

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