NEWS RELEASE 09-05
July 30, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oshkosh, WI - The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Women in Aviation, International (WAI) announced a new collaborative agreement intended to strengthen general aviation and increase the number of women in the aviation industry.
"America's women are a tremendous audience for general aviation and are extremely important for our industry's growth," said Craig Fuller, President and CEO of AOPA. "They currently make up only six percent of the total pilot population, so the more we can do to encourage women to bring their enthusiasm and talents to aviation, the stronger we will all be."
"Ensuring a strong general aviation industry is key to drawing women in, whether as pilots or mechanics or in some other aspect of the industry," said Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President of WAI. "That's why Women in Aviation is looking forward to working closely with AOPA on its General Aviation Serves America campaign. It addresses the root cause of so many of general aviation's challenges - a lack of understanding about what GA is and does."
As part of the collaboration, AOPA and WAI will have a stronger presence at each other's premier events, the AOPA Aviation Summit, November 5-7, 2009, in Tampa, and the 21st Annual WAI Conference, February 25-27, 2010, in Orlando, Fla.
At the AOPA Aviation Summit, Dr. Chabrian will join Craig Fuller and other industry leaders in the inaugural session on the opening day of the Summit to discuss the key issues facing the industry. In addition, AOPA will feature an all-new "Women's Wing" area, hosted by WAI.
At the WAI Conference, AOPA will expand its exhibit, present additional AOPA Air Safety Foundation seminars, and award a student pilot scholarship for WAI members.
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Members include astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others.
With more than 415,000 members, AOPA is the world's largest civil aviation association. Some 70 percent of all U.S. pilots are members of the association, which is dedicated to protecting the interests of general aviation, improving general aviation's public perception, and expanding the pilot population.
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, contact WAI at 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381, Phone (937) 839-4647; Fax (937) 839-4645 or through www.wai.org.
Women in Aviation International