For Immediate Release
Contact: Shelly R. Snyder (202) 637-1377


W. Alexandria, OH, October 8, 1996 -- At the recent meeting of the Board of Directors of Women in Aviation, International, (WAI) Dr. Peggy Baty, founder of the Women in Aviation Conference, was named as the association’s first full-time President/CEO. Dr. Baty will assume her new role, effective October 7, 1996.

Dr. Baty responded to the announcement by saying, "I am excited about the opportunity to work full-time for the Association and will begin the challenge of expanding our services to members. We will continue to serve as a resource to the aviation industry, reaching out to help young women throughout the world pursue a career in aviation, as well as introduce women to aviation as a form of recreation."

“The timing of this decision was due to the success of the organization’s annual conference and the surge in memberships during the first year and a half, which are due largely to the efforts of Dr. Baty”, according to Carolyn Williamson, Vice President of WAI. “We believe the organization will continue to grow and prosper under the full-time direction of Dr. Baty."

Women in Aviation, International is a not-for-profit corporation that seeks to involve women in all facets of aviation -- general, corporate, commercial and military. WAI is not just for pilots but also intends to serve controllers, engineers, airport managers, business owners, aviation mechanics, and others. The new WAI office is scheduled to open this week at the Morningstar Airport in West Alexandria, Ohio, approximately 16 miles west of Dayton. Members and guests will be able to visit by driving or flying in. Events will be held at Morningstar Airport beginning in 1997.

For more information on Women in Aviation, International or the Women in Aviation Conference, contact us at our headquarters:

Women in Aviation, International
Morningstar Airport, 3647 S.R. 503 S.
W. Alexandria, OH 45381
phone 937/839-4647, fax 937/839-4645.