Dr. Peggy Chabrian is the founder of Women in Aviation International (WAI) and retired as WAI president in September 2019. The organization was incorporated in 1994 as a result of the success of the annual International Women in Aviation Conference begun in 1990. The conference began with 150 participants in 1990 and had grown to more than 4,800 attendees. WAI represents nearly 12,000 women and men from all segments of the aviation industry including general, corporate, commercial, and military.
A longtime aviation enthusiast and professional aviation educator, Peggy is a 2,200+ hour commercial/instrument multiengine pilot and flight instructor who has been flying for over 30 years. Most recently she added a helicopter and seaplane ratings to her flight qualifications.
Peggy has held several top positions in aviation education including Academic Dean and Associate Vice President of Parks College; Dean of Academic Support for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s (ERAU) Prescott, Arizona campus; Director of the Center of Excellence for Aviation/Space Education at ERAU’s Daytona Beach campus; and chair of the aviation department at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Peggy was the second woman to hold the position of dean of an engineering school in the United States.
The recipient of numerous aviation and education awards, Peggy has received the FAA Administrator’s Award for Excellence in Aviation Education and the Civic Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She has been inducted into the Crown Cirlce of the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education. In October 2015, she received the Estridge Award from the University Aviation Association in recognition of a lifetime of dedicated service to aviation education.
Peggy is active in numerous aviation organizations and serves as a member of several boards including the Aviation Accreditation Board International. She is past president and board member of the University Aviation Association and served on the board of the Experimental Aircraft Association for 16 years.
An international speaker, Peggy has given numerous keynote and motivational presentations to hundreds of audiences. She has also authored numerous articles and authored an aviation management textbook.