History

Quick Facts

Who we are

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women involved in all aspects of aviation and aerospace. Learn more about the perks of WAI membership from our new infographic.

History

WAI began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization. The first International Women in Aviation conference was held in Prescott, Arizona, in 1990.

Membership Classification (percentage of members)

  • More than 17,000 active members
  • 51% Individual Members (Professionals/Enthusiasts)
  • 9.5% International Members (Outside the U.S.)
  • 45% Student Members (College and University students)
  • Over 5,000 Junior Members (18 years old and younger)
  • Over 400 Corporate Members (Organizations/Corporations)

Member Benefits*

  • Aviation for Women, the official bimonthly publication of Women in Aviation International
  • WAI Connect monthly electronic newsletter
  • Annual conference for WAI members in all fields of aviation and aerospace
  • Local chapters in communities around the world
  • Government and industry representation
  • Educational outreach programs
  • Network base for personal and career development
  • Scholarships
  • Merchandise and services discounts
  • Aeromedical Advisory Partnership
  • Legal Advisory Program

*Corporate members receive additional benefits including exhibit discounts at the annual conference, advertising discounts in Aviation for Women magazine and listings in WAI publications.

Annual Conference

  • General sessions, professional development seminars, educational sessions, networking and tours
  • Thousands of attendees from nearly a dozen countries around the world
  • More than 160 exhibitors featuring a wide variety of aviation businesses and employers
  • Special events, scholarship awards, Pioneer Hall of Fame induction ceremony

More Statistics

Women in Aviation 2019 Workforce Report

View Current Statistics of Women in Aviation Careers in U.S.