Press Releases

2020-03-17 (All day)

These are challenging and uncharted times for our more than 15,000 members around the world. But with our usual WAI camaraderie and desire to connect, engage, and inspire, we are ready to assist you.

The safety of the WAI staff is my first priority, therefore, the headquarters office in West Alexandria, Ohio, is closed until further notice and all staff members are working remotely. All WAI staff email addresses are available on our website. As we plan our spring and summer events, we will adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization guidance...
2020-03-08 (All day)

Three days focused on workforce issues, professional development & education seminars, and Girls in Aviation Day Orlando, Florida

Women in Aviation International held another successful annual gathering during the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 5-7, 2020. With its unique blend of top-notch speakers, busy exhibit hall, an array of education sessions, and more than 100 scholarship awards, the WAI 2020 conference delivered numerous opportunities to connect and network with female peers in the aviation and aerospace industry.

2020-03-06 (All day)

Results to inform recruitment strategies and retention of women in aviation

Recognizing the global aviation industry is facing an unprecedented challenge to meet the hiring needs of aviation professionals in the workforce, Women in Aviation International worked with Dr. Becky Lutte, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute, on a series of studies to provide a current look at where the gaps in employment are for women in aviation. Together, the study results can be used by aviation companies and organizations globally to guide recruitment and retention strategies of women in their workforce.

2020-03-02 (All day)

Self-Paced Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to inspire the next generation of aviation professionals

In celebration of Women in Aviation International’s expanding Girls in Aviation Day, WAI and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are pleased to announce a new, self-paced Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) tailored to learners ages 8-17. The free course leverages Embry-Riddle expertise and instructional design to inspire the next generation of aviation professionals.

2020-02-26 (All day)

Women in Aviation International acknowledges today’s sad news that Matthew Zuccaro, the immediate past president and CEO of Helicopter Association International, has passed away.

HAI has been a long-time WAI supporter as a corporate member as well as an exhibitor and participant at WAI conferences and events.

2020-02-10 10:00

Fundraising, Strategic Planning, & Workforce Development Are Priorities

The WAI Board of Directors is pleased to announce Allison McKay will join Women in Aviation International as CEO on February 18, 2020, and is responsible for the future strategic vision of the 14,500-member strong organization while overseeing the board of directors, professional staff, and daily operations. She previously served as vice president of the Helicopter Association International Foundation since 2015 commissioning the first academic study of staffing projections for the rotorcraft industry as well as creating a workforce development initiative. Allison will draw from more than 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of highly strategic initiatives with other aviation companies including Safran USA and B/E Aerospace.

2020-02-07 (All day)

Already impressive speaker roster augmented further for 31 st Annual WAI Conference

Amber Smith, combat helicopter pilot and author of Danger Close: My Epic Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan has been confirmed as a speaker for the 31 st Annual Women in Aviation International Conference, augmenting an incredible roster of speakers. Amber joins Secretary of the U.S. Airforce Barbara Barrett, Stephanie Chung, JetSuite president; Col. Eileen Collins, NASA astronaut; Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, U.S. Air Force; and Joan Robinson-Berry, Boeing Global Services vice president & chief engineer, as keynote speakers for the March 5-7, 2020, Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

2020-01-31 (All day)

NAA to award trophy at 31 st International Women in Aviation Conference

Women in Aviation International is pleased to announce the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has selected Dr. Peggy Chabrian, founder of Women in Aviation International, as the recipient of the 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy. The Henderson Trophy, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, was established in 1960 to honor the creator and Managing Director of the world-renowned National Air Races from 1928-1939. His work stimulated a generation’s interest in aviation and challenged the state of the art in aviation development.

2020-01-13 (All day)

Already impressive speaker roster augmented for 31 st Annual WAI Conference

U.S. Air Force Secretary, Barbara Barrett has been confirmed as a speaker for the 31 st Annual Women in Aviation International Conference, augmenting an already stellar roster of speakers. Secretary Barrett joins Stephanie Chung, JetSuite president; Col. Eileen Collins, NASA astronaut; Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, U.S. Air Force; and Joan Robinson-Berry, Boeing Global Services vice president & chief engineer, as keynote speakers for the March 5-7, 2020, Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

2019-12-12 (All day)

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2020 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored at the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 5-7, 2020, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, prior to the conference’s closing Celebration Dinner.

The 2020 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductees are: Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, Patricia "Patty" Jean Wagner, and the U.S. Army's First Women Rotary Wing Aviators.

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