Press Releases

2022-01-25 (All day)

Patt Poinsett has joined the Women in Aviation International (WAI) staff as director, operations and finance. In this new leadership role, she will play a key role in handling the day-to-day management of all operations.

“Patt’s more than 10 years of experience managing all aspects of finance and administration for a nonprofit organization will be a welcome addition to our WAI team as we prepare for new initiatives and a new phase of evolution,” Allison McKay, WAI CEO says

2021-12-15 (All day)

Dynamic group of women to connect with attendees March 18-19, 2022

Women in Aviation International members and conference attendees will no doubt be inspired with the stellar roster of speakers scheduled for the 33 rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 17-19, 2022, at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

2021-12-13 (All day)

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2022 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored during the 33 rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 17-19, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. The induction ceremony and celebration dinner will take place on Friday, March 19, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

2021-11-12 (All day)

Stephanie Kenyon has joined the Women in Aviation International (WAI) staff as chief growth officer. In this new leadership role, she is responsible for strengthening and growing the organization while broadening support for its mission.

“Stephanie comes to WAI with a proven track record in the aviation industry successfully fundraising with both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the AOPA Foundation. She is a welcome addition to our team and a great asset for WAI’s strategic goal to increase the support of our organization’s programs with key stakeholders,” Allison McKay, WAI CEO says.

2021-11-10 (All day)

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is proud to announce the awarding of a $1 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to strengthen the organization’s initiatives encouraging youth to pursue STEM futures through media platforms, industry partner coalitions, and cultivation of female aviation champions.

2021-10-13 (All day)

Massive recruitment effort to ensure aviation’s next generation workforce

With 85 individual events presented worldwide, Women in Aviation International’s September 25 Girls in Aviation Day 2021 reached nearly 10,000 attendees. While a majority of events were held in person, many were organized for virtual gatherings through the use of the Aviation for Girls App and additional video content. A hand full of events will continue to take place through the end of October.

Truly an international event, Girls in Aviation Day was celebrated not just in the United States, but in 17 other countries across North and Central America and Australia as well as countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Girls were introduced to the career and lifestyle possibilities in aviation and aerospace through meeting role models, career panels, exploring airplanes and airports, and a host of hands-on, fun and educational activities ranging from a sectional chart treasure hunt to making jewelry using A&P tools.

2021-08-20 (All day)

Seven years of support helps make Girls in Aviation Day and Aviation for Girls magazine possible

For the seventh year in a row, Women in Aviation International received a $12,500 grant from The International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation.

As in past years, this grant will be used to expand the distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine with The ISTAT Foundation identified as the sponsor of this year’s issue. With this grant, the number of copies printed will be distributed in both hard copy and digitally. The 2021 issue of Aviation for Girls will be available digitally to all Women in Aviation International members and any interested individuals at WAI.org.

2021-07-09 (All day)

48 WAI members receive $256,00 in awards

Women in Aviation International (WAI) congratulates 48 members who have been selected as Spring 2021 scholarship recipients thanks to a generous $250,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, as well as a $6,000 WAI scholarship. View the full list of winners at www.WAI.org/2021-scholarship-winners.

Scholarships include funding to further members’ interests in air traffic control, aviation maintenance, flight training, helicopter ratings, and space. New to this round of scholarships are four scholarships, each worth $3,000 for WAI Chapter members outside of the United States, to be applied towards completion of an additional flight certificate.

2021-07-02 (All day)

Fulfilling a lifelong dream on New Shepard flight

Women in Aviation International (WAI) congratulates Wally Funk, Lifetime WAI Member #26, for getting one step closer to fulfilling a lifelong mission to become an astronaut. This week, Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos released a video on social media personally inviting Wally as an honored guest on New Shepard’s first human space flight on July 20. She will join Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and an unnamed auction winner on the flight. 

Wally is a 1995 inductee to the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame recognized for her many firsts throughout her career. She graduated first in her flight training class at Stephens College, and went on to excel in the flying curriculum at Oklahoma State University. At age 20, Wally was the first woman ever hired to flight instruct at Fort Still, Oklahoma. In the 1960s, she was one of 25 women chosen to undergo preliminary astronaut testing for a privately funded project called the Women in Space Program which tested female pilots for astronaut fitness. Later known as the “Mercury 13” – thirteen American women successfully underwent the same physiological and psychological screening tests as the male astronauts selected by NASA for Project Mercury, but they never flew to space. Wally was the youngest graduate of this program.

2021-06-30 (All day)

Start applying for available scholarships!

With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2022 WAI scholarship program officially opens tomorrow, July 1, and members can review dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 98 scholarships offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, drones, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life. Additional scholarships and internships will be added in the coming weeks and months, with over 100 scholarships expected to be posted by the Fall. Applicants are encouraged to check for new scholarships often and may apply for up to three scholarships per year.

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