Big, Bigger, Biggest - 2016 WAI Conference Set to Break Records

Monday, February 22, 2016

With a record number of exhibitors and robust pre-registration, the 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 10-12, 2016, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, is shaping up to be the biggest conference to date.

The exhibit hall will host a record 164 companies and organizations, including 29 that will be exhibiting for the first time. AOPA's Rusty Pilot Seminar, scheduled for Friday, March 11, and open to the public, has over 70 advanced registrations. Girls in Aviation Day- Nashville, being held on March 12, already has over 100 participants registered, with attendance expected to reach 225 including contingents of local Girl Scouts, groups from the Nashville area schools, and a group of girls from Louisville, Kentucky, sponsored by the Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance.

"There's particular excitement about this year's conference. We have an incredibly full schedule," says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "We will have events and activities of interest to attendees in every segment of aviation."

Other 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference highlights include:

  • Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation
  • A roster of spectacular speakers ranging from FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to Tracey Curtis-Taylor, the adventurer who recently retraced Amy Johnson's 1930 flight from the UK to Australia
  • The $10 Million Banquet on Saturday to commemorate $10 million in WAI scholarships given since the scholarship program began 20 years ago
  • Dozens of seminars, workshops, networking events, social events, and tours for every interest

"We are still adding more events to the agenda so this year's conference is one not to be missed," adds Dr. Chabrian.

The official conference app can help attendees plan their activities, and can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play (search for WAI Conference); other devices should point their browser-enabled devices to

Secure online registration is available at Discounted registration is available for military personnel and full-time students.

Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, contact WAI at 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381, Phone 937-839-4647; Fax 937-839-4645 or through

Molly Martin, Outreach Director
Women in Aviation International
Phone:  850-508-8769
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