Press Releases

2016-06-13 08:00

We are deeply saddened to learn of WAI Pioneer Mary Feik's passing June 10, 2016. Mary, WAI #53, was a maintenance instructor for the US Army Air Corps, and later became the first woman engineer in R&D for the USAF Air Technical Service Command. She was a renowned ambassador for the Civil Air Patrol, the first woman to receive the FAA Taylor Master Mechanic Award, and recipient of the Katharine Wright Trophy. Mary was the 2014 inductee into the First Flight Society's Paul Garber Shrine at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, NC and was the recipient of many other...

2016-06-02 (All day)

40th Air Race Classic Launches June 21

Women in Aviation International extends best wishes to the 71 teams of women pilots competing in this year's Air Race Classic. The 40th annual Air Race Classic begins and ends at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - beginning at the Prescott, Arizona, campus on June 21, 2016, and ending on June 24, 2016, at the Daytona Beach campus. The race course extends across 12 states and 2,716 miles, with women from all walks of life, from ages 17 to 90, racing this year.

"My best advice for the race teams is to fly safe and...

2016-05-04 08:00

Outreach, outreach, outreach!

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has three events planned in the coming months to continue its aggressive outreach to attract more women to the aviation community. These events include a regional conference, WomenVenture as part of EAA AirVenture, and a repeat of the very successful international Girls in Aviation Day.

"The original impetus for Women in Aviation International was to facilitate opportunities to network for women who share a passion for all things aviation," said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "...

2016-03-29 08:00

More than 100 scholarships were distributed to WAI members during the recent 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, March 10-12, 2016. These scholarships were given to WAI members at every stage of life, from university students to mature members seeking a mid-life career change to aviation. A total of $661,234 in scholarships were awarded, bringing the total scholarships awarded to more than $10,100,000 since the inception of the scholarship program in 1995.

The scholarship which pushed the total dollar value past the $10 million mark was...

2016-03-28 08:00

April 8 event includes panel discussion

Women in Aviation International's Connect Lunch at SUN 'n FUN 2016 will include a panel discussion, moderated by WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian, of aviation notables and role models. The lunch, in partnership with SUN 'n FUN, is scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2016, and will begin at noon in the Buehler Aerospace Skills Center.

Panelists include:

Pia Bergqvist has been flying since 1999. With about 3,200 hours of flight time, her background includes flight instruction, aircraft sales, and aviation...

2016-03-22 08:00

WAI membership elects new board members at 2016 conference

Karen Gebhart, Vice President of Business Development for the Helicopter Association International, was elected for a two-year term as the chair of Women in Aviation International's (WAI) board of directors at the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference. She is a private pilot and industry veteran who previously worked for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

"We are committed to promoting all segments of the aviation community to our members," said WAI President Dr. Peggy...

2016-03-13 08:00

The 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, March 10-12, 2016.

"Thousands of women made powerful connections this week that will enhance their lives and careers for years to come," said Women in Aviation International (WAI) President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "Attendees and exhibitors alike agree that we continue to raise the bar for energy, support, enthusiasm and camaraderie."

Saturday night's closing banquet...

2016-03-09 08:00

Aviation Girl patch recognizes Girl Scouts' participation

Women in Aviation I nternational has created a Girl Scout fun patch to award to Girl Scouts who take part in Girls in Aviation Day events. The first chance girls will have to earn the patch will be at Girls in Aviation Day Nashville, on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the International Women in Aviation Conference.

WAI's Aviation Girl patch will be available exclusively through WAI chapters around the world to serve the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Girl Scout fun patches are worn...

2016-02-22 08:00

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...

2016-01-27 08:00

Nashville Mayor, Astronaut Couple, Secretary of the Air Force, FAA Administrator and More Scheduled to Speak

Megan Barry, the Mayor of Nashville, will join astronauts Dr. Rhea Seddon and Robert "Hoot" Gibson as each connects, engages, and inspires attendees at the 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 10-12, 2016, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mayor Megan Barry is the first female mayor of Nashville, and the first mayor to have risen from the Nashville Metro Council. Her focus as...

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