Press Releases

2016-08-30 (All day)

Funds to expand distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine

Women in Aviation International received a $10,000 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation. This is the second year that WAI has received an ISTAT grant.

The grant will be used to expand the distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine and WAI will identify ISTAT as the sponsor of this year’s issue. Aviation for Girls is an important resource for WAI’s international Girls in Aviation Day, which will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016. That day, WAI chapters around the world will provide learning opportunities and conduct hands-on aviation activities to introduce girls, ages 8 to 16, to the aviation lifestyle as well as to the career possibilities in aviation and aerospace.

2016-08-26 (All day)

WAI Chapters hard at work to create memorable day

With a month to go before Girls in Aviation Day on September 24, 2016, Women in Aviation International chapters are busy planning a memorable and fun experience for local participants.

"I’m proud of our chapters and the ingenuity and organization they show in planning their local events to create a unique experience for local girls,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.

"What’s terrific about our chapters is they have reached out to other organizations and made full use of local venues to create a memorable day to impact the lives of girls around the globe. Thousands of lives will be will be impacted by Girls in Aviation Day.”

2016-08-25 (All day)

Kelly Murphy has joined the Women in Aviation International staff as director of communications and editor-in-chief of Aviation for Women. Kelly replaces Kelly Nelson who has returned to EAA as executive editor of EAA Publications.A WAI member since 1997, Kelly Murphy will assume her new duties on September 1, 2016.

Kelly Murphy has spent decades in the aviation industry, from learning to fly at age 16; writing and editing a number of aviation publications; to running an international women-owned aviation public relations and marketing services company. Her work has supported...

2016-07-27 17:45

Full day of activities gives visibility to hundreds of pro-aviation women

Now in its ninth successful year, WomenVenture activities were expanded this year to a week-long event, but Wednesday was declared Women’s Day at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. WomenVenture has provided a way for women to connect at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh while having Oshkosh-style fun at the same time.

2016-07-19 (All day)

Meeting planned for September 16-17, 2016

Women in Aviation International has a regional conference planned in Seattle, Washington, September 16-17, 2016. The two-day regional conference will be held at Seattle’s famed Museum of Flight and the Seattle Airport Marriott and begins with a tour of the Boeing Company headquarters.

2016-07-06 (All day)

Women in Aviation International today announces the launch of its new, fully-featured website at www.WAI.org . The website has extensive content including information on scholarships, history, events, mentorships, chapter information, and aviation careers. It was designed with the WAI member in mind – to make navigation and information access as simple as possible to WAI’s 12,000 members worldwide.

2016-07-05 08:00

Applicants: Start Applying!

As of today’s launch date, WAI is offering 98 scholarships valued at $499,000. Scholarships are available for nearly every interest in aviation and aerospace and include academic scholarships, flight training scholarships, aviation maintenance centered scholarships, advanced flight ratings and type ratings, and a wide variety of other options. The majority of these scholarships will be awarded at the 28th annual International Women in Aviation Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort March 2-4, 2017, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Additional scholarships will be added in the coming months, and the total value of awarded scholarships typically reaches more than $600,000 annually.

2016-06-27 08:00

Weeklong event planned for AirVenture 2016

WomenVenture 2016 has been expanded to include daily activities planned to attract and inspire female show-goers at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Throughout the years, WomenVenture has enhanced the presence of women at AirVenture and given show-goers the opportunity to bond with other women who share their passion for all things aviation.

The heart of WomenVenture is Wednesday, July 27, which kicks off with the WAI Connect Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the EAA Nature Center Pavilion. Sherry Carbary, Vice President, Flight Services, Commercial Aviation Services, Boeing Commercial Airplanes will speak along with Jackie Nesselroad, Boeing director of production operations for the Space Launch System New Orleans facility, managing the teams building the core stages of the Mars rocket for NASA.

2016-06-20 08:00

WAI chapters busy at work to plan memorable days for girls

Women in Aviation International has declared September 24, 2016, as the second annual Girls in Aviation Day. On this day, WAI chapters around the globe will host their own one-day event to attract more young women to the aviation and aerospace communities with a day of activities appealing to girls ages 8 to 16 years of age. This program is an outgrowth of the successful Girls in Aviation Day events held during International Women in Aviation Conferences since 2012.

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...

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