Press Releases

2015-08-26 08:00

WAI chapters around the world will present fun and interactive programs on September 26, 2015

With just one month to go, excitement is building for WAI's global outreach to girls ages 8 to 16 with the first international Girls in Aviation Day on September 26, 2015. Approximately half of WAI's chapters have unique, local events planned designed to attract girls to the aviation lifestyle and inform them as to the diverse career opportunities available to them in the aviation community.

"This is the largest outreach WAI has ever attempted,...

2015-07-22 15:00

Full day of activities changes the face of AirVenture for women

Now in its eighth successful year, WomenVenture has provided a venue for women attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to bond with like-minded individuals and have fun as well. WomenVenture Wednesday began at the EAA Nature Center with a sold-out Women in Aviation International Connect breakfast, sponsored by Avemco, and attended by over 360 enthusiastic showgoers. Jessica Cox, the first woman without arms to earn her pilot's license was the breakfast speaker.

The group then reformed in Boeing...

2015-07-15 08:00

Excitement builds for this global event

As Girls in Aviation Day approaches on September 26, 2015, Women in Aviation International chapters are hard at work planning a meaningful and fun experience for local participants. This event is an outgrowth of the successful program held during the past three International Women in Aviation Conferences.

"We are pleased with the ingenuity and resourcefulness our chapters have shown in planning their own unique Girls in Aviation day. No two programs will be the same," says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian...

2015-07-09 08:00

Twenty years of scholarships, ten million dollars awarded

With the announcement of the 2016 WAI scholarship winners in March 2016, WAI's scholarship program will award a cumulative $10,000,000 worth of scholarships to over 1,300 members, changing thousands of lives and launching and enhancing hundreds of aviation careers.

WAI's scholarship program began in 1995 when the organization decided to award a scholarship at its annual conference and sold $1 tickets to fund the program. A little more than $1,000 was raised, which enabled WAI to award two...

2015-07-01 08:00

So far, 98 scholarships with a value of more than $480,000 are available

Women in Aviation International today announced the availability of its 2016 scholarships. As of July 1, 2015, 98 separate scholarships with a combined value of more than $480,000 are offered. All WAI scholarships will be awarded during the organization's 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee from March 10-12, 2016. Scholarships are funded by both companies and organizations as well as individuals....

2015-06-15 08:00

WAI chapters around the globe organize unique local events

Women in Aviation International has declared September 26, 2015, as Girls in Aviation Day where WAI chapters around the world 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 the past three International Women in Aviation Conferences.

"Since each WAI chapter has different resources...

2015-06-04 08:00

WAI scholarships are not just for students

Seven new scholarships will join the dozens of other scholarships available to women and men who are members of Women in Aviation, International. All WAI scholarships will be awarded during WAI's 27th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee from March 10-12, 2016.

"WAI scholarships are not simply for scholastic assistance," says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "We offer flight training including type ratings and...

2015-05-26 08:00

Funds to be used for September 26 International Girls in Aviation Day

Women in Aviation International received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS.

The grant will be used toward providing teaching materials for Girls in Aviation Day, an international outreach program planned for Saturday, September 26, 2015. That day, WAI's nearly 100 chapters around the world will provide learning opportunities and conduct hands-on aviation activities to introduce girls, ages 8 to 16,...

2015-05-15 08:00

WAI membership votes in new board members

Three new board members were voted in by WAI members at the association's annual membership meeting held during its annual conference. Voting included reelecting two current board members for another three-year term. The newly-elected board members include: Deborah Hecker is a 737-800 first officer for American Airlines. She began her aviation career in 1994 flying freight. She then flew for Piedmont Airlines, before being hired by American Airlines in 1999. Deborah has flown the B757/767 and as flight engineer on...

2015-04-29 08:00

Remembering these pioneering women as we commemorate victory

As the country celebrates the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day on May 8, 2015, Women in Aviation, International wants to bring attention to the role of the WASP during World War II. VE Day represents the end of World War II in Europe.

The WASP numbered 1,074 pilots who flew more than 60 million miles in every type of military aircraft and were stationed at 120 air bases across the country. Between September 1942 and December 1944, the WASP delivered 12,650 aircraft of 78 different...

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