Press Releases

2017-02-01 (All day)

Birthday to be marked with cake and cheers for pioneering pilot

The opening reception of Women in Aviation International’s 2017 annual conference will be turned into a 100th birthday party for WASP Dawn Seymour. Accompanied by her two daughters, Dawn will attend the 28th International Women in Aviation Conference to be held March 2-4, 2017, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

As a WASP, Dawn flew B-17s on training missions in Florida and New Mexico. Like other WASP, she completed her flight training in Sweetwater, Texas. Later, she was based at Buckingham Air Force Base in Florida, flying daily missions in the B-17 to train gunners. She was also based in Roswell, New Mexico. Dawn estimates that she flew 700 hours in the B-17.

2017-01-16 (All day)

Top-level executives and aviation industry veterans join champions and pioneers as each connects, engages, and inspires attendees at the 28th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 2-4, 2017, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

2016-12-15 (All day)

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2017 inductees into its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored at the 28th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 2-4, 2017, at Disney’s Coronado Spring Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The ceremony will take place at the closing banquet on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

"Honoring these women and chronicling their achievements is an important mission for Women in Aviation International,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "Not only have these women had great individual accomplishments but they have paved the way for other women to have similar success.”

2016-11-10 (All day)

Second successful international outreach completed

Women in Aviation International’s next Girls in Aviation Day is officially set for Saturday, September 23, 2017. With two years of successful experience in managing this international outreach, the third International Girls in Aviation Day is set to be enhanced and expanded to include more WAI chapters and corporate members.

On September 24, 2016, 71 Girls in Aviation Day events were held by 68 WAI chapters and corporate sponsors (15 of them held by collegiate sponsors), across the world with 17 events held by international chapters in Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Zambia.

2016-10-26 (All day)

Applications due November 14, 2016

Two deadlines are approaching for individuals interested in applying for a Women in Aviation International (WAI) scholarship for 2017. In order to apply, you must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2016. Scholarship applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 14, 2016. New this year, all applications may be submitted online at

2016-09-21 (All day)

Funds will be used to provide helicopter-themed educational materials

Women in Aviation International received an $8,000 grant from Bell Helicopter which will be used to provide instructional materials about helicopters to use as a hands-on teaching activity for girls ages 8 to 16 for the September 24, 2016, youth outreach.

2016-09-16 (All day)

Corporate members also plan events

In addition to Women in Aviation International chapters, some of WAI’s corporate members are hosting Girls in Aviation Day events. With just over one week to go until September 24, plans are in place for an instructive and fun day for local participants.

"Joining forces with our corporate members increases the reach and impact of Girls in Aviation Day,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian.

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...

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