Press Releases

2017-11-06 (All day)

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2018 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These three women will be honored at the 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 22-24, 2018, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. The ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, prior to the conference’s closing Celebration Dinner.

"We want to ensure that the rich history of women’s accomplishments in aviation is not lost to time,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy...

2017-10-30 (All day)
Deadline approaches to apply

Two deadlines are approaching for individuals interested in applying for a Women in Aviation International (WAI) scholarship for 2018. In order to apply, you must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2017. Scholarship applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 13, 2017. All applications may be submitted online at www.WAI.org and applicants are allowed to apply for up to three scholarships.

2017-10-25 (All day)
Girls in Aviation Day Now Scheduled for 2018

On September 23, 2017, 74 Girls in Aviation Day events were held by WAI chapters and corporate members, including 15 international chapters, 8 corporate members and 16 collegiate chapters. International events were held in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Zambia.

Drawing from the local communities including Girl Scouts, church groups, and outreach to schools, WAI estimates that over 9,700 girls participated in 2017 Girls in Aviation Day.

2017-09-19 (All day)

Corporate WAI members join chapters to sponsor events

Women in Aviation International’s network of more than 110 chapters will be joined on Saturday, September 23, 2017, by some WAI corporate members to produce Girls in Aviation Day events. Celebrated worldwide, Girls in Aviation Day is designed to introduce and educate girls up to 17 years of age on the many career choices and lifestyle possibilities offered by the aviation/aerospace industry.

“Girls in Aviation Day has been embraced by the entire aviation community including pilots, airlines, aviation museums, FBOs, flight schools, colleges and universities, government officials and aviation businesses,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “This community effort speaks highly to the commitment we all feel to share our passion for aviation and create a diverse future aviation workforce.”

2017-09-05 (All day)
Five United locations have planned events

United Airlines will roll out the red carpet for local community girls at five United Airlines locations across the United States on September 23, 2017, as part of the Women in Aviation International (WAI) Girls in Aviation Day events. Through a variety of experiences and activities, United Airlines will introduce these girls to the excitement of a major airport while they learn the various career possibilities open to them in aviation.

“These lucky girls will get a behind-the-scenes view of the operations of a major airline at a large airport,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “But the bonus is that through United’s efforts, the girls will meet and get to know the people who keep an airline running from different departments.”

2017-08-25 (All day)
Funds to expand distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine, promote aviation careers

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

The grant will be used to expand the distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine and will identify the ISTAT Foundation as the sponsor of this year’s issue. With this grant, the number of copies printed will be increased and its distribution expanded in hard copy and digitally.

2017-08-21 (All day)
Discounted registration offered until August 28th

The Women in Aviation International Connect event in Dayton, Ohio, on September 29-30, 2017, offers a weekend jam-packed with aviation history. The two-day, Friday and Saturday gathering will be held at the Marriott Hotel at the University of Dayton and begins with a tour of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites, including Hawthorn Hill, the Wright family mansion; Carillon Historical Park; Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Wright Cycle Company; and the Huffman-Prairie Flying Field, the location of Wright Brothers’ test flights.

The tour of the Dayton aviation sites is followed by a tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. As an alternate, attendees may participate in a tour of the GE Aviation's EPISCenter located on the campus of University of Dayton. This $51 million, 138,000 square foot facility is where researchers and students work side-by-side with GE Aviation scientists and engineers to create new advanced electrical power technologies for aircraft and cars.

2017-08-16 (All day)
WAI chapters busy at work to plan memorable days for girls

Women in Aviation International has declared September 23, 2017, as the third annual Girls in Aviation Day where WAI chapters around the world 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 8 to 17 years of age. This program is an outgrowth of the successful Girls in Aviation Day events held during the past five International Women in Aviation Conferences.

"Because each chapter has its own venues and resources, the chapter plans a Girls in Aviation Day event unique to them,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "The creativity, organization and planning that the chapters devote to a successful event is a source of pride for us. Our chapters put their hearts into making a memorable day for the girls in their own communities.”

2017-07-31 (All day)

Participants in Women in Aviation International’s (WAI) Girls in Aviation Day will go home with a new skill: how to read a sectional chart. Through a generous donation from Sporty’s, thousands of instructional sectional charts will be distributed to WAI’s international network of more than 100 chapters. This hands-on teaching tool will be used with thousands of girls ages 8 to 17 who attend one of the many local Girls in Aviation Day events, scheduled for September 23, 2017 all over the globe.

2017-07-26 (All day)

WomenVenture’s traditional group photo took on special meaning this year as WomenVenture celebrated its 10 th anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Launched to provide a social and networking event for women during AirVenture, WomenVenture has also showcased the large number of women show-goers with the group photo, shot annually in Boeing Plaza, which is tangible evidence of the hundreds of pro-aviation women taking part in this week’s activities, and represents the women involved in aviation the world over.

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