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2015-12-08 (All day)
Funds to Enhance Girls in Aviation Day 2016

Women in Aviation International received a $7,500 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation.

The ISTAT Foundation was founded in 1994 to provide funds for scholarships, educational programs, and grants to qualified individuals and institutions that promote the advancement of commercial aviation and humanitarianism. The ISTAT Foundation Grants Program, administered by the ISTAT Foundation Grants Committee of the ISTAT Foundation...

2015-11-30 08:00

Military pioneers to be honored

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2016 inductees into its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored at 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. The ceremony will take place at the closing banquet on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

"The women who are being inducted this year don't have names that most people will recognize, but each of them...

2015-10-20 08:00

Applications Due November 16, 2015

Two deadlines are approaching for individuals interested in applying for a WAI scholarship for 2016. In order to apply, you must be a WAI member as of November 2, 2015. Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than November 16, 2015.

"This year we are offering 111 different scholarships totaling $600,000," says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "I can't say it too often - these scholarships are not just for college students; they are for people at every phase of their aviation lives....

2015-10-07 08:00

Fantastic outcome of first Girls in Aviation Day calls for repeat effort

The success of Women in Aviation International's first Girls in Aviation Day requires a repeat performance in 2016. The 2016 Girls in Aviation Day is officially set for Saturday, September 24, 2016. Plans are already underway to make this event even bigger and better than the first.

A survey of the 49 WAI chapters in seven countries that participated in the first Girls in Aviation Day revealed:

45% of WAI chapters rated their event as "Perfect!" with an...

2015-10-06 08:00

Will concentrate on educational outreach and opportunities

Cassandra Bosco has joined the Women in Aviation International staff as Education and Industry Relations Director. The position was created as part of the organization's strategic plan to grow WAI's education offerings and outreach to youth and college and university students.

A founding board member of WAI and WAI member #3, Cassandra's background includes serving as Interim Executive Director of the University Aviation Association (UAA), leading implementation of aviation programs...

2015-09-25 08:00

Three more states issue Girls in Aviation Day proclamations

Florida, Maryland, and South Carolina have joined the list of states which have declared September 26, 2015, as Girls in Aviation Day in their states. In addition, the mayors of New York City and Houston have issued similar proclamations. With the additional three states, the total stands at 29 states and two cities.

"We are grateful for the governors, lieutenant governors, mayors and their staffs who have issued proclamations on behalf of WAI’s Girls in Aviation Day," says WAI...

2015-09-21 08:00

Five days to go until September 26, 2015, when this global outreach becomes reality

As September 26 approaches, 49 of Women in Aviation’s chapters are putting the finishing touches on their local Girls in Aviation Day events. As WAI’s largest youth outreach to date, Girls in Aviation Day will involve girls ages 8 to 16 in aviation activities, tours, speakers and fun, all designed with the purpose of attracting girls to the variety of aviation careers available to them.

"We realized that girls weren’t rejecting aviation as a career...

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...

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