Funds used for Girls in Aviation Day and Aviation for Girls magazine

Women in Aviation International received a $15,000 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation. This is the fifth year that WAI has received an ISTAT Foundation grant.

As in past years, this grant will be used to expand the distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine with the ISTAT Foundation identified 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. The 2019 issue of Aviation for Girls will be available digitally to all Women in Aviation International members and any interested individuals at WAI.org .

Association Marks 30 th Conference and 25-Year Anniversary

During her annual remarks at the WAI Connect Breakfast today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, Dr. Peggy Chabrian announced her intention to retire as president and CEO of Women in Aviation International effective April 2020.

Now in its twelfth year, WomenVenture, a week-long social and networking event for women during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, attracts hundreds of women who are part of the aviation community and enjoy getting together to be inspired, to network, and to just plain have fun. More than a thousand women gathered in Boeing Plaza today for WomenVenture’s annual group photo, with most participants wearing their purple WomenVenture t-shirts.

All systems go for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019

For the twelfth year, women attending EAA AirVenture will enjoy a show within a show as a host of WomenVenture activities take place. EAA WomenVenture is an annual celebration of women from all facets of the aviation community.

Activities are scheduled during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (July 22-28, 2019) to provide women the opportunity to connect with other women who love aviation and build camaraderie within the EAA and WAI communities.

WAI’s Connect Breakfast, co-sponsored by Avemco and United Airlines, takes place on Wednesday, July 24, starting at 8 a.m., and held at the Paul H. Poberezny Conference Center (“PHP Tent”). This event features former naval aviator and Southwest Captain Tammie Jo Shults who will share her story of safely landing Southwest Airlines flight 1380 and talk about her upcoming book Nerves of Steel.

Tickets for the WAI Connect Breakfast may be purchased online for $17 each until July 21 (purchase tickets here: https://www.wai.org/events/wai-connect-breakfast-eaa-airventure ), and $20 onsite, as space permits, at the WAI booth, Hangar B-2041.

June 26, 2019

Safety Standards Remain Consistent for All Pilots

RE: Your recent story by Andy Paztor and Andrew Tangel “Boeing’s Latest MAX Concern: Pilots’ Physical Strength” failed to recognize today’s stringent safety standards for ALL pilots.

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Start applying for available scholarships!

With new scholarships being posted weekly, WAI is ready to accept applications for dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 85 scholarships offered for flight training, scholastic study, maintenance training, and a variety of scholarships for individuals in all stages of life. Internships are also being offered. Additional scholarships will be added in the coming weeks and months, and applicants are encouraged to check for new scholarships often. Applicants may apply for up to 3 scholarships per year.

…And one filled with friendly competition!

Fifty-one teams of women will take off for the 42nd Air Race Classic, racing from Jackson, Tennessee, beginning on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, for a 2,538-mile race course which ends in Welland, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, June 21, 2019.

“We wish blue skies and tailwinds to all the racers, many of whom are WAI members,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “This year, 17 collegiate teams represent aviation colleges and universities nationwide, and we wish safe landings to all.”

More than one hundred WASP gravesites are decorated during Memorial Day weekend visits

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were remembered and honored for their service this past Memorial Day weekend when gravesites were visited and decorated by Women in Aviation International (WAI) members and friends. Graves from Connecticut to California were decorated and photos and videos were posted and shared on social media tagged #HonorTheWASP. A contingent of WAI members and friends decorated a multitude of WASP graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

Visit and decorate a WASP gravesite from May 24-27, 2019

Women in Aviation International members and friends will #HonorTheWASP over Memorial Day weekend by visiting their graves and leaving an appropriate decoration in the form of flowers or other remembrances.

“For individuals and families – and even companies – looking for a meaningful way to observe Memorial Day, #HonorTheWASP provides a way to do that,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “Visiting and decorating a WASP gravesite is a history lesson, a way to honor these pioneering pilots, and, for most, a moving and emotional experience.”

WAI Adds Two New Board Members

Two new board members were voted in by Women in Aviation International members at the organization's 30 th annual membership meeting held in Long Beach, California. The two newly-elected board members, who will each serve a three-year term are Rhonda Larance and Shannon Weidekamp.

"Rhonda and Shannon bring years of experience, skills, and wisdom to our board,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We welcome them as our new board members as they join a group of talented aviation industry professionals who help guide and shape Women in Aviation International."

Boeing Donates $50,000; Fund Will Increase Scholarships & Youth Outreach Programs

A generous $50,000 gift from The Boeing Company, in addition to several donations from individual WAI members, during the recent 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California, has helped the organization to reach its goal of $1 million in its Endowment Fund.

The fund enables WAI to expand the 2020 scholarship program, which will be available online July 1, 2019 (for which applications are due November 12, 2019). At the WAI 2019 conference, 156 scholarships were distributed to WAI members at every stage of life for academic use, lifestyle enhancement, and flight training including type ratings. A total of $875,065 in scholarships was awarded putting the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to more than $12 million.

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2019

Through a donor who wishes to be anonymous, Women in Aviation International offers five flight training scholarships available for application now through May 31, 2019. These scholarships include:

WAI Instrument or CFII Rating Scholarship; WAI Multi-Engine Rating or CFI Multi-Engine Endorsement Scholarship; WAI CFI Certificate Scholarship; WAI Private Pilot Scholarship;p WAI Aircraft Maintenance Technician Scholarship .

For all five scholarships, if the applicant is a full-time student enrolled in high school, an accredited flight program, or an accredited college or university, she/he must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training is to be completed within one year.

The 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, on March 14-16, 2019.

This conference marked 30 years since WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian hosted 150 people for the first conference in Prescott, Arizona, hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the nearby Sheraton Hotel.

Speakers confirmed for Long Beach 2019

Women in Aviation International members and conference attendees will no doubt be inspired and informed by the stellar roster of speakers scheduled for the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 14-16, 2019, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

The 2019 roster of speakers includes:

Nagin Cox , NASA/JPL tactical mission lead on the Mars Curiosity Rover Dr. Christine Darden , aeronautical engineer and NASA sonic boom minimization expert Gwynne Shotwell , SpaceX president and chief operating officer Capt. Tammie Jo Shults , U.S Navy and Southwest Airlines pilot Dr. Ellen Stofan , Smithsonian Air and Space Museum director

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2019 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored at the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 14-16, 2019, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019, prior to the conference’s closing Celebration Dinner.

The 2019 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductees are Leanne Caret, Mary Golda Ross and the U.S. Coast Guard's First Women Aviators and Aviation-Related Enlisted Women.

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