Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School is celebrating its first anniversary with the perfect gift for a special pilot in your life. Through December 31, 2014, the school is offering its Confidence Course for $795. A CFI will dedicate the entire day, one on one, teaching and reviewing airmanship, upset training, spins, and basic aerobatics in a Super Decathlon.

The course is designed for all skill levels, from student pilots through CFIs, corporate and airline pilots who want to hone their stick and rudder skills, with instruction tailored to each pilot. It's a full day of instruction...

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) has announced its 2015 Spring Scholarships, which will be presented during the 26th annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, on March 6, 2015. WCA members may apply by January 1, 2015.

The following four WCA scholarships total $21,050: Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship ($2,000) - For any WCA member pursuing professional development or career advancement, to be used toward specific corporate aviation education (not general business course work). Training suggestions include: Flight training, dispatcher...

VFR Communications IFR Communications

Two popular Sporty’s training programs, VFR Communications and IFR Communications, have been updated and are now available as online courses.

VFR Communications covers all types of communications, including Air Traffic Control, pilot-controlled airport operations and emergency situations. Eight subject areas and 23 individual video segments engage the viewer with more than an hour of helpful 3D animations, in-flight video and real-world communications scenarios.

The training program goes in depth with en route communications, arriving...

Women in Aviation, International is excited to announce that the scholarships for 2015 now number 100, with the combined value of $570,940. This is the largest number of scholarships and value since the inception of WAI's scholarship program. All scholarships will be awarded during the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, at the Hilton Anatole March 5-7, 2015.

There is still time to apply for the diverse array of scholarships, including 11 new scholarships for 2015. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, November 17, 2014, and you must be a...

Over the next 24 months, Mustique has pledged to "give back" by donating funds to Sunnybrook Foundation in Toronto to assist with breast cancer research. The airline will also donate funds to provide care and treatment to women in St. Vincent and the Grenadines who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These donations will be underwritten, in part, by dedicating a portion of operational revenues from Mustique Airways, whose fleet of five aircraft is based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Mustique Airways has provided private charter services and scheduled airline service throughout...

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) will award more than $90,000 in training scholarships to 17 aviation professionals at its annual scholarship luncheon on October 22 during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Orlando.

"WCA has had an incredible year raising $96,070 in scholarship funds, which is the most we've ever offered in our 21-year history," said Brenda Miles, President, Women in Corporate Aviation. "I am grateful to our leadership team, sponsors, and volunteers because we could not have done it without their relentless support."

The aviation...

"We've turbocharged 2015 and WAI has more plans and projects than ever before in our history," says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. The focus of 2015 is an outreach to girls as young as 10 as well as to women worldwide.

On the agenda for 2015:

Annual Conference: The 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held from March 5-7, 2015, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. In addition to dozens of educational, networking and social sessions, conference attendees will hear (invited) speakers Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus, Southwest...

Belgian television station VRT is researching a new program in which they hope to learn about and show the different lives of interesting women all over the world. The one thing they must all have in common: a birth date of June 18, 1977. The show's host, Cath, is born on that same day.

VRT is looking for strong/interesting women from different backgrounds, professions, and family structures all over the world. And they're looking for female aviators!

Right now they are researching possibilities, so anyone who is interested should not feel obligated and are welcome to...

In celebration of the Whirly-Girls Diamond Anniversary, the organization is offering the largest amount of scholarships in both volume and value (more than $100,000) in their 60 year history. The scholarship offerings include 12 different opportunities for Whirly-Girls to grow professionally, as well as an add-on scholarship for a pilot who doesn't yet fly helicopters.

For more information regarding scholarship specifics, the application process, and to download application forms, visit www.WhirlyGirls.org/wg-scholarships . The application deadline is October 15, and applicants...

Gone are the days when "Women's Activities" meant arts and crafts projects. Women attending EAA AirVenture 2014 had the opportunity to network and participate in a day-long roster of women-centered events, all geared toward their active involvement in the aviation community. "Before WomenVenture, women could feel isolated in Oshkosh," says WAI President Peggy Chabrian. "Now, from the WAI Connect Breakfast to the group photo and the lunch, women experience the comradery that comes from having the WomenVenture experience." At WAI's breakfast on Wednesday, WAI Chapter Manager Audra Hoy announced...

Andrea Coppick , WAI 6452, fell in love with flying as a young girl when a friend of her mother's took them to lunch one day in her own airplane. Building on the memory of that day of adventure, her new children's book Georgia Goes to Lunch is about a fearless 7-year-old girl who loves to observe the world from the trees and rooftops of her neighborhood. When her mom's friend shows up one day to take them to lunch, Georgia is soon swept away to a little airport and embarks on a magical aviation adventure.

Andrea's own $100 hamburger experience as a child led her to...

A place for networking and entertainment for aspiring aviators ages 14 to 24, EAA's College Park offers young people the opportunity to learn about and network with universities from all over the country all in one place during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 .

College Park features six main areas including a career center, the Education Center presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Innovations Center presented by the National Aircraft Controllers Association (NATCA), the College Park Forums presented by FedEx, the QUAD presented by Alpha Eta Rho, and an outdoor exhibit...

Services such as morning weather briefing and flight planning will be available in a new location for pilots at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 , July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

EAA Pilot Services, presented by Signature Flight Support, will be located in the Federal Pavilion. DTC DUAT will be the official weather provider, and ForeFlight will have iPads on hand for pilots to explore the latest ForeFlight Mobile features. The daily weather briefing will be provided by the National Weather Service.

"We are always seeking ways to bring more...

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The annual WomenVenture gathering, designed to encourage and inspire women in aviation and those who want to fly, will welcome hundreds of female aviators on Wednesday, July 30 , during the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention. If you're headed to Oshkosh, be sure WomenVenture is on your calendar!

Starting Monday, July 28 , be sure to stop by the WAI booth (#2041), EAA Welcome Center, or Ninety-Nines booth (#2120) to get your free WomenVenture t-shirt so you can share your pride in being a woman in aviation all day long...

Congratulations to the 31 teams that completed the 2014 Air Race Classic, flying more than 2,300 nm across the country June 16-19, 2014. A total of 47 teams participated in the race with stops in Concord, California; Dorris, California; Elko, Nevada; Pinedale, Wyoming, Scottsbluff, Nebraska; Norfolk, Nebraska; Iowa City, Iowa; Danville, Illinois; Athens, Ohio; York, Pennsylvania; and New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.

Several WAI members participated in the race. Special congratulations to WAI members who placed in the top 10! The top 3 teams were:

No. 1: Dianna Stanger...

On June 18, 1983, the space shuttle Challenger launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, with Dr. Sally Ride aboard. Ride, an astrophysicist from Stanford University became the first American woman to travel to space.

Ride was inducted into WAI's Pioneer Hall of Fame earlier this year at the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

For more information visit http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ride-sk.html .

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has elected three new directors, each for three-year terms, including two WAI members.

Sherry Knight Rossiter , WAI 4474, of Missoula, Montana; Dr. Donna Wilt , WAI 3479, of Melbourne, Florida; and Ken Wittekiend of Burnet, Texas, were elected by popular vote open to all 900 SAFE members and will begin their duties at the Society's annual meeting on July 31, 2014.

Rossiter is currently self-employed as an aircraft broker. She has been an active part of SAFE's aviation education outreach since the...

Russian Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space 51 years ago today, on June 16, 1963. She flew aboard Vostok 6 , making 48 orbits in 71 hours. Learn more about Tereshkova at her flight here: www.History.com/this-day-in-history/first-woman-in-space

Mary Feik (right), with WAI members on a tour of Fantasy of Flight during the 2010 annual conference.

Mary S. Feik, WAI 53, has been named the 2014 honoree to be inducted into the Dr. Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine located in the Museum and Visitors Center at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

The induction ceremony, including the unveiling and presentation of a portrait of Mary will be held on December 17, 2014, with a celebration banquet held on December 16 in Kitty Hawk.

Mary is an aviation engineer, master mechanic, pilot,...

Women in Aviation, International is now accepting nominations for inductees into its Pioneer Hall of Fame . Female candidates or organizations that have made significant contributions to the aviation industry as record setters, pioneers, or innovators are eligible. Posthumous nominations are acceptable. Special consideration will be given to individuals who have helped other women become successful in aviation or opened doors of opportunity. The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas, during the annual International Women in Aviation...

The 17th annual EAA AirVenture Cup Race will launch on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from Mitchell, South Dakota (KMHE), and organizers are taking racer applications through July 1. The timed 400-statute mile race ends in Wausau, Wisconsin (KAUW), before racers head to Oshkosh (KOSH) for the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention.

On Saturday, July 26, the AirVenture Cup Race staff and participants, in cooperation with Wright Brothers Aviation, will host an open house at KMHE. "Having nearly 100 unique airplanes and pilots in Mitchell gives us the opportunity to invite the local community...

Women in Aviation, International is looking for some dynamic presenters for our 26th annual conference!

We invite you to come share your expertise with our audience including aviation and aerospace professionals, students aspiring to aviation careers, and passionate recreational aviators.

For more information on our past educational session offerings, or details on how to submit your proposed topic, visit www.WAI.org or email presenters@wai.org .

The submission deadline is August 11, 2014.

The Northern Lights Award Foundation (NLAF) has announced the six winners of its 2014 aviation and aerospace awards. Each year, the national not-for-profit foundation honors outstanding Canadian women in aviation and aerospace who have made a significant contribution in their field and who continue to lay the groundwork for other women to enter or excel in these industries.

The 2014 NLAF winners are:

Pioneer Award

Dr. Roberta Bondar , Canada's first woman astronaut and the world's first neurologist in space

Flight Operations/Maintenance Award...

Introduce someone new to WAI and help them shine!

You already know the advantage of membership in Women in Aviation, International —WAI offers hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships annually, mentoring by the most successful women in aviation and aerospace, and loads of opportunities for expanding your knowledge or career. Membership also offers many opportunities to give back to the aviation industry and blaze new trails for future generations, so spread the word!

Do you know someone who would benefit from membership? Encourage them to join WAI and ask them to...

The annual WomenVenture gathering, designed to encourage an inspire women in aviation and those who want to fly, will welcome hundreds of female aviators on Wednesday, July 30, during the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention.

Sponsored by Women in Aviation, International, EAA, and The Ninety-Nines, WomenVenture is moving to mid-week this year to allow for expansion of the day's activities and welcome more participants.

All women involved in the aviation community are invited to be a part of the annual WAI Connect Breakfast, kicking the day off in EAA's Nature...

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) has announced more than $110,000 in scholarships to be awarded during the annual NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida at an awards ceremony on October 22, 2014.

"This marks the first time in WCA's 21-year history that we've surpassed $100,000 in scholarships, and we're extremely grateful to our corporate sponsors," said WCA President Brenda Miles.

Applications are due August 1, and scholarship recipients will be notified on September 7. Applicants must be current, dues-paying WCA members. Applications must...

Thank you to those women and men who serve and have served our country — and especially remembering those today who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Marion Jayne and her daughter Patricia By Patricia Jayne Keefer, WAI 6315 It was 20 years ago on May 1 that we launched from Montreal for the first day of the 24-day round the world Air Race. I remember that on Mother’s Day we were receiving the first place award for the race leg from Istanbul, Turkey to Dubai, United Arabic Emirates. It had taken ten hours and 54 minutes over Turkey, around Iraq over Iran and the Persian Gulf above 15,000 feet without enough oxygen for both of us. As Mother’s Day approaches, Mom-memories come flooding back to me.

Mom is Marion...

The Partnership for Corporate Aviation Training (PCAT) is working with the National Flight Academy to provide four scholarships for students ages 11-17 years old. Applications are being accepted until May 31, 2014.

Scholarship recipients will participate in the six-day Ambition Program aboard a virtual aircraft carrier named Ambition . Each mission the students participate in will test mental agility, preparedness, and communication skills, while demonstrating the importance of teamwork and goal completion. Through consistent simulator experience and role play, participants...

If you'll be in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area May 16-18, be sure to check out the Military Aviation Museum's Warbirds Over the Beach event! The annual weekend air show features re-enactors and action flights of World War II-era warbirds including the Me-262, Lancaster Bomber, and the world's only flying de Havilland Mosquito. There will also be vehicle, armor, and artillery displays, plenty of food, and big band musical entertainment.

Something else to look forward to - the Military Aviation Museum will again host its Flying Proms this year. Scheduled for June 7, the event is...

Former NASA astronaut and Army Lt. Col. Charles "Sam" Gemar will be the featured speaker at WAI Air Captial City Chapter's annual fund raising dinner on May 6 at Stearman Field Bar & Grill in Benton, Kansas. Gemar was a crew member on three Space Shuttle Missions.

The Air Capital City Chapter raises funds annually to send low-income girls who participate in a local program called " Future Women in A STEM Career " to Space Camp. In 2013 the chapter sent 25 girls, this year the goal is to send 40.

The event begins at 6 p.m. and tickets are $60/person or $100 for two—...

Arab News reports that 35-year-old Hanadi Al-Hindi is the first woman to be issued a pilot certificate from the General Authority of Civil Aviation, granting her authority to fly in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hindi flies for Kingdom Holdings Company and already held a commercial pilots license and instrument rating, but was not allowed to fly in her own country because she did not hold a Saudi license.

For more information visit www.ArabNews.com/news/558946 .

If you're headed to Quad-A's 2014 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennesee, May 4-6, be sure to stop by booth 3402 to meet WAI staff and find out what's new with your organization! Then head out and take advantage of all of the fantastic opportunities the event provides.

The Army Aviation Association of America's annual convention will be at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel this year, and will feature several great speakers, the annual awards presentations, a hall of fame inductions banquet, and a soldier appreciation dinner concert featuring Trisha Yearwood....

Women Soar You Soar 2014 * July 28-31

EAA's Women Soar You Soar is the ideal place for high school girls to find out more about the opportunities available to them in the aviation industry. The unique program introduces 100 girls to 35 women (mentors)—from engineers to fighter pilots—working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. It's an event filled with career exploration, discovery, inspiration, and fun. The Women Soar You Soar program strives to engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their dreams in aviation and beyond.Activities...

A fundraising effort is underway to save a portion of the Willow Run bomber plant near Yipsilanti, Michigan. The Michigan Aerospace Foundation says they have until May 1, 2014, to raise the necessary funds to purchase a portion of the property and save a section of the historic plant to house the Yankee Air Museum.

Organizers say every $50 raised saves 1 square foot of the plant. At the peak of production during World War II, the Willow Run plant produced B-24 Liberators at a rate of 1 per hour, employing more than 40,000 workers—including the iconic women assembly line workers...

Pilots flying in for EAA AirVenture 2014 can now download the 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for arrival and departure procedures into Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. EAA's 62nd annual fly-in convention runs July 28-August 3, and the NOTAM is in effect July 25-August 4.

While the overall procedures are similar to past years, there have been some updates since 2013, including:

Fond du Lac ATIS changed to 121.1 Expected Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) for Wittman Regional Airport on August 1-3 Closed runway 4/22 at Wittman Regional Airport is now 5/23 Air...

A special thank you to the generous sponsors of our 25 th anniversary Conference. Women in Aviation, International appreciates your support—we couldn’t put on this world-class event without you! DIAMOND EAGLE LEVEL FLYING Magazine PLATINUM EAGLE LEVEL American Airlines / American Airlines Federal Credit Union / American Eagle The Boeing Company Delta Air Lines JetBlue Southwest Airlines United Airlines GOLD EAGLE LEVEL Airbus EAA FedEx Express SILVER EAGLE LEVEL Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air Jeppesen Pratt & Whitney Walmart Aviation ...

There is a great need for the current generation of women in aviation to pass along their stories to inspire the ladies of tomorrow. Texas Woman's University (TWU) is right on task encouraging these women to preserve their memorabilia and record their oral history. Every woman has a story! You may think what you do is insignificant, but it could be the key influence for a young girl to enter into the incredible field of aviation.

Kimberly Johnson, the Coordinator of Special Collections at TWU, has the resources to help women all over the world with this archiving process. They have...

Receiving much attention this year is the Silent Auction with many great items and a consistent flow of bidders.

Proceeds from the Silent Auction go towards the WAI Endowment Fund, which provides scholarships to deserving young women who desire to pursue a career in aviation, as well as other projects.

Thank you to our volunteers that help keep the bids going!

The auction ends on Saturday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. so be sure to stop by and bid on your favorite items before it's too late!

The spectacularly large Coronado Ballroom was the chosen venue for the general session. The WAI jazz band opened the event by playing a selection of well known tunes including "Do the Eagle Rock." The Boeing Company generously sponsored the session, and it was incredible to see the number of Boeing employees here attending the Conference when they were asked to stand. Joy Bryant spoke about the history of female aviators and gave an excellent overview on what and how women have achieved in aviation. Joy currently works within the Boeing Space education division. Dr. Peggy Charbrian...

Since WAI members are savvier than the average, you may know that it wasn't Amelia Earhart who was the first woman to fly solo around the world, as many believe, but rather Jerrie Mock who was surprised to discover in 1964 that the feat had yet to be accomplished.

She set out on March 19, 1964, in her Cessna 180 to have the adventure. The trip began in Columbus, Ohio, and ended in Columbus on April 19, 1964. In all, the trip took 29 days, had 21 stopovers, and she covered 22,860 miles.

A 50th anniversary edition of Three-Eight Charlie (a reference to the call sign...

Women in Aviation, International held its first Conference in Prescott, Arizona, in 1990. Across the country in Massachusetts that same year, Bose was launching the first in its line of aviation headsets. Now, a quarter of a century later, both WAI and Bose are celebrating their 25th anniversary years.

To mark the occasion, Bose has donated an A20 headset, introduced in July 2010, with a retail value of $1,095. The A20 will be presented after a random drawing of WAI members who have either joined or renewed at the Conference as one of the awards given as part of the kickoff of our...

The health of the organization was on the mind of WAI members who turned out for this year's annual membership meeting in Fiesta 7 Thursday morning. The room was filled with WAI members from around the world who listened as Treasurer Dick Koenig told them the good news, WAI is fiscally sound and growing, with a healthy bump in membership and Conference attendance this year, too.

After the business of the organization (minutes read and approved from last year, election of 2014 board members Anna Dietrich and Deborah Baugh) the group was in for a treat. Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President...

If you've come to this year's Conference looking for a job, rest assured you have made the right choice! In fact, so many people came here looking for jobs last year, we put our heads together in the "off season" and came up with a great new way to help WAI members connect with the potential employers on your "must see" list this week.

First, you're going to want to check out The Daily for a schedule of hiring information seminars presented by the different airlines participating. In these 30-minute seminars they'll share basic application procedures for their company,...

If you'll be in Anaheim, California this week for HAI's annual HELI-EXPO be sure to stop by Booth 5613 to meet Aviation for Women editor Kelly Nelson, and talk to local WAI members. You'll be able to join or renew your WAI membership at the booth, and get more information on chapters and upcoming WAI activities. See you there!

Peggy Young, 87, the first director of the Museum of Aviation, died January 24 in Alexandria, Virginia, after suffering a stroke.

Peggy became the first director of the Museum of Aviation Heritage, Exhibit and Education Center in 1988. According to her obituary, under her direction the museum, which began with $20 in private funds, two airplanes, a 43-acre site and a great idea, grew into the "Crown Jewel of Middle Georgia." When Peggy retired in 1997 the Peggy B. Young Education Center was dedicated in the Century of Flight Hangar.

For more information visit: www....

The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame is offering five scholarships in 2014, two of which will be offered for the first time: the Jeff Baum Scholarship and the Robert Payzer Memorial/EAA Chapter 640 Scholarship.

The Jeff Baum Scholarship is a $250 award, established by Avfuel Corporation, for those pursuing a career in aviation business management. The $500 Robert Payzer Memorial/EAA Chapter 640 Scholarship is for students in any aviation or aerospace discipline.

These new scholarships will be awarded in 2014, along with WAHF’s original scholarships: the $1,000 Carl Guell...

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour will honor the women of Boeing on Saturday, March 15, 2014, with a book signing and luncheon event to celebrate the publication of Trailblazers: The Women of The Boeing Company . The author and many of the women featured in the book are scheduled to attend.

The book signing begins at 10:30 a.m. with Boeing pilots and trailblazers Patricia Beckman, WAI 17; Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, WAI 42914; Megan Robertson; Eleanor Dickson; Sandra Jeffcoat; Nelda Lee, WAI 15; Loraine Bratset; Diana Rhea; and Laurette Koellner available...

We’re proud to announce that four more inspiring women will be inducted into WAI’s Pioneer Hall of Fame this year. Col. Nancy Currie (ret.), Beryl Markham, Dr. Sally Ride, and Sheila Scott will be honored in a ceremony during the closing banquet of the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference on March 8 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

“We honor these women so that their names and accomplishments are never forgotten,” said Dr. Peggy Chabrian, WAI president and founder. “These are women who didn’t just break down barriers; they opened the door for other women as well.”...

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is expanding its sponsorship program to include 12 initial memberships to the organization, valued at $75 each. The sponsorships are available to women with a rotorcraft-helicopter rating, who are not yet Whirly-Girls members, to join at no cost and take advantage of the organization's member benefits including participation in its scholarship program. The memberships will be awarded at HELI-EXPO in Anaheim, California, in February. It is not necessary to be present to be considered. The deadline for application is February 10. Click here for the application...

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