NextGen Aero Inc., organizers of the MODAERO #NextGen Aviation Festival, have established a strategic partnership with the organizers of the F3Expo to produce The Drone Experience at MODAERO. The Drone Experience will be an integral part of the MODAERO festival and will include a drone/UAS exhibitor expo, educational presentations, drone demonstration cage, and indoor drone racing. Although details of the event are being finalized, The Drone Experience will be built upon the successes of the F3Expo, as well as offer new content and exhibitions. It will also mark the first-ever drone-themed...

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane have announced the fourth Aviation Design Challenge. Registration for the competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education among U.S. high school students is open to the first 100 schools that enter.

In three years, the STEM curriculum upon which the competition is based has reached more than 150 high schools in 38 states and Washington, D.C. Past winners have included Canby High School in Canby, Minnesota; Saline High School in Saline, Michigan; Sunrise Mountain High School in...

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) awarded more than $50,000 in training scholarships during its annual scholarship luncheon on November 18 during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas.

Scholarship recipients announced at the luncheon include:

Audeen Bashita and Stephanie Morriss - each received a $5,000 Gulfstream scholarship to further their education, professional development or career advancement in corporate maintenance aviation technology. Ciara Peterson , WAI 41229 - a $22,000 CAE SimuFlite scholarship to attend...

LeTourneau University (LETU) has signed agreements with Collin College and McKinney Independent School District (MISD) that will expand the aviation education opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

"The whole objective of engaging in this partnership is to ensure that students can earn their college degree with half the financial investment in half the time, yet still receive a world-class education as a professional aviator," said Dr. Philip Coyle, LETU provost and executive vice president.

The Articulation Agreement allows MISD students access dual-credit...

The Restorers - Season 1 is an exciting new series about warbird and vintage aircraft restorers and the planes they resurrect from the graves of history. The documentary series is now available as a box set on DVD and BluRay.

Each one-hour episode is themed, containing several stories in each episode. This first season's episodes include: Living History , Aircraft Recovery , The Aviatrix , Aviation Destinations , and They Were All Volunteers .

For more information on the series visit www.TheRestorers.com . The box set is...

Lockheed Martin has given $90,000 to support the Tuskegee University Freshman Accelerated Start up and Training for Retention in Engineering Curricula program. Known as FASTREC, this eight-week program is offered to high school graduates interested in engineering careers.

Each summer, FASTREC students pursue an intensive course of study in mathematics, science, engineering, graphics, and freshman orientation. The program provides students with an early opportunity to begin their engineering career and earn up to seven credits toward a bachelor of science degree in engineering. The...

To donate to the WAI annual fund visit www.WAI.org/donate today! Thank you for helping us do what we do best!

The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) is offering several scholarships to deserving Georgia high school graduating seniors and those Georgia high school graduates already enrolled in college and pursuing careers in aviation.

Scholarships are available for the following programs: Professional flight, aviation maintenance, aerospace engineering, air traffic control, airport management, and satellite information technology.

For more information on these scholarships and how to apply visit www.gbaa.org . Applications are due by March 1, 2016.

The first MODAERO Fly-In & Conference, aimed specifically at the Millennial generation, is scheduled for March 16-19, 2016, at Lone Star Executive Airport (KCXO) in Conroe, Texas.

"The time has come for the aviation industry to address the decline in the GA population by empowering the growth demographic of the industry. Millennials, ages 16-39, represent more than 40 percent of all certificated pilots and 78 percent of student pilots," said Brian Columbus, MODAERO founder and publisher of Atlantic Flyer News . "This demographic, despite being the most thriving in the...

North Idaho College, a comprehensive community college located on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, has established three new scholarships for students from Bonner and Boundary counties who are interested in the fields of aviation, aerospace, and engineering.

The Captain Chris "Boomer" Wilson Scholarship will be awarded to students in aviation-related fields of study including aerospace and engineering. Wilson founded the volunteer program at the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center near Sandpoint and was the inspiration for "Viper" in the movie Top Gun ....

Sporty's is offering an FAA-approved Airline Transport Pilot Certified Training Program (ATP-CTP) from ABX Air. Registration is now open for classes starting in January and February 2016.

"In addition to a superb training product, Sporty's ATP-CTP course is popular because it's one of the few courses tailored to those not associated with an airline or university program," says Sporty's Academy President Eric Radtke. "Sure, we have many students on their way to airline careers and other professional pilot positions, but they may not be connected to an organization providing the...

WAI has announced several important dates for 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference attendees wishing to participate in WAI Fast Pass meetings. January 6, 2016: Members will be notified to register for Fast Pass preferences January 29, 2016: Cutoff date for choosing advance airline preferences February 5, 2016: Preference time slots are assigned February 9, 2016: Passes left after advance assignment are released for first come, first served assignment WAI Fast Pass has become an important part of the annual conference over the last few years as...

FedEx Express has generously donated a 757/767 type rating scholarship to be awarded at the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference in March! This scholarship listing was JUST ADDED this morning, and with applications due November 16, time is of the essence.

To view all available 2016 scholarships and application instructions visit www.wai.org/scholarships . Don't forget you must be a WAI member in good standing by November 2 to apply!

FedEx Express Boeing 757/767 Type Rating Scholarship (2) Just Added FedEx Express will award a B757/767 type...

Creators of a planned TV mini-series to feature the stories of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) have launched a crowdfunding campaign to begin pre-production on the project.

The ten part mini-series being developed by The Red Door Films will cover the origins of the WASP, as well as the African-American women who were not allowed to fly for the WASP and were instead sent to the Tuskegee Airbase. The script is based on memoirs from Pauline Gower and Byrd Granger, and interviews with other women and men who wrote this incredible chapter in our history.

For more...

Carolyn Williamson

I’ve known Carolyn for nearly 30 years—almost my entire professional career. What began as a business relationship quickly became a deep and abiding friendship. That bond deepened as we both became founding members of Women in Aviation (WAI). We never anticipated the wonderful journey that lay ahead. As we grew together in our lives and careers, we shared life’s milestones as well as career achievements—marriages, babies, kids’ graduations, grandchildren (well, for Carolyn, anyway!) and some tough times as well. Looking through photos from years and events past, I noted...

The Abingdon Co. has released the newest version of its popular Elise travel watch, Elise in Rosy. Available in eight different looks, the watch features three time zones on one circular face.

In an effort to promote the watch's debut and support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Abingdon Co. will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales during the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The watch is available through The Abingdon Co. website, www.TheAbingdonCo.com , for $499.

The Royal Aeronautical Society's Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee (WAAC) will host its 2015 conference on October 30 in London. The event will focus on the topic of sustainability and explore green technology and examine how the lack of resources may affect its development. The need to encourage women in to the aerospace industry (and keep them) will also be discussed, as well as seeing the launch of the Alta Mentoring Scheme.

For more information and to register visit www.aerosociety.com/sustainabilitysolutions .

FlyCorporate, a digital publication focusing on business aviation, recently featured an interview with WAI President and Founder Dr. Peggy Chabrian, highlighting the strides women have made in the aviation industry and how WAI helps women connect. Read the story here: http://www.fly-corporate.com/girl-power-aviation-style/

Looking for a fun winter getaway? Women in Aviation International has partnered with Airways Magazine and CruiseGourmet.com for the Airways Cruise 2016 , sailing from the beautiful Port of Miami January 9-16, 2016.

Join other aviation-minded travelers for a seven-day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection to the warm waters of the Caribbean with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten (where we'll spend the day sunbathing and plane spotting at the world-famous Maho Beach!). While at sea, hear from invited speakers including Airways columnists Capt. Alan Carter and Capt. Eric...

RedBull and ServusTV in Austria will air the award-winning documentary SKYDANCERS in 35 countries across Europe on Sept. 6 at 4:15 p.m. (GMT).

The documentary by Frederic Lean features female aerobatic pilots (including several WAI members) and explores the developing world of women in aerobatics. It portrays some of the world's best female pilots during the 17th FAI World Aerobatic Championship in Texas in 2013.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/skydancersmovie .

Founding Managing Director of London-based ConnectJets Gabriella Somerville will be presented the Honorary Global Exemplary Award for Entrepreneurship 2015 by the EU-WIIN (European Union-Women Inventors & Innovators Network). The award celebrates the achievements of women working in traditionally male dominated fields and recognizes Gabriella's inspirational and exemplary achievement within the aviation industry. The EU-WIIN Interantional Conference & Awards Ceremony takes place at The British Library in London on October 14, 2015.

Gabriella launched ConnectJets, initially...

A new documentary film, "Beyond the Powder," will premiere on Western Reserve Public Media over the Labor Day weekend in northeast Ohio.

" Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race " is a one-hour film documenting the 1929 Women's Air Derby and the women who continue to fly the cross-country race today as the Air Race Classic . The film highlights the societal and aviation challenges women faced in 1929, exploring the rich history of the race, while comparing the competition as it is flown today. Filming wrapped in 2014, following that year's Air...

Excitement is building for WAI's first international Girls in Aviation Day on September 26, 2015. Nearly half of all WAI chapters will be hosting events around the world that day, providing girls in their local communities with a meaningful introduction to all the aviation industry has to offer.

As of this writing, ten states have proclaimed September 26 Girls in Aviation Day, including Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Proclamations from California, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin are also...

SkyChick Adventures - led by Ramona Cox (Skychick), WAI 37571 - is set to release a new air camping DVD at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

For 15 years, Ramona has been flying to remote strips all over the Great West. Her expertise was perfected through spending months at a time, flying her Cessna TU-206 to scenic and remote locations, from the lush Pacific Northwest to the rugged Idaho mountains, to the peaceful deserts of Utah.

Ramona's adventures include documenting the wildlife, fishing and/or hunting small game with a traditional bow, and packing guns for protection just...

The wide spectrum of forums, events, and resources coming to the EAA Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 now has an additional benefit as the center's "Tech Talks" will make participating pilots eligible for FAA WINGS credits. Those credits are part of the FAA's ongoing program that helps pilots gain expertise and proficiency in various areas of aircraft and flight operations. The EAA Pilot Proficiency Center will be open throughout EAA's annual fly-in convention held July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Visit http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure/eaa-...

Next week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 , attendees can meet the women who are building tomorrow's space exploration programs. Seven NASA rocket scientists will participate in a forum on Friday, July 24, at 10 a.m. in Forum Pavilion 9. The innovators will address their careers, current NASA mission plans, and answer audience questions.

Participants include:

Sandra Magnus - astronaut on Atlantis, Endeavour, and the International Space Station Susan Baggerman - NASA's health and medical technical authority for Orion Janica Cheney - director of safety and mission assurance at...

Looking for a fun evening activity during AirVenture? Check out the annual Seaplane Pilots Association Corn Roast! The event will feature a live band and raffles, including a special raffle for a AI inflatable boat (tender) and Honda outboard motor package that weighs less than 85 lbs. Raffle tickets for the boat can be purchased until 9:30 p.m. at the corn roast.

Advance tickets for the corn roast can be purchased through the Seaplane Pilots Association website until July 19, or by calling 863-701-7979. They will be available on-site at EAA AirVenture at the Seaplane Pilots...

Tarrant County College (TCC) is recognizing six members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) on Friday, May 22, 2015. The college has invited elected, community, and industry leaders from the Fort Worth, Texas area to be in attendance when the veterans tour a Beechcraft E183-9700, the personal plane of Jacqueline Cochrane, founder and director of the WASP program. Curt Landrum, TCC retired associate aviation professor and current adjunct instructor, has led a team of volunteers to restore the aircraft. Restoration efforts began in 2012, with as many as 12 volunteers working...
Haydu during her 2012 Pioneer Hall of Fame induction. World War II veteran Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu, WAI 42360, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Vaughn College during its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The ceremony will be held in the William B. DeCota Hangar beginning at 10 a.m. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will deliver the commencement address to more than 150 graduates. Bee was among the first women to fly military airplanes for the Army Air Force. As president of the WASP organization from...

Infinite Variety Productions, a 501(c)3 NYC theatre company, has joined with The American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, to tell the story of the more than 1,000 women who served their country as Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII.

"Censored on Final Approach" by Phylis Ravel is the story of four WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots), a group of roughly one thousand women hired by the United States Army Air Force during WWII to fly military aircraft and tow targe ts for live anti-aircraft artillery practice, thereby freeing male pilots for combat missions.

The...

Planning to fly to Oshkosh this summer for EAA's 63rd annual fly-in convention? The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture 2015 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) featuring arrival and departure procedures for the event (July 20-26, 2015).

The NOTAM goes into effect at 6 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 17, until noon CDT on July 27. Pilots flying to Wittman Regional Airport or nearby airports during that time should review the procedures. Some changes to the 2015 NOTAM include:

MOA active in central Wisconsin TFRs near Milwaukee, July 25-26 Fisk VFR arrival description Communication frequency...

Whirly-Girls International has announced the winners of their 2015 Whirly-Girls Scholarships. Colleen Chen , Vice President of Scholarships, made the announcement March 1 at the Whirly-Girls International annual banquet during the HELI-EXPO convention in Orlando, Florida. The banquet also celebrated the 60th anniversary of Whirly-Girls, an organization founded by Jean Ross Howard Phelan in 1955 so female pilots could share information and camaraderie. Winners of the 14 scholarship awards for 2015 are: Katherine Garrison , WAI 40917, a 2,500-hour pilot for Air Evac Lifeteam in...

The Experimental Aircraft Association is looking for female mentors who will provide guidance, support, and advice to girls who participate in the Women Soar You Soar day camp held during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

The camp is scheduled from Sunday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 22. Through the camp, high school girls are introduced to women mentors who work in aviation fields - from engineers to fighter pilots. As they pursue their dreams in aviation, the girls spend time at the camp in career exploration, flight simulation, workshops, sessions with mentors, and more....

A special thank you to the generous sponsors of our 26 th anniversary Conference. Women in Aviation, International appreciates your support—we couldn’t put on this world-class event without you! DIAMOND EAGLE LEVEL American Airlines / American Airlines Federal Credit Union / American Eagle Delta Air Lines FLYING Magazine

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K elly Nelson has been editor of Aviation for Women for just over a year now. We gave Kelly five questions to answer, and here’s what we’ve learned:

How has your first year as AFW editor been?

I have really enjoyed my first year with Women in Aviation, International, getting to know the ins and outs of each issue throughout the year, meeting and working with the regular contributors and columnists, and hearing from the members. It was a year of learning for me. In September I led my first magazine retreat and enjoyed going over the member feedback we received...

At Wednesday’s Chapter Reception Rose Dorcey, WAI 12645, of the WAI Oshkosh Chapter was presented the Dorothy Hilbert Chapter Volunteer of the Year award for her contributions to her local chapter’s outreach and fundraising efforts. For the past 4 years the Oshkosh Chapter has hosted a cupcake competition and, from the start, Rose has cheerfully lead the execution of the event. She has been passionately perfecting her cupcake baking and decorating skills, driving everyone in the chapter to try and go the extra mile with their own creations and giving the event and related cupcake sales...

The Take the Lead workshop which begins at 9:30 a.m. - presenter Betty Shotton shares her motivation for this particular workshop.

How can you construct a career that will allow and challenge you to deliver your personal best? How can you achieve your potential as you navigate the challenges and opportunities of your life? What do you do when you think you have these questions answered and boom, the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan?

The answers to these questions are always within your grasp if you believe in yourself. The answers arise from being fully...

The conference theme is Connect. Engage. Inspire. Here’s how one WAI member made an important connection. Laura Laster In 2002, I was a student studying aviation at LeTourneau University. That year, I attended the WAI conference and applauded many students receiving scholarships, thinking, “Why didn’t I apply?” The next year, I dutifully applied for several scholarships and was surprised to receive the CL Scholarship donated by Christina Liegl. I did not find out I had been awarded a scholarship until after the conference that year was over! I was thrilled to receive the...

The past couple of conferences have seen greater numbers of attendees specifically interested in talking with exhibiting companies about career opportunities, and that focus has at times caused quite a bit of congestion in the exhibit hall. In an effort to serve the needs of our job seeking attendees and still provide an enjoyable conference experience for the majority of conference attendees, last year we instituted a fast pass process. Unfortunately, this did not solve the problem and we still saw long lines. Back to the drawing board we went!

The fast pass registration process...

Designed for girls ages 10 to 17, Girls in Aviation Day Dallas is a fun-filled, action-packed day planned to introduce aviation, or expand a growing interest. The girls will interact with amazing role models ranging from airline pilots to aircraft mechanics to aviation industry executives. They'll learn how to read a sectional chart, go on a treasure hunt, learn the phonetic alphabet, fly a flight simulator, build an airport, learn to use tools by making wire bracelets, and lots more hands-on activities.

A group lunch featuring speaker Maj. Anne C. McClain, a NASA astronaut...

The WAI Chicago's Leading Edge Chapter is hosting its annual fundraising event February 26, 2015, at 7 p.m. The event takes place at Fitz's Spare Keys Bar and Restaurant in Elmhurst, IL.

There will be aviation trivia, prizes, a silent auction, and food and drink specials for attendees. There is a $10 cover charge at the door, and all are welcome. All proceeds from the event will go toward funding scholarships and outreach events put on by the chapter to encourage young people in aviation.

More details on the chapter and its activities can be found here: http://...

Registration is now open for EAA's annual Women Soar You Soar day camp. The program—which offers 100 high school-age girls the opportunity to discover more about aviation and all its possibilities from mentors in a variety of aviation fields including pilots, engineers, mechanics, and more—is scheduled for July 19-22, 2015.

The Women Soar You Soar program is welcoming both participants and female mentors from the aviation and aerospace fields. The program's unique 100-to-25 attendees-to-mentor ratio provides a tremendous opportunity for young women to discover all the...

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