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Women in Aviation International’s next Girls in Aviation Day is officially set for Saturday, September 23, 2017. With two years of successful experience in managing this international outreach, the third International Girls in Aviation Day is set to be enhanced and expanded to include more WAI chapters and corporate members.

On September 24, 2016, 71 Girls in Aviation Day events were held by 68 WAI chapters and corporate sponsors (15 of them held by collegiate sponsors), across the world with 17 events held by international chapters in Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Zambia.

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award: Dr. Peggy Chabrian, Randall Greene, Preston Henne, and Clay Lacy. The Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award was established in 1954 by the Board of Directors of the NAA. The award honors “… outstanding Americans who, by their efforts over an extended period of years, have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics and have reflected credit upon America and themselves.”

Kelly Murphy, WAI 2397, has joined the WAI staff as Director of Communications and Editor-in-Chief of Aviation for Women magazine. Kelly has spent decades in the aviation industry from learning to fly at age 16; writing and editing a number of various aviation publications; to running an international woman-owned aviation public relations and marketing services company called Emerald Media. Her work has supported clients around the globe in all sectors of the industry including general aviation, business aviation, commercial airlines and manufacturers, as well as a number of...

Time still remains for members of Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) to apply for more than $75,000 in aviation scholarships to use for leadership development, training and certification purposes. Applications are due by September 1.

The following corporate aviation scholarships and their sponsors include:

Air Training International Flight Procedures Training Scholarship ($1,700) AirFlite Maintenance Training Scholarship ($3,000) and Pilot Training Scholarship ($3,000) CAE SimuFlite Citation 500 Series Aircraft Type Rating Scholarship ($22,000) Executive Jet Management Training...

Terwilliger Productions has re-released One Six Right: The Romance of Flying on Blu-ray. The remastered version in 1080p HD was released on December 1, 2015, and includes the companion film One Six Left and bonus feature The Making of One Six Right . The Blu-ray also features 10 minutes of never before seen air-to-air footage of 12 different airplanes–all in high definition.

“One Six Right was filmed with a state-of-the-art digital cinema camera, though due to the technical limitations of DVDs, which display less than 20 percent of the...

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has announced its 2017 Aviation Design Challenge to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through aviation high schools across the United States.

Schools interested in the competition will receive complimentary Fly to Learn curricula that will help teachers guide students through the science of flight and airplane design over the course of four to six weeks. Each high school will apply what they have learned by modifying the design of an airplane and compete in a virtual fly-off to be scored...

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Now in its ninth successful year, WomenVenture activities during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh were expanded to cover the entire week. Wednesday, July 27, was declared Women’s Day, providing women a way to connect during the annual fly-in convention while having Oshkosh-style fun at the same time.

WomenVenture Wednesday began at the EAA Nature Center with a sold-out Women in Aviation International Connect breakfast, sponsored by Avemco, and attended by more than 400 enthusiastic showgoers. Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing...

L-R: WASP Marty Wyall, Former F-16 pilot Heather Penny, WASP Shutsy Reynolds

The Commemorative Air Force has announced a program to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The newest addition to the CAF national education outreach program is CAF RISE ABOVE: WASP, an initiative to bring the legacy of the WASP to a nationwide auidence.

The program is centered on a dynamic film to be created by award-winning Hemlock Films. It will combine historical footage, interviews with surviving WASP, and incredible flying scenes shot with the CAF's unparalleled collection...

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One of the greatest benefits of being a member of the WAI community is the mentoring relationships made by connecting with other members. Making these important connections is now easier than ever with the launch of the newly redesigned WAI.org.

If you would like to offer yourself up as a potential mentor for another WAI member log in at www.WAI.org to update your mentor profile today. Even if you were previously registered as a mentor member, you will need to update your selection on the new site to appear in the mentor listings.

Once you are logged in, head to the...

Meeting planned for September 16-17, 2016

Women in Aviation International has a regional conference planned in Seattle, Washington, September 16-17, 2016. The two-day regional conference will be held at Seattle’s famed Museum of Flight and the Seattle Airport Marriott and begins with a tour of the Boeing Company headquarters.

The tour of the historic Boeing assembly plant in Renton provides a product overview covering 1.1 million square feet where more than 1,100 B-29 World War II and 900 C-97 post World War II piston-propeller airplanes were built. All...

Maj. Gen. Maryanne Miller will assume leadership of the Air Force Reserve Command at the Museum of Aviation in a ceremony July 15. Miller will become the first female in the history of the Air Force Reserve to be Chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of the Air Force Reserve Command. Before taking command, Miller will be promoted to Lieutenant General.

Miller joined the Air Force in 1981, a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at The Ohio State University. She is a command pilot with more than 4,800 flying hours in numerous aircraft. She currently serves as the deputy...

The 2016 Flying Aviation Expo is set to take place at the Palm Springs International Airport, October 20-22. The event, now in its third year is presented by Sheyden Precision Eyewear and is expected to draw more than 5,000 pilots and industry experts to share knowledge, showcase new products, and offer hands-on demonstrations. The three-day event will also feature sophisticated social events such as tastings and live music.

Sheyden and Bose have also partnered with the Flying Aviation Expo for a pre-show sweepstakes giveaway. All early registrants who purchase tickets...

GlobalAir.com has opened its Calvin L. Carrithers Aviation Scholarship for applications. The scholarship is offered to all students who are U.S. citizens and currently enrolled in an accredited university or college aviation program for the 2016-2017 school year.

“We want to be able to give support to college students studying aviation, as well as provide them a way to share their experiences with industry peers,” said Jeff Carrithers, president and CEO of GlobalAir.com. “I believe it is extremely important for them to have a way to introduce themselves to the...

The E mmy-nominated documentary Beyond The Powder will screen for attendees of the world's largest general aviation fly-in, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. The film will have two screenings during the week-long event, offering visitors a unique look at the Air Race Classic women's air race.

Beyond The Powder has been airing on PBS stations nationwide throughout the month of June. The one-hour documentary is a coproduction of Hemlock Films and Western Reserve PBS.

AirVenture attendees can catch the film in the EAA AirVenture Museum...

LeTourneau University (LETU) is hosting a day of exploring careers in the aviation industry for high school students from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9 , at its educational center at the McKinney National Airport, 1500 Industrial Blvd. in McKinney.

The event will feature free airplane rides, on a first-come, first-served basis, for high school students with parental permission.

Display aircraft will include an LETU Citabria, an aircraft from DFW-based regional carrier Envoy Airlines, an aircraft from Wichita, Kansas-based manufacturer Cessna, and an air ambulance from...

FAPA has added live stream registration for a special free event for high school students and their families interested in learning more about a career as a professional pilot. The live event is in Washington, D.C. (Dulles Airport area) on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

Event sponsor Endeavor Air will treat in-person attendees to a private showing of the inspirational documentary Living in the Age of Airplanes at the Smithsonian Museum Udvar-Hazy Center and time to explore the museum for the first half of the day.

Live stream and in-person attendees will enjoy an...

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An excursion to Nikumaroro Island sponsored by Betchart Expeditions is set to take place June 21-July 11, 2017, marking the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's disappearance. The trip will continue research on Nikumaroro carried out in 2015. Organizers are also offering a unique opportunity for public participation.

Led by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) archaeologist Dr. Tom King, participants will continue archaeological research at sites on Nikumaroro where artifacts including aircraft fragments, a woman's personal items from the 1930s,...

Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris , WAI 4698, was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to be promoted to Lieutenant General and become the Assistant Vice Chief of Staff and Director to the Air Staff for the United States Air Force.

The General is currently serving as the commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 22nd Air Force at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. She commands more than 15,000 citizen airmen, 105 unit-equipped aircraft and worldwide operational missions to include the specialized hurricane hunter, fire suppression and aerial spray missions.

If the Senate...

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is now accepting applications for three different flight training scholarship programs that will award more than $156,000.

The AOPA Foundation Scholarships will be awarded to AOPA members ages 16 and up working toward an initial pilot certificate. The application deadline is July 7, 2016.

The AOPA You Can Fly High School Flight Training Scholarship program will award 20 flight training scholarships to teens ages 15-18, and AOPA membership is not required. The application deadline is September 30, 2016.

Up to four...

Washington D.C.-area high school students interested in learning more about a career as a pilot are invited to join FAPA.aero Wednesday, June 29, 2016, for a free pilot career seminar at the Courtyard Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

This unique Focus on the Future event provides explanations on the requirements and needs for students interested in pursuing a career as a professional pilot. Presenters include active pilots, airline representatives, aviation universities, and more.

Organizers will provide advice on student loans, grants...

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Members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) may now be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery after President Barack Obama signed a law reinstating this right on March 20.

The WASP lost this right in 2015 when the Army reinterpreted existing law to exclude them. WASP Elaine Harmon’s family took up the fight to restore these rights for the WASP after Elaine died in 2015. Elaine had left behind a letter stating that it was her final wish to have her ashes placed in Arlington National Cemetery. Her family set up a Change.org petition that received more than 178,000...

Dr. Peggy Chabrian was part of a panel discussion moderated by Regional Airline Association (RAA) President Faye Malarkey Black with representatives from major and regional airline representatives and an aviation-oriented college during the RAA Annual Convention in May.

Panel members, including Steve Dickson, senior vice president of flight operations for Delta Air Lines; Ryan Gumm, president and CEO of Endeavor Air; Dion Flannery, president of PSA Airlines; and Dr. Sharon VeVivo, president of Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology; discussed attrition, flow-through...

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EAA is expanding the job fair component of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to a full week in 2016. The organization's annual fly-in convention will take place July 25-31, 2016, at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at AirVenture's Aviation Gateway Park, an area that features education, innovation, and technology. It will include companies ranging from airlines to avionics companies that are seeking candidates to fill the growing number of jobs in the aviation industry.

Assisting with the expanded job fair...

Sherry Carbary , vice president of Boeing Flight Services, will be the guest speaker at the 2016 WAI Connect Breakfast during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. In her role, Sherry leads a global operation of more than 1,200 employees responsible for pilot, technician and cabin safety training, and simulator services across 19 campuses in 11 countries and six continents.

The WAI Connect Breakfast kicks off WomenVenture Day at AirVenture on Wednesday, July 27, at 8 a.m. in the EAA Nature Center. At 11 a.m. the annual and growing WomenVenture group photo will take place on Boeing Plaza,...

Will your chapter be hosting a Girls in Aviation Day event on September 24, 2016? Be sure to let Outreach Director Molly Martin know right away so we can include your event information on WAI.org. Email mmartin@wai.org today with your Girls in Aviation Day contact person’s information, and a brief, high level description of your event, as well as a link to any website, Facebook page, or e-vite pages for your event, if you have them.

Chapters are encouraged to reach out to their local and state governments and request Girls in Aviation Day proclamations as well. Last...

The Civil Air Patrol has announced a program designed to expand opportunities to learn to fly for its young members.

National Advanced Flight Academy will provide private pilot scholarships valued at $16,000 to five CAP cadets in 2017. The scholarships will offer the opportunity to obtain a Class III Medical and student pilot certificate, and take the FAA private pilot knowledge course.

Applications must be submitted from December 1, 2016-January 15, 2017, via the CAP scholarship module on e-Services. Scholarships will be awarded on March 30, 2017, and the flight training...

WAI members attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will have a greater opportunity to participate in WomenVenture events during the annual gathering as the programming is expanding to include events throughout the week. Wednesday, July 27, will be a day of celebration within AirVenture’s “aviation family reunion” culture. It will include the Women in Aviation breakfast at 8 a.m. and annual group photo on Boeing Plaza at 11 a.m., plus the WomenVenture Power Lunch at EAA’s Theater in the Woods.

For more information visit www.EAA.org/WomenVenture . Visit www.wai.org/...

Early registration rates for the WAI Seattle Regional Conference September 16-17, 2016 have been extended through May 31. Register now to reserve your spot as space is limited. Join us for local aviation tours, inspiring speakers, and meaningful networking at the Seattle Museum of Flight. For more information visit www.WAI.org/events .

MyGoFlight is generously providing a $200 gift certificate to everyone who received a 2016 WAI private pilot scholarship as part of its PILOT ONE 3 program.

MyGoFlight has committed a percentage of its sales to supporting organizations giving scholarships to people committed to learning how to fly and is particularly interested in helping women get started by supporting the WAI scholarship program.

PILOT ONE 3 stands for one aviation industry, one percent of revenue, to add one pilot at a time. The concept was created by 16 year old Alyssa Schneider who challenged her...

SUN ’n FUN will host its third annual career fair Wednesday, April 6, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. during the upcoming SUN ’n FUN International Fly-In and Expo. The event is in partnership with JSfirm.com and will feature recruiters on site to interview for job openings with a variety of companies.

“Each year the career fair becomes more popular with aviation companies because of the quality of talent in one place,” said Robb Williams, executive director of the Aerospace Center for Excellence. “This year will be no exception.”

Job seekers are...

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As part of WAI’s efforts to enhance its youth outreach efforts and create more robust programming for its Girls in Aviation Day activities the organization has introduced the Aviation Girl fun patch for Girl Scouts. The patch is available through WAI chapters to Girl Scouts participating in Girls in Aviation Day activities, with the first patches being earned in Nashville, Tennessee during the International Women in Aviation Conference.

“Since the inception of Girls in Aviation Day we have included Girl Scouts, so we created the patch to make Girls in Aviation Day part...

WAI’s Connect Lunch on Friday, April 8 at SUN ’n FUN 2016 will include a panel discussion, moderated by WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian, of aviation notables and role models. A limited number of tickets will be available on site for $20. Panelists include Pia Bergqvist, executive editor for Flying magazine; Lori Cline, a standards check airman and FAA designee for a major airline; Jessy Panzer of the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team; Melissa Pemberton of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team; and Patty Wagstaff, a six-time member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team and first woman to...

Karen Gebhart, vice president of business development for the Helicopter Association International, was elected to a two-year term as the chair of the WAI board of directors at the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference. She is a private pilot and industry veteran who previously worked for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

“We are committed to promoting all segments of the aviation community to our members,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “In addition to Karen’s extensive leadership talent, we look forward to her bringing greater...

The 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, March 10-12, 2016.

Saturday night’s closing banquet on March 12 stood out as WAI celebrated awarding $10,000,000 in scholarships since the inception of its scholarship program in 1995. During this year’s conference alone more than $661,000 in scholarships were awarded. British aviatrix Amy Johnson; Brenda Robinson, the U.S. Navy’s first African-American female pilot; Gen...

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the 27 th annual International Women in Aviation Conference – with your support, amazing things are possible! Click below for a full list of this year's conference sponsors.

To Live and Die a WASP , a new book by William M. Miller, shares the life stories of 38 female pilots from birth through their military flight training and on to their premature and tragic deaths. The women were all members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots and were killed in service.

A one-time historian for the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Miller is also the author of Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator. He is a former newspaper reporter and history columnist and lives in Shady Cove, Oregon.

The book is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other...

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The annual SUN ’n FUN International Fly-in & Expo will be here before we know it, and WAI will be on site all week April 5-10, with an exhibit booth in Hangar A (Booth A-056). On site or online, be sure to tune into SUN ’n FUN Radio each day at 11 a.m. eastern for Women Shine at SUN ’n FUN hosted by Dr. Peggy Chabrian. You can stream it from www.LiveATC.net/SNF , or listen locally on 1510AM.

WAI members can get a discounted rate on SUN ’n FUN admission online with the code WIA453. You will be asked to show proof of membership at the gate.

And don...

American Public Television has agreed to distribute the Air Race Classic documentary Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race nationally for PBS in June 2016.

The film will be shown Friday, March 11, at the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference in March. It follows participants in the 2014 Air Race Classic as they make their way across the country and shares the story of the original Powder Puff Derby in 1929.

More than 110 PBS stations are already planning to air the film. Click here for an updated list of...

MyGoFlight will generously provide a $200 gift certificate to everyone receiving a WAI private pilot scholarship. The certificates will be awarded during the conference as part of the scholarship presentations.

MyGoFlight has committed a percentage of its sales to supporting organizations giving scholarships to people committed to learning how to fly and is particularly interested in helping women get started by supporting the WAI scholarship program.

The 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference is right around the corner, March 10-12, 2016, in Nashville, Tennessee. If you’ll be joining us on site, be sure you make plans to attend the $10 Million Banquet Saturday night! A banquet ticket is included with your full conference registration, and additional individual tickets are available for purchase. The evening will feature special scholarship awards, including the awarding of the 10 millionth scholarship dollar since WAI began its scholarship program 20 years ago, and other surprises. The organization will also honor...

A veteran of three space shuttle flights, Dr. Rhea Seddon will speak to the energetic young audience during Girls in Aviation Day Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center on March 12.

Rhea was one of the first six women to enter the astronaut program. After leaving NASA in 1997, she became the assistant chief medical officer of the Vanderbilt Medical Group in Nashville where she led an innovative program to improve patient safety, quality of care, and team effectiveness by the use of an aviation-based model of CRM.

During the conference, Rhea will also...

Former astronaut and fighter pilot Robert “Hoot” Gibson will speak at this year’s inaugural student luncheon on Friday, March 11, during the International Women in Aviation Conference.

Hoot flew five missions aboard space shuttles Challenger, Columbia, Atlantis, and Endeavour. He was a pilot for Southwest Airlines for 10 years, and has competed in the Reno National Championship Air Races since 1998 in the unlimited and jet classes, most recently winning the Unlimited Gold Race in Strega in September 2015

New this year, conference attendees with...

WAI member and 2010 WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame inductee Suzanna Darcy-Henneman will speak during the WAI Regional Conference at the Boeing Museum of Flight on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

The regional conference will be held September 16-17, 2016, and includes a Friday evening reception at the Seattle Airport Marriott, admission to the Seattle Museum of Flight, and local aviation tours.

Suzanna, WAI 42914, was lead test pilot for the Boeing 777 program and was pilot of a record breaking flight from Hong Kong to London over the Pacific Ocean, America, and the Atlantic in...

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The new mobile app will help you stay organized with up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information. You’ll receive important real-time communications from WAI on site, and can build a personal schedule and bookmark exhibitors to customize your conference experience. Built-in maps of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center will help you navigate to education sessions and your favorite exhibitors.

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Registration is open for the 40th Air Race Classic (ARC), the annual all-women cross-country airplane race. More than 100 female pilots from around the world are expected to compete in the 2016 race, which begins Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Prescott, Arizona, and ends Friday, June 24, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The oldest race of its kind in the United States, the ARC traces its roots to the 1929 Women's Air Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other female pilots raced from Santa Monica, California, to Cleveland, Ohio. That contest marked the beginning of women's air racing...

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