Jam Packed WAI Conference Approaches
March 2-4, 2017 marks 28th annual Women in Aviation International Conference
With a little more than a week to go before the start of Women in Aviation International’s 28th Annual Conference, all systems are go for an exciting and action-filled event. This year’s conference is scheduled for March 2-4, 2017, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
“Every conference, we like to highlight our various activities ranging from our keynote speakers to our special luncheon and banquet events, in addition to dozens of education sessions,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “This year we’ve organized our education sessions by relevant subject tracks to make it easier for our attendees of varying interests to plan their time and get the most information they can during the WAI Conference.”
Since safety is the goal of all aviation operations, a new education session this year is “A Conversation on Safety Culture” which includes a panel discussion featuring Greg Feith, former NTSB member and current NBC safety analyst; Duane Futch, former head of Walmart’s flight department; and Wally Funk, who is not only one of the Mercury 13, but the first female air safety investigator for the NTSB, and the first female FAA safety inspector. The three experts will lead a discussion on cockpit resource management, as well as on compliance and governance issues faced by pilots and flight departments.
The 2017 conference has reached out beyond WAI membership to the greater Orlando community with two events open to the public.
Individuals interested in learning to fly may attend a free roundtable discussion with John and Martha King and area certified flight instructors. This event is scheduled for Saturday, March 4 from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. There is no cost for this session. Those individuals who participate will have access to WAI’s exhibit hall and be entered into a drawing for a $500 flight training scholarship.
Girls in Aviation Day Orlando, also scheduled for Saturday, is an ongoing program to interest girls ages 8 to 17 in the lifestyle and career advantages in the aviation industry. This all-day event, also held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, includes many fun, hands-on activities, including three activity stations staffed by the Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance, a career panel discussion featuring fixed- and rotary-wing pilots, flight attendants, aircraft mechanics, air traffic controllers, and representatives from airports, drone operations, military, and special guest Dr. Yvonne Cagle, a NASA astronaut and flight surgeon. The luncheon speaker is World Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff. With participants from Orlando area schools, Girl Scout troops and the Orange County (Florida) Parks and Recreation Department, a capacity crowd is expected, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost to participate in Girls in Aviation Day Orlando is $10 a girl (which includes lunch). Girls must be accompanied by an adult. Chaperones and parents are invited to take part in lunch for $10 per person.
A complete 2017 Conference program may be viewed at http://afwdigital.epubxp.com/i/784416-women-in-aviation-conference-2017.
MEDIA: You’re invited to attend!
For media credentials: https://www.wai.org/sites/default/files/assets/WAI_press2017rev%281%29.pdf
On site media room: Yucatan 3, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
On site media liaison:
Kelly Murphy, Director of Communications for Women in Aviation International
Women in Aviation International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, contact WAI at 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381, Phone 937-839-4647; Fax 937-839-4645 or through www.wai.org.
Molly Martin, Outreach Director
Women in Aviation International