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.

Fourth successful international outreach completed

Women in Aviation International’s chapters have been surveyed, and the results show that Girls in Aviation Day 2018 accomplished its goal of introducing a record number of girls ages 8 to 17 to the career and lifestyle possibilities in the aviation world. As in past years, Girls in Aviation Day was hosted by WAI chapters (including several located on college/university campuses) with additional participation by WAI corporate members including airlines, FBOs, aviation museums, and flight schools.

On October 13, 2018, 105 chapters and corporate members held 99 separate Girls in Aviation Day events including nine international chapters, 25 corporate member events, and 23 collegiate chapters. International events were held in 15 countries including Australia, Botswana, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, United States, and Zambia.

November 12 is the cut-off date

Nearly $650,000 in scholarships will be awarded at WAI’s 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, and the time to apply is now. To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2018, and submit the application by November 12, 2018.

United Airlines' Girls in Aviation Day events span 2 continents and 6 countries

United Airlines will host hundreds of girls at a dozen airports served by the global airline in the United States and Europe as part of Women in Aviation International (WAI) Girls in Aviation Day. Throughout the airline’s international operation, United will welcome girls ages 8 to 17 from various nonprofit organizations to learn from women, shadow their day-to-day roles and hear about various career opportunities available in aviation. As part of the day, the girls will experience a behind-the-scenes look at United Airlines’ operations at a busy airport and see first-hand how exciting working in the aviation industry can be.

Funds used for Girls in Aviation Day participants about helicopters

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has received a $10,000 grant from Bell to help fund educational activities for WAI’s Girls in Aviation Day. Specifically, this grant is used to provide helicopter-oriented editorial content in WAI’s annual magazine Aviation for Girls and to provide hands-on educational activities including understanding rotary flight by experimenting with and flying whirly-gigs.

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

Women in Aviation International received a $12,000 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation. This is the fourth year that WAI has received an ISTAT Foundation grant.

Worldwide outreach scheduled for October 13, 2018

Now in its fourth year as a global event, Girls in Aviation Day is designed to introduce and educate girls 8 to 17 years of age on the many career choices and lifestyle possibilities offered by the aviation/aerospace industry. In addition to over 50 Girls in Aviation events which will be presented from coast to coast here in the United States, the international chapters in WAI’s network will ensure Girls in Aviation Day is celebrated around the globe.

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Now in its second decade, WomenVenture, a week-long social and networking event for women during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, showcases the hundreds of women at AirVenture for whom aviation is a way of life. More than a thousand women gathered in Boeing Plaza today for WomenVenture’s annual group photo, with most participants wearing their red WomenVenture t-shirts.

Start applying for 108 scholarships!

At WAI’s 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, at least 108 individual scholarships equaling $565,000 will be awarded. As is the tradition, these scholarships are available for both flight training and scholastic funding with specific scholarships earmarked for nearly every aspect of the aviation and aerospace community.

Worldwide outreach scheduled for October 13, 2018

Women in Aviation International’s network of more than 115 chapters, corporate members, and partners, are making their plans for individual events for Girls in Aviation Day 2018. Celebrated worldwide, Girls in Aviation Day is now in its fourth year as a global event and is designed to introduce and educate girls 8 to 17 years of age on the many career choices and lifestyle possibilities offered by the aviation/aerospace industry.

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Now in its 11 th year, WomenVenture, a partnership between EAA and Women in Aviation International, will take place at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh all week long. Starting on Monday, July 23, 2018, AirVenture’s opening day, is a WomenVenture ice cream social, sponsored by Endeavor Air. Registration is requested (at for this event, held in Forum Building 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday begins with WAI’s annual Connect Breakfast, sponsored by Avemco and, held this year in EAA’s PHP tent just outside the main gate, beginning at 8 a.m. This is a new location for the breakfast. “We’ll start your day with networking and inspiration,” says Dr. Chabrian. Lt. Col. (retired) Olga E. Custodio, the first female Hispanic U.S. military pilot, and Dianne White, executive director of Malibu/M-Class Owners & Pilots Association, are the featured speakers.

Join us in celebrating our 2018 conference in Reno and in starting the run up to our 30th International Women in Aviation Conference which will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, from March 14-16, 2019. We share this video with you to help spread the life-changing experience of attending a WAI conference and to get the excitement started about our 30th anniversary conference.

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As the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) celebrated its 75 th Anniversary Homecoming at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, members of Women in Aviation International and others in the aviation community honored those pioneering World War II women who have passed by visiting and decorating their graves during Memorial Day weekend.

A contingent led by WAI Director of Communications Kelly Murphy decorated WASP graves in Arlington National Cemetery. A photo of each individual grave was then tweeted with the hashtag #HonoringTheWASP.

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


In response to media inquiries following the Southwest Flight 1380 incident, Women in Aviation International (WAI) provides the following information: According to Federal Aviation Administration data , as of December 31, 2017 (the most recent available), 42,694 women hold a pilot certificate, representing 7 percent of the total pilot population. Of these female pilots, 6,994 women hold an Air Transport Pilot certificate. The number of female pilots in the United States has been slowly but steadily increasing in recent years. Quote from Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President, Women in Aviation International: WAI member Tammie Jo Shults is an outstanding representative of the pilot community who continually train for safe aircraft operations under all conditions. As we applaud Tammie Jo’s professional handling of an emergency situation, we remember all those whose lives were impacted by this event.

The 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. at Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, March 22-24, 2018.

"Our annual conference covers serious topics and provides crucial career guidance, but its strength is in the celebration of so many like-minded women who come together to share their passion for aviation and aerospace,” said Women in Aviation International (WAI) President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "From a NASA astronaut, top-level women executives, engineers, pilots of all levels right through young students, and all aerospace professions, we are united in a desire to help one another and further our careers and personal lives.”

Seminar part of Women in Aviation International Annual Conference

“Tap into the Drone Market” is a free seminar hosted by Women in Aviation International (WAI). Open to the public, this seminar is scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2018, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Convention Room C4 and is one session of WAI’s multi-day annual conference, held this year in Reno.

This session, led by industry experts, is designed to educate people on safe and responsible operations of drones, and includes information on license requirements, best business practices, and recruiting staff.

Aviation professionals in search of their next opportunity will want to attend the 29 th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 22-24, 2018, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Those attendees looking for their next job will be a step ahead of other applicants after attending a hiring briefing presented by exhibiting aviation and aerospace companies, being held all three days of the Conference. During a Hiring Briefing, companies outline their basic application procedures, discuss current positions available along with their requirements. Within the framework of a 45-minute briefing, questions are asked and answered.

Aviation professionals in search of their next opportunity will want to attend the 29 th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 22-24, 2018, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. Those attendees looking for their next job will be a step ahead of other applicants after attending a hiring briefing presented by exhibiting aviation and aerospace companies, being held all three days of the Conference. During a Hiring Briefing, companies outline their basic application procedures, discuss current positions available along with their requirements. Within the framework of a 45-minute briefing, questions are asked and answered.

Women in Aviation International members and conference attendees will experience the conference theme of Connect. Engage. Inspire. at the 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 22-44, 2018, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.

Speakers at Friday’s and Saturday’s general session include Dr. Janet Lapp; Marily Mora; Shaesta Waiz; Carey Lohrenz; Janine Shepherd; and Sean D. Tucker.

Checkout Dr. Peggy Chabrian on the 1/10/2018 episode of Airplane Geeks. The group discusses current aviation news, Women in Aviation International initiatives, aviation scholarships, and more! Dr. Chabrian's conversation starts about 31:30 into the program, right after the news segment.

I direct your attention to bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate by Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) titled Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce Act of 2017. According to a news release issued by Senator Duckworth’s office, this legislation would:

Express the sense of Congress that the aviation industry should explore all opportunities to encourage and support women to pursue a career in aviation; Direct the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create and facilitate a Women in Aviation Advisory Board to promote organizations and programs that provide education, training, mentorship, outreach, and recruitment of women in the aviation industry; and Direct the FAA to submit a report to Congress on common trends that discourage women from pursuing aviation careers; expanding existing scholarship opportunities for women in aviation; and coordinating professional training and recruitment programs.

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2018 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These three women will be honored at the 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 22-24, 2018, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. The ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, prior to the conference’s closing Celebration Dinner.

Deadline approaches to apply

Two deadlines are approaching for individuals interested in applying for a Women in Aviation International (WAI) scholarship for 2018. In order to apply, you must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2017. Scholarship applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 13, 2017. All applications may be submitted online at and applicants are allowed to apply for up to three scholarships.

Girls in Aviation Day Now Scheduled for 2018

On September 23, 2017, 74 Girls in Aviation Day events were held by WAI chapters and corporate members, including 15 international chapters, 8 corporate members and 16 collegiate chapters. International events were held in Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Switzerland, and Zambia.

Drawing from the local communities including Girl Scouts, church groups, and outreach to schools, WAI estimates that over 9,700 girls participated in 2017 Girls in Aviation Day.

Corporate WAI members join chapters to sponsor events

Women in Aviation International’s network of more than 110 chapters will be joined on Saturday, September 23, 2017, by some WAI corporate members to produce Girls in Aviation Day events. Celebrated worldwide, Girls in Aviation Day is designed to introduce and educate girls up to 17 years of age on the many career choices and lifestyle possibilities offered by the aviation/aerospace industry.

“Girls in Aviation Day has been embraced by the entire aviation community including pilots, airlines, aviation museums, FBOs, flight schools, colleges and universities, government officials and aviation businesses,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “This community effort speaks highly to the commitment we all feel to share our passion for aviation and create a diverse future aviation workforce.”

Five United locations have planned events

United Airlines will roll out the red carpet for local community girls at five United Airlines locations across the United States on September 23, 2017, as part of the Women in Aviation International (WAI) Girls in Aviation Day events. Through a variety of experiences and activities, United Airlines will introduce these girls to the excitement of a major airport while they learn the various career possibilities open to them in aviation.

“These lucky girls will get a behind-the-scenes view of the operations of a major airline at a large airport,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “But the bonus is that through United’s efforts, the girls will meet and get to know the people who keep an airline running from different departments.”

Funds to expand distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine, promote aviation careers

Women in Aviation International received a $10,000 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation. This is the third year that WAI has received an ISTAT Foundation grant.

The grant will be used to expand the distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine and will identify the ISTAT Foundation 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.

Discounted registration offered until August 28th

The Women in Aviation International Connect event in Dayton, Ohio, on September 29-30, 2017, offers a weekend jam-packed with aviation history. The two-day, Friday and Saturday gathering will be held at the Marriott Hotel at the University of Dayton and begins with a tour of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites, including Hawthorn Hill, the Wright family mansion; Carillon Historical Park; Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Wright Cycle Company; and the Huffman-Prairie Flying Field, the location of Wright Brothers’ test flights.

The tour of the Dayton aviation sites is followed by a tour of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

As an alternate, attendees may participate in a tour of the GE Aviation's EPISCenter located on the campus of University of Dayton. This $51 million, 138,000 square foot facility is where researchers and students work side-by-side with GE Aviation scientists and engineers to create new advanced electrical power technologies for aircraft and cars.

WAI chapters busy at work to plan memorable days for girls

Women in Aviation International has declared September 23, 2017, as the third annual Girls in Aviation Day where WAI chapters around the world host their own one-day event to attract more young women to the aviation and aerospace communities with a day of activities appealing to girls 8 to 17 years of age. This program is an outgrowth of the successful Girls in Aviation Day events held during the past five International Women in Aviation Conferences.

"Because each chapter has its own venues and resources, the chapter plans a Girls in Aviation Day event unique to them,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "The creativity, organization and planning that the chapters devote to a successful event is a source of pride for us. Our chapters put their hearts into making a memorable day for the girls in their own communities.”

Participants in Women in Aviation International’s (WAI) Girls in Aviation Day will go home with a new skill: how to read a sectional chart. Through a generous donation from Sporty’s, thousands of instructional sectional charts will be distributed to WAI’s international network of more than 100 chapters. This hands-on teaching tool will be used with thousands of girls ages 8 to 17 who attend one of the many local Girls in Aviation Day events, scheduled for September 23, 2017 all over the globe.

WomenVenture’s traditional group photo took on special meaning this year as WomenVenture celebrated its 10 th anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Launched to provide a social and networking event for women during AirVenture, WomenVenture has also showcased the large number of women show-goers with the group photo, shot annually in Boeing Plaza, which is tangible evidence of the hundreds of pro-aviation women taking part in this week’s activities, and represents the women involved in aviation the world over.

Start applying for 103 scholarships!

At WAI’s 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, 103 individual scholarships equaling $569,965 will be awarded. As is the tradition, these scholarships are available for both flight training and scholastic funding with specific scholarships earmarked for nearly every aspect of the aviation and aerospace community.

The scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s conference, held next year in Reno, Nevada, from March 22-24, 2018. Additional scholarships will be added in the coming months, and the total value of awarded scholarships typically reaches more than $600,000 annually.

Women in Aviation International has reached out to the drone community, via the Women and Drones organization , to encourage women involved with drone operations to be part of WAI. From now until December 31 2017, Women and Drones members are eligible for a discounted membership in WAI of $40 per year. Women who fly drones or operate UAS for business entities can claim this discount by using the promo code WID17 when signing up at .

The Air Line Pilots Association will host a reception for aspiring airline pilots as part of this year’s 10 th anniversary WomenVenture week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Slated for Friday, July 28, 2017, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the reception has as its goal to have young pilots hear the experiences of active pilots for the major carriers ALPA represents and have their questions about a career as an airline pilot answered by those who have chosen it as a career.

The reception will be held on site at the EAA Partner Resource Center with light refreshments served. Although the ALPA reception is free, an admission ticket is required which may be picked up at ALPA’s Booth C-11 at the Education and Career Center at EAA’s Aviation Gateway Park.

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What started as a one-day, one-time event at EAA AirVenture in 2008 has grown and evolved for 10 years. WomenVenture, a partnership between EAA and Women in Aviation International, will take place for the 10th time in 2017.

Fifty-two teams of women will take off for the 41 st Air Race Classic from Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, for a 2,648-mile sprint across the United States that ends in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, June 23, 2017.

This year, Women in Aviation International is participating in an Air Race Classic kick-off event held on the afternoon of Saturday, June 17, 2017, at the Aviation Children’s Educational Summit held at the National Aviation Community Center in Frederick, Maryland. More than 200 children are expected to attend to visit different activity stations,...

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Two-day gathering planned for September 29-30, 2017

Women in Aviation International has announced this year’s Connect event in Dayton, Ohio, on September 29-30, 2017. The two-day, Friday and Saturday gathering will be held at the Marriott Hotel at the University of Dayton and begins with a tour of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites, including Hawthorn Hill, the Wright family mansion; Carillon Historical Park; Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Wright Cycle Company; and the Huffman-Prairie Flying Field, the location of Wright Brothers’ test flights.

Today, Women in Aviation International released a short video documenting all the activity at its 28 th Annual International Conference held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in March 2017. With a theme of Connect. Engage. Inspire., this year’s conference hosted more than 4,500 participants.

New member benefit

Women in Aviation International today announced a new member benefit. Avemco® Insurance Company now offers a 5% discount to all WAI members. This new member benefit is effective immediately in most states and will be a boost to the hundreds of WAI members who own and rent aircraft.

“With all of us trying to keep our flying affordable, this discount from Avemco® will help stretch our flying budgets a bit more,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We thank Avemco for recognizing our commitment to safety and partnering with us to provide this new benefit.”

The 28th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort In Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 2-4, 2017.

"The accomplishments and the sophistication of our speakers this year was impressive. This year’s conference reflected the cutting edge of innovation and a passion for aviation,” said Women in Aviation International (WAI) President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "Combining technology with the traditional enthusiasm and diversity of our attendees is an ideal formula for a successful conference.”

March 2-4, 2017 marks 28 th 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.”

Learn about aviation in a fun way

Thousands of women pilots have landed in Orlando, and they want to share their love of aviation with you, according to Dr. Peggy Chabrian, president of Women in Aviation International. At the 28 th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference scheduled for March 2-4, 2017 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, two special events are open to the general public.

Speaker Roster for WAI 2017 as Diverse as WAI Membership

Top-level executives and aviation industry veterans join champions and pioneers as each connects, engages, and inspires attendees at the 28th annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 2-4, 2017, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Registration is open for the 41st 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 2017 race, which begins Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Frederick, Maryland, and ends Friday, June 23, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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...

Beat the crowds, and save fuel. Enjoy WAI's NON-air show by contributing to your association's annual fundraising drive. It's all pretend, of course, but share a fantasy with WAI! Find out details here:

Support Women in Aviation International by shopping at AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate to WAI every time you shop, and there is no cost to our members! Click here to get started.

A year-round benefit, WAI members can now order business cards through a custom print portal on Members can access the site here: and choose from 8 business card templates and receive a 50 percent discount, plus free shipping. Minimum order of 100 business cards is only $7.99! Get prepared for the New Year and 2017 conference networking by ordering your new and professional business cards today!

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...

Photo Credit: EAA/Erin Brueggen

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...


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

If you would like to offer yourself up as a potential mentor for another WAI member log in at 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... 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 “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...


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...


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 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...


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 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...


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 Email 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.

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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 .

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 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...


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...


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 , 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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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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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 . 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...

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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 . 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 . 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, , 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 .

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:

Looking for a fun winter getaway? Women in Aviation International has partnered with Airways Magazine and 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.

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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

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.


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...

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 . 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 .

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:

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 or email .

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 .

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...

A fundraising effort that began earlier this year will celebrate sweet success tomorrow morning (Jan. 1) when a float dedicated to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) travels down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California, as part of the 2014 Rose Parade .

The float, titled "Our Eyes Are on the Stars," was built by Fiesta Parade Floats and is sponsored by the Wingtip-to-Wingtip Association through generous donations collected throughout 2013. It will feature 8 WASP on the float and a group walking alongside, representing the progress the United States has made in aviation,...

Britain's reports that British Airways is accepting applicants into its cadet training program until November 26, and they're actively looking for more female pilots to apply!

"Even though we have more female pilots than any other UK carrier, the number doesn't nearly represent the general population, and I actively encourage any women considering a career in flying to apply," Capt. Stephen Riley, British Airways Director of Flight Operations, told

Read the full story here:

Women in Aviation, International was saddened to learn of the passing of Dot Swain Lewis on September 9, 2013. A 2004 inductee into the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame, Dot was one of 10 female pilots taught to be an instructor at Phoebe Omlie's Women's Research Flight Instructor School from late 1942 to early 1943. She went on to accept a position teaching the WASP to fly and later became a WASP herself.

Dot passed away at the mountain home she built in Fern Valley, Idyllwild, Califonia, 21 days before her 98th birthday.

Read her full bio on the WASP Final Flight blog.

Southwest Airlines has added four Boeing 737NG type ratings to the roster of 85 scholarships offered to Women in Aviation International members. Anyone who was a member of WAI as of November 1, 2013, is eligible to apply (free!). For these SWA scholarships only, the deadline to apply has been extended to December 1, 2013. The original deadline for all other scholarships remains November 18, 2013.

“What a tremendous opportunity Southwest is offering our members,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We are grateful to Southwest, along with the other airlines and organizations...

Each year the Wolf Aviation Fund provides grants for a number of individuals and organizations doing great work in general aviation. To date more than 350 awards have been given, providing worthy applicants the funding and recognition that is so vital for folks working on new ideas.

This year's deadline for applications is December 15. Applications must meet certain criteria and fit into the Fund's seven major program areas

Projects receiving awards reflect the remarkable goals and accomplishments of the grant recipients and the value of their contributions, often as...

The Louisville chapter of Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) has announced an all-inclusive scholarship to attend the 2014 International Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando, Florida (March 6-8, 2014). The scholarship for first-time attendees includes all registration fees, round-trip airfare, room and board, and transportation between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

In addition to the AWAM Scholarship Checklist items you must:

Be female. Be a senior or recent graduate of a Bachelors program in aviation maintenance...

--> Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) presented 11 winners with aviation-related training scholarships at its annual scholarship luncheon October 23, during the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Las Vegas. Among the winners were four Women in Aviation, International members, including:

Ana Ayala (WAI #52236), who received the CAE Simuflite CitationJet 3 Initial Training Scholarship valued at $22,000 for training to broaden awareness in corporate aviation and assist with developing her career path. Allison Couch (WAI #44181...

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