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.

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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 MailOnline.com 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 MailOnline.com.

Read the full story here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2510471/British-Airways-...

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.

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