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 www.LiveATC.net/SNF , or listen locally on 1510AM.
WAI members can get a discounted rate on SUN ’n FUN admission online with the code WIA453. You will be asked to show proof of membership at the gate.
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.
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
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...
Navigate the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference like a pro with the WAI 2016 mobile app, powered by core-apps.com.
The new mobile app will help you stay organized with up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information. You’ll receive important real-time communications from WAI on site, and can build a personal schedule and bookmark exhibitors to customize your conference experience. Built-in maps of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center will help you navigate to education sessions and your favorite exhibitors.
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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