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 www.TheRestorers.com . 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...

To donate to the WAI annual fund visit www.WAI.org/donate today! Thank you for helping us do what we do best!

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 www.gbaa.org . 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 www.wai.org/scholarships . 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.

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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...

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