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...

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