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."

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"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 www.WhirlyGirls.org/wg-scholarships . 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 http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ride-sk.html .

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: www.History.com/this-day-in-history/first-woman-in-space

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...

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