WAI Connect Dayton

WAI goes back to its roots in 2017! Come to Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation, and home of WAI headquarters!

September 29 & 30, 2017. Events take place at Marriott at the University of Dayton, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409

Events Sponsored by:

Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hartzell Propeller 

PSA Airlines

Roselius Insurance

Sinclair Community College

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General registration pricing available now through September 8, 2017.

General Registration 
Member                                $185
Non-member                     $225
Student Member             $125
Student Non-member  $145

Reception Only                $40 
Lunch Only                         $50


On-site registration pricing begins September 9, 2017.

On-site Registration 
Member                                $210 
Non-member                     $260
Student Member             $150
Student Non-member  $175

Reception Only                $40 
Lunch Only                         $50 


Book your room for 2017 WAI Connect

Group Room rate: $129.00/night,  booked by August 28, 2017, subject to availability

Marriott University of Dayton
1414 South Patterson Blvd
Dayton, OH 45409


Friday, September 29, 2017

Birthplace of Aviation Tour Sponsored by Hartzell Propeller

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites
     •    Hawthorn Hill (family mansion designed by the Wright Brothers)
     •    Carillon Historical Park 
     •    Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Wright Cycle Company
     •    Huffman Prairie Flying Field (location of Wright Brothers’ test flights) 
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Tour will depart from the Marriott University of Dayton at 8:00 a.m.


Connect Reception & Book Signing 6:00-9:00 p.m. Sponsored by PSA Airlines

(additional authors to be added)

The Dayton Flight Factory; Aircraft: Air Show Pilots and Airplanes 
Author Tim Gaffney 

The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World 
Author Nancy Roe Pimm 

Finding Dorothy Scott:  Letters of a WASP Pilot
WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds
Author Sarah Rickman 

Wally the WACO Saves Christmas
Author Gretchen Hawk 



Saturday, September 30, 2017

9:00-9:15 a.m. 

9:15-9:40 a.m. 
Dawne Dewey 
Head of Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University 

9:45-10:10 a.m. 
General Ellen Pawlikowski (invited) 
Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, WPAFB, Ohio

10:15-10:30 a.m. 
Coffee Break 

10:30-10:55 a.m.
Margaret Soda
Vice President of Human Resources, PSA Airlines

11:00-11:25 a.m.
Sharon Rossmark
Women and Drones

11:30-11:55 a.m.
Peggy Chabrian 
Women in Aviation – Yesterday & Today

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lunch Co-Sponsored by Sinclair Community College
Patty Wagner, Air Show Performer, Wing Walking

1:40-2:15 p.m. 
Girls Robotics Teams
Demonstrations by local schools

2:15-2:30 p.m. 
Wrap-Up and Door Prizes 


Check back as information is added in the coming months.


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