Women in Aviation

WAI Concludes Successful First Virtual Conference

WAI Concludes Successful First Virtual Conference

15-Mar-2021Source: WAI

The 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. during WAI’s first virtual conference on March 11-12, 2021. “We made the decision last fall – for the safety of all our attendees during the pandemic – to take our annual gathering to an all-virtual platform with the goal of... Read more

WAI Announces Keynote Speakers for Virtual WAI2021 Conference

WAI Announces Keynote Speakers for Virtual WAI2021 Conference

5-Mar-2021Source: WAI

Women in Aviation International members and conference attendees will no doubt connect with the stellar roster of speakers scheduled for the 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 11-12, 2021, from the convenience of one’s home or office. “Although we are disappointed that we can’t meet in person, this virtual conference has allowed us to... Read more

WAI receives $250,000 grant to fund additional scholarships

WAI receives $250,000 grant to fund additional scholarships

23-Feb-2021Source: Women in Aviation International

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is thrilled to offer 47 new scholarships in a variety of aviation career pursuits thanks to a generous $250,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Details of the scholarships will be posted at WAI.org on March 1, 2021. Scholarships include funding to further members’ interests in air traffic control, aviation maintenance, flight... Read more

WAI 2021 Conference Goes All-Virtual

WAI 2021 Conference Goes All-Virtual

23-Nov-2020Source: Women in Aviation

 After careful consideration and review of the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic trends, Women in Aviation International announced today that its 32nd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held virtually on March 11 and 12, 2021. The all-virtual platform will allow members and industry friends to attend from the convenience of their home and/or office. ... Read more

Celebrate Girls in Aviation Day – September 26, 2020

Celebrate Girls in Aviation Day – September 26, 2020

25-Sep-2020Source: Women in Aviation

With only one day until Women in Aviation International celebrates its 6th Annual Girls in Aviation Day, the number of participants continues to increase! More than 5,000 participants from nearly 35 countries are currently enrolled in this virtual event that will be delivered through a brand new Aviation for Girls App to mobile devices and desktop... Read more

WAI Receives $15,000 Grant from the ISTAT Foundation

WAI Receives $15,000 Grant from the ISTAT Foundation

7-Sep-2020Source: Women in Aviation International

For the sixth year in a row, Women in Aviation International received a $15,000 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation. As in past years, this grant will be used to expand the distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine with the ISTAT Foundation... Read more

Girls in Aviation Day 2020 is Ready for Take Off

Girls in Aviation Day 2020 is Ready for Take Off

19-Aug-2020Source: WAI

Women in Aviation International’s 6th Annual Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) will deliver a free, year-round experience for girls ages 8-17 around the world through the launch of a new Aviation for Girls (AFG) App, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force. Available to all interested in aviation/aerospace and STEM, the AFG App is the tool... Read more

WAI to Host Virtual Connect Lunch

WAI to Host Virtual Connect Lunch

11-May-2020Source: WAI

In lieu of the annual WAI Connect Lunch held at Sun ‘n Fun each year in Lakeland, Florida, Women in Aviation International (WAI), will hold a virtual Connect Event on Friday, May 8 at Noon EDT. Sponsored by Piedmont Airlines, the panel features an impressive lineup of female leaders and role models in aviation, with... Read more

WAI 2020 Conference Hosts Record Number of Attendees & Exhibitors

WAI 2020 Conference Hosts Record Number of Attendees & Exhibitors

10-Mar-2020Source: WAI

Women in Aviation International held another successful annual gathering during the 31st Annual International Women in Aviation Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, March 5-7, 2020. With its unique blend of top-notch speakers, busy exhibit hall, an array of education sessions, and more than 100 scholarship awards, the WAI 2020... Read more

WAI Founder wins 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy Recipient

WAI Founder wins 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy Recipient

3-Feb-2020Source: WAI

Women in Aviation International is pleased to announce the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has selected Dr. Peggy Chabrian, founder of Women in Aviation International, as the recipient of the 2020 Cliff Henderson Trophy. The Henderson Trophy, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, was established in 1960 to honor... Read more

Girls in Aviation Day 2019 Reaches 20,000 Attendees

Girls in Aviation Day 2019 Reaches 20,000 Attendees

8-Oct-2019Source: WAI

With 118 individual events presented worldwide, Women in Aviation International’s October 5 Girls in Aviation Day 2019 reached approximately 20,000 attendees. Truly an international event, Girls in Aviation Day was celebrated not just in the United States but in 17 other countries in Canada and Australia as well as countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.... Read more

Countdown to WAI Girls in Aviation Day Underway

Countdown to WAI Girls in Aviation Day Underway

20-Aug-2019Source: Women in Aviation International

Women in Aviation International’s network of corporate members, partners and more than 130 chapters, are making their plans for individual events for Girls in Aviation Day 2019. Girls in Aviation Day is truly a worldwide event with activities planned by WAI chapters from Australia to the Netherlands, from India to Botswana. Dozens of Girls in... Read more

WAI Receives Grant from the ISTAT Foundation

WAI Receives Grant from the ISTAT Foundation

15-Aug-2019Source: Women in Aviation

Women in Aviation International received a $15,000 grant from the International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation. This is the fifth year that WAI has received an ISTAT Foundation grant. As in past years, this grant will be used to expand the distribution of Aviation for... Read more

WAI President and Founder announces retirement

WAI President and Founder announces retirement

6-Aug-2019Source: Women in Aviation

During her annual remarks at the WAI Connect Breakfast today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, Dr. Peggy Chabrian announced her intention to retire as president and CEO of Women in Aviation International effective April 2020. This year has marked a number of important milestones for the organization including:an all-time record of 14,000 members,  more than... Read more

2020 WAI Scholarships Ready for Applications

2020 WAI Scholarships Ready for Applications

1-Jul-2019Source: WAI

With new scholarships being posted weekly, WAI is ready to accept applications for dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 85 scholarships offered for flight training, scholastic study, maintenance training, and a variety of scholarships for individuals in all stages of life. Internships are also being offered.  Additional scholarships will be added in the coming weeks and... Read more

WAI Endowment Fund Reaches $1 Million

WAI Endowment Fund Reaches $1 Million

10-Apr-2019Source: Women in Aviation

A generous $50,000 gift from The Boeing Company, in addition to several donations from individual WAI members, during the recent 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Long Beach, California, has helped the organization to reach its goal of $1 million in its Endowment Fund. The fund enables WAI to expand the 2020 scholarship... Read more

Deadline Approaches for 2019 WAI Scholarships

Deadline Approaches for 2019 WAI Scholarships

16-Oct-2018Source: Women in Aviation

Nearly $650,000 in scholarships will be awarded at WAI’s 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, and the time to apply is now. To qualify for a scholarship, the applicant must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2018, and submit the application by November 12, 2018. WAI has recently added seven new scholarships,... Read more

WAI Scholarships Ready for Applications

WAI Scholarships Ready for Applications

4-Jul-2018Source: Women in Aviation

At WAI’s 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, at least 108 individual scholarships equaling $565,000 will be awarded. As is the tradition, these scholarships are available for both flight training and scholastic funding with specific scholarships earmarked for nearly every aspect of the aviation and aerospace community. The scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s conference,... Read more

WomenVenture Begins its Second Decade

WomenVenture Begins its Second Decade

20-Jun-2018Source: Women in Aviation

Now in its 11thyear, WomenVenture, a partnership between EAA and Women in Aviation International, will take place at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh all week long. Starting on Monday, July 23, 2018, AirVenture’s opening day, is a WomenVenture ice cream social, sponsored by Endeavor Air. Registration is requested (at eaa.org) for this event, held in Forum Building 9... Read more

WAI Concludes Successful Reno Conference

WAI Concludes Successful Reno Conference

26-Mar-2018Source: Women in Aviation

The 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire. at Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada, March 22-24, 2018. “Our annual conference covers serious topics and provides crucial career guidance, but its strength is in the celebration of so many like-minded women who come together to share their passion for... Read more

WAI details 2018 scholarships

WAI details 2018 scholarships

1-Nov-2017Source: Women in Aviation International

Two deadlines are approaching for individuals interested in applying for a Women in Aviation International (WAI) scholarship for 2018. In order to apply, you must be a WAI member as of November 1, 2017. Scholarship applications must be submitted online or postmarked no later than November 13, 2017.  All applications may be submitted online at www.WAI.org... Read more

​Plans Finalized for WAI Girls in Aviation Day

​Plans Finalized for WAI Girls in Aviation Day

21-Sep-2017Source: Women in Aviation

Women in Aviation International’s network of more than 110 chapters will be joined on Saturday, September 23, 2017, by some WAI corporate members to produce Girls in Aviation Day events. Celebrated worldwide, Girls in Aviation Day is designed to introduce and educate girls up to 17 years of age on the many career choices and... Read more

More than 103 WAI Scholarships Now Ready for Applications

More than 103 WAI Scholarships Now Ready for Applications

18-Jul-2017Source: Women in Aviation

At WAI’s 29th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, 103 individual scholarships equaling $569,965 will be awarded. As is the tradition, these scholarships are available for both flight training and scholastic funding with specific scholarships earmarked for nearly every aspect of the aviation and aerospace community.   The scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s conference,... Read more

Bell awards WAI $8,000 Grant for Girls

Bell awards WAI $8,000 Grant for Girls

30-Sep-2016Source: Women in Aviation International

Women in Aviation International received an $8,000 grant from Bell Helicopter which will be used to provide instructional materials about helicopters to use as a hands-on teaching activity for girls ages 8 to 16 for the September 24, 2016, youth outreach. “We are delighted with this grant which will enable us to present another fascinating... Read more

WAI Launches All-New Member-Friendly Website

WAI Launches All-New Member-Friendly Website

6-Jul-2016Source: WAI

Women in Aviation International today announces the launch of its new, fully-featured website at www.WAI.org. The website has extensive content including information on scholarships, history, events, mentorships, chapter information, and aviation careers. It was designed with the member in mind – to make navigation and information access as simple as possible to WAI’s 12,000 members... Read more

WAI mourns pioneer Mary Feik

WAI mourns pioneer Mary Feik

14-Jun-2016Source: WAI

We are deeply saddened to learn of WAI Pioneer Mary Feik’s passing June 10, 2016. Mary, WAI #53, was a maintenance instructor for the US Army Air Corps, and later became the first woman engineer in R&D for the USAF Air Technical Service Command. She was a renowned ambassador for the Civil Air Patrol, the... Read more

Women in Aviation International makes three appointments

Women in Aviation International makes three appointments

22-Mar-2016Source: WAI

Karen Gebhart, Vice President of Business Development for the Helicopter Association International, was elected for a two-year term as the chair of Women in Aviation International’s (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... Read more

$600,000 available in WAI 2016 Scholarships – deadline 16 Nov

$600,000 available in WAI 2016 Scholarships – deadline 16 Nov

21-Oct-2015Source: WAI

Two deadlines are approaching for individuals interested in applying for a WAI scholarship for 2016. In order to apply, you must be a WAI member as of November 2, 2015. Scholarship applications must be postmarked no later than November 16, 2015. “This year we are offering 111 different scholarships totaling $600,000,” says WAI President Dr.... Read more

WAI Welcomes Cassandra Bosco as Newest Staff Member

WAI Welcomes Cassandra Bosco as Newest Staff Member

7-Oct-2015Source: WAI

Cassandra Bosco has joined the Women in Aviation International staff as Education and Industry Relations Director. The position was created as part of the organization’s strategic plan to grow WAI’s education offerings and outreach to youth and college and university students. A founding board member of WAI and WAI member #3, Cassandra’s background includes serving... Read more

More WAI Chapters Announce Plans for September 26 International Girls in Aviation Day

More WAI Chapters Announce Plans for September 26 International Girls in Aviation Day

16-Jul-2015Source: WAI

As Girls in Aviation Day approaches on September 26, 2015, Women in Aviation International chapters are hard at work planning a meaningful and fun experience for local participants. This event is an outgrowth of the successful program held during the past three International Women in Aviation Conferences. “We are pleased with the ingenuity and resourcefulness... Read more

WAI Announces Scholarships for 2016

WAI Announces Scholarships for 2016

6-Jul-2015Source: WAI

Women in Aviation International today announced the availability of its 2016 scholarships. As of July 1, 2015, 98 separate scholarships with a combined value of more than $480,000 are offered. All WAI scholarships will be awarded during the organization’s 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in... Read more

WAI Adds Seven New Scholarships to 2016 Roster

WAI Adds Seven New Scholarships to 2016 Roster

5-Jun-2015Source: WAI

Seven new scholarships will join the dozens of other scholarships available to women and men who are members of Women in Aviation International. All WAI scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s 27th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee from March 10-12, 2016. “WAI scholarships... Read more

WAI recieves $10K grant from UPS Foundation

WAI recieves $10K grant from UPS Foundation

27-May-2015Source: WAI

Women in Aviation, International received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS. The grant will be used toward providing teaching materials for Girls in Aviation Day, an international outreach program planned for Saturday, September 26, 2015. That day, WAI’s nearly 100 chapters around the world... Read more

WAI Welcomes Three New Board Members

WAI Welcomes Three New Board Members

14-May-2015Source: WAI

Three new board members were voted in by WAI members at the association’s annual membership meeting held during its annual conference. Voting included reelecting two current board members for another three-year term.The newly-elected board members include: Deborah Hecker is a 737-800 first officer for American Airlines. She began her aviation career in 1994 flying freight.... Read more

Women in Aviation, International Prepares for Two Significant Outreach Initiatives

Women in Aviation, International Prepares for Two Significant Outreach Initiatives

23-Apr-2015Source: WAI

With a successful 2015 conference now concluded, Women in Aviation, International has turned its attention to two upcoming outreach programs to engage women active in the aviation industry and attract more women to the aviation community. WomenVenture, now in its eighth year, is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, 2015, during EAA AirVenture. Originally designed to... Read more

Women in Aviation International 26th Annual Conference report

Women in Aviation International 26th Annual Conference report

13-Mar-2015Source: WAI

Despite a snowy start in Dallas, the 26th Annual Women in Aviation, International Conference (WAI) fulfilled its promise to “Connect. Engage. Inspire.” with three days jammed with activities. The Hilton Anatole in Dallas was the site of the 2015 International Women in Aviation Conference held March 5-7, 2015. “A WAI Conference is like no other,”... Read more

WAI Announces Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015

WAI Announces Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2015

12-Jan-2015Source: Women in Aviation

Three women who changed aviation history won’t be forgotten now that they are part of the International Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored at WAI’s 26th Annual International Conference which will be held on March 5-7, 2015, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The ceremony will take place... Read more

Women in Aviation, International 2015 Scholarships Now Number 100

Women in Aviation, International 2015 Scholarships Now Number 100

4-Nov-2014Source: Women in Aviation

WAI 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. These scholarships will be awarded during WAI’s 26th Annual International Conference in Dallas, Texas, held in 2015 from March 5-7... Read more

Women in Aviation, International Significantly Expands its Youth Outreach

Women in Aviation, International Significantly Expands its Youth Outreach

30-Jul-2014Source: WAI

Women in Aviation, International (WAI) has announced that the association’s successful “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day” held for the past three years during WAI’s annual conference has been expanded and rebranded to include an international day to attract girls to aviation planned for September 26, 2015. Now called Girls in Aviation Day, the... Read more

HAI Inspires Next Generation at Women in Aviation Conference

HAI Inspires Next Generation at Women in Aviation Conference

10-Mar-2014Source: HAI

Karen Gebhart, HAI’s vice president of business development, and Stan Rose, HAI’s director of safety outreach programs, are representing HAI at the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 6-8, in Orlando, Florida. Participants in the conference will be immersed in the tactics and strategies necessary for successful aviation careers. More than 4,000 women... Read more

WAI Announces Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014

WAI Announces Pioneer Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014

28-Jan-2014Source: Women in Aviation

Women in Aviation, International has selected the 2014 inductees into its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored at WAI’s 25th Annual International Conference which will be held on March 6-8, 2014, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL (near Orlando). The ceremony will take place at the closing... Read more

WAI Announces All-Star Lineup of 2014 Conference Speakers

WAI Announces All-Star Lineup of 2014 Conference Speakers

27-Jan-2014Source: Women in Aviation

Attendees to the 25th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be informed and inspired by an extraordinary lineup of Conference speakers. This year’s Conference will take place from March 6-8, 2014, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (near Orlando). “As fitting our 25th anniversary year, we went all out for... Read more

Female Embry-Riddle Students Given WAI Memberships

Female Embry-Riddle Students Given WAI Memberships

9-Dec-2013Source: Women in Aviation

Female students at both campuses of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have been given a one-year membership in Women in Aviation, International. Students at both the Prescott, Arizona, campus and the Daytona Beach, Florida, campus are now full WAI members. The 1,372 Embry-Riddle students will receive all WAI member benefits. The membership costs were provided in part... Read more

WAI Confirms Next “Daughter Day” for 25th Anniversary Conference

WAI Confirms Next “Daughter Day” for 25th Anniversary Conference

17-Jun-2013Source: WAI

For the third time, Women in Aviation, International will conduct its outreach to pre-teen and teen girls as part of its “Take Your Daughter to the Conference Day” event. The first two Daughter Days were made possible through generous grants totaling $25,000 from the UPS Foundation. This past year, The Sporty’s Foundation donated training materials... Read more

Women of Helicopter Aviation, Speak Out!

Women of Helicopter Aviation, Speak Out!

3-Jan-2013Source: HAI

If you’re a woman and you work in the helicopter industry, HAI and Women in Aviation, International (WAI) need you! WAI will have a booth on the exhibit floor at HELI-EXPO 2013 in Las Vegas, March 5-7, and is looking for members to staff it. HAI and WAI are also looking for some help during... Read more

HAI’s Gebhart elected to WAI Board of Directors

HAI’s Gebhart elected to WAI Board of Directors

9-Mar-2012Source: HAI

Karen Gebhart, vice president of business development and expositions for HAI, was elected to the Board of Directors for Women in Aviation, International (WAI) during that association’s annual meeting in Dallas. “I have long admired the work WAI has done over the years to build a dynamic and growing aviation organization focused on women, and... Read more

HAI brings helicopter presence to Women in Aviation

HAI brings helicopter presence to Women in Aviation

9-Mar-2012Source: HAI

HAI is back in Dallas this week for the first of more than 20 trade shows the Association will participate in this year. The 23rd Annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) Conference begins today at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Wednesday was set up day, and also a first for WAI. HAI member company AirEvac LifeTeam of... Read more

WAI presents Helicopter Panel at 2012 Annual Conference

WAI presents Helicopter Panel at 2012 Annual Conference

16-Feb-2012Source: Women in Aviation

A new feature at this year’s International Women in Aviation Conference is an all-female panel of helicopter experts, moderated by Helicopter Association International President Matt Zuccaro. The Helicopter Panel will take place during the General Session on Friday, March 9, 2012, which is sponsored by Helicopter Association International, EAA, GAMA and NBAA. The panel is... Read more

WAI Announces Lineup of 2012 Conference Speakers

WAI Announces Lineup of 2012 Conference Speakers

11-Feb-2012Source: Women in Aviation

Attendees to the 23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be informed and inspired by an exceptional lineup of conference speakers.  This year’s conference will take place from March 8-10, 2012, at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will begin Friday’s General Session sponsored by the Helicopter Association International... Read more

AeroExpo UK to host Women in Aviation Regional Conference

AeroExpo UK to host Women in Aviation Regional Conference

7-Nov-2011Source: AeroExpo

AeroExpo UK is delighted to host the Women In Aviation Regional conference at the event during 25-27 May 2012. Women in Aviation have been part of the event as exhibitors for the last 2 years and have chosen the 2012 event at Sywell Aerodrome as their preferred choice to host their regional conference. Paddy Casey (Show Director)... Read more

Women in Aviation International – Conference & Scholarship Updates

Women in Aviation International – Conference & Scholarship Updates

2-Aug-2011Source: Women in Aviation

The 2012 International Women in Aviation Conference is scheduled for March 8-10, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. Dozens of scholarships are now posted online at www.wai.org. Conference The 2012 International Women in Aviation Conference is scheduled for March 8-10, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, at the Hilton Anatole. Invited speakers include: Gerard J. Arpey, CEO, American Airlines;... Read more

Women in Aviation 2012 Scholarships Already at $375,000

Women in Aviation 2012 Scholarships Already at $375,000

8-May-2011Source: Women in Aviation

Although the available scholarships for 2012 won’t be announced for 60 days, companies, organizations and individuals have already pledged more than 48 scholarships totaling $375,000 available to WAI members. These scholarships cover expenses for academic study, technical training, flight training as well as specialized aviation activities, including recreational flying, engineering and maintenance. In addition, FedEx... Read more

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