Press Releases

2019-05-30 (All day)

…And one filled with friendly competition!

Fifty-one teams of women will take off for the 42nd Air Race Classic, racing from Jackson, Tennessee, beginning on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, for a 2,538-mile race course which ends in Welland, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, June 21, 2019.

“We wish blue skies and tailwinds to all the racers, many of whom are WAI members,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “This year, 17 collegiate teams represent aviation colleges and universities nationwide, and we wish safe landings to all.”

2019-05-28 (All day)

More than one hundred WASP gravesites are decorated during Memorial Day weekend visits

The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were remembered and honored for their service this past Memorial Day weekend when gravesites were visited and decorated by Women in Aviation International (WAI) members and friends. Graves from Connecticut to California were decorated and photos and videos were posted and shared on social media tagged #HonorTheWASP. A contingent of WAI members and friends decorated a multitude of WASP graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

“What was reinforced this weekend was that each WASP holds an intriguing life story,” says WAI President Peggy Chabrian. “From WASP Eleanor Feeley Lawry who was the first woman to earn a pilot’s license at Danbury [Connecticut] Airport and the 100th woman to earn a pilot’s license in Connecticut to Utah WASP Frances Green Kari who post-war became a wingwalker with Sammy Mason airshows and later a police officer, the WASP lived fascinating and pioneering lives, and today and always, we thank them for their service.”

2019-05-15 (All day)

Visit and decorate a WASP gravesite from May 24-27, 2019

Women in Aviation International members and friends will #HonorTheWASP over Memorial Day weekend by visiting their graves and leaving an appropriate decoration in the form of flowers or other remembrances.

“For individuals and families – and even companies – looking for a meaningful way to observe Memorial Day, #HonorTheWASP provides a way to do that,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “Visiting and decorating a WASP gravesite is a history lesson, a way to honor these pioneering pilots, and, for most, a moving and emotional experience.”

2019-04-08 (All day)

Boeing Donates $50,000; Fund Will Increase Scholarships & Youth Outreach Programs

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 program, which will be available online July 1, 2019 (for which applications are due November 12, 2019). At the WAI 2019 conference, 156 scholarships were distributed to WAI members at every stage of life for academic use, lifestyle enhancement, and flight training including type ratings. A total of $875,065 in scholarships was awarded putting the total scholarships awarded since 1995 to more than $12 million.

2019-04-01 (All day)

WAI Adds Two New Board Members

Two new board members were voted in by Women in Aviation International members at the organization's 30 th annual membership meeting held in Long Beach, California. The two newly-elected board members, who will each serve a three-year term are Rhonda Larance and Shannon Weidekamp.

"Rhonda and Shannon bring years of experience, skills, and wisdom to our board,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We welcome them as our new board members as they join a group of talented aviation industry professionals who help guide and shape Women in Aviation International."

2019-03-29 (All day)
Deadline to apply is May 31, 2019

Through a donor who wishes to be anonymous, Women in Aviation International offers five flight training scholarships available for application now through May 31, 2019. These scholarships include:

WAI Instrument or CFII Rating Scholarship; WAI Multi-Engine Rating or CFI Multi-Engine Endorsement Scholarship; WAI CFI Certificate Scholarship; WAI Private Pilot Scholarship; WAI Aircraft Maintenance Technician Scholarship.

For all five scholarships, if the applicant is a full-time student enrolled in high school, an accredited flight program, or an accredited college or university, she/he must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Funds will be paid directly to your flight school and training is to be completed within one year.

In order to apply for any of these five scholarships, the applicant must be a current member of Women in Aviation International. For instructions on how to apply, please visit wai.org/scholarships.

2019-03-16 (All day)

The 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference accomplished its goal to Connect. Engage. Inspire at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, on March 14-16, 2019.

This conference marked 30 years since WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian hosted 150 people for the first conference in Prescott, Arizona, hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the nearby Sheraton Hotel.

2018-12-13 (All day)

Speakers confirmed for Long Beach 2019

Women in Aviation International members and conference attendees will no doubt be inspired and informed by the stellar roster of speakers scheduled for the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 14-16, 2019, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

The 2019 roster of speakers includes:

Nagin Cox , NASA/JPL tactical mission lead on the Mars Curiosity Rover Dr. Christine Darden , aeronautical engineer and NASA sonic boom minimization expert Gwynne Shotwell , SpaceX president and chief operating officer Capt. Tammie Jo Shults , U.S Navy and Southwest Airlines pilot Dr. Ellen Stofan , Smithsonian Air and Space Museum director

2018-11-30 (All day)

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2019 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored at the 30th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 14-16, 2019, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2019, prior to the conference’s closing Celebration Dinner.

The 2019 Pioneer Hall of Fame inductes are Leanne Caret, Mary Golda Ross, and the U.S. Coast Guard's First Women Aviators and Aviation-Related Enlisted Women.

2018-10-26 (All day)

Fourth successful international outreach completed

Women in Aviation International’s chapters have been surveyed, and the results show that Girls in Aviation Day 2018 accomplished its goal of introducing a record number of girls ages 8 to 17 to the career and lifestyle possibilities in the aviation world. As in past years, Girls in Aviation Day was hosted by WAI chapters (including several located on college/university campuses) with additional participation by WAI corporate members including airlines, FBOs, aviation museums, and flight schools.

On October 13, 2018, 105 chapters and corporate members held 99 separate Girls in Aviation Day events including nine international chapters, 25 corporate member events, and 23 collegiate chapters. International events were held in 15 countries including Australia, Botswana, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain, United States, and Zambia.

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