Wednesday, July 23, 2014

EAA's College Park at AirVenture 2014

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 area. Alpha Eta Rho, the oldest professional aviation fraternity, will also have volunteers on hand throughout the week to answer questions and provide insight into what a future in aviation means.

Women in Aviation, International will participate in the College Social on Friday, August 1, at 5:30 p.m. in College Park, providing information on scholarships and other opportunities to young people exploring aviation as a profession. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Signature Flight Support Offers New Services for Pilots Attending EAA AirVenture

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 information and amenities to those who fly their airplanes to Oshkosh," said Dave Chaimson, EAA's vice president of business development. "We are pleased that this year we can join with Signature Flight Support to provide essential services, as well as the little extras appreciated by pilots who fly here to be a part of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration at EAA AirVenture."

Located in the south portion of the Federal Pavilion, EAA Pilot Services will provide comfortable seating, computers, and printers to provide the essential tools for checking weather or filing their flight plans.

EAA Pilot Services will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the event.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Heading to Oshkosh? Add WomenVenture to Your MUST DO List!

Photo Courtesy EAA
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 Wednesday!

Start the day Wednesday at the annual WAI Connect Breakfast at EAA's Nature Center Pavilion. WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian will fill you in on what's new at WAI, share information about several new scholarships being offered for 2015, and one lucky attendee will win a full registration to the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, March 5-7, 2015.

Click here to register today
Tickets are $15 per person until July 23, 2014, and $20 per person thereafter and at the door.

After breakfast, head out to EAA's main display plaza for the annual WomenVenture photo at 11 a.m. You'll definitely want to be part of this growing group photo and show the world there's strength in numbers!

Immediately following the group photo, make your way to EAA's Theater in the Woods for the second annual WomenVenture Power Lunch. B-29 pilot Debbie Travis King is the keynote speaker and will share her experiences flying rare World War II bombers for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), and more.

Click here to register for lunch
Tickets are $5 per person.

See you at AirVenture!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Air Race Classic Winners Announced

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, WAI 3928; Joyce Wilson; Erin Cude
No. 2: Valdeta Mehanji, WAI 57103; Nancy Snyder, WAI 39658 (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona)
No. 3: Melody Dowlearn; Alicia Isacson, WAI 45370 (Liberty University)

Full race results are available here:

For more information on the Air Race Classic and history of the event visit

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

31 Years Ago Today: First American Woman in Space

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

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WAI Members Elected to SAFE Board

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 founding of the Society in 2009, and has chaired SAFE's membership committee for the last two years. Dr. Wilt is currently a SAFE board member and an associate professor in the College of Aeronautics at Florida Institute of Technology. Wittekiend is the founder and owner of ProMark Aviation Services, an FBO and flight school on the Burnet (Texas) Municipal Airport, and an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.

For more information on SAFE visit

Monday, June 16, 2014

51 Years Ago Today: First Woman in Space

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:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mary Feik to be Honored at Wright Bros National Memorial

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, instructor, and aircraft restorer. She is credited with becoming the first woman engineer in research and development in the Air Technical Service Command's Engineering Division at Wright Field, Ohio.

A recipient of many aerospace honors, Mary was inducted into the Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2004. On February 24, 1996, she received the Federal Aviation Administration's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in recognition of her many outstanding contributions to aviation safety. The award requires the recipient to have actively worked as an aircraft mechanic for at least 50 years. Mary was the first woman to ever receive the award, named for the Wright Brothers mechanic and engineer. She also recently received the Katherine Wright reward for her achievements in aviation.

For more information on Mary's accomplishments, the award, and ceremony visit

Congratulations Mary!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Nominate A Pioneer!

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 Conference.

Click here to download the nomination form (PDF).  Nominations must be submitted no later than September 30, 2014.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

AirVenture Cup 2014 Race Applications Now Being Accepted

The 17th annual EAA AirVenture Cup Race will launch on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from Mitchell, South Dakota (KMHE), and organizers are taking racer applications through July 1. The timed 400-statute mile race ends in Wausau, Wisconsin (KAUW), before racers head to Oshkosh (KOSH) for the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention.

On Saturday, July 26, the AirVenture Cup Race staff and participants, in cooperation with Wright Brothers Aviation, will host an open house at KMHE. "Having nearly 100 unique airplanes and pilots in Mitchell gives us the opportunity to invite the local community to come out to the airport for the day. The race pits are open to the public and spectators can come and talk to the airplane builders and pilots," said Eric Whyte, race chairman.

Application information can be found at All applications need to be complete and approved by July 1.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Share Your Knowledge!

Women in Aviation, International is looking for some dynamic presenters for our 26th annual conference!

We invite you to come share your expertise with our audience including aviation and aerospace professionals, students aspiring to aviation careers, and passionate recreational aviators.

For more information on our past educational session offerings, or details on how to submit your proposed topic, visit or email

The submission deadline is August 11, 2014.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

NLAF Winners Announced

The Northern Lights Award Foundation (NLAF) has announced the six winners of its 2014 aviation and aerospace awards. Each year, the national not-for-profit foundation honors outstanding Canadian women in aviation and aerospace who have made a significant contribution in their field and who continue to lay the groundwork for other women to enter or excel in these industries.

The 2014 NLAF winners are:

Pioneer Award
Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada's first woman astronaut and the world's first neurologist in space

Flight Operations/Maintenance Award
Nachelle White, Dash 8 pilot flying in Africa and Asia for a humanitarian organization and transitioning back to Canada

Government/Military Award
Sandra McDonald, 20 year past service with the Royal Canadian Air Force supporting its CP-140 Aurora fleet; currently at Maritime Proving and Evaluation unit

Business Award
Eva Martinez, Director at UTC Aerospace Systems, Landing Gear; Director, Women in Aerospace-Canada

Education Award
Lynne McMullen, Chair of the School of Aviation and Flight Technology, Seneca College

Rising Star Award
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail, WAI 49211, aviation author and historian and first female president of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society

The winners will be honored at the Annual Gala Awards Dinner and Ceremony on September 26 at Toscana Banquet and Conference Centre in Toronto, Canada. For tickets visit or call 416-877-2083.