Monday, November 17, 2014

Sporty's Introduces New Online Courses

VFR Communications

IFR Communications
Two popular Sporty’s training programs, VFR Communications and IFR Communications, have been updated and are now available as online courses.

VFR Communications covers all types of communications, including Air Traffic Control, pilot-controlled airport operations and emergency situations. Eight subject areas and 23 individual video segments engage the viewer with more than an hour of helpful 3D animations, in-flight video and real-world communications scenarios.

The training program goes in depth with en route communications, arriving and departing in Class B, C and D airspace. Recordings of real communications will familiarize viewers on the language and pace of speaking on the radio.

IFR Communications Course will get you “current” again with your IFR radio transmissions by taking you on three separate instrument flights. This course gives today’s instrument pilot a real-world look at IFR operations through all phases of flight. The action-packed flights take place in a Cessna Skyhawk equipped with VOR receivers for navigation, a Garmin G1000-equipped Cessna Skylane and a high-performance Piper Malibu Mirage.

The viewer is taken to several types of airports including rural, non-towered airports along with the high-density Chicago Midway airport. You’ll see and hear first-hand the demands of each flight and how the pilots effectively manage all available resources to complete each flight. Emergency communications are also included – always a beneficial refresher for any pilot.

“It’s not only new pilots who can falter on the radio,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “If you’ve been out of the cockpit for awhile, these communication courses will help you feel confident on your next flight.”

Sporty’s VFR Communications [E933A] and IFR Communications [E932A] are available for $34.99 each, both of which include a review quiz for instant feedback and the opportunity to earn FAA WINGS credit.  Both courses may be ordered at Like all Sporty’s online courses, they are designed using the latest in HTML5 technology, meaning you can access it on your computer, iPhone, iPad, Android or other mobile device, as long as it has a web browser and internet connection. There is no software to install – once purchased, just sign-in.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Welcome to Two New WAI Chapters

Women in Aviation, International has continued to make itself known worldwide. We've just added two new official chapters, making the number of international chapters at 18. The two new chapters are in Ireland and the Middle East.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

STEM Conference in New York City

The New York Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce the Policies that Influence Gender Balance in STEM conference on November 13, 2014Presented by New York Chapter of AWiS and Science Alliance, this policy discussion will explore both past and present policies as well as panelists' future vision for policies affecting women in STEM fields.

Location: New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, New York City 

Description: Topics will include equal pay, work/life balance issues, parental leave policies, mechanisms for the retention of women in science as well as policies that might promote a more representative distribution of men and women in academia. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask our panelists their own policy questions.  As part of the event, we will also explore local efforts to collect data on work/life balance.  For more information and registration, please visit:

$10 registration with promotional code GENDER10.

Given the relevance of this symposium to your professional communities, we would also like to invite you to share this information with colleagues at your organization as well as in your Educational community via email, or social media.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. I look forward to welcoming you at the meeting.


Natasha Neysmith

Director, Marketing

Friday, October 31, 2014

WAI 2015 Scholarships Now Number 100

Women in Aviation, International 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. All scholarships will be awarded during the 26th Annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, at the Hilton Anatole March 5-7, 2015.

There is still time to apply for the diverse array of scholarships, including 11 new scholarships for 2015. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, November 17, 2014, and you must be a WAI member by November 1, 2014 to apply.

"When we started disbursing scholarships in 1995, we awarded $1,000 with funds raised by WAI members. In 1996, Northwest Airlines provided our first large scholarship, which was a type rating. We owe them a big thanks for that initial offering which launched our scholarship program and their support of WAI over the years," said Dr. Peggy Chabrian, WAI president and founder. "Now we can offer financial support to career pilots, students, dispatchers, maintenance personnel, flight attendants, engineers and people who fly for fun."

Complete details on all scholarships, as well as an application form and guidelines are available at

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mustique Airways Flys in Fight Against Breast Cancer

Scheme Designers, a pioneer in the business of exterior design for aircraft, is highlighting the efforts of their customer Mustique Airways and the recent special paint job of its Commander 500.

Over the next 24 months, Mustique has pledged to "give back" by donating funds to Sunnybrook Foundation in Toronto to assist with breast cancer research. The airline will also donate funds to provide care and treatment to women in St. Vincent and the Grenadines who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. These donations will be underwritten, in part, by dedicating a portion of operational revenues from Mustique Airways, whose fleet of five aircraft is based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Mustique Airways has provided private charter services and scheduled airline service throughout the Eastern Caribbean for more than 35 years.

John Palmer, owner of Mustique Airways says, "It is important to all of us at Mustique Airways to support the extraordinary team at Sunnybrook Fou
ndation as they pursue revolutionary treatments and a cure for breast cancer."

In the summer of 2014, Mustique Airways had one aircraft in the company's fleet, their Commander 500, painted to commemorate the initiative. Mustique Airways features Sunnybrook's unique approach to life-saving and improving breast cancer research and treatment through detailed features in their in-flight publication. The airline's crews and employees also sport lapel pins, pink lanyards, and the company will use special boarding passes, baggage tags, and travel documents through August 2016.

Jonathan worked directly with Craig Barnett, owner of Scheme Designers, and Alicia Solsman, Director of Special Designs Services, to design the pink ribbon motif, and in conjunction with airbrush artist John Stahr to apply the unique scheme to the company's Commander 500.

Women in Corporate Aviation to Award $90K in Scholarships

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."

The aviation training scholarships will be divided among the following recipients:
  • Marie Beunaiche and Chantel Hatchett each won a $5,000 Gulfstream scholarship to further their education, professional development or career advancement in corporate maintenance aviation technology.
  • Rachel Borsa won a $22,000 CAE SimuFlite scholarship to attend Citation Jet 3 initial simulator training.
  • Lane Suzanne Dulon, Magdalena Olczyk and Lindsay Saladino each won a $2,995 Universal Weather and Aviation scholarship to be used toward their attainment of a FAA dispatch license.
  • Nataliya Poleva won a $3,500 Beyond and Above scholarship to attend a six-day corporate flight attendant initial training course.
  • Joyce Ysibelle Roberts won a $27,600 FlightSafety International scholarship to attend type-rating training for a Cessna 560XL or Citation 560 XLS.
  • Marie Wicks won a $4,675 Aircare FACTS scholarship to attend a five-day initial or two-day recurrent emergency procedures training course.
WCA and its sponsors also distributed $5,350 in training scholarships at the 2014 Women in Aviation conference, bringing the total scholarship fund for the year to $96,070. To apply for 2015 WCA scholarships to be presented at Women in Aviation, visit

Monday, October 20, 2014

Women in Aviation Plans Most Active Year Ever

"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 Airlines; Donna Hrinak, Vice President, Boeing International and President, Boeing Brazil; Jonathan Ornstein, CEO Mesa airlines; Heather Penney, Major, D.C. Air National Guard; and Astonaut Nicole Stott.
For the fourth year, the Saturday of the conference is designated Girls in Aviation Day, where daughters, nieces, friends, and neighbors of members are encouraged to register girls ages 10 to 17 for a fun, action-packed and educational day of learning all aspects of aviation, including a job and college fair for the older girls. In addition, there is an outreach made to local Girl Scout troops. This year, approximately 250 girls are expected to take part.

Scholarships: At the conference, nearly 100 scholarships with a value of more than half a million dollars will be awarded to WAI members. These scholarships provide flight training, including type ratings, maintenance, engineering and dispatcher options, academic tuition, and a variety of recreational pilot opportunities.

EAA WomenVenture: 2015 represents the eighth year WomenVenture has taken place during EAA AirVenture. With each year, WomenVenture has grown in both popularity and size, making it a standard feature of AirVenture. Hundreds of women participate in this day-long event that embraces and enhances the AirVenture experience for women. Partnering with EAA, WomenVenture has given women visibility at AirVenture as well as attracting and welcoming new women to the aviation community.

Girls in Aviation Day: Because of the success of the Saturday Girls in Aviation during the conference, an international Girls in Aviation Day is planned for Saturday, September 26, 2015. The International Girls in Aviation Day is designed for girls ages 10 to 17 and will be carried out by WAI's 88 chapters worldwide. Because of the different resources among the chapters, each chapter will present a unique program for local girls. The chapters will be supplied with a Girls in Aviation kit to aid publicity, outreach, and activities such as flying simulators, building a model airport, preflighting an airplane, reading a sectional chart, and meeting and hearing the stories of the role models in their midst.

"Of course, there's more - breakfasts for members and their colleages at the major trade shows, exhibiting at Heli-Expo, Sun 'n Fun, EAA, and NBAA, and more," says Chabrian. "Now with more than 10,000 members, this will be our best year ever."

Friday, October 10, 2014

Be On Belgian TV!

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 request more information. If you have the birthday in question, contact Jonas Herman at

Be sure to let us know if you're selected!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wecome to WAI's Latest Chapter: San Antonio!

The San Antonio Chapter is now an official WAI chapter. This chapter will operate under the name of Alamo City Chapter.

WAI now has 70 official chapters and 18 provisional (working their way to official) chapters. Welcome to WAI to the Alamo City Chapter!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WAI Pioneer Jerrie Mock Passes Away

Geraldine "Jerrie" Fredritz Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world, which she did in 1964. She flew a Cessna 180 (registered N1538C) christened the "Spirit of Columbus" and nicknamed "Charlie."  The trip began March 19, 1964, in Columbus, Ohio, and ended April 17, 1964, in Columbus, Ohio, and took 29 days, 21 stopovers and almost 22,860 miles.

 She was subsequently awarded the Louis Blériot medal from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in 1965. In 1970 she published the story of her round-the-world flight in the book Three-Eight Charlie. While that book is now out of print, a 50th anniversary edition was later published including maps, weather charts and photos.Three-Eight Charlie is a reference to the call sign, N1538C, of the Cessna 180 Skywagon Mock used to fly around the world. Before her death, Mock resided in Quincy, Florida and was the mother of three children.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Flying Classroom Launches

[news release] 

Record-Breaking Pilot Barrington Irving

Launches the World’s First Flying Classroom


Interactive Global Learning Project Engages Students,

Promotes STEM+ Careers


Washington, D.C. September 18, 2014 The Flying Classroom, the first-ever interactive STEM+ learning adventure spanning 3 continents, led by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Captain Barrington Irving, will launch from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Tuesday, September 23rd. Captain Irving, who holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to fly solo around the world, will pilot Inspiration III, a business jet provided by Executive Air Services in Miami.  Irving and his crew will visit North America, Asia, Indonesia, and Australia, exploring real life applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, history, geography and humanities  (STEM+) through 16 powerful ground, air, and sea expeditions. An electronic portal originating on board the plane will enable students to follow and participate in Irving’s expeditions in schools and at home on their computers and mobile devices.

"This isn't just an aircraft,” said Captain Irving. “It's an exploration vehicle for learning that will engage and teach millions of kids in ways they've never been taught before—making them part of the expeditions and research. I hope this experience will help students discover their passion for STEM+ the way my own mentor, Captain Gary Robinson, a professional airline pilot, helped me discover mine when I was 15. “

Fabio Alexander, CEO of Executive Air Services added, “My goal was to provide a transportation tool, Inspiration III (a Hawker 400XP) for this ground-breaking STEM+ initiative with American educational hero Captain Irving at the helm, to engage students to find their interest and a career path they love as they experience exciting, virtual adventures around the world.”


Inspiration III will travel to all seven continents over three consecutive school years.  Throughout each flight, students will have virtual access to Irving’s adventures through videos and a real-time storytelling blog on  Students in schools that utilize the Flying Classroom curriculum, which is aligned to the National Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, will also study STEM+ subjects relevant to each expedition as they track the Flying Classroom team.                                                                                                                              

All visitors to the site can access Irving’s travels and meetings with STEM+ experts along the way. In Montana, for example, Captain Irving will meet a chef with a bionic arm and see how the human brain can control robotic limbs through the thinking process.  In Australia, he will illustrate how to balance an ecosystem by eradicating a poisonous toad. In Palau, working with another National Geographic Explorer, he will track poisonous snakes to extract lifesaving venom.  A steady stream of challenges during each journey will invite students to solve problems that may lead them to discover a career path in STEM+. 

The Flying Classroom is supported by title sponsors Executive Air Services, the Miami-based company that supplied the jet and support personnel, and Houston-based Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., which is providing complete trip logistics. 

Lex den Herder, Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs for Universal® said, “It was our pleasure to support Barrington’s record-setting flight in 2007, and we are now proud to support him once again as he promotes education via the Flying Classroom around the world.” 

Other sponsors include Mitsubishi Heavy Industries; Jeppesen; FlightSafety International; British Petroleum; Michael Broyard; The Gans Family; and Doug and Kaisa Levine. Educational partners include Skype in the Classroom, the National Education Association, NASA, National Geographic, and United Teachers of Dade.  

The Flying Classroom Launch at Signature Flight Support Hangar, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, will include a career fair for 650 local students from 9:30-11:00 am; a program from 11:00 am –noon featuring remarks by NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., Congressman Sam Graves (staff), title sponsors, Captain Irving, and the departure of the Flying Classroom jet at 1:00 pm. The event is being hosted by the Aero Club Foundation of Washington, Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, and Signature Flight Support. Photo ops and interviews will be scheduled upon request from noon - 1:00 pm.


From September 23rd through November 18th, follow Captain Irving and his team through regular expedition updates on their website, on Facebook at, on Twitter at @CaptIrving, and with hashtag #flyingclassroom.