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 www.WCA-intl.org/scholarships

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 jonas.herman@demensen.be.

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 www.flyingclassroom.com.  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 www.flyingclassroom.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yourflyingclassroom, on Twitter at @CaptIrving, and with hashtag #flyingclassroom.

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 25 Luncheon - Florida

[Sun 'n Fun News Release]

Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association
Aviation Luncheon

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 - SUN 'n FUN - Lakeland, FL - “The Power of Aviation – What’s in it for me?” will be presented by the Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association on September 25th at the Lakeland Center. The event is sponsored by AmHerst Consulting, Lunz Prebor Fowler Architects, Atkins, and the Aerospace Center for Excellence. Featured speakers are Aaron N. Smith, State Aviation Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation; John “Lites” Leenhouts, President & CEO of SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc.; and, Eric Crump, Aerospace Program Director for Polk State College. Tickets may be purchased for $15.00 by visiting the Alumni Association website. Seating is limited.  

In 2010, a Florida Statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study was released stating “This FDOT study focused on measuring economic impacts associated with 19 commercial and 102 general aviation airports. In addition, the impacts of 11 military airfields were estimated in the study as were the economic impacts of various off-airport aviation-related activities. The study concluded that for all benefit categories measured, aviation in Florida is responsible for an estimated $114.7 billion in annual economic activity or output. More information on economic impacts associated with each benefit category is presented later in this summary. In addition to the $114.7 billion in annual economic impact that Florida realizes from aviation, businesses throughout Florida that rely on the commercial airlines, air cargo, and general aviation are able to increase their annual productivity by an estimated $94.5 billion. This increased productivity is a result of the added efficiency that businesses realize when they use various types of air transportation.”

Economic areas in the report included Airports, Visitors, Construction, Military, Air Cargo, Aviation Education, Aviation Businesses and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Learn more about the commitment Polk County is making to the future of aviation and the aviation education and training programs, scholarships and careers that exist in the area. The Alliance for Aviation across America reports a Total Aviation Economic Impact of $2.25 billion within 100 miles Lakeland.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

$100,000 in Helicopter Training Scholarships Available

In celebration of the Whirly-Girls Diamond Anniversary, the organization is offering the largest amount of scholarships in both volume and value (more than $100,000) in their 60 year history. The scholarship offerings include 12 different opportunities for Whirly-Girls to grow professionally, as well as an add-on scholarship for a pilot who doesn't yet fly helicopters.

For more information regarding scholarship specifics, the application process, and to download application forms, visit www.WhirlyGirls.org/wg-scholarships. The application deadline is October 15, and applicants must be active members of Whirly-Girls with dues paid for 2014 (with the exception of the add-on scholarship).

Questions? Contact Charlotte Hidebrand, VP scholarships at wgvpsch@whirlygirls.org or scholarship directors Alison Husain (wgscholarshipdirector1@whirlygirls.org) and Colleen Chen (wgscholarshipdirector2@whirlygirls.org).

WomenVenture Boosts Visibility of Women at EAA AirVenture

Gone are the days when "Women's Activities" meant arts and crafts projects. Women attending EAA AirVenture 2014 had the opportunity to network and participate in a day-long roster of women-centered events, all geared toward their active involvement in the aviation community.

"Before WomenVenture, women could feel isolated in Oshkosh," says WAI President Peggy Chabrian. "Now, from the WAI Connect Breakfast to the group photo and the lunch, women experience the comradery that comes from having the WomenVenture experience." 

At WAI's breakfast on Wednesday, WAI Chapter Manager Audra Hoy announced an expanded youth outreach initiative called Girls in Aviation. In addition to a full program during WAI's annual conference - scheduled for March 5-7, 2015, in Dallas - a Girls in Aviation Day is slated for September 26, 2015. WAI's dozens of chapters will reach out to girls in their local communities with the purpose of introducing them to aviation and sharing the excitement and career opportunities in the many facets of aviation. 

In Oshkosh, the group WomenVenture photo has become a tradition, and this year Boeing Plaza was filled with hundreds of WomenVenture participants all in their purple t-shirts along with the high school girls taking part in EAA's Women Soar program. 

"We have a fantastic partner in EAA, which has committed to making WomenVenture a success," says Chabrian. "We are already exploring ideas to enhance and expand WomenVenture 2015, knowing how important this program has become for our members and other women who are part of the aviation community."

Friday, July 25, 2014

How Lunch Can Inspire Someone for Life

Andrea Coppick, WAI 6452, fell in love with flying as a young girl when a friend of her mother's took them to lunch one day in her own airplane. Building on the memory of that day of adventure, her new children's book Georgia Goes to Lunch is about a fearless 7-year-old girl who loves to observe the world from the trees and rooftops of her neighborhood. When her mom's friend shows up one day to take them to lunch, Georgia is soon swept away to a little airport and embarks on a magical aviation adventure.

Andrea's own $100 hamburger experience as a child led her to Embry-Riddle University in Prescott, Arizona, where she completed an Aeronautical Science degree and met her future husband. After graduation and a wedding, the two moved to Alaska to pursue further education and she earned her A&P through the University of Alaska Fairbanks while building time as a flight instructor. Instructing offered the perfect level of flexibility for Andrea as she raised the couple's twin daughters, so she kept it up.
In 2000, she was hired with Horizon Air, where she flew for 13 years. In November 2013, she was hired by Alaska Airlines, flying the Boeing 737.

"I have been very lucky that I have just followed my interests in aviation and never had a final goal in mind," Andrea said. "This has led me to being very happy wherever I'm ad. I don't really care what I'm flying, as long as I'm up in the air."

Andrea says she's had a lot of help through her 20 years in aviation, and was inspired by the work Women in Aviation, International does. In 2009, she started the Dare to Dream scholarship with financial support from friends and family as a way to help others along, and in 2015 will award two $3,000 scholarships through the WAI scholarship program.

Writing Georgia Goes to Lunch fulfills another of Andrea's dreams: to be published. The story shares her love of flying and, she hopes, will inspire young girls to consider careers in aviation. The book can be purchased through the WAI Store for $7.95.