Monday, September 28, 2015

FlyCorporate Highlights WAI

FlyCorporate, a digital publication focusing on business aviation, recently featured an interview with WAI President and Founder Dr. Peggy Chabrian, highlighting the strides women have made in the aviation industry and how WAI helps women connect. Read the story here:

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Aiways Cruise 2016: Your Winter Getaway

Looking for a fun winter getaway? Women in Aviation International has partnered with Airways Magazine and for the Airways Cruise 2016, sailing from the beautiful Port of Miami January 9-16, 2016.

Join other aviation-minded travelers for a seven-day cruise on the Celebrity Reflection to the warm waters of the Caribbean with stops in San Juan, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten (where we'll spend the day sunbathing and plane spotting at the world-famous Maho Beach!). While at sea, hear from invited speakers including Airways columnists Capt. Alan Carter and Capt. Eric Auxier.

Space is limited, so call Hartford Holidays travel today to book your cabin with a fully-refundable deposit at 800-828-4813. Be sure to mention WAI when booking! For more information visit

Friday, September 11, 2015

FREE Tours of Wright Bros. Factory

NAHA Press Release

NAHA schedules Wright factory tours

DAYTON, Ohio—The National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) has scheduled free monthly tours of the Wright Company factory buildings through the end of 2015, NAHA officials announced Friday.
Tours of the two historic buildings will take place on the third Thursday of each month —Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. and Dec. 17. Each tour will begin at 10 a.m. except on Dec. 17, when it will begin at 2 p.m. A tour typically takes about an hour.
Historical image of the Wright Company factory buildings circa 1911, from Library of Congress.

The Wright factory is the birthplace of America’s aerospace industry—the first American factory built for the purpose of manufacturing airplanes. The two structures are the oldest airplane manufacturing buildings still standing in the world and the only buildings still in Dayton where the Wright brothers worked on airplanes.

Wilbur and Orville Wright formed the Wright Company in 1909 and built their first factory building in 1910. They added a second one in 1911. The buildings later became part of the Delphi Home Avenue auto parts manufacturing plant. The plant closed in 2008 and is now owned by a redevelopment company.

In 2009, Congress authorized the National Park Service to restore the factory as a unit of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, but it hasn’t provided funding to acquire or restore it.’s vision is for the Wright factory to be restored as a national park unit and for other parts of the site to be redeveloped as an aerospace education, research and manufacturing hub.

With the cooperation of the property owner, Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC, NAHA is conducting the public tours to raise awareness of the factory and build community support for its restoration. This site is not restored, so visitors will be asked to sign a hold-harmless agreement. Closed-toed shoes are required, and no restroom facilities are available.
The factory entrance is off West Third Street just east of Abbey Avenue. The gate has no specific address, but GPS users will find it by navigating to 2900 W. Third St.

Friday, September 4, 2015

ServusTV to Air Documentary 'SKYDANCERS' in Europe Sept. 6

RedBull and ServusTV in Austria will air the award-winning documentary SKYDANCERS in 35 countries across Europe on Sept. 6 at 4:15 p.m. (GMT).

The documentary by Frederic Lean features female aerobatic pilots (including several WAI members) and explores the developing world of women in aerobatics. It portrays some of the world's best female pilots during the 17th FAI World Aerobatic Championship in Texas in 2013.

For more information visit

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Gabriella Somerville to be Awarded Honorary Global Exemplary Awawrd for Entrepreneurship

Founding Managing Director of London-based ConnectJets Gabriella Somerville will be presented the Honorary Global Exemplary Award for Entrepreneurship 2015 by the EU-WIIN (European Union-Women Inventors & Innovators Network). The award celebrates the achievements of women working in traditionally male dominated fields and recognizes Gabriella's inspirational and exemplary achievement within the aviation industry. The EU-WIIN Interantional Conference & Awards Ceremony takes place at The British Library in London on October 14, 2015.

Gabriella launched ConnectJets, initially with an all-female team, to provide charter, lease, and aircraft sales opportunities to clients around the world. She was recently selected as a mentor for Richard Branson's entrepreneurial program, Virgin StartUp. In 2010, Gabriella was a speaker at WAI's European Regional Conference.

For more information on ConnectJets visit For more information on EU-WIIN visit

Monday, August 31, 2015

Beyond the Powder to Debut on Ohio PBS

A new documentary film, "Beyond the Powder," will premiere on Western Reserve Public Media over the Labor Day weekend in northeast Ohio.

"Beyond the Powder: The Legacy of the First Women's Cross-Country Air Race" is a one-hour film documenting the 1929 Women's Air Derby and the women who continue to fly the cross-country race today as the Air Race Classic. The film highlights the societal and aviation challenges women faced in 1929, exploring the rich history of the race, while comparing the competition as it is flown today. Filming wrapped in 2014, following that year's Air Race Classic, a contemporary race with more than 50 teams of female pilots.

The film is produced by Cleveland-based Hemlock Films and Western Reserve PBS, directed by northeast Ohio native Kara Martinelli. Narration provided by "Law and Order: SVU" and "Aquarius" actress Michaela McManus.

Scheduled Air Times:
Friday, September 4 - 8 p.m. - Fusion SD WNEO 45.2/WEAO 49.2
Saturday, September 5 - 5 p.m. - Western Reserve PBS HD WNEO 45.1/WEAO 49.2
(Check local cable and satellite listings)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

One Month Out: WAI Readies for Girls in Aviation Day

Excitement is building for WAI's first international Girls in Aviation Day on September 26, 2015. Nearly half of all WAI chapters will be hosting events around the world that day, providing girls in their local communities with a meaningful introduction to all the aviation industry has to offer.

As of this writing, ten states have proclaimed September 26 Girls in Aviation Day, including Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Proclamations from California, Colorado, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin are also anticipated. If your state is not on the list, please contact Molly Martin to see how you can help.

To find out where Girls in Aviation Day events are taking place, visit the WAI website for a full list of participating chapters and contact information.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Near Lakeland, Florida?


SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus to Celebrate National Aviation Day;

Offers FREE Admission to Aerospace Discovery

 LAKELAND, FL – National Aviation Day is Wednesday, August 19, 2015, and to commemorate this historic day SUN ‘n FUN is offering FREE admission to Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum.

Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, the official aviation and education museum of the state of Florida, is the main hub of several aviation learning centers on the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus. Entertainment and education are combined while exploring the history and the future of aerospace. Along with historic and informative displays around the facility such as Howard Hughes’ personal aviation collection and the award winning Innovations in Propulsion exhibit, interactive learning stations challenge students of all ages to accomplish tasks while competing for the highest scores. Simulators offer the in-flight experience that often leads to enrollment in future flight training.

“Aviation is one of the single most important industries we have, because it effects just about every other industry in some fashion, “ said SUN ‘n FUN President & CEO John R. “Lites” Leenhouts. “As we’re reminded about the lasting impacts our industry has had, as well as those to come if we don’t continue to infuse more talented individuals into the industry, we feel like this is a great opportunity to open our doors at no charge for this day and give young people a chance to experience the excitement! We want to continue to inspire, and this gives us a great opportunity to do that.”

Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum is located on the SUN ‘n FUN Convention Campus and is open Wednesday from 10am to 4pm. For additional hours, rates, days of operation and details regarding the museum, visit

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Black Aerospace Professionals Convene


20 Notable Speakers, 30 Airline Companies and 1,500 Aerospace Professionals to convene in DC for OBAP’s National Convention, August 12 - 14
The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals hosts 39th Annual National Convention and Career Exposition sponsored by nine carriers.

Chicago, IL (August 4, 2015) – More than fifteen hundred aviation and aerospace professionals will gather August 12 – 14, 2015 for the 39th Annual National Convention and Career Exposition at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The convention, presented annually by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), will feature 20 speakers including Captain Howard Attarian, Senior Vice President, Flight Ops, United Airlines, Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force and Dr. Aprille J. Ericsson, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center throughout its three-day program.

The convention will commence on Wednesday, August 12 with one of six aerospace professional development workshops, sponsored by UPS, being held throughout the event to provide professionals with career guidance including interview preparation. Following the workshop facilitated by OBAP’s Aerospace Professional Development team and Judy Tarver, VP Global Strategies at Future & Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA) the highly anticipated Career Exposition will open and provide 1,200 registered aviation professionals opportunities to meet recruiters from 30 participating companies; Aero Crew Solutions, Air Line Pilots Association, Air Wisconsin Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, American Airlines Credit Union, Atlas Air, Cage Marshall Consulting, Centerline Interview Consulting, Compass Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Endeavor Air, Envoy Air, Executive Jet Management, ExpressJet, Federal Aviation Administration, FedEx Express, Flight Safety International, GoJet Airlines, Horizon Air, JetBlue, JetSelect Aviation, LLC, Qatar Airways, National Gay Pilots Association, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Republic Airways, Silver Airways, SkyWest Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Trans States, United Airlines, UPS, US Air Force Reserves/USAF, Virgin America, Western Michigan University, Wings Financial and XOJET.

“OBAP’s Career Exposition is one of the largest aerospace fairs in the nation. The continued investment and participation of carriers each year prove the effectiveness of this three-day recruitment event and also speak to the desirability of OBAP’s highly qualified member base,” Captain James Gordon, board chairman and pilot, UPS Airlines.

Day two will open with the Founders and Pioneers Breakfast, sponsored by JetBlue, to induct five individuals into the OBAP Hall of Fame; Dr. Sheila Chamberlain, Lieutenant General Russell "Russ" Davis, (ret.), Lieutenant Colonel Tony Marshall, (ret.), Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Jefferson, (ret.) and Major General Stayce Harris. These individuals have contributed more than 111 years of service to the United States Armed Forces collectively, faced opposition in multiple wars, gender equality and race relations. They are being honored for their unwavering commitment to their careers.

To increase minority participation in future aerospace careers, the organization will also host nine events tailored to youth and young adults. Events include a youth-related workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, in partnership with representatives from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Ten80 Education and Fly Robotics, the leading resource for training in the field of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). A Youth Luncheon, sponsored by FedEx Express, will stimulate conversations in STEM Education. A Collegiate Series has been designed to include career development workshops, sponsored by Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, to assist students in navigating the transition from college to career. Finally, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Consortium Breakfast, sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, engages students, aviation college leaders and airline managers.

The Military Transition Program, being held Friday, August 14, will provide active military veterans seeking non-pilot positions in the aerospace industry with career guidance, professional development seminars, mentoring and strategies to enter and excel in the civilian job market. As part of this initiative, OBAP has invited recruiters from major air carriers, most of which have a well-established veteran recruitment program, to participate in a career fair open and tailored specifically to veterans.

“The Military Transition Program has been established to honor and support our veterans transitioning from a life of service to our great nation,” Captain Gordon added.

The Corporate Luncheon and Strategic Industry Symposium, being held on Friday and sponsored by United Airlines, will explore successful strategies to reduce future pilot shortages. Eight industry experts to serve as panelists include Howard Attarian, Senior Vice President, Flight Ops, United Airlines, General Larry O. Spencer, 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, James Bowman, Vice President System Chief Pilot, FedEx Express, Captain Tom Kemp, Vice President Flight Operations, Alaska Airlines, Norma B. Clayton, Vice President, Learning Training and Development, The Boeing Company, Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen, (ret.) President and CEO, National Flight Academy, Dr. Raymond Thompson, Associate Dean, College of Aviation, Western Michigan University and moderated by Dr. Beth Beaudin-Seiler, Research Associate, College of Aviation, Graduate College, Western Michigan University.
“Each year convention attendees spend a lot of time focusing on how to advance their aviation careers and improve their skillset. We condense a lot of insights into three days, so we believe that the sessions should be supplemented with some well-earned fun, celebration and networking. A Welcome Reception sponsored by Delta Air Lines, an Odyssey Dinner Cruise along the Potomac River and OBAP’s annual Awards Gala to conclude the convention will help us establish a perfect balance of business and fun,” said Grant Walker Jr. convention chair and vice president of business development for Wings Financial Credit Union.

For promotional photos, press passes and interviews, contact Shalishah Franklin by email at Join the conversation using and searching the hashtag #OBAPCon2015.

About The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)

Founded in 1976, OBAP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.  The robust, and diverse, membership is also committed to supporting aspiring aviation professionals through scholarships, mentoring and training as part of Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academies held in 30 cities nationwide. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Fly In Highlights Women

Reprinted from AOPA's eBrief - August 3, 2015

Ore. airport fly-in to feature women's achievements in aviation
The 8th Annual Wallowa County Fly-in is scheduled for Aug. 8 at Joseph Airport in Oregon. The fly-in will feature antique aircraft displays, free airplane rides and a presentation featuring achievements in aviation made by women. Wallowa County Chieftain (Enterprise, Ore.)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Labor Day Fly-in -- Minnesota

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WWII Labor Day Fly-In
Join Us In Commemorating The Greatest Generation As We Celebrate The 70th Anniversary of VE-Day
Flight Expo will once again be hosting the B-25 Miss Mitchell Bomber at the Princeton Airport on Labor Day weekend, September 5 & 6, 2015.

In the past this event has been proven to be successful. Families from all over the metro area including people as far as Duluth and Forest Lake enjoy this event. Veterans, whose service towards our country range from WWII to Korea to Vietnam, to Desert Storm and to our current conflicts commend the event and are grateful that this history is being kept alive.

In honoring the 70th Anniversary of WWII; we would like to expand the event to also include not only the B-25, but other important aircraft and ground support units that were a part of WWII.

Currently we have the following coming to the event - The CAF's B-25, Harvard, BT-13, L-5, and PT-22, Flight Expo's Build A Plane Kit Fox, Chipmunk, American Wings and Air National Guard will be bringing two cabin sections of a Mohawk and a Phantom, EAA chapter 237 are bringing their pedal planes and will be providing Young Eagles flights on Sunday.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on the grounds both days and will be hosted by Princetons 4-H group.

This event is FREE to the public.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

5 Reasons To Give to Girls in Aviation Day

If you are hesitant to donate to Girls in Aviation Day, check these 5 reasons why we think it may be worth your time!

1. Aviation is awesome.

I think we can all agree on this, right?

2. Girls are awesome.


3. It will help these awesome girls discover their dreams and passions!

Not every little girl is lucky enough to know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. That's where we'd like to help! Help us to give these girls the best, most fun, and most informative day that we possibly can!

4. Give back.

Was there someone who helped you on your path to your career in aviation? Be another person's "someone".

5. To advance the aviation industry!

Women in the field of aviation have come a long way, but we're not finished yet! Help us to attract new talent, and make women prominent within the industry!

Have we convinced you? Donations can be made at our GoFundMe page.

 It only take $10 to change these girls' lives.