Thursday, June 23, 2016

Live Stream Option for FAPA's Free Focus on the Future Event

FAPA has added live stream registration for a special free event for high school students and their families interested in learning more about a career as a professional pilot. The live event is in Washington, D.C. (Dulles Airport area) on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. 
Event sponsor Endeavor Air will treat in-person attendees to a private showing of the inspirational documentary Living in the Age of Airplanes at the Smithsonian Museum Udvar-Hazy Center and time to explore the museum for the first half of the day.
Live stream and in-person attendees will enjoy an afternoon line-up of informative presentations including pilots, scholarship overviews, veterans' educational benefits details and more. 
For event details and registration for both in-person and live stream attendance visit

Friday, June 3, 2016 To Host Future Pilot Event

Washington D.C.-area high school students interested in learning more about a career as a pilot are invited to join Wednesday, June 29, 2016, for a free pilot career seminar at the Courtyard Marriott in Chantilly, Virginia. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
This unique Focus on the Future event provides explanations on the requirements and needs for students interested in pursuing a career as a professional pilot. Presenters include active pilots, airline representatives, aviation universities, and more.
Organizers will provide advice on student loans, grants, scholarships, and the veterans’ benefits available for pilot education, as well as long-term employment projections for the profession.
A complimentary viewing of the documentary Living in the Age of Airplanes will be shown at the Smithsonian Airbus IMAX Theater at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles Airport.
“We are thrilled that students and their parents will have time to explore this incredible aviation museum and participate in our informational presentations,” said Louis Smith, president of
Click here for more information and to register.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Obama Signs Law Reinstating Arlington Burial Rights for WASP

Elaine Harmon
Members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) may now be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery after President Barack Obama signed a law reinstating this right on May 20.

The WASP lost this right in 2015 when the Army reinterpreted existing law to exclude them. WASP Elaine Harmon’s family took up the fight to restore these rights for the WASP after Elaine died in 2015. Elaine had left behind a letter stating that it was her final wish to have her ashes placed in Arlington National Cemetery. Her family set up a petition that received more than 178,000 signatures. In January 2015, Rep. Martha McSally, the Air Force’s first female pilot to fly in combat and the first woman to command a fighter squadron, announced she would introduce legislation to allow the WASP to be buried at Arlington.

In March, the House voted 385-0 in favor of the bill sponsored by Rep. McSally. The Senate unanimously passed the bill in early May.

“Today is a victorious occasion for a revolutionary group of women who deserve to be celebrated and remembered by all,” said Sen. Joni Ernst in a released statement.

 The 1,074 WASP ferried combat aircraft throughout the United States from 1942 to 1944. They were not considered active-duty military at the time of their service but have received the Congressional Gold Medal and veteran benefits since the 1970s. The Army began allowing their inurnment at Arlington in 2002, but former Army Secretary John McHugh overruled the policy, saying the law does not allow it.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Career Fair at Sun 'n Fun

[news release]

SUN ’n FUN Career Fair April 6, 2016

Robb Williams, Executive Director of the Aerospace Center for Excellence, is excited for the upcoming 3rd Annual SUN 'n FUN Career Fair that will take place during the fly-in on Wednesday, April 6th from 9am-2pm.  

SUN 'n FUN has once again partnered with the industry leading job website,, to host the event.  Recruiters will be onsite to interview for openings with their respected companies.   

"Each year the Career Fair becomes more popular with aviation companies because of the quality of talent in one place.  This year will be no exception," said Williams.  He went on to say, "Bring your resume, interview for your new job, and then enjoy the air show!" 

Abbey Hutter, Marketing Coordinator for stated, "We are happy to continue our partnership with SUN 'n FUN.  Our joint effort over the last two years was to create and now maintain these opportunities for job seekers and companies.  We are excited to help with their career fair again!"   

2016 Attending Companies: 

·        Delta
·        SkyWest
·        Frontier
·        Allegiant
·        Compass
·        Endeavor
·        GoJet
·        Flight Safety International
·        Trans States
·        Express Jet
·        Republic
·        PSA
·        Ameriflight

All job seekers are encouraged to visit the SUN 'n FUN website to view jobs, register, and purchase your admission ticket to the fly-in.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Thank you to the generous sponsors of the 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference – with your support, amazing things are possible!  








Monday, February 29, 2016

New Book: To Live and Die a WASP

To Live and Die a WASP, a new book by William M. Miller, shares the life stories of 38 female pilots from birth through their military flight training and on to their premature and tragic deaths. The women were all members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots and were killed in service.

A one-time historian for the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Miller is also the author of Eugene Ely, Daredevil Aviator. He is a former newspaper reporter and history columnist and lives in Shady Cove, Oregon.

The book is available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and other bookstores.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Another Congressman Supports WASP/Arlington Effort

Statement of Mike Bost, US Congressman from Illinois:

Feb 19, 2016 — I met with Erin Miller, the granddaughter of WASP pilot Elaine Harmon, and spoke with Erin concerning this issue. As a veteran myself, I strongly believe these brave women deserve military burial honors. This is why I have co-sponsored a bill that will grant military burial for these WWII pilots.

Arlington National Cemetery states, "Service to country is the common thread that binds all who are remembered and honored at Arlington." Elaine Danforth Harmon and her other WASPs certainly embodied that ideal.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sun 'n Fun Career Fair Scheduled for April 6

Sun 'n Fun has announced its third annual Career Fair will take place on April 6 during the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In and Expo at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Florida.

Career Fair event will take place at the Aerospace Discovery Center at Florida Air Museum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, including participating companies and how to register, visit

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Further on WASP Burials at Arlington

Statement by U.S. Representative Martha McSally:
Feb 16, 2016 — I applaud Tiffany, Erin, and the entire family of Elaine Harmon for their relentless efforts to get their grandmother, and all the WASPs, the honor they deserve. 

I was our nation’s first woman to fly in combat, but I would not have had the opportunities I did without the WASPs. They broke down gender barriers to serve in the military and proved that women could be exceptional pilots too. They also were my personal wingwomen who I could turn to for advice and mentorship while I trained to be a fighter pilot. They’ve fought for most of their lives for the honor and recognition they earned. Now, we owe it to them. 

Army leadership has the authority to change this decision right now, but if they will not act, we will. I’ve introduced legislation that has growing support and led the fight in Congress to reverse the Army’s shameful decision. I’ll continue to fight until this injustice is made right.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Download the WAI Conference App Today!

Looking forward to the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference? You can now download the WAI 2016 mobile app from the App Store or Google Play! 
The new mobile app will help you stay organized with up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information. You’ll receive important real-time communications from WAI on site, and can build a personal schedule and bookmark exhibitors to customize your conference experience. Built-in maps of the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center will help you navigate to education sessions and your favorite exhibitors.
Download the app today to preview conference speakers and schedules so you can hit the ground running in Nashville! Head to your app store and search for WAI Conference. For all other devices, including BlackBerry, Windows, and other web browser-enabled devices, point your mobile browser to

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Attending this Year's Conference?

We're working on the first issue of The Daily, WAI's daily conference newsletter. This is the issue you're given when you register. As an attendee, what information do you want/need to see when you arrive in Nashville? Let us know!

Also, we're still in need of some motivated, enthusiastic writers for The Daily -- either for now or during the conference.

If you have comments or want to volunteer, please contact

Friday, January 8, 2016

GAMA Scholarships Available


Applications Now Being Accepted for Two GAMA Scholarships

Washington, DC—The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today announced that applications are now being accepted for two prestigious aviation scholarships.

The Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence Award” is given annually to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted to and will be enrolled in an aviation degree core program at his or her chosen university or college. The award includes a $2,000 cash prize and is named after Stimpson, a founder of GAMA and its President from 1970 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1996. Students are judged on the basis of academic skills, extracurricular activities, and an essay on what aviation means to the student and how he or she plans to pursue a career in aviation.

The Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence is awarded annually to a college student who is a flight team member at a National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) member school. Named after Wood, founder and past Executive Director of NIFA, the award comes with a $2,000 prize and an engraved propeller trophy. Applicants are judged on the basis of academic skills, aviation-related and non-aviation-related extracurricular activities, and an essay on their plans to pursue aviation in the future.

Both applications are due April 15, 2016. More information can be found on GAMA’s Website at