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 m.core-apps.com/waic2016.

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 pluebke@wai.org.

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 http://www.gama.aero/advocacy/aviation-education/scholarships.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Volunteer Writers Needed for WAI Conference Daily

If you are attending the WAI Conference in Nashville, we need the help of volunteer writers. We are currently producing the first issue of The Daily which is distributed at registration when you arrive.

If you would like to contribute to this issue by writing an article, please contact Pat Luebke at pluebke@wai.org to discuss an assignment. Please contact Pat as well if you have an idea for an article or suggestion for content that you think would be useful for this issue.

You do NOT have to be a published writer to contribute. We need writers who are dependable, accurate and enthusiastic. Stretch your wings, and see your name in print as an author!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Registration Opens for 40th Air Race Classic

Registration is open for the 40th Air Race Classic (ARC), the annual all-women cross-country airplane race. More than 100 female pilots from around the world are expected to compete in the 2016 race, which begins Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Prescott, Arizona, and ends Friday, June 24, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The oldest race of its kind in the United States, the ARC traces its roots to the 1929 Women's Air Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other female pilots raced from Santa Monica, California, to Cleveland, Ohio. That contest marked the beginning of women's air racing in the U.S.

For more information on the race and to register visit www.AirRaceClassic.org.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

MODAERO Partners with F3Expo for The Drone Experience

NextGen Aero Inc., organizers of the MODAERO #NextGen Aviation Festival, have established a strategic partnership with the organizers of the F3Expo to produce The Drone Experience at MODAERO.
The Drone Experience will be an integral part of the MODAERO festival and will include a drone/UAS exhibitor expo, educational presentations, drone demonstration cage, and indoor drone racing. Although details of the event are being finalized, The Drone Experience will be built upon the successes of the F3Expo, as well as offer new content and exhibitions. It will also mark the first-ever drone-themed expo in Texas.
For more information on the event visit www.modaero.net.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Flying Musician Scholarship Available


Flying Musicians Announce 2016 Solo Scholarship Award Program

December 16, 2015: Fort Worth, TX: With the conclusion of a successful inaugural scholarship program, the Flying Musicians Association, in conjunction with corporate members and sponsors, has kicked off the 2016 FMA Solo Program. The 2016 FMA Solo Packet is available online.

Do you know a junior or senior in high school band, who has always wanted to learn to fly?  It’s time for students, band directors, and parents to hear that the Flying Musicians Association, along with corporate members and sponsors, will sponsor recipients through solo in their flight training.  Nominations from band directors are now being accepted.  FMA members will be there to mentor that student pilot in both aspirations -- in aviation and music. In addition, training material and gear will also be made available when possible.

Rich Chiappe, general manager at Sky-Tec (the makers of the FLYWEIGHT Starter) has agreed to sponsor one scholarship in 2016 after a successful 2015 program. Rich says, "Let's face it, without new pilot starts, the business of flying has no future. We should all be planting seeds - constantly."

Sporty’s Pilot Shop has agreed to again give all the finalists a free Learn to Fly course while MYGOFLIGHT has agree to give the winners a customized Flight Bag PLC Pro along with their popular tablet mounting hardware and case. Look for a full page ad in the December issue of Aviators Hot Line and ads in Trade-A-Plane. Others are stepping up to get their products and services to the FMA Soloist.

FMA President/CEO John Zapp said, the FMA loves assisting others who share our passions of flying and music. Our first FMA Soloist, Drew Medina from Vero Beach, Florida, was extremely grateful. “I’m super thankful for everybody at FMA. I think it’s cool that a group like that exists and is willing to help a guy like me achieve a dream I’ve held for so long.” Zapp noted, "We are looking forward to hearing from more in the industry who want to jump on the FMA Bandwagon."

About the Flying Musicians Association, Inc.:
The Flying Musicians Association (FMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of pilots who are musicians, spanning the globe, proficiency levels and genres. The goal is to share our passions in order to inspire, educate, encourage and assist others by creating enthusiasm and promoting personal growth in aviation and music.”

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

GAMA/Build A Plane Aviation Design Competition Registration Now Open

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane have announced the fourth Aviation Design Challenge. Registration for the competition to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education among U.S. high school students is open to the first 100 schools that enter.

In three years, the STEM curriculum upon which the competition is based has reached more than 150 high schools in 38 states and Washington, D.C. Past winners have included Canby High School in Canby, Minnesota; Saline High School in Saline, Michigan; Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada; adn the CHEF Homeschoolers in Cuba City, Wisconsin.

GAMA will provide teachers who enter the competition with "Fly to Learn" curriculum, as well as five complimentary copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane for their classrooms. The curriculum and software are used to teach the basics of aerospace engineering and design principles. Students will apply the knowledge they gain to modify and fly their own virtual airplane in a fly-off to win an exciting prize that allows them to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand.

One team per school may enter, and must consist of four students, including at least one female student and one male student.

To learn more about the competition and to register, visit www.gama.aero/advocacy/aviation-education/stem.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WCA Awards $50K+ in Scholarships at NBAA Luncheon

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) awarded more than $50,000 in training scholarships during its annual scholarship luncheon on November 18 during the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas.

Scholarship recipients announced at the luncheon include:

  • Audeen Bashita and Stephanie Morriss - each received a $5,000 Gulfstream scholarship to further their education, professional development or career advancement in corporate maintenance aviation technology. 
  • Ciara Peterson, WAI 41229 - a $22,000 CAE SimuFlite scholarship to attend Citation Jet 3 initial simulator training. 
  • Dawn Sharp - a $3,995 Susan C. Friedenberg Corporate Flight Attendant Training scholarship to attend a four-day training program.
  • Sue Rusk - a $1,122 MedAire scholarship for a two-day aviation medical course. 
  • Nicola Hubert, Adamo Spring, and Morgan Garlinge - each received a $3,000 Universal Weather and Aviation scholarship to be used toward earning their FAA dispatch license. 
  • Lauren Sherrick, WAI 16313 - a $3,000 Signature Flight Support Corporation Scholarship.
  • Sandra Jimeson - a $4,675 Aircare FACTS scholarship to attend a five-day initial or two-day recurrent emergency procedures trianing course. 
  • Rachel Borsa, WAI 45332 - a $1,700 for Air Training International training on international flight procedures.
  • Nadine Annika Meichsner and Kate Keogh - each received a $1,500 leadership scholarship sponsored by WCA and The Home Depot Aviation Department to assist in their professional development. 
  • Christine Zavodnik, WAI 49623 - a $2,000 Women in Corporate Aviation career scholarship sponsored by WCA and Johnson Controls Inc. to assist in her professional development. 
  • Christine Young - a $2,000 Women in Corporate Aviation career scholarship to assist in her professional development.
WCA and its sponsors also distributed $17,000 in training scholarships at the 2015 International Women in Aviation Conference, bringing the total scholarship fund for the year to $79,000. To apply for WCA scholarships to be presented at the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference visit www.wca-intl.org/scholarships

LeTourneau University Expands Aviation Education Opportunities

LeTourneau University (LETU) has signed agreements with Collin College and McKinney Independent School District (MISD) that will expand the aviation education opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

"The whole objective of engaging in this partnership is to ensure that students can earn their college degree with half the financial investment in half the time, yet still receive a world-class education as a professional aviator," said Dr. Philip Coyle, LETU provost and executive vice president.

The Articulation Agreement allows MISD students access dual-credit courses that allow them the potential to earn an associate's degree from Collin College and up to 15 aviation credit hours, including flight training, with LeTourneau University that transfer directly to LeTourneau University's bachelor of science degree in aviation management.

For more information visit www.LETU.edu.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Restorers - Season 1 Now Available

The Restorers - Season 1 is an exciting new series about warbird and vintage aircraft restorers and the planes they resurrect from the graves of history. The documentary series is now available as a box set on DVD and BluRay.

Each one-hour episode is themed, containing several stories in each episode. This first season's episodes include: Living History, Aircraft Recovery, The Aviatrix, Aviation Destinations, and They Were All Volunteers.

For more information on the series visit www.TheRestorers.com. The box set is available at www.FlightCinema.com.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lockheed Martin Provides $90,000 for High School Engineering Program Through Tuskegee University

Lockheed Martin has given $90,000 to support the Tuskegee University Freshman Accelerated Start up and Training for Retention in Engineering Curricula program. Known as FASTREC, this eight-week program is offered to high school graduates interested in engineering careers.

Each summer, FASTREC students pursue an intensive course of study in mathematics, science, engineering, graphics, and freshman orientation. The program provides students with an early opportunity to begin their engineering career and earn up to seven credits toward a bachelor of science degree in engineering. The participants also are awarded full tuition and book scholarships for the program.

The Lockheed Martin donation will be used to fund tuition, scholarships, books and supplies.

For more information visit www.tuskegee.edu.