Saturday, March 8, 2014


A special thank you to the generous sponsors of our 25th anniversary Conference. Women in Aviation, International appreciates your support—we couldn’t put on this world-class event without you!






Texas Woman's University Collecting History

There is a great need for the current generation of women in aviation to pass along their stories to inspire the ladies of tomorrow. Texas Woman's University (TWU) is right on task encouraging these women to preserve their memorabilia and record their oral history. Every woman has a story! You may think what you do is insignificant, but it could be the key influence for a young girl to enter into the incredible field of aviation.

Kimberly Johnson, the Coordinator of Special Collections at TWU, has the resources to help women all over the world with this archiving process. They have been collecting the biographies of women since 1932, and provide the largest depository of information for researchers and enthusiasts about women in the nation. They offer tours of the Women's Collection Library at their Denton campus, and send out exhibits to schools and other outreaches. Texas Woman's University is represented here at Booth 312 in the Exhibit Hall. Visit them to learn more and share your history!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Silent Auction Closes Saturday!

Receiving much attention this year is the Silent Auction with many great items and a consistent flow of bidders.

Proceeds from the Silent Auction go towards the WAI Endowment Fund, which provides
scholarships to deserving young women who desire to pursue a career in aviation, as well as other projects.

Thank you to our volunteers that help keep the bids going!

The auction ends on Saturday, March 8, at 12:30 p.m. so be sure to stop by and bid on your favorite items before it's too late!

Friday General Session A Hit!

The spectacularly large Coronado Ballroom was the chosen venue for the general session.  The WAI jazz band opened the event by playing a selection of well known tunes including "Do the Eagle Rock."  The Boeing Company generously sponsored the session, and it was incredible to see the number of Boeing employees here attending the Conference when they were asked to stand. 

Joy Bryant spoke about the history of female aviators and gave an excellent overview on what and how women have achieved in aviation.  Joy currently works within the Boeing Space education division.

Dr. Peggy Charbrian spoke of the 82 Chapters that WAI are very proud to have and the growth of WAI to date.  It’s hard to imagine how quickly 25 years can literally fly by!  The diversity of people at the Conference is highly encouraging.  It brings women and men who are controllers, pilots, commercial sector, general aviation, exhibitors, and many more together under one roof.  Whatever questions you may have you can usually find the answer and connect with the correct people you need at the Conference. 

Can you believe at the conference in 1995 there were only five tabletop displays…now there is a room filled with many exhibitors representing a range of aviation areas.  To have 10,000 members worldwide is such an achievement and totally focuses on its members.  Scholarship opportunities started out with two, $500 opportunities, and now there are so many scholarships to choose from and it’s hard to know which to apply for!

Next to speak was Barbara Barrett, an aviation policy official, pilot, and astronaut. Barbara is a very special speaker as she attended the very first Woman in Aviation Conference, back before the term, International was used. Barbara spoke to the general session attendees about the many and varied careers for woman in aviation, giving us a overview of her own career, which culminated with her being No. 2 at the FAA.

Barbara worked alongside the legendary Dr. Sally Ride, who years ago assisted her in getting to Star City in Russia where she underwent her astronaut training and began her aerospace career. She also spoke about her involvement with the Aerospace Corporation and CalTech, which worked with jet propulsion, which was instrumental in the landing of the Curiosity Rover on Mars. She left us with a wonderful quote from CS Lewis “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman followed. She talked about the NTSB's mission and told attendees that this year is the 100th anniversary of commercial flight and the 85th birthday of the 99s.

—Written by Mel Benson and Deborah Tyzack – Concorde Chapter

Shout Out To Jerrie Mock!

Since WAI members are savvier than the average, you may know that it wasn't Amelia Earhart who was the first woman to fly solo around the world, as many believe, but rather Jerrie Mock who was surprised to discover in 1964 that the feat had yet to be accomplished.

She set out on March 19, 1964, in her Cessna 180 to have the adventure. The trip began in Columbus, Ohio, and ended in Columbus on April 19, 1964. In all, the trip took 29 days, had 21 stopovers, and she covered 22,860 miles.

A 50th anniversary edition of Three-Eight Charlie (a reference to the call sign of her airplane) has recently been published.

Win a Bose A20 Headset!

Women in Aviation, International held its first Conference in Prescott, Arizona, in 1990. Across the country in Massachusetts that same year, Bose was launching the first in its line of aviation headsets. Now, a quarter of a century later, both WAI and Bose are celebrating their 25th anniversary years.

To mark the occasion, Bose has donated an A20 headset, introduced in July 2010, with a retail value of $1,095. The A20 will be presented after a random drawing of WAI members who have either joined or renewed at the Conference as one of the awards given as part of the kickoff of our 2014 WAI membership campaign. To see if you've won, be at the Bose booth in the exhibit hall at 4 p.m. Friday. (You do not have to be present to win.)

Bose is donating another headset to be awarded at the end of the campaign next March in Dallas, Texas. Known for its significant noise reduction and proprietary ear cushions, the A20 has set the bar for aviation headsets.

"When Bose launched its first aviation headset, it took the aviation community by storm. Everyone knew and respected the Bose name, and as I recall, there was much discussion about a $1,000 headset," says WAI President and Founder Peggy Chabrian. "Our first conference didn't create much of a stir, but we have both grown due to enthusiastic customers and enthusiastic members and now we each celebrate 25 years of progress. We appreciate the generous gift being provided by Bose as we launch our new membership campaign."

Annual Membership Meeting Well Attended

The health of the organization was on the mind of WAI members who turned out for this year's annual membership meeting in Fiesta 7 Thursday morning. The room was filled with WAI members from around the world who listened as Treasurer Dick Koenig told them the good news, WAI is fiscally sound and growing, with a healthy bump in membership and Conference attendance this year, too.

After the business of the organization (minutes read and approved from last year, election of 2014 board members Anna Dietrich and Deborah Baugh) the group was in for a treat. Dr. Peggy Chabrian, President of Women in Aviation, International, introduced a surprise speaker, Anne Ene-ita, senior special assistant to the Minister of Aviation Reforms, Federal Ministry of Aviation, Nigeria.

You might not know it, but there are more WAI members in Nigeria than in any other country outside of the U.S. Anne explained that women are involved in all aspects of aviation in Nigeria, right up to the head of the Federal Ministry of Aviation! There are more than 180 Nigerian members here at the Conference. They come for our educational seminars, networking, and the chance to expand their horizons.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Get Yourself A WAI Fast Pass!

If you've come to this year's Conference looking for a job, rest assured you have made the right choice! In fact, so many people came here looking for jobs last year, we put our heads together in the "off season" and came up with a great new way to help WAI members connect with the potential employers on your "must see" list this week.

First, you're going to want to check out The Daily for a schedule of hiring information seminars presented by the different airlines participating. In these 30-minute seminars they'll share basic application procedures for their company, discuss current positions available and the requirements for those jobs, and answer some frequently asked questions.

Because the strategy has worked so well for Disney, we're also instituting a "fast pass" system of our own. To get some face time with these companies, you'll need to check in at the Veracruz South Registration area and get your fast pass. The pass will give you a specific date and time to go to the company's booth in the exhibit hall or other designated room for a face-to-face meeting. But be sure you check in early—there will be a limited number of fast passes available for each company each day.

Hopefully this new system will be better for everyone and give a job seeker a more meaningful experience at the Conference than patiently waiting in line!

Fast Pass Check-in Desk Schedule
Thursday, March 6
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday, March 7
10:45 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, March 8
10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.

(Closing times will depend on how quickly the Fast Passes are distributed.)

Participating Companies: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines*, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines

*American Airlines' Fast Passes are for individuals who have already made an application with AA prior to attending the conference. American will open their Fast Pass Check-In window on Thursday at 9 a.m. and on Friday and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


If you'll be in Anaheim, California this week for HAI's annual HELI-EXPO be sure to stop by Booth 5613 to meet Aviation for Women editor Kelly Nelson, and talk to local WAI members. You'll be able to join or renew your WAI membership at the booth, and get more information on chapters and upcoming WAI activities. See you there!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Museum of Aviation's First Director Dies at 87

Peggy Young, 87,  the first director of the Museum of Aviation, died January 24 in Alexandria, Virginia, after suffering a stroke.

Peggy became the first director of the Museum of Aviation Heritage, Exhibit and Education Center in 1988. According to her obituary, under her direction the museum, which began with $20 in private funds, two airplanes, a 43-acre site and a great idea, grew into the "Crown Jewel of Middle Georgia." When Peggy retired in 1997 the Peggy B. Young Education Center was dedicated in the Century of Flight Hangar.

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In 1988 she became the first Director of the Museum of Aviation Heritage, Exhibit and Education Center. Under her direction, the Museum of Aviation, which began with $20 in private funds, two airplanes, a 43- acre site and a great idea, grew into the priceless, "Crown Jewel of Middle Georgia." Peggy retired on July 11, 1997 at which time the Peggy B. Young Education Center was dedicated in the Century of Flight Hanger. Shortly after the passing of her beloved husband, Peggy moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 2002 to be with her daughters. She became active in the local business community, a familiar face in Old Town and Del Ray. Pegg - See more at:
In 1988 she became the first Director of the Museum of Aviation Heritage, Exhibit and Education Center. Under her direction, the Museum of Aviation, which began with $20 in private funds, two airplanes, a 43- acre site and a great idea, grew into the priceless, "Crown Jewel of Middle Georgia." Peggy retired on July 11, 1997 at which time the Peggy B. Young Education Center was dedicated in the Century of Flight Hanger. Shortly after the passing of her beloved husband, Peggy moved to Alexandria, Virginia in 2002 to be with her daughters. She became active in the local business community, a familiar face in Old Town and Del Ray. Pegg - See more at:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Volunteers Needed for Daughter Day at Conference

Here come the girls! This year's Daughter Day is the most successful ever. We have 250 girls attending the all-day Saturday event, and we need help working with the girls ages 10 to 17.

PILOTS of Any Level: We need volunteers to help the girls fly a simulator and to teach them how to read a sectional chart.

But we also need individuals who enjoy working with enthusiastic young people.

The commitment is 7:30 am on Saturday (training will be provided) through and including a complimentary lunch. If you do not want to stay for lunch, you will be finished by 12:30. If you can volunteer for any or all of this event, your help is needed.

If this volunteer activity appeals to you, contact Audra Hoy at and put "Daughter Day Volunteer" in the subject line. Thanks!

To see more about the event, visit this page:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

WI Aviation Hall of Fame Announces New Scholarships

The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame is offering five scholarships in 2014, two of which will be offered for the first time: the Jeff Baum Scholarship and the Robert Payzer Memorial/EAA Chapter 640 Scholarship.

The Jeff Baum Scholarship is a $250 award, established by Avfuel Corporation, for those pursuing a career in aviation business management. The $500 Robert Payzer Memorial/EAA Chapter 640 Scholarship is for students in any aviation or aerospace discipline.

These new scholarships will be awarded in 2014, along with WAHF’s original scholarships: the $1,000 Carl Guell Memorial Scholarship, the $500 Jerome Ripp Memorial Scholarship, and the $500 Thiessen Field Scholarship. Applicants must show Wisconsin residency of at least five years, be a continuing student in a full-time, multi-year program at an accredited school, and be active in community and extracurricular activities.

The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame recently changed its scholarship program to include Wisconsin students enrolled in aviation/aerospace courses of study at colleges and universities located outside the state. The change applies to all of its scholarships, excluding the Thiessen Field Scholarship, which goes to students in aviation programs at a Wisconsin technical college.

The application deadline for all scholarships is March 3, 2014. Additional information and application materials can be found at Questions regarding Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame scholarship criteria or application process can be directed to Sue Nelson at the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin office, or 715-845-9555.

The Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame has awarded $20,000 since the launch of its scholarship program in 2002. WAHF’s mission is to collect and preserve the history of aviation in Wisconsin, recognize those who made it, inform others of it, and promote aviation education to future generations.