Saturday, January 24, 2015

Looking for College Correspondent

If you are attending this year's Conference in Dallas and are a college student, The Daily needs you. The Daily is the newsletter that is given out when you register, then Friday morning and then Saturday morning.

We are looking for a college student to write a by-lined "college columm" for The Daily to report on the Conference from the viewpoint of a college student.


Must be a college student
Must be dependable
Must be outgoing
Previous writing experience is a plus, but NOT necessary

You will be asked to produce three reports:

1. Intoductory article about yourself and your relationship to WAI (approx 200 words)
2. Friday report due on Thursday by 12 noon on any aspect of college student participation (approx 400 words)
3. Saturday report due on Friday by 12 noon on any aspect of college student participation (approx 400 words)

You will email these reports to the editor or bring them to the Media Room on a power stick. That is all that is required.

We want this to be fun and upbeat. If you are interested, please contact Pat Luebke at with COLLEGE in the subject line. Please consider: You MUST be dependable as we are counting on you for this.

Monday, January 12, 2015

One Woman's Flying Story

Reproduced from AOPA'a daily Smartbrief:

Mich. woman found solace through flying
Dot Hornsby, a former math teacher and counselor in Michigan, and her husband Jay had planned to spend their retirement learning to fly. When Jay passed away in 1992, Dot decided to go ahead with getting her pilot's license. "It opened up a wonderful new world where I could combine my love of kids and teaching skills with a love of flying. It gave me something to live for," she said. Dot has since volunteered with Wings of Mercy East Michigan and the Experimental Aircraft Association's Young Eagles program, and founded the Midland Aviation Camp for high school students. (Michigan) (free registration)

Fast Pass Procedure for Dallas --- NOTE DEADLINE

If you're heading to the conference looking for a job, our fast pass system will be streamlined with an electronic registration process this year. These passes are intended for Women in Aviation, International members qualified for employment by one of the participating airlines. You are required to review the special airline requirements before entering your fast pass preferences.

Companies who will be participating in the fast pass event are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, and United.

Participating airlines will present 45 minute hiring briefings throughout the three days of the conference to outline their basic application procedures, discuss current positions available (and their requirements), as well as answer any frequently asked questions. Please plan time to attend any of these. No preregistration is required.
After your registration for the 2015 Annual International Women in Aviation Conference is completed, you able to rank your top five airline preferences online in the WAI Members Only Section.
The cut-off for choosing your airline preference is January 26, 2015.

After logging in choose 'Fast Pass Preferences' on the left sidebar.
  • If 'Fast Pass Preferences' doesn't appear your in sidebar above 'Log Off' your conference category may not be eligible.
  • If you are logging into the Members Only area for the first time, your e-mail address is your user name and your membership number is your temporary password. Once you log in, you will be prompted to select a new password before you can continue.
  • If you have forgotten your membership number or password you may have it emailed to you after first failed login attempt. However we recommend that you change your password after having it emailed to you.
The following are guidelines:
  • You must be a current member of Women in Aviation, International and register for the conference to participate.
  • A priority point system will be used for distribution of the limited passes. The point system awards one point for each year of WAI membership and plus two points for early conference registration or one point for general conference registration.
  • Members with a full conference registration will be issued passes for their top three choices (as available). Members with one day registrations will be issued passes for their top two choices, issued for your day of registration (as available).
  • Members will be notified of their timeslots via email in early February.
  • Physical passes will be included with the conference registration materials onsite.
  • Face to face fast pass meetings will be held in separate rooms outside of the exhibit hall.
  • Should a backlog develop, there will be a waiting area designated near the interview rooms.
Look for more details on this process as they are available on the WAI website. Our goal is to streamline the fast pass process and efficiently and effectively serve the needs of those members wishing to participate while maintaining an enjoyable conference experience for all.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Want to write a short piece on this year's conference theme?

We are looking for some volunteer writers to write on this year's conference theme -- Connect-Engage-Inspire -- for this year's Daily. Do you have a story about how WAI has connected you, engaged you or inspired you? We want to hear about it. For more information, contact Daily Editor Patricia Luebke at with DAILY in subject. This is just 400 words and you can see your name in print. You'll be a published author!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Female Tiger Moth Pilot

Duplicated from AOPA's Aviation eBrief

Female Tiger Moth pilot invited to join airshow team
Amanda Harrison got a chance to take her first flying lesson at age 14, and at 15, she left school to apply to the Royal Air Force with the goal of becoming a pilot. Now, Harrison flies private passengers in a 1930s De Havilland Tiger Moth biplane, and she has been invited to join the T9s, a Tiger Moth airshow team. "I'm very chuffed that I've been invited to join. It's very demanding flying. I'm really looking forward to it," she said. Lancashire Evening Post (U.K.)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Volunteer /Writers Wanted

We're busily putting together the first issue of WAI's Daily -- the newsletter you get three days at the show. This first issue is written in advance and distributed at Registration (the other two issues are written on site).

Want to write an interesting story for the first Daily? We have some great topics available -- or you suggest a topic. Stories are no longer than 400 to 450 words in length. We need all sorts of volunteers -- first timers and long-time attendees. You'll have approximately two weeks to complete your assignment. Contact with DAILY in the subject line.

This will be fun, and you'll have access to the media room on site.


To all WAI members, their families and colleagues: We wish you only the best for 2015 with health, happiness and prosperity. Make your New Year's Resolution to come to Dallas for WAI's annual conference. It's a resolution you'll want to keep. In the meantime, whereever you are in the world, hope the New Year is your best ever.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Give the Gift of Confidence

Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School is celebrating its first anniversary with the perfect gift for a special pilot in your life.

Through December 31, 2014, the school is offering its Confidence Course for $795. A CFI will dedicate the entire day, one on one, teaching and reviewing airmanship, upset training, spins, and basic aerobatics in a Super Decathlon.

The course is designed for all skill levels, from student pilots through CFIs, corporate and airline pilots who want to hone their stick and rudder skills, with instruction tailored to each pilot. It's a full day of instruction built around at least two hours in the air.

Located at Southeast Aero Services at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine, Florida, you can contact Patty Wagstaff Aerobatic School at or visit for more information.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Jan. 1 Deadline for WCA Spring Scholarships

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) has announced its 2015 Spring Scholarships, which will be presented during the 26th annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Dallas, Texas, on March 6, 2015. WCA members may apply by January 1, 2015.

The following four WCA scholarships total $21,050:
Women in Corporate Aviation Career Scholarship ($2,000) - For any WCA member pursuing professional development or career advancement, to be used toward specific corporate aviation education (not general business course work). Training suggestions include: Flight training, dispatcher training, maintenance training, flight attendant training, and upgrades in aviation education. Pilots: please submit copies of pilot certificates, medical, and logbook pages with your application.

Beyond and Above Corporate Flight Attendant Initial Training Scholarship (4 awards at $3,500) - For any WCA member pursuing professional development as a flight attendant. Training includes G550 and BBJ Express training, emergency training, food safety, and catering.

Dassault Falcon WCA Scholarship ($1,000) - For any WCA member pursuing an aviation-related undergraduate or graduate degree. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, fluent in English, and have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in current year.

USC Viterbi Aviation Safety and Security Scholarship ($2,350) - For any WCA member pursuing education within the USC Viterbi Aviation Safety and Security Program. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition of any course. Who should apply: Safety managers, training, flight department and maintenance managers and supervisors, pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, and schedulers.

ATI International Flight Procedures Training Scholarship ($1,700) - For any WCA member pursuing a professional pilot's education or who's currently a professional pilot. Training includes international procedures initial training (either onsite or online).

Applicants must be current dues-paying WCA members ($40 for individuals, and $25 for students). Applications must include a 500-word essay, two letters of recommendation, and certificates, transcripts and resumes as applicable. For additional rules and more information visit

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

We're Thankful for Our Members!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, we remain grateful for our 10,000 plus members who make Women in Aviation, International such a vibrant and growing organization. Thanks for all you do!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sporty's Introduces New Online Courses

VFR Communications

IFR Communications
Two popular Sporty’s training programs, VFR Communications and IFR Communications, have been updated and are now available as online courses.

VFR Communications covers all types of communications, including Air Traffic Control, pilot-controlled airport operations and emergency situations. Eight subject areas and 23 individual video segments engage the viewer with more than an hour of helpful 3D animations, in-flight video and real-world communications scenarios.

The training program goes in depth with en route communications, arriving and departing in Class B, C and D airspace. Recordings of real communications will familiarize viewers on the language and pace of speaking on the radio.

IFR Communications Course will get you “current” again with your IFR radio transmissions by taking you on three separate instrument flights. This course gives today’s instrument pilot a real-world look at IFR operations through all phases of flight. The action-packed flights take place in a Cessna Skyhawk equipped with VOR receivers for navigation, a Garmin G1000-equipped Cessna Skylane and a high-performance Piper Malibu Mirage.

The viewer is taken to several types of airports including rural, non-towered airports along with the high-density Chicago Midway airport. You’ll see and hear first-hand the demands of each flight and how the pilots effectively manage all available resources to complete each flight. Emergency communications are also included – always a beneficial refresher for any pilot.

“It’s not only new pilots who can falter on the radio,” says Sporty’s Vice President John Zimmerman. “If you’ve been out of the cockpit for awhile, these communication courses will help you feel confident on your next flight.”

Sporty’s VFR Communications [E933A] and IFR Communications [E932A] are available for $34.99 each, both of which include a review quiz for instant feedback and the opportunity to earn FAA WINGS credit.  Both courses may be ordered at Like all Sporty’s online courses, they are designed using the latest in HTML5 technology, meaning you can access it on your computer, iPhone, iPad, Android or other mobile device, as long as it has a web browser and internet connection. There is no software to install – once purchased, just sign-in.