Monday, May 18, 2015

Tarrant County College to Honor Six WASP

Tarrant County College (TCC) is recognizing six members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) on Friday, May 22, 2015. The college has invited elected, community, and industry leaders from the Fort Worth, Texas area to be in attendance when the veterans tour a Beechcraft E183-9700, the personal plane of Jacqueline Cochrane, founder and director of the WASP program. Curt Landrum, TCC retired associate aviation professor and current adjunct instructor, has led a team of volunteers to restore the aircraft. Restoration efforts began in 2012, with as many as 12 volunteers working most Saturdays and securing donated parts and materials whenever possible.

WASP Nell Bright, Shutsy Reynolds, Shirley Kruse, Bee Haydu, Kay Hilbrandt, and Marty Wyall will tour the aircraft from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tarrant County College Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation and Logistics (CEATL) at Alliance Airport. 
Visit to view a short video with additional information on TCC's Aviation Program in conjunction with the restoration of Jackie Cochran's plane and the historical significance of the WASP.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Vaughn College to Honor WASP Bee Haydu

Haydu during her 2012
Pioneer Hall of Fame induction.
World War II veteran Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu, WAI 42360, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) will be awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Vaughn College during its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2015. The ceremony will be held in the William B. DeCota Hangar beginning at 10 a.m. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will deliver the commencement address to more than 150 graduates.

Bee was among the first women to fly military airplanes for the Army Air Force. As president of the WASP organization from 1975 to 1978, she led the fight in Congress to recognize the WASP as veterans more than three decades after the end of the war. The bill was signed into law by President Carter in 1977, and allowed the WASP access to Veterans Administration benefits.

In 2000, Bee was inducted into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and her original uniform is on display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In 2012 she was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, and in 2014 she received the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

“Bernice Falk Haydu is an outstanding patriot and it is our pleasure to award her with an honorary doctor of science degree and recognize her service to this country,” said Sharon B. DeVivo, Vaughn College president. “She also spent her life devoted to aviation and blazed a path for women in this industry and we are thrilled to salute all of her achievements. WASP have assured that women pilots everywhere are recognized for their achievements and receive the acknowledgement they deserve.”

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Censored on Final Approach

Infinite Variety Productions, a 501(c)3 NYC theatre company, has joined with The American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport, to tell the story of the more than 1,000 women who served their country as Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII.

"Censored on Final Approach" by Phylis Ravel is the story of four WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots), a group of roughly one thousand women hired by the United States Army Air Force during WWII to fly military aircraft and tow targets for live anti-aircraft artillery practice, thereby freeing male pilots for combat missions.

The museum will be open before the performance. Come early and enhance your viewing of the show by gaining special insight on American wars and aviation through the exhibits, take a photo of yourself inside one of the planes, or meet the cast of "Censored on Final Approach". WASP Bee Haydu and Carla Horowitz will also be on hand to answer questions.

Show Dates: May 8-9, 2015 - show at 8pm, Museum opens at 6pm

Purchase tickets here:

Monday, April 27, 2015

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 NOTAM Available

Planning to fly to Oshkosh this summer for EAA's 63rd annual fly-in convention? The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture 2015 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) featuring arrival and departure procedures for the event (July 20-26, 2015).

The NOTAM goes into effect at 6 a.m. CDT on Friday, July 17, until noon CDT on July 27. Pilots flying to Wittman Regional Airport or nearby airports during that time should review the procedures. Some changes to the 2015 NOTAM include:
  • MOA active in central Wisconsin
  • TFRs near Milwaukee, July 25-26
  • Fisk VFR arrival description
  • Communication frequency updates
  • IFR departure routings
The PDF version of the NOTAM can be downloaded here, or pilots may request a free printed copy by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322. Additional hints and tips for pilots arriving and departing EAA AirVenture Oshkosh are available on the AirVenture website

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

New Flight School in Texas

[news release]

April 22, 2015



(Longview, Texas) – LeTourneau University’s School of Aviation and Aeronautical Science has begun offering a new, fully online Aviation Management bachelor’s degree program from its new location at the McKinney National Airport in McKinney, Texas.

The university is also offering dual-credit aviation courses for high school students in McKinney, enabling them to graduate from high school with several of their college aviation courses completed.  LETU will begin offering the courses required for its Aviation Management, Professional Pilot concentration in McKinney starting in August 2015.    

“We have talked about doing flight training in the Dallas Metroplex for some time, but didn’t know what that that might look like,” said Dean of Aviation and Aeronautical Science Fred Ritchey.  “When we decided to offer an online aviation management degree for working professionals we found that using McKinney National Airport as our base of operations made a lot of sense.”

The school’s Aviation Management degree is transfer friendly but also provides students with important business and aviation courses such as aviation law, aviation safety and airport operations and management.  During this past year, as the online aviation management program was being developed, opportunities opened up allowing LETU to partner with the McKinney Independent School District and Collin County Community College.

The McKinney Independent School District already offers an aviation academy with over 200 students enrolled.  Through a new partnership, MISD students can take dual-credit courses through LETU and get college credit while still in high school.

Ritchey also announced that veteran aviation faculty member Brad Wooden, will be relocating to McKinney to lead the schools efforts there this summer.  Before joining the university faculty in 2005, Wooden was a captain at SkyWest airlines.  “Brad is an experienced aviation professional and seasoned faculty member with a desire to help students achieve success.  He was a natural choice to become our lead faculty member in McKinney” Ritchey said. 

LETU is also working with Collin County Community College.  LETU is working on articulation agreements with CCCC that will enable a seamless transition for CCCC students to transfer into LETU’s bachelor degree programs in aviation offered in McKinney and Longview.  “We will accept transfer students on a two-plus-two agreement through CCCC, and we are looking to partner with other community colleges in the Dallas Metroplex area,” Ritchey said.

LETU has leased about 1,500 square feet, including a reception area, three offices, an FAA testing center and a conference/classroom in the McKinney National Airport terminal building.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WASP Play to be Peformed

[news release]


Infinite Variety Productions, a NYC based, not-for-profit theatre company,

is partnering with the American Airpower Museum.

IVP will bring their production of -

“Censored on Final Approach” by Phylis Ravel to Farmingdale, NY for this special event.


“Censored on Final Approach” is the story of four WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots): women hired by the United States Army Air Forces during WWII to fly military aircrafts and tow targets for live anti-aircraft artillery practice, thereby freeing male pilots for combat missions.


More than one thousand women flew for the WASP program, but their stories are rarely found in the history books.


Infinite Variety Productions & the American Airpower Museum hope to change that.  We hope to bring a deeper layer of meaning to IVP's acclaimed production by performing this piece in the AAM's historic WWII hanger against a backdrop of vintage aircraft.  With the ability to explore the museum's exhibits, interact with various authors and historians specializing in the WASP, and other special events, IVP and the AAM promise this will be a night to remember for all attendees.


SHOW DATES : Friday, May 8th @ 8pm and Saturday, May 9th @ 8pm (Museum is open at 6pm)


LOCATION: American Airpower Museum, 1230 New Hwy, Farmingdale, NY 11735


Admission: All tickets include admission to the American Airpower Museum.  General admission- $25, Veterans: $18, Seniors: $18, Students: $15,

               (email for discount code)



Tickets can be purchased at:


The women in Ms. Ravel’s play are willing to accept any mission for their chance to serve their country, gain the respect of their male counterparts, and experience the thrill of flying. As one of the characters in the play puts it, “I guess that's the difference...Most men are here because they have to be. We're here because we want to be.”


“Censored on Final Approach” is a story of strength, courage, identity, and the close-knit friendships formed during a very important period in American history. These women flew a combined total of some 60 million miles in every type of military aircraft and paved the way for future generations of female pilots, both military and civilian. This play continues IVP's tradition of producing works that underscore the pivotal but often overlooked roles women have played throughout history.



The American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport is a museum dedicated to the preservation of the legacy of all Americans who have sacrificed themselves to defend our liberties and to educate a new generation regarding the courage, valor and heroism of our nation’s citizen soldiers by presenting the operational aircraft and armor in the museum’s collection and its related displays, exhibits and programs.   Situated in Farmingdale, New York, the museum is located on the former site of Republic Aviation, responsible for producing over 9,000 aircraft during World War II.  For more information about the museum, please visit



Infinite Variety Productions is dedicated to shining a light on the lesser known stories from women’s history. Our NYC production of “A Piece of My Heart” by Shirley Lauro, which tells the stories of women who served in Vietnam during the war, was presented in Washington, DC for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial 20th Anniversary in November 2013, and in Wyoming at the VA center, high schools, and colleges. IVP’s “Censored on Final Approach” had sold out performances at The Judson Theatre off of Washington Square Park and an acclaimed run at the Woman in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetary. After the run at The American Airpower Museum, IVP will be heading back to Northern Wyoming with two new shows. To learn more about hiring IVP for your school, organization or theatre please visit us at: or email Ashley Adelman at:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

World War II Women Honored

[news release]



End Date: April 18, 2015

Women in Aviation to be Honored April 19 at WWII Heritage Days

 Rosie the Riveters to Attend; Others Invited to Dress the Part

PEACHTREE CITY, GA (April 7, 2015) – The women who worked at the factories to produce warplanes and war materials in the 1940s will be honored Sunday, April 19 with “Rosie the Riveter Day” at World War II Heritage Days, hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing at Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field (KFFC), in Peachtree City. Several women who participated in the war effort will be present to talk about their experiences, and anyone who is interested is invited to dress the part with traditional clothing worn by Rosie the Riveters. “We hope this Rosie the Riveter Day provides greater recognition for the critical role women played in World War II, and we hope many other attendees will honor them by dressing the part for the day,” said Wing Leader Jim Buckley. All Rosie the Riveters are invited on Sunday for a group Rosie photo op at 2pm.

The two-day event April 18 and 19 also will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Allied victory and end of the Second World War in 1945. The program, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, provides a living history experience unique to the state of Georgia, bringing together historic aircraft, vintage military vehicles, antique cars, educational displays and demonstrations, including mock military ground battles staged by war re-enactors.The CAF Dixie Wing’s fleet of WWII aircraft will be on display for the 12th annual World War II Heritage Days weekend. Visitors will see the Wing’s Corsair, P-51 Mustang, SBD-Dauntless dive bomber and other restored aircraft. Rides on these aircraft and a rare B-24 Liberator bomber flying in from Texas can be scheduled in advance by visiting

The CAF’s B-24, “Diamond Lil,” one of only two still flying, is scheduled to arrive at Falcon Field on Friday, April 17. The B-24 was used by the United States, Great Britain and Canada during World War II and ended the war as the most produced heavy bomber, with 18,400 copies built.  The B-24 also holds the record for the most-produced military aircraft in American history. The B-24 is the same type of aircraft featured in the recent hit movie, “Unbroken.”Former B-24 crew members and other World War II veterans will be on hand to share their experiences through a series of panel discussions. Joining the airmen will be Mustang and Corsair pilots; award-winning author Bruce Gamble, noted for his series of books on the famed Black Sheep Squadron; women veterans and Rosie the Riveters.

Saturday night, “Keep ‘em Flying”, a World War II-theme hangar dance and dinner, will recreate the magic and romance of the Big Band era. Dance guests will hear the Peachtree Jazz Edition perform classics made famous by Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman.  Described as “one of the best bands in Atlanta”, the Peachtree Jazz Edition will be joined by the Freedom Belles, a female trio that performs songs by the Andrews Sisters and other stars. World War II veterans will be hosted as guest of honor.Proceeds from the dance cover costs associated with hosting WWII Heritage Days, as well as the ongoing preservation of the group’s historic aircraft and “Education Through Living History”, a World War II history program made available by CAF Dixie Wing volunteers to schools and youth groups free of charge.

Suggested donation for WWII Heritage Days is $5. World War II veterans, active duty military in uniform and children 5 and under are admitted free. WWII Heritage Days will take place rain or shine. Please no pets. Tickets for “Keep ‘em Flying” are $55 before April 13th, $65 at the door. Reserved tables and group discounts are available. All ticket sales are final. For more information, please visit or call 678-364-1110.

The Commemorative Air Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to flying and restoring World War II aircraft. Based in Midland, Texas, the organization has more than 12,000 members and operates a fleet of more than 162 World War II aircraft.

Steve Forsyth
Public Information Officer
CAF Dixie Wing

Monday, April 6, 2015

Career Fair at Sun 'n Fun

[news release]

Come to the Fly-In, Leave with a Job



SUN ‘n FUN Career Fair April 22, 2015


Robb Williams, Executive Director of the Aerospace Center for Excellence, announced today SUN ‘n FUN, with help from the aviation job website,, will be hosting its second annual aviation Career Fair during the SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In on Wednesday, April 22nd.   

Williams started the Career Fair last year with a notable list of hiring companies.  This year’s list of superstar companies is even more impressive.   

Companies Recruiting for Captains, First Officers, Flight Attendants, Dispatchers, Engineers,

A&P Mechanics, Avionics and Maintenance include;


·         Southwest
·         Jeppesen
·         jetBlue
·         Endeavor
·         Frontier
·         Silver Airways
·         Envoy Air
·         StandardAero
·         Compass Airlines
·         Avocet
·         TransStates Airlines
·         Mountain Air Cargo
·         SkyWest Airlines
·         Republic Airways
·         HAECO America


"This is going to be a great Career Fair that I would classify as a DO-NOT-MISS event", said Williams.  He went on to say, "For the cost of an admission ticket, you get to come to a fly-in and leave with a job."

Abbey Hutter, Marketing Coordinator for stated, "SUN ‘n FUN is way more than a fly-in. Their dedication to furthering our industry through educating our youth is unsurpassed.   We are very excited to help with their Career Fair!" 

All job seekers are encouraged to visit for complete information.  This page also provides a way to pre-register, since space is limited.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Whirly-Girls International Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

Whirly-Girls International has announced the winners of their 2015 Whirly-Girls Scholarships.
Colleen Chen, Vice President of Scholarships, made the announcement March 1 at the Whirly-Girls International annual banquet during the HELI-EXPO convention in Orlando, Florida. The banquet also celebrated the 60th anniversary of Whirly-Girls, an organization founded by Jean Ross Howard Phelan in 1955 so female pilots could share information and camaraderie.
Winners of the 14 scholarship awards for 2015 are:
Katherine Garrison, WAI 40917, a 2,500-hour pilot for Air Evac Lifeteam in Bexley, OH, won the Whirly-Girls Memorial Flight Training Scholarship, which provides funds to be used to upgrade her current rating.
Sabine Buehlmann, a commercial helicopter pilot for LifeFlight GmbH & Co. KG, Köln in Cologne, Germany, won the Airbus Flight Training Scholarship, which allows the winner to attend an AS350 Turbine Transition Course at the Airbus Factory School in Grand Prairie, TX.
Venida Hayes, a flight instructor for Helios Aviation/Cactus Aviation in Las Vegas, NV, won the Robinson Helicopter R44 Safety Course Scholarship, which gives the winner the opportunity to attend Robinson's 3-1/2 day course Safety Course in Torrance, CA and build R44 time.
Rebecca Joseph, a flight instructor in San Francisco, CA, won the Flight Safety International Bell 206 Initial Pilot Scholarship, which includes initial type training, recurrent training, and inadvertent IMC training using the world’s first Bell 206 FAA Level 7 qualified Flight Training Device.
Banumathi Cole, Study Director for HemoShear in Earlysville, VA, and Savannah Christy, one of the line service personnel for Sunriver Resort in Oregon, each won one of two Air Evac Lifeteam 206 Bell Flight Training scholarships, which allows both to take a Bell 206 transition course.
Katrina Hallgren, helicopter flight instructor for Classic Helicopters in Seattle, WA, won the Advanced Mountain Flight Training Scholarship provided by Nancy Livingston Stratford, in memory of Keiko Minakata. The award includes an extensive ground school and five hours of flight time, with emphasis placed on decision making for helicopter missions that require off-airport landings.
Megan McCall, a pilot from Huntington Beach, CA and Alexandra Thorsen, a student at Bristow Academy in Titusville, FL, were each awarded Survival Systems USA Aircraft Ditching Course Scholarships, which provide the training necessary to react to an aircraft-ditching emergency.
Cristina Gonazalez Ordriozola, a pilot/instructor for Benitez Aviation in Caguas, Puerto Rico, was awarded the Aviation Specialties Unlimited Night Vision Goggle (NVG) Flight Training Scholarship to provide an initial or recurrent NVG endorsement for a flight position, such as airborne law enforcement or EMS.
Tracy Zedeck, WAI 46184, a pilot in the island country of the Maldives, won the Robinson Helicopter Maintenance Course Scholarship, which provides the opportunity to attend a Factory Course for maintaining the airframe portion of R22, R44, and R66 helicopters.
Margot Taylor, a helicopter tour pilot for Novictor Aviation in Waimea, HI was awarded the Erickson Vertical Reference/External Load Flight Training Scholarship to earn her vertical reference/external load endorsement for a flight position.
Jessica Martin, a student at Bristow Academy in Titusville, FL, was awarded the Agricultural Air Services Flight Training Scholarship, donated in memory of Karen Johnson. The scholarship provides an introduction to the skills required for low-level flying plus 10 hours of turbine flight time.
Nicole Cabana, a King Air pilot for NOAA in Silver Spring, MD won the Whirly-Girls Helicopter Add-on Flight Training Scholarship, which provides funds to assist a certificated female pilot who does not currently have a helicopter rating in earning her add-on helicopter rating.
Chen also announced a significant new scholarship commitment for the 2016 Scholarship Program. Guidance Aviation has agreed to offer a Helicopter Instrument Rating Scholarship that includes 30 hours flight training in a Robinson R44 helicopter and 45 hours in the X-Copter helicopter Aviation Training Device, plus fees, ground instruction and online training and all college course tuition fees.
Established in 1974, the Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity that administers scholarships valued at more than $90,000. The Scholarship Fund is replenished annually through the efforts of the Whirly-Girls Auxiliary, charitable contributions and also through merchandise sales at their trade show booth.
Whirly-Girls International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information about Whirly-Girls scholarships, visit: or contact Colleen Chen, (603) 616-9246,

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Looking for a career as an engineer?

[invitation to WAI from career fair organizers]

(Note that attending this event is FREE.)

Invitation to ASME & IEEE Engineering Career Fair partner with Ryerson, PEO, STLE, WIE

The working world is a unique entity.  One entwined in their knowledge of engineering, their engineering education, their networks and their projects may find that, of all things, immersing themselves in the engineering profession could seem the most difficult thing of all.  If you can relate to this train of thought then on behalf of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Ontario Section, Ryerson University, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Toronto Section, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) Toronto Section, Professional Eningineers of Ontario (PEO), Woman In Engineering (WIE) Ryerson we’re proud to offer you a helping hand in changing that! 

On May 14th, 2015 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. EST at Ryerson University, we are proud to present the ASME & IEEE Engineering Career Fair

If you’re a budding engineer looking to kick off their career by landing that dream entry position or are an experienced engineering graduate looking for a change in professional scenery, this is your opportunity.  The career fair will play host to numerous engineering companies, organizations and societies of all fields (i.e. aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering) looking to recruit the right candidate. Polish that resume, prepare that cover letter and do your research because that candidate could be you!  

In collaboration with Ryerson University, STLE Toronto, PEO York, Peo Hamilton-Burlington, WIE Ryerson and numerous other organizations and engineering companies; ASME Ontario and IEEE Toronto are in a joint effort to provide job opportunities for the thousands of expected attending engineering professionals, broadening from all engineering fields. 

Organizations that have shown interest thus far include:

·     ACCES Employment.

·     Aerotek

·     DCL International

·     Investors Group

·     Lincoln Electric

·     Magnet

·     Medonyx

·     Noranco Inc

·     Oasys Healthcare

·     RCM Technologies

·     Roland DGA

·     Stantec

·     YDelay

Registration is completely free as is attending the ASME & IEEE Engineering Career Fair in person.  As it stands the list of interested hosting companies will continue to grow and final confirmation updates will be provided to our registered attendees as we approach the final date of the fair. 

Our team and its cooperating companies are delighted to bring this career-changing opportunity to your attention but if you’re seeking to land that available job position then the last and only step required of you is attending!  If interested, we look forward to seeing you there on May 14th.  Thank you and have a great day!

Monday, March 23, 2015

ERAU Conference Wrap Up Release


March 23, 2015

Embry-Riddle Students Score More Than $30,000 in Scholarships at International Women in Aviation Conference  

A Graduate Network Gathering, Girls in Aviation Day Also Draw Crowds at Annual Event Celebrating Female Flyers  

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – With a shared vision to foster future female aviators, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University continued a long tradition of participating in the Women in Aviation, International (WAI) annual conference held earlier this month in Dallas.  

With a record-breaking 4,572 attendees from 16 countries, the March 5-7 conference theme of “Connect. Engage. Inspire.” was a very familiar mantra for Embry-Riddle students, staff, faculty and graduates in attendance. Embry-Riddle students and faculty have participated as exhibitors, attendees and recipients of awards in all 26 of WAI’s annual conferences.

Representatives from the university’s Women Ambassadors as well as organizers of the university’s Bring Your Daughter Day were in attendance. Networking and support of women aviators came in the forms of gatherings, advice and mentor panels and the presentation of scholarships to future pilots.  

Six students representing both residential campuses were awarded scholarships totaling $33,000 (listed in descending order of amount):

-          Elizabeth Worsham (Daytona Beach) – American Airlines and American Eagle Engineer Scholarship ($7,000) and Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship ($2,500)

-          Nathalie Quintero (Daytona Beach) – Delta Air Lines Engineering Scholarship ($7,000)

-          Jenny Chabrian (Daytona Beach) –  Airbus Leadership Grant ($5,000) and DTC Travel Award Scholarship ($500)

-          Shelby King (Prescott) – Republic Airways’ "Nothing But Blue Skies" Aviator Scholarship ($5,000)

-          Hannah Burright (Prescott) – WAI Washington Chapter-Janet Clark Memorial Scholarship ($1,500), WAI Achievement Award ($1,000) and Chevron Travel Award Scholarship ($1,000)

-          Anna Romer (Daytona Beach) – Boeing Company Career Enhancement Scholarship ($2,500)

The university hosts WAI chapters as well as Women in Aviation Day and Girls Rock It Days at its residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. Embry-Riddle’s College of Engineering at the Daytona Beach Campus recently received a $10,000 award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Microsoft Research to provide research opportunities, career, internship and co-op positions, and professional conferences and competitions across engineering programs for female students. And the university’s Women Ambassadors program connects current female students with other students and alumni for mentoring and guidance.
With female enrollment numbers across all campuses increasing, the nonprofit university continues to provide resources and programs to support women interested in careers in aviation, aerospace, engineering, security, business and more.
“We are extremely proud of the increase in female enrollment numbers we’re seeing not only as the industry demands it, but as the future of aviation evolves,” said Embry-Riddle’s Senior Vice President for External Relations Bill Hampton. “To keep up with that growth, it is imperative that we as a university continuously look at relationships in the industry and with groups like Women in Aviation, International to strengthen those bonds, to tap into that passion and be at the forefront of innovative, effective ways to provide educational and real-life opportunities for all students.”

 At the conference, Embry-Riddle also participated in Girls in Aviation Day. Centered around the theme of “Find Your Passion,” the event featured a panel of women professionals in diverse fields within aviation including the FAA, F-18 and helo pilots in the armed forces, a corporate aviation pilot, a Boeing business analyst, aviation educators, an airport infrastructure vice president, an electrical engineer (avionics) and others who talked with and answered questions from aviation-inspired girls ages 12-17.

But it wasn’t just about the future of aviation – there were special university events at the conference for those already succeeding in it. More than 230 Embry-Riddle graduates, current students and guests attended the university’s alumni gathering March 6 in Dallas. Highlights included the announcement of the scholarship winners, a welcome by Prescott Campus Chancellor Dr. Frank Ayers and special acknowledgment of mother and daughter graduates – Gigi Lopez and Diana Cobas – who walked together during the 2014 commencement, and Daytona Beach graduate Susan Horstman, the first female pilot hired by Pan Am. For photos of the event, click here. For more information on upcoming Embry-Riddle Alumni Relations events, go to

“The relationship between Embry-Riddle and WAI began with our first conference held in Prescott (Arizona) in 1990 when I was the Dean on the Prescott Campus,” said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “It has grown over the years to reflect the shared commitment to mentoring, support and networking for not just up-and-coming female pilots at Embry-Riddle, but all women in aviation. WAI truly feels it is a part of the Embry-Riddle family.”

 The 27th annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn., from March 10-12, 2016. For more information, visit


Media Contact: Melanie Hanns, Director of University Communications, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Office: (386) 226-7538;


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