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

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

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 The box set is available at

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

Monday, November 9, 2015

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The Georgia Business Aviation Association (GBAA) is offering several scholarships to deserving Georgia high school graduating seniors and those Georgia high school graduates already enrolled in college and pursuing careers in aviation.

Scholarships are available for the following programs: Professional flight, aviation maintenance, aerospace engineering, air traffic control, airport management, and satellite information technology.

For more information on these scholarships and how to apply visit Applications are due by March 1, 2016.

Friday, November 6, 2015

MODAERO Fly-In Planned for Millennials

The first MODAERO Fly-In & Conference, aimed specifically at the Millennial generation, is scheduled for March 16-19, 2016, at Lone Star Executive Airport (KCXO) in Conroe, Texas.

"The time has come for the aviation industry to address the decline in the GA population by empowering the growth demographic of the industry. Millennials, ages 16-39, represent more than 40 percent of all certificated pilots and 78 percent of student pilots," said Brian Columbus, MODAERO founder and publisher of Atlantic Flyer News. "This demographic, despite being the most thriving in the industry, is lacking a real-world venue to celebrate their own version of aviation culture and community."

The programming focus at MODAERO will include aviation education, technology, careers, and culture. Events to be held on site include a career fair, aviation innovation showcase, aero products expo, MODAERO scholarship awards, static aircraft displays, live outdoor entertainment, eclectic dining events, and more.

Event attendance is limited and MODAERO organizers are offering preregistration priority for those who sign-up at

Thursday, November 5, 2015

North Idaho College Establishes Aerospace Scholarships

North Idaho College, a comprehensive community college located on the shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, has established three new scholarships for students from Bonner and Boundary counties who are interested in the fields of aviation, aerospace, and engineering.

The Captain Chris "Boomer" Wilson Scholarship will be awarded to students in aviation-related fields of study including aerospace and engineering. Wilson founded the volunteer program at the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center near Sandpoint and was the inspiration for "Viper" in the movie Top Gun.

The Sí Tú Puedes Volar Scholarship recognizes t
he Aztec Eagles of Mexico and the role they played during World War II. It will be awarded to female students enrolled in the NIC Aerospace program.

The Bessie Coleman/Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship recognizes Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman, who was the first female pilot of African-American descent, and the Tuskegee Airmen, who overcame prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups in World War II. This scholarship will be awarded to female students enrolled in aerospace fields of study.

More information on these opportunities can be found at or by calling the NIC Foundation at 208-769-5978.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sporty's Forming 2016 Classes for ATP-CTP Training

Sporty's is offering an FAA-approved Airline Transport Pilot Certified Training Program (ATP-CTP) from ABX Air. Registration is now open for classes starting in January and February 2016.

"In addition to a superb training product, Sporty's ATP-CTP course is popular because it's one of the few courses tailored to those not associated with an airline or university program," says Sporty's Academy President Eric Radtke. "Sure, we have many students on their way to airline careers and other professional pilot positions, but they may not be connected to an organization providing the training."

Training takes place at the ABX Air Learning Center in Wilmington, Ohio. The six-day course includes four days of classroom instruction and the remainder of the time in the simulator. The facility features modern, full-motion flight simulators and instruction from professional and experienced airline pilots using the B767 and DC-9 platforms.

Eligible applicants must possess a minimum of an FAA private pilot certification. At course completion an ATP-CTP completion certificate is provided that is then required to take the FAA knowledge test for multiengine ATP. The ATP-CTP completion certificate does not expire.

For more information visit

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Important WAI Fast Pass Dates Set

WAI has announced several important dates for 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference attendees wishing to participate in WAI Fast Pass meetings.
January 6, 2016: Members will be notified to register for Fast Pass preferences
January 29, 2016: Cutoff date for choosing advance airline preferences
February 5, 2016: Preference time slots are assigned
February 9, 2016: Passes left after advance assignment are released for first come, first served assignment
WAI Fast Pass has become an important part of the annual conference over the last few years as more and more attendees are seeking to network with airline representatives to discuss hiring. The system was put in place in 2014 to alleviate long lines in the exhibit hall and help provide a more enjoyable conference experience for all attendees. As part of the continuous improvement of the program, WAI will be offering Fast Pass appointments Wednesday, March 9, through noon Friday, March 11, only in 2016. If participants are not attending the full conference, a Wednesday-only registration option is available. The point system instituted in 2015 to give longtime members and early conference registrants priority in scheduling Fast Pass time slots will continue.
Detailed information can be found online at and will be updated regularly as new information is announced.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

FedEx Express Adds 757/767 Type Rating to 2016 Scholarships

FedEx Express has generously donated a 757/767 type rating scholarship to be awarded at the 2016 International Women in Aviation Conference in March! This scholarship listing was JUST ADDED this morning, and with applications due November 16, time is of the essence.

To view all available 2016 scholarships and application instructions visit Don't forget you must be a WAI member in good standing by November 2 to apply!

FedEx Express Boeing 757/767 Type Rating Scholarship (2) Just Added
FedEx Express will award a B757/767 type rating to two qualified female pilots who are members of Women in Aviation. The training program will include all appropriate materials and will take place in Memphis, Tennessee in Fall 2016.
Minimum qualifications include the following: commercial, instrument, and multiengine certificates; a minimum of 1,500 hours total flight time; must have passed a FAA ATP written within the last two years; must hold a current first-class FAA medical certificate.
A candidate’s early withdrawal from the course or failure to secure the type rating does not obligate FedEx to offer any remedial training or another opportunity to attend the course. The type rating is limited to the named recipient and is non-transferable. There is no cash equivalent for the type rating program.
In addition to the B757/767 Type Rating Scholarship, FedEx Express will host the recipient with attendance to the 2016 annual International Women in Aviation Conference in Nashville, Tennessee (including hotel and conference registration).
In addition to the minimum WAI scholarship application requirements, candidates must address the following questions within their 500-word essay: How would this scholarship help you achieve your career goals? Describe what the FedEx phrase “Absolutely Positively Overnight” means to you.

Monday, October 26, 2015

FlyGirls Series Kicks Off Crowdfunding Campaign

Creators of a planned TV mini-series to feature the stories of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) have launched a crowdfunding campaign to begin pre-production on the project.

The ten part mini-series being developed by The Red Door Films will cover the origins of the WASP, as well as the African-American women who were not allowed to fly for the WASP and were instead sent to the Tuskegee Airbase. The script is based on memoirs from Pauline Gower and Byrd Granger, and interviews with other women and men who wrote this incredible chapter in our history.

For more information on the project and its progress visit To view and support the crowdfunding campaign visit