Helicopter panel slated for Women in Aviation conference

A new feature at this year’s International Women in Aviation Conference is an all-female panel of helicopter experts, moderated by Helicopter Association International President Matt Zuccaro.

The Helicopter Panel will take place during the General Session on Friday, March 9, which is sponsored by Helicopter Association International, EAA, GAMA and NBAA.

The panel is composed of:

  • Melissa Mathiasen – Chief Program Pilot, Training and Contracts, S-92 and S76C++ Test Pilot, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Colonel Sally Murphy – US Army Ret., First Commissioned Female Army Aviator, TH-55 and UH-1 Pilot
  • Kate Garrison – Base Line Pilot, Air Evac Lifeteam
  • Samantha Willenbacher – Director of Bristow Academy, Titusville, Florida

“The goal of the panel is to expose our members to the many career opportunities which exist in the rotary segment of aviation,” says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. “We want to highlight helicopters at this year’s conference to underscore this segment of the industry as one of the many avenues our members can take as they pursue their careers.”

With the theme “Reaching Tomorrow Today,” the WAI Conference will include seminars, workshops, networking events, speakers, and a commercial exhibit area. The conference concludes on Saturday evening, March 10,, with WAI’s annual banquet where over one half million dollars in scholarships will be awarded and the 2012 group of Pioneers is inducted into WAI’s Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame.

For more information: WAI.org

 

 

 

 

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