Registration now open for Women in Aviation conference

Registration is now open for Women in Aviation, International’s 24th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, from March 14-16, 2013.

The conference is to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Online registration is available at, and a variety of registration options exist, including student rates and military rates, as well as an “Accompanied Child” rate. Conference attendees may register for a full package, a one-day package or for specific events. An early registration discount will be in effect until Jan. 11, 2013. Onsite registration will be available as well.

In addition to an Exhibit Hall and dozens of educational sessions on a variety of aviation topics, there will be a wide range of speakers, WAI officials said. Invited speakers include Neil Planzer, Vice President, Boeing Air Traffic International, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board; Jill Long, air show performer and USAF Commander; Ariel Talen-Keller, Mrs. Alaska for 2011; along with a WASP Panel composed of Bee Haydu, Marty Wyall and Nell Bright.

New this year is an Aircraft Dispatcher Part 121 Recurrent Training seminar. This seminar complements the FAA Maintenance Recurrent Training seminar which has been offered at the WAI Conference for many years.

WAI will take advantage of the Nashville base by offering optional tours to the Beechcraft Heritage Museum that traces the lineage of the Beechcraft family of airplanes adjacent to the Tullahoma, Tennessee Regional Airport (THA) and to the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, located at Arnold AFB, Tennessee. In addition, a tour of Smyrna airport is offered where participants will see a military helicopter display, Lifeflight helicopters; charter jet aircraft and a blimp hangar.

One highlight of this year’s Conference is a reprise of WAI’s “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day,” scheduled for Saturday, March 15. This is an educational program for the daughters, nieces, granddaughters and friends of WAI members as well as local Girl Scout troops to introduce them to the many career paths available in aviation. In addition to speakers, girls will learn how to read a sectional chart, participate in a scavenger hunt, visit the exhibit hall and have the opportunity to fly a flight simulator.

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