For the past decade, women have been gathering at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture, capped off with a photo of all the participating women, wearing matching T-shirts, in Boeing Plaza.
Smack dab in the middle of this year’s photo was Debby Rihn-Harvey, an aerobatic pilot and retired Southwest Airlines captain who now runs a flight school and FBO in Laporte, Texas, called Harvey & Rihn Aviation. While busy giving flight lessons and checkrides, she also finds time to hold fly-in breakfasts, safety meetings, and other activities for pilots.
“We’re trying to do a little bit of that just to promote aviation more than anything,” she notes.
But even as busy as she is, she still finds every opportunity she can to mentor girls about the amazing opportunities available for them in aviation. [Read more…]
Applications are now being accepted for 103 scholarships, totaling $569,965, from Women in Aviation. [Read more…]
Women in Aviation International will hold a Connect event in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 29-30, 2017.
The gathering will be held at the Marriott Hotel at the University of Dayton and begins with a tour of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites, including Hawthorn Hill, the Wright family mansion, Carillon Historical Park, Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Wright Cycle Company, and the Huffman-Prairie Flying Field, the location of Wright Brothers’ test flights. [Read more…]
Women in Aviation International has released a short video documenting all the activity at its 28th Annual International Conference held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in March 2017. With a theme of Connect. Engage. Inspire., this year’s conference hosted more than 4,500 participants. [Read more…]
Thanks to a stroke of good luck and a bit of favorable geographic proximity, I got to spend some time at the Women in Aviation Conference held in Orlando, Florida, last week.
If you missed it, let me tell you, you really did miss something. This is no idle gathering of vacationers disguised as convention goers. WAI is one crackerjack organization, and the conference it holds each year is nothing to sneeze at.
If you’ve got a smidgen of misogyny in your bones, this might be a good time for you to get rid of that baggage and re-evaluate your outlook. [Read more…]