2017 WAI Connect Dayton

WAI goes back to its roots in 2017! Come to Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation, and home of WAI headquarters!

September 29-30, 2017. Events take place at the Marriott at the University of Dayton, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409

View the complete schedule here.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau


Hartzell Propeller 

PSA Airlines

Roselius Insurance

Signs Now

Sinclair Community College



Register Here! 


General registration pricing available now through September 15, 2017.

General Registration 
Member                                $135
Non-member                     $175
Student Member             $75
Student Non-member  $95

Reception Only                $40 
Lunch Only                         $50


On-site registration pricing begins September 16, 2017.

On-site Registration 
Member                                $160
Non-member                     $210
Student Member             $100
Student Non-member  $125

Reception Only                $40 
Lunch Only                         $50 


Book your room for 2017 WAI Connect

Group Room rate: $129.00/night,  booked by September 5, 2017, subject to availability

Marriott University of Dayton
1414 South Patterson Blvd
Dayton, OH 45409


Friday, September 29, 2017

Birthplace of Aviation Tour Sponsored by Hartzell Propeller

Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park sites
     •    Hawthorn Hill (family mansion designed by the Wright Brothers)
     •    Carillon Historical Park 
     •    Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and the Wright Cycle Company
     •    Huffman Prairie Flying Field (location of Wright Brothers’ test flights) 
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Birthplace of Aviation Tour $80 per person. Tour will depart from the Marriott at the University of Dayton at 8:00 a.m.

GE Aviation Tour

In 2013, GE Aviation opened the $51 million – 138,000 square foot GE Aviation Electrical Power Integrated Systems Center (EPISCenter) on the campus of University of Dayton. In the lab, researchers and students will work side by side with GE Aviation scientists and engineers to create new advanced electrical power technologies such as new power systems for aircraft, longer-range electric cars, and smarter utility power grids for more efficient delivery of electricity. The 30-minute walking tour will cover those GE test labs.

GE Aviation tour is free. The tour begins at 2:00 p.m. The tour departs from the Marriott at the University of Dayton lobby. The EPISCenter is located across the street from the Marriott. Please email Brooke Hartwig, if you would like to participate in the tour. 

Connect Reception & Book Signing 6:00-9:00 p.m. Sponsored by PSA Airlines

The Dayton Flight Factory; Aircraft: Air Show Pilots and Airplanes 
Author Tim Gaffney 

The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World 
Author Nancy Roe Pimm 

Finding Dorothy Scott:  Letters of a WASP Pilot
WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds
Author Sarah Bryn Rickman 

Wally the WACO Saves Christmas
Author Gretchen Hawk 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

9:00-9:15 a.m. 

9:15-9:40 a.m. 
Dawne Dewey 
Head of Special Collections & Archives, Wright State University 

9:45-10:10 a.m. 
General Ellen Pawlikowski 
Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, WPAFB, Ohio

10:15-10:30 a.m. 
Coffee Break Sponsored by ExpressJet

10:30-10:55 a.m.
Margaret Soda
Vice President of Human Resources, PSA Airlines

11:00-11:25 a.m.
Sharon Rossmark
Founder, Women and Drones

11:30-11:55 a.m.
Kristie West 
Director of  Operations, Unison Industries-GE Aviation

Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lunch Co-Sponsored by Sinclair Community College
Patty Wagner, Air Show Performer, Wing Walking

1:40-2:15 p.m. 
Girls Robotics Teams
Demonstrations by local schools

2:15-2:30 p.m. 
Wrap-Up and Door Prizes 




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