Press Releases

2022-05-11 (All day)

Simplifying categories and encouraging Junior Members

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has announced new membership rates effective June 1, 2022, to simplify membership categories and encourage Junior Members 18 years old and younger with free membership.

2022-05-10 (All day)

Visit a WASP gravesite to honor their brave service

Women in Aviation International (WAI) members and friends will honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) by visiting their graves and leaving an appropriate decoration in the form of flowers or other remembrances. In its fifth year, the #HonorTheWASP program was originally envisioned to take place over the Memorial Day weekend each year. In an effort to allow participants to observe best social-distancing practices, WAI offers that large groups can be easily avoided by visiting gravesites over the entire month of May as opposed to just on Monday, May 30 th , Memorial Day.

“WAI members around the world are grateful for the service and sacrifice of the formidable group of WASP who served so honorably during World War II. This group of impressive women were brave and dedicated, and it is our honor, as an organization, to pay tribute to their bravery and dedication. These incredible women who risked their lives to do their part for the war effort, led the way for so many of us,” says WAI CEO Allison McKay.

2022-03-21 (All day)

Three-day annual conference bests all expectations for attendees and exhibitors

Women in Aviation International held one of its largest and most successful annual gatherings during the 33 rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, March 17-19, 2022. With its unique blend of world-class speakers, busy exhibit hall, an array of education sessions, and 103 scholarship awards, the WAI 2022 conference delivered numerous opportunities to connect and network with female peers in the aviation and aerospace industry.

“The strength of WAI lies in the celebration of so many like-minded women who come together to share their passion for aviation and aerospace, support each other, learn from each other, and foster the next generation in aviation.” said WAI CEO Allison McKay. “We hosted dozens of networking and education sessions, assembled another extraordinary group of keynote speakers, honored three trailblazing pioneers during our annual Pioneer Hall of Fame induction, and presented more than $473,000 in scholarships to deserving WAI members. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, our passionate members, and impressive collection of exhibitors, WAI 2022 was an amazing venue to commemorate Women’s History month and advance our mission to connect, engage, and inspire our current and future workforce of diverse and accomplished members,” she added.

2022-01-25 (All day)

Patt Poinsett has joined the Women in Aviation International (WAI) staff as director, operations and finance. In this new leadership role, she will play a key role in handling the day-to-day management of all operations.

“Patt’s more than 10 years of experience managing all aspects of finance and administration for a nonprofit organization will be a welcome addition to our WAI team as we prepare for new initiatives and a new phase of evolution,” Allison McKay, WAI CEO says

2021-12-15 (All day)

Dynamic group of women to connect with attendees March 18-19, 2022

Women in Aviation International members and conference attendees will no doubt be inspired with the stellar roster of speakers scheduled for the 33 rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, March 17-19, 2022, at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

2021-12-13 (All day)

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has selected the 2022 inductees for its International Pioneer Hall of Fame. These women will be honored during the 33 rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference, which will be held March 17-19, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee. The induction ceremony and celebration dinner will take place on Friday, March 19, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

2021-11-12 (All day)

Stephanie Kenyon has joined the Women in Aviation International (WAI) staff as chief growth officer. In this new leadership role, she is responsible for strengthening and growing the organization while broadening support for its mission.

“Stephanie comes to WAI with a proven track record in the aviation industry successfully fundraising with both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the AOPA Foundation. She is a welcome addition to our team and a great asset for WAI’s strategic goal to increase the support of our organization’s programs with key stakeholders,” Allison McKay, WAI CEO says.

2021-11-10 (All day)

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is proud to announce the awarding of a $1 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to strengthen the organization’s initiatives encouraging youth to pursue STEM futures through media platforms, industry partner coalitions, and cultivation of female aviation champions.

2021-10-13 (All day)

Massive recruitment effort to ensure aviation’s next generation workforce

With 85 individual events presented worldwide, Women in Aviation International’s September 25 Girls in Aviation Day 2021 reached nearly 10,000 attendees. While a majority of events were held in person, many were organized for virtual gatherings through the use of the Aviation for Girls App and additional video content. A hand full of events will continue to take place through the end of October.

Truly an international event, Girls in Aviation Day was celebrated not just in the United States, but in 17 other countries across North and Central America and Australia as well as countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Girls were introduced to the career and lifestyle possibilities in aviation and aerospace through meeting role models, career panels, exploring airplanes and airports, and a host of hands-on, fun and educational activities ranging from a sectional chart treasure hunt to making jewelry using A&P tools.

2021-08-20 (All day)

Seven years of support helps make Girls in Aviation Day and Aviation for Girls magazine possible

For the seventh year in a row, Women in Aviation International received a $12,500 grant from The International Society of Transport Aircraft Training (ISTAT) Foundation, which funds educational programs that advance commercial aviation.

As in past years, this grant will be used to expand the distribution of Aviation for Girls magazine with The ISTAT Foundation identified as the sponsor of this year’s issue. With this grant, the number of copies printed will be distributed in both hard copy and digitally. The 2021 issue of Aviation for Girls will be available digitally to all Women in Aviation International members and any interested individuals at

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