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Women In Aviation, International began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 to encourage women to seek opportunities in aviation. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, of the nearly 600,000 active pilots in the United States, approximately six percent are women and only slightly more than four percent ATP rated. Women account for only 4.28 percent of the more than 700,000 non-pilot aviation jobs in the United States [1].

Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Our 12,000+ membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others.

We provide year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members and young people nationally and internationally.

In addition, WAI promotes public understanding of the accomplishments and contributions of women in aviation. This includes historic notables such as Amelia Earhart, Bessie Coleman, Eileen Collins, Jeana Yeager, Nicole Malachowski and many others.

Quick Facts 2014

Women in Aviation, International (WAI) is a nonprofit organization that encourages the advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests.

WAI began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 as a nonprofit organization. The first International Women in Aviation Conference was held in Prescott, Arizona, in 1990.

Membership Classification (percentage of members)

  • 62% Individual (Professionals/Enthusiasts)
  • 9% International (Overseas residents)
  • 27% Student (High school/College and University students)
  • 2% Corporate (Organizations/Corporations)
  • (More than 12,000 active members)

Member Benefits*

  • Aviation for Women, the official publication of Women in Aviation, International.Published bi-monthly, it includes features on women in different facets of the aviation industry, regular columns on current issues, scholarship information, job openings, calendar of events, organizational and industry news, chapter news, reviews of current resources, women’s health and aviation experiences.
  • Annual Conference for women and men in all fields of aviation and aerospace. Member discounts available.
  • Chapters in communities around the world.
  • Regional Conferences. Member discounts available.
  • Web site with the latest news, conference information and job postings: www.wai.org
  • Government and industry representation
  • WAI Connect electronic newsletter published monthly
  • Educational outreach programs
  • Network base for personal and career development
  • Scholarships in many aviation fields
  • Merchandise and services discounts
  • Aeromedical Advisory Partnership

*Corporate members receive these additional benefits: exhibit discounts at the annual conference, advertising discounts in Aviation for Women magazine and the conference program book and listings in WAI publications.

Annual Conference

  • General sessions, seminars, educational sessions and tours
  • Networking with 4,500 attendees
  • Employment opportunities and more than 200 exhibits
  • Special events, Scholarship awards, Pioneer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  • 2015 Dates/Location: March 5-6, Hilton Anatole, Dallas, TX

Attendee Profile
Aviation professionals and enthusiasts, both female and male, including aeronautical engineers, air show performers, air traffic controllers, business owners and managers, educators, flight attendants, flight instructors, hobbyists, mechanics, pilots (airline/corporate/military/general aviation), aviation writers and more

Exhibitor Profile
Aerospace companies, airlines, avionics firms, colleges and universities, manufacturers, the military, museums, publications, aviation apparel businesses, aviation associations and more

More Statistics
View Current Statistics of Women in Aviation Careers in U.S.

[1] calculation does not include flight attendant positions

For More Information:

Women in Aviation, International
3647 State Route 503 South
West Alexandria, Ohio 45381
Phone 937-839-4647
Fax 937-839-4645

Corporate Members
Aero Crew Solutions
Aerospace Machinists District Lodge 751
Air Force Reserve
Air Line Pilots Association Int'l
Airbus North America Holdings, Inc
Aircraft Electronics Association
Airline Ground School Div. Flamingo Air Academy
Alaska Airlines
Allegiant Travel Company
American Airlines
American Express Company
ATP Flight School
Aviation Consultant Expert Solutions, LLC
Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Jewelry.Com
Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc.
Aviator College
Baylor Institute for Air Science
Bell Helicopter - Textron Inc
Bonnier Corp/Flying Magazine
Bose Corporation
Broward College Aviation Institute
Cage Marshall Consulting
California Baptist University
Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines
Career Eagles Aviation Initiative
Centerline Interview Consulting
Cochise Community College
Coradine Aviation Systems
Corning Inc.
CPR Aviation Window Repair
Daniel Webster College
David Clark Company Inc.
Delta Air Lines
Delta State University
DTC Duat
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
ExxonMobil Corporation
FAM International Security
FedEx Express
FlightSafety International
Florida Aviation Business Association
Gavilan College Aviation Department
General Aviation News
Gogo Business Aviation
Great Lakes Airlines
Guidance Aviation, LLC
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Hartzell Propeller Inc.
Helicopter Association International
Higher Power Aviation
Jeppesen Sanderson, Inc.
JetBlue Airways
JMA Solutions, LLC
Joint Venture Solutions LLC
KeyCorp Aviation Center
LeTourneau University
Middle Tennessee State University
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nigerian College of Aviation Technology
Panasonic Avionics
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Phoenix Air Group, Inc.
Piper Aircraft, Inc.
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics
PlaneSense, Inc.
Pratt & Whitney
Professional Women Controllers, Inc. (PWC)
Purdue University, Dept of Aviation Technology
Saint Louis University's Parks College of Engineer
Signature Flight Support
SkyOne Federal Credit Union
Southern Company
Southern Illinois University
Southern Utah University
Southwest Airlines
Sporty's Pilot Shop
Tarrant County College
Technical Women's Organization (TWO)
The Abingdon Company
The Boeing Company
The Ohio State University
Tulsa Community College
United Airlines, Inc.
Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc
University of Dubuque
University of North Dakota
University of Tennessee Aerospace MBA
US Department of Interior NBC Aviation Management
Utah State University
Utah Valley University
Vaughn College
Wal-Mart Aviation
West Star Aviation
Western Michigan University College of Aviation
Westminster College
Wings Financial Credit Union
Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
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