January 18, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
When Women in Aviation International (WAI) honors new inductees into its Pioneer Hall of Fame in Dallas this March, the group will include a historic group of air races, a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), the first professional female aeronautical engineer, and one of the first women airplane mechanics for the Navy.
WAI’s twenty-third annual International Women in Aviation Conference March 8 through 10 will carry the theme “Reaching Tomorrow Today,” and will offer seminars, workshops, networking events, speakers, and a commercial exhibit area. The induction ceremony and scholarship awards will take place at the concluding banquet on March 10, WAI said in a news release.
“The banquet is an evening where we honor women who opened doors for us,” said WAI President Peggy Chabrian. “Our members are inspired by the rich history these women bring. In many cases, they get to actually meet these living legends and speak to them and be photographed with them. It’s an experience our members don’t soon forget.”
The 2012 inductees include the following:
The WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to honor women who have made significant contributions as record setters, pioneers, or innovators, with special consideration afforded to individuals or groups who have helped other women be successful in aviation or opened doors of opportunity for other women.
Secure online registration is available for the conference at the Hilton Anatole with a discounted WAI conference rate available through Feb. 7. Discounted registration is available for military personnel and full-time students.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor.
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