Women in Aviation honored by National Aviation Hall of Fame

August 2, 2013

Women in Aviation, International hosted several events Aug. 2 at EAA AirVenture, including a breakfast, networking lunch, and group photo at Phillips 66 Square.

Clad in pink shirts, more than 300 women cheered Aug. 2 at EAA AirVenture as they learned that they—members of Women in Aviation, International—were being honored with the National Aviation Hall of Fame’s 2013 Milton Caniff “Spirit of Flight” Award.

“We’re pleased to honor such a great organization,” said Ron Kaplan, National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement Director. “Congratulations to all of you because it is a group award.”

The award will be bestowed in Orlando, Fla., during the group’s annual convention and twenty-fifth anniversary celebration in March 2014.

The organization’s anniversary events will kick off Oct. 4 and 5 in Prescott, Ariz., the location of its first conference. WAI members can fly in and park on the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ramp and participate in a two-day conference that includes a private airshow for members and ERAU students and alumni. Former FAA Deputy Administrator Barbara Barrett is scheduled to speak Oct. 5.

“The Embry-Riddle Prescott campus will always be an important part of WAI’s history,” WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian said in a press release. “It doesn’t seem like it’s been 25 years since that first conference, but the tremendous growth of the conference and the organization continue to amaze and inspire us.”

As of Aug. 2, WAI had grown to 79 chapters worldwide and was striving to reach 80. Chapters from Zambia and Dubai are expected to form soon, the group said.

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Miller | AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor

AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.