Aviation for Women

SEP-OCT 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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8 AviationforWomen S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 A s I write this, I'm sitting in the WAI booth in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on the last day at EA A AirVenture. We've had a wonderful show, with record numbers at the WAI Connect Breakfast, the WomenVenture group photo, as well as new membership signups and membership renewals at the booth. We've also reached a whole new level of membership vol- unteers at the booth. All of this is attributable to enthusiastic encouragement from WAI mem- bers, corporate members, WAI chapters, the me- dia, and WAI outreach. Spending time in the WAI booth as a volunteer, or attending WAI events in any capacity really, satisfies the urge to belong to a team, group, or family. WAI is a unique family. You can easily arrive at a WAI event alone, and quickly realize you're not just in a setting of instant friends, but sisters. Attendees leave WAI events feeling they are part of a close-knit family of people who "get them," and that they are part of something important— an organization that contributes in a meaningful way to the future of females involved in all as- pects of aviation and aerospace. Girls in Aviation Day is just about six weeks away, and every day we talk to WAI members who are looking for their nearest chapter so they can play a hands-on role in introducing the next gen- eration to this aviation passion we all share. It's one thing to talk about our love of aviation, but the real impact is to talk to kids, make eye con- tact with them, share our path into aviation, and answer questions about concerns and fears they might have about flying, or life decisions, or perceived personal limitations. It's an oppor- tunity to help young women explore possibili- ties in aerospace that might feed their dreams. Girls in Aviation Day lets each of us play that critical role—letting a young person see some- one who looks like them doing something they never imagined they could do. It's an event that guarantees that you finish the day completely ex- hausted, but brimming with joy, and an abun- dant sense of pride, fulfillment, and gratification. Personally, I know I'll leave AirVenture, just as I'm anticipating completing Girls in Aviation Day this year: physically exhausted, but my heart and soul will be overflowing. I've always felt lucky that I found my passion for aviation at a young age, and now as I mature, I've found something in my passion that is more rewarding than I could have imagined: the profound sense of belonging I get from participating with other women and men, particularly through WAI. ✈ Being Part of a Family W A I C H A P T E R S M O L L Y M A R T I N Welcome New Provisional Chapters! Willow Run Riveters (Eastern Michigan University) YpsilanƟ, Michigan President: Theodore Johnson Vice President: Jadranka Komnenic Secretary: Morgan Butera Treasurer: Elena Fornara Membership Chair: Nicholas Cobb Outreach Chair: Gracie Murphy Chapter Contact Info: Theodore Johnson 734-330-3131 tjohns95@emich.edu United Kingdom London, England President: Liz Moscrop Vice President: Alison Chambers Secretary: Stacey Tucker Treasurer: Stacey Tucker Membership Chair: Liz Moscrop Outreach Chair: Stephanie Taylor Chapter Contact Info: Liz Moscrop +44(0)7798-894-686 waiuk2017@gmail.com TAMPA BAY CHAPTER Nickie Johnson did an awesome job putting together a very enlightening tour at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, Florida. And, her husband, Kyle Johnson , rocked it as the tour guide! TAMPA BAY CHAPTER

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