Aviation for Women

MAY-JUN 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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M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 8 AviationforWomen 35 Pledging Your LongƟme Support to WAI The conference welcomed Wings Society members during an annual gathering—an op- portunity to acknowledge both donors and individuals who have made a minimum cumu- lative donation of $500 to WAI. Each donation by a WAI mem- ber counts toward membership in the WAI Wings Society and helps provide funding for the endowment program to expand the scholarship program and outreach events to youth. My name is Megan Ryan, and I am the national youth repre- sentative for Aviation Exploring. Aviation Exploring is a non- profit organization dedicated to exposing youth ages 14-20 to all facets of aviation. I have been a part of the Explorers for the past 4 years, and it has been life changing! I took my first air- plane ride when I was 14 and from that point on I knew that I wanted to be flying for the rest of my life. Through the Explor- ers, I have gotten so many wonderful opportunities and none of that would be possible without our partners, volunteer ad- visers, and of course the other Air Scouts like myself. In July 2017 at Oshkosh I was elected to represent over 6,000 aviation explorers across the world. My position has al- lowed me to have some wonderful experiences like going to tour American Airlines in Dallas, but more importantly being able to participate in the 2018 International Women in Avia- tion Conference. The conference has been utterly amazing! I met so many wonderful women, and the mentors are fantastic. I have already received advice from mentors that I will take with me for the rest of my life. Thank you to Dr. Peggy Chabrian and Kathleen Cosand for sponsoring me at this year's Reno conference. This experience has changed my life, and I will use what I have learned here to inspire other young women to get involved in aviation. This is our time! More then ever, there is no better point in history for young women to be involved in aviation than right now. I challenge you, find someone to mentor! Even Amelia Ear- hart at one point was a 12- year- old girl, looking to fly air- planes. Be a mentor—because who knows you could be in- spiring the next Amelia Earhart? —Megan Ryan, WAI 78360 Sponsored Student Thank You Megan Ryan CHRISTOPHER MILLER CHRISTOPHER MILLER CHRISTOPHER MILLER CHRISTOPHER MILLER PAULA GRUBB PAULA GRUBB

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