Events Scheduled Throughout The Week
By Maxine Scheer
During the week of EAA’s AirVenture, thousands of women
who have an interest in aviation are expected to attend.
Additionally, a number of organizations that support the growth and
success of women in the aviation industry have a noticeable
presence and include Women in Aviation International (WAI) and
Women Soar You Soar, others include the Ninety-Nines, and the
Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM).
Growing collaborations, such as those between EAA and WAI are
bringing increased attention during AirVenture to the
accomplishments of women in the aviation industry and to encourage
more women to learn about how aviation can elevate their lives.
Catching up with WAI President Peggy Chabrian at AirVenture on
Sunday, she relayed WAI’s ongoing participation in multiple
events at AirVenture. “This is my 33rd EAA conference,
“said Peggy. “I joined the board of EAA when I was Dean
of Parks College and served on the board for many years.”
“WAI has many synergies with EAA, not the least of which is
our support for students, which continues the work we started on
the EAA education committee.” Peggy noted that at this
year’s Reno conference, the WAI organization passed the $7
million mark in scholarships.
On Thursday evening at 1900 CDT, Peggy
will be moderating a special "Women in Aviation" Theater in the
Woods presentation. Panelists will include a number of highly
accomplished women aviators that include Suzanna Darcy Henneman,
Chief Training Pilot, Boeing Company; Captain Kay Hire, U.S. Navy
pilot and astronaut; Lt. Jill Long, U.S. Air Force pilot and air
show performer; Connie Tobias, Captain, U.S. Airways and Harriet
Friday morning from 0800-0900 CDT, everyone who supports WAI is
encouraged to come to the EAA Nature Center on the air show grounds
for the annual WAI Connect Breakfast which includes a full buffet
and the opportunity to network with an estimated 200 or more air
show celebrities and heads of industry to line pilots, students,
mechanics, teachers and enthusiasts. It’s a great event to
bring young women who are considering careers in aviation. Peggy
will also be announcing the WAI Membership Campaign top recruiters
and drawing a winner for the Disney Cruise grand prize.
Tickets for Friday’s breakfast are available online at WAI or
on site by stopping at the WAI Booth, located in Hangar B, booths
All women pilots and student pilots (any aircraft type), current
and non-current, attending AirVenture are invited to gather in
ConocoPhillips Plaza at 1030 CDT, for the fourth annual group photo
called WomenVenture. Women in the photo wear WomenVenture
T-shirts, which are available for distribution beginning Wednesday,
July 27th (and while supplies last) at the EAA Welcome Center, WAI
booth in Exhibit Hangar B, or at AOPA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University exhibits. Additionally, women pilots and student
pilots can record their participation on any day during AirVenture
by signing the logbook at the EAA Welcome Center.
The U.S. Air Force is honoring Peggy’s accomplishments at
AirVenture with a ride in a Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. On Wednesday at
1130 CDT there will be a briefing about the flight and at 1230
Peggy will be one of three people taking off with the Blue
AirVenture 2011 will also feature Women Soar You Soar, an
educational experience for high school girls held in conjunction
with University Wisconsin-Oshkosh and ERAU on July 28-31. This
ongoing program has been expanded to four days and is benefiting
from increased support. AirVenture attendees may see Women Soar You
Soar participants at various venues throughout the week at many of
AirVenture’s hands on activities. AirVenture attendees who
know of a young woman who would like to participate next year and
others who are looking to support programs that promote aviation to
women should look at the program’s website.
A number of workshops focused on women are also of note. On
Thursday, July 28th from 1430 to 1545 CDT in the EAA Museum’s
Vette Theatre, Mireille Gover will discuss what happened when
pilots, flight training facilities, and aviation businesses from
around the world came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of International Women's day and the first annual Women of Aviation
Worldwide Week - a week of awareness and action. The discussion is
described as highlighting data covering five decades of Women Of
Aviation’s statistics in the United States and comparing them
to those of other male dominated fields for perspective. The
presenters will also describe what other industries have done to
change the trends and what can be done to shape the future.
Attendees will also have a chance to meet many special Women of
Aviation from around the world including Patricia Mawuli Nyekodzi,
the first woman to earn a Ghana National Pilot License.
On Friday, from 1130 - 1245 CDT at the Homebuilders Hangar is a
workshop titled “Women Who Build, Maintain, Restore &
More”. Attendees will learn from EAA women making their
aircraft building dreams a reality. This workshop is presented by
Denise Waters, President of AWAM and speaker on aircraft
kit-building, maintenance, and an award winning pilot, that
includes having won the Air Race Classic, twice.
There are many more workshops, including forums associated with
the history of the WASPs, the 1st Women’s Air Derby, numerous
book signings, and movies, all available by keyword search, women,
on the EAA website.