Women In Aviation Conference Sets Attendance Record

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Women in Aviation International wrapped up its annual conference over the weekend, drawing 3,350 participants to Dallas, a new attendance record for the event. "Our numbers were up almost 8 percent from last year," said WAI President Peggy Chabrian. Participants at the conference represent diverse interests within the aviation community, including military, commercial, corporate and recreational flying. Men as well as women of all ages are welcome. The event is known for its focus on career-building, and this year was no exception, with dozens of companies and organizations on site to actively recruit new employees. WAI also awarded 85 scholarships worth $559,680 to members at every stage of life, from university students to mature members seeking a mid-life career change to aviation.

The main hall hosted 131 exhibits, and workshops were held for aerospace educators, flight instructors, and mechanics. A new program this year encouraged members as well as local Girl Scout troops and the local community to bring girls to the event. About 160 girls ages 10 to 17 signed up to spend a day at the show, where they toured the exhibits, learned how to read a sectional chart, and tried out Microsoft Flight Simulator. Next year's conference will be held at the Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, Tenn., March 14 to 16.