WAI Conference Wraps In Reno
Almost 3,000 people from 22 countries attended the Women in Aviation International conference in Reno that ended Saturday. In a news release, WAI said $691,750 in scholarships were distributed to 76 recipients ranging from young women just getting started to winners making mid-life career changes. "The conference is about far more than pilots, however," said WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "We also represent individuals from academia, maintenance, research, engineering and more."
The group also inducted five women into its International Pioneer Hall of Fame: L. Tammy Duckworth, Black Hawk pilot and current Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs; Major General Susan Helms, Director of Plans and Policy for the U.S. Strategic Command, a flight test engineer and a former NASA Astronaut; Hazel Ying Lee, who in 1932 became one of the first Chinese-American women to earn a pilot's certificate and a member of WASP Class 44-18; Mary Ann Martin Wyall, a member of the last WASP class to graduate from Avenger Field, who for the past 45 years has preserved and shared the history of the WASP; and Dr. Peggy Chabrian, founder and President of Women in Aviation, International.