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Women in Aviation, International 2010 Conference Wrap-Up

Julie Clark
Aerobatic pilot Julie Clark was among the many women who visited the EAA exhibit and autographed the WomenVenture photo taken at AirVenture 2009 that featured more than 500 female pilots.

March 4, 2010Nearly 3,000 women and men, including more than double the number of past international participants, attended the 21st Annual International Women in Aviation (WAI) Conference held last week in Orlando, Florida. The annual conference, themed this year “Aviation: It's a Small World,” included sessions on the military, airlines, corporate aviation, history, maintenance, research, academics, engineering, and more. There were also 125 exhibitors representing the diverse aviation community.

EAA was well represented at the event, with an exhibit and four attendees, including Elissa Lines, vice president of development, who appeared on a panel discussing aviation participation at the Friday luncheon. She announced a free six-month trial membership to those visiting the EAA exhibit and more than 100 people took her up on the offer.

EAA also confirmed it will host the third annual WomenVenture during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, July 26-August 1, including the gathering of women pilots at AeroShell Square on Friday, July 30.

The WAI silent auction raised $18,315 for WAI's Endowment Fund, bringing the total in the Endowment Fund to more than $650,000. The money in the WAI Endowment Fund is used for scholarships and educational programs. And, $678,300 in scholarships was distributed to WAI members this year.  

Next year’s 22nd annual conference will be held at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, Nevada, February 24-26, 2011. For more information, visit www.wai.org. For a recap of conference events, visit the WAI blog at http://waishowdaily.blogspot.com/.

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