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WAI’s 24th Annual Conference Set for Nashville

 WAI’s 24th Annual Conference Set for Nashville

Registration now open!

Women in Aviation, International will hold its 24th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, from March 14-16, 2013.  The Conference is to be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

Secure online registration is available at www.wai.org, and varied registration options exist. Student rates and military rates make the Conference more affordable. In addition, WAI offers an “Accompanied Child” rate. Conference attendees may register for a full package, a one-day package or simply for specific events. An early registration discount will be in effect until January 11, 2013.  Onsite registration will be available as well.

In addition to a packed Exhibit Hall and dozens of educational sessions on a variety of aviation topics, Conference attendees will be motivated and informed by a wide range of speakers. Invited speakers include Neil Planzer, Vice President, Boeing Air Traffic International, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Deborah Hersman, Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board; Jill Long, air show performer and USAF Commander; Ariel Talen-Keller, Mrs. Alaska for 2011; along with a WASP Panel composed of Bee Haydu, Marty Wyall and Nell Bright.

New this year is an Aircraft Dispatcher Part 121 Recurrent Training seminar. This seminar complements the FAA Maintenance Recurrent Training seminar which has been offered at the WAI Conference for many years.

WAI will take advantage of the Nashville base by offering optional tours to the Beechcraft Heritage Museum that traces the lineage of the Beechcraft family of airplanes adjacent to the Tullahoma, Tennessee Regional Airport (THA) and to the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, located at Arnold AFB, Tennessee. This is the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. Facilities can simulate flight conditions from sea level to space and from subsonic velocities to Mach 20.

In addition, a tour of Smyrna airport is offered where participants will see a military helicopter display, Lifeflight helicopters; charter jet aircraft and a blimp hangar.

One highlight of this year’s Conference is a reprise of WAI’s successful “Bring Your Daughter to the Conference Day,” scheduled for Saturday, March 15. This is an educational program for the daughters, nieces, granddaughters and friends of WAI members as well as local Girl Scout troops to introduce them to the many career paths available in aviation. In addition to speakers, girls will learn how to read a sectional chart, participate in a scavenger hunt, visit the exhibit hall and have the opportunity to fly a flight simulator.

Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women and men who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. For more information, contact WAI at 3647 State Route 503 South, West Alexandria, OH 45381, Phone (937) 839-4647; Fax (937) 839-4645 or through www.wai.org.

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