Women in Aviation, International began in 1990 and was formally established in 1994 to encourage women to seek opportunities in aviation. According to the FAA, of the nearly 700,000 pilots in the United States, less than six percent are women and only slightly more than two percent are ATP rated. Women account for only 2.13 percent of the more than 540,000 non-pilot aviation jobs in the United States.
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Their 15,000+ membership includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others.
They provide year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members, and young people nationally and internationally.
All students are welcome and encouraged to join. The organization meets every other Sunday, in addition to attending the Annual Women in Aviation International Conference and various College of Aviation events, like the Fly-In and Broomball Tournament.