WIA in Dubai awards scholarships to rising stars

The fifth edition of the Women in Aviation (WIA) Middle East Chapter’s General Assembly, held as a co-located event of the 20th edition of the Airport Show at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), has awarded scholarships worth over US$50,000 and honored women who are helping the aviation industry gain gender diversity. For the first time,Read More

GIAD to return in-person events across the globe in September

Women in Aviation International’s Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) will return to in-person events across the globe in September 2021, and the Aviation for Girls App will also continue! WAI chapters and corporate members will be free to host in-person events for girls ages 8-17 this year, as their local health guidance allows. WAI willRead More

Sharon Vaz-Arab appointed as IMEA regional director for Chapman Freeborn

Chapman Freeborn has appointed Sharon Vaz-Arab, aviation expert with 30+ years of experience, as its new Director – IMEA (India, Middle East & Africa). Sharon, known throughout the aviation world as ‘Sherry’, arrives at the company following 26 years at Cargolux Airlines, where she began in sales and progressed to Director of Middle East andRead More

Constance von Muehlen replaces Beck as new COO

Constance von Muehlen has been named as Alaska Airlines’ new chief operating officer, effective immediately. She replaces Gary Beck, who is retiring. Constance von Muehlen, chief operating officer Alaska Airlines A 30-year aviation veteran and the airline’s first female operations chief, von Muehlen will report to newly appointed chief executive Ben Minicucci, who assumes theRead More

Female navy veteran does quality work on helicopters and other state of the art projects

Navy veteran Constance “Connie” Robinson continues her lifelong aviation infatuation at Boeing’s Aurora Flight Services in Bridgeport by doing quality work on helicopters, as well as other state-of-the-art projects. Robinson has been with Aurora Flight Services for the past 12 years and, before that, worked for about five years at Pratt & Whitney before movingRead More

1st female civilian pilot to become a Qualified Flying Instructor for the military

Flying instructor Christine Draycott is the first ever civilian pilot to become a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) for the military. Christine, who has extensive experience as a commercial pilot but has never flown for the military, embarked on the specialist training course last year, run by Babcock. Now, after seven months of intensive training andRead More

Brown to attract young people to the air and space industry as the 1st ENGAP UK Envoy

Aviation youth charity worker and University of Hull student Michelle Brown, has been named as the first ENGAP UK Envoy with a mission to attract young people to the air and space industry. ENGAP (Engaging the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals) is building a team of role models to promote environmental sustainability and addressing theRead More

ICAO celebrates virtual International Women’s Day

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recently celebrated International Women’s Day with a virtual event dedicated to this year’s UN Women theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world”.d Titled ‘International Women’s Day High-level Dialogue’, the virtual event was held in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and theRead More

WIAAC launches Resource Hub for achieving greater gender balance across the aviation and aerospace industries

The Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter (WIAAC) has launched a Resource Hub on its website to provide organizations and individuals with a freely available and highly accessible source of practical advice and expert commentary on achieving greater gender balance across the aviation and aerospace industries. The Resource Hub currently contains more than 100 articles,Read More